The Love Boat

Love Boat Season 1 Volume 1 cover art

Love Boat Season 1 Volume 1

In a previous post, I said “If you were anybody in the 1960’s and 1970’s, you probably appeared on detective shows like Columbo and Mannix.” Very nearly the same thing can be said about series later in the 1970’s and early 1980’s like The Love Boat and Fantasy Island.

The Love Boat was an Aaron Spelling product launched on the real-life cruise ship Pacific Princess in 1977. A small regular cast framed two or three separate romance and relationship stories on a swinging west-coast passenger cruise. These varied from the absurd and corny to the poignant, touching and sentimental. Each episode usually had a storyline to fit any mood.

Many of the famous sailed on the Princess over the years: Charo, Barbi Benton, Jimmie Walker, Dick Martin, Vicki Lawrence, Loni Anderson, Jo Anne Worley, Leslie Nielsen, Dan Rowan, Patty Duke, Nanette Fabray, Mary Ann Mobley, Lyle Waggoner, Leslie Uggams, George Kennedy, Robert Urich, Reggie Jackson, Desi Arnaz, Jr. and many more.

The original regular cast included Gavin MacLeod as Captain Stubing, Bernie Kopell as the ship’s physician Dr. Bricker, Ted Lange as Bartender Isaac Washington, future Congressman Fred Grandy as Yeoman Purser Smith (known affectionately as “Gopher”) and Lauren Tewes as Cruise Director Julie McCoy.

The library currently has the first two seasons of The Love Boat on DVD. Each season has two separate volumes.

Welcome aboard: it’s love!

Matt Pettit

Matt is a Public Service Specialist for the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library. His areas of responsibility include outreach library services to nursing homes, senior, retirement and congregate living centers; service to homebound library users; the Kansas Talking Books service; Book Group in a Bag program and the history and sports neighborhoods of the library’s nonfiction collection. With a background in public administration, conflict resolution and aging, Matt works on civic engagement and civil discourse issues for the library and serves on the advisory board of the Jayhawk Area Agency on Aging.