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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.

The Love Boat is a series that is currently running and has 10 seasons (254 episodes). The series first aired on May 5, 1977.

Where do I stream The Love Boat online? The Love Boat is available for streaming on ABC, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Love Boat on demand at Apple TV+, CBS, Amazon Prime online.

ABC
10 Seasons, 254 Episodes
May 5, 1977
Comedy Drama
6.1/10
Cast: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes
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The Love Boat Full Episode Guide

  • After secretly gifting six strangers a cruise, a billionaire goes missing, and Ace suspects one of the six is a murderer. Meanwhile, Mrs. Stubing wants to feel she's more than just the captain's wife.

  • While the new Mrs. Stubing wonders what to get the captain for Christmas, a comedic Santa suffers from depression. Then, a couple reunite after a long time apart, and a mother-daughter con-artist duo prey on passengers.

  • Doc marries a younger woman only to run into his ex-wife while on his honeymoon. Meanwhile, a voluptuous diet doctor hires a svelte fitness instructor to impersonate her, and a man has to tell his partner their relationship may be over.

  • 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.

  • The crew frantically take care of last minute business when a famous newspaper psychic arrives and predicts that the world will end during the cruise; while on his way to wed in Mexico, a young tycoon with amnesia who disappeared a few years earlier falls in love with his wife from his previous life; a woman whose husband is deceased is courted by a former boyfriend, only to find out that her husband's will called for the liason.

  • In "Whatever Happened to Crazy Joe Flash?," written by David Chambers, rock star Crazy Joe Flash (Regalbuto) decides to get away from it all by taking a cruise incognito, using his real name of Herb Hanson. He then falls for the lovely Joyce Anderson (Ms. Pescow), whose burning fantasy is to be with

  • In "What Goes Around Comes Around," written by Peter Gallay from a story by Bob Logan and Fred Rosenberg, Doc (Kopell) aids a radio talk-show psychologist (Ms. Dussault) in her professional ability to help others because she is suddenly beset with difficult personal problems of her own.

  • In "The Art Lover," written by Peter Gallay, Gopher borrows an ancient statue belonging to a passanger (Ferrer) to impress a women (Ms. Stewart)

  • In "The Second Time Around," written by John B. Collins, Emily and Capt. Stubing find themselves madly in love at midpoint of the cruise. Stubing proposes - and Emily accepts - but a conflict arises immediately.

  • In "Hello, Emily," written by Neil Thompson and Nancy Steen, Emily Haywood is enjoying Capt. Stubing's company, but he suggests that maybe Emily is being too forward. Insulted and denying any romantic intentions, Emily decides it would be best if they didn't spend any time together for the rest of t

  • Hulk Hogan plays himself, as two flamboyant pro wrestlers (Bruce Jenner and Tim Rossovich) vie for a win in the ring, a situation complicated by the fact that one of the grapplers is romantically interested in his opponent's sister (Jennifer Holmes); a single mother-to-be (Ellen Bry) and a writer (B

  • In "Frat Wars" and "Return of the Lambdas," written by Laurie Gelman, two rival fraternity chapters vie in an attempt to impress the head of the Lambda Alumni Association, Grant Woodrow (Jump), during a national convention at sea. The resulting raucous competition creates near chaos on the cruise sh

  • Ace's cabin has been searched and he suspects a spy team work. Doc's new patient is sleepwalking. A woman is scared by her boyfriend's risky stunts.

  • The cruise ship is turned into a private party wedding voyage involving a former flame of Ace's, but the father of the bride learns he faces immediate bankruptcy. The best man loves the bride's sister, much to the consternation of the aforementioned father.

  • In, "Out of the Blue," written by Joan Brooker and Nancy Eddo, a wealthy man (Korman) promises money to make dreams come true. Gopher (Fred Grandy) and Isaac (ted Lange) are quite thrilled, but the man's offer makes a women (Ms. Dennis) hope for more than she ever imagined.

  • In "Trouble in Paradise" written by Nancy Steen and Neil Thompson, Julie McCoy Chenault, former cruise director on the ship, returns as an apparently happily married woman. She reveals to Gopher that she has asked her filmmaker-husband for a divorce because he is away so often.

  • In "Soap Star," written by William Bickley and Michael Warren, the leading lady and leading man (Ms. Channing and Nye) from television's popular daytime drama, "Mercy Hospital," arrive for a relaxing cruise. However, when Sylvia's friend (Ms. White) wants a part in the show, she's in for a surprise.

  • In "Forties Fantasy," Capt. Stubing is in command of the troop ship, while Doc and Gopher are Navy officers. Isaac is an Army sergeant; Judy is a USO tour director; Vicki is a dresser for visiting movie star Lupe Zapata de Vega Valdez (Charo); Ace is a photojournalist for liberty magazine, and the M

  • Doc (Bernie Kopell) is a target for a swindle when he meets a lovely tourist guide (Ms. Blackely) and her deceitful brother (Olandt), which causes him much anguish, in "The Accident," written by Ben Joelson and Art Baer. In an unusual set of circumstances, Capt. Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) tries to seek

  • Doc (Bernie Kopell) is a target for a swindle when he meets a lovely tourist guide (Ms. Blackely) and her deceitful brother (Olandt), which causes him much anguish, in "The Accident," written by Ben Joelson and Art Baer. In an unusual set of circumstances, Capt. Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) tries to seek

  • In "Picture From the Past," written by Laura Levine, a woman (Ms. Ross) avoids Warhol's presence so that her husband (Bosley) will never find out she starred in Warhol's films. In "Hidden Treasure," written by Bob Noonoo (cq) and Diane Pershing from a story by Steve Kunes, a couple (Ms. Leachman and

  • In "Temptations," written by Richard Gurman, when the singing group boards to film a video, the captain's daughter, Vicki (Jill Whelan), finds herself in an uncomfortable position when she asks the sarcastic manager (Spound) if the group will consent to entertaining the passengers. A loan shark (Tay

  • In "A Day In Port," eight beautiful and talented dancers join the cruise. In This episode, Isaac falls head over heels in love with their choreographer (Ms. Allen), to whom he was once engaged.

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