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The Love Boat is a lighthearted romantic comedy series which takes place on board a ship. The ship provides the setting for most of the stories which revolve around various couples. The crew on board the ship also play central roles in the romantic stories that unfold. The crew consists of the Captain, a yeoman purser, a cruise director, a doctor and a bartender. Each character has their own strengths they bring to the episodes they appear in. The members of the crew also become involved in their own romantic interludes from time to time.

The format for the show introduces about three separate stories during one episode. Each story involves some type of romantic entanglement, which could be about two people meeting for the first time, people who have been married for many years or people who fall in love without expecting to. In most episodes the interactions with the members of the crew are used as counseling sessions. Depending on which crew member is involved and what story is unfolding, the advice given will usually be to help in the area of romance.

As a comedy, the cast of characters can also be placed in unusual and humorous situations. The dialog written between a newly married couple who's parents will not leave them alone for the night will reflect their frustration in a humorous and lighthearted manner. In some episodes, a story can revolve around a crew member trying to assist a passenger and the various antics that ensue. Episodes can also reflect the struggles couples go through with moments that reflect more serious tones.

The characters who make up the passenger list for each episode are all well known stars. Every episode brings a whole new cast of characters as passengers aboard the Love Boat. The members of the crew remain constant throughout the shows which gives viewers a chance to see their personalities develop. From the level headed ship's captain to the delightfully charming cruise director, each cast member contributes to the overall entertainment value of the show.

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ABC
9 Seasons, 245 Episodes - Ended
Comedy, Drama
6.5/10
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  • Captain Stubbing prepares for his shipboard wedding and then gets married (this episode continues the storyline initiated in ""My Stepmother, Myself""); as Gopher vacillates about his plans to leave, Ace is continually nominated and unnominated for Gopher's job; Gopher's bids farwell to his job and Loveboat friends when he accepts a job managing a South Pacific resort, Minikulu.

  • Vicki becomes jealous of Captain Stubbing's bride-to-be (the sequel to this episode is ""Happily Ever After...""); the new Assistant Cruise Director-Entertainer finds out that he has to share his cabin with a gruff cook instead of with the girlfriend that he brought along; a pro football has-been tries to romance the team's new owner, a woman, with a mind to get her to keep him on the next season's roster.

  • In this episode set aboard the Vista Fjord, a woman reporter who thinks bullfighting is immoral falls in love with a young man destined to be a matador because of his obligation to the family patriarch, Portugal's greatest matador; Isaac meets and falls in love with a wacky woman who is conning everyone, including him, but her real problem is that she has run away from her boyfriend and is pregnant; a young womanizer cleverly pursues both Vicki and Judy and, as it turns out, many other women on the ship; an older woman, just out of prison for murdering her husband, reunites with her daughter, incognito at first.

  • In this episode set aboard the Vista Fjord, a woman reporter who thinks bullfighting is immoral falls in love with a young man destined to be a matador because of his obligation to the family patriarch, Portugal's greatest matador; Isaac meets and falls in love with a wacky woman who is conning everyone, including him, but her real problem is that she has run away from her boyfriend and is pregnant; a young womanizer cleverly pursues both Vicki and Judy and, as it turns out, many other women on the ship; an older woman, just out of prison for murdering her husband, reunites with her daughter, incognito at first.

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