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.
Then every week, a rotating set of passengers played by literally hundreds of notable guest actors — including Jim Nabors, Jamie Lee Curtis, Telly Savalas, Janet Jackson, Andy Warhol, Maureen McCormick (The Brady Bunch), Kristy McNichol, Phylicia Rashad (The Cosby Show), Ray Bolger (The Wizard of Oz) and even Friends star Courteney Cox — would go through a series of romantic and comedic adventures.
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
The Love Boat opening credits video
The Love Boat theme song lyrics
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.