The Love Boat sailed from ABC into American homes for nine seasons, spanning 249 episodes, from 1977 until 1986. Based on the non-fiction book “The Love Boats,” written by real-life cruise director Jeraldine Saunders, the hour-long dramedy/sitcom was a favorite of viewers and critics alike.
Each episode featured the ship’s crew, anchored (pun intended) by Gavin MacLeod as Captain Stubing and Bernie Kopell as Doc Bricker, supported by Ted Lange as the bartender Isaac, Fred Grandy as ship’s purser Gopher, Lauren Tewes as cruise director Julie McCoy, and Jill Whelan as the Captain’s daughter Vicki Stubing.
Almost as notable as the show itself was the catchy theme. Written by Charles Fox and Paul Williams, and sung by Jack Jones, it opened every season of the show )apart from the final one, where Dionne Warwick’s cover of it was used instead). Jones’ version was even released as a single in 1979, with a cover of Barry Manilow’s “Ready to Take a Chance Again” on the flip side. – AJW
Love, exciting and new
Come aboard. We’re expecting you.
And love — life’s sweetest reward.
Let it flow, it floats back to you.
The Love Boat soon will be making another run.
The Love Boat promises something for everyone.
Set a course for adventure,
Your mind on a new romance.
And love won’t hurt anymore.
It’s an open smile on a friendly shore.
Welcome aboard — it’s love.