Type
Scripted
Premiered
Sep. 24, 1977
Status
Canceled/Ended
Runtime
60 min.
Country
USA
Network
ABC TV Network
Genre

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The Love Boat

The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from 1977 until 1986. It was part of ABC's Saturday night one-two punch along with Fantasy Island until that show ended in 1984. The original made-for-TV movie on which the show was based was itself based on a book, The Love Boats by Jeraldine Saunders, a real-life cruise director.

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TV Movie: Who Killed Maxwell Thorn? Aired: Feb. 27, 1987

A billionaire who secretly gave free cruises to six strangers is reported missing, and Ace suspects that one of the six murdered him; Emily searches …

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Canceled/Ended
The show had 9 seasons and 251 episodes air between 1977 and 1986.

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  • This series was based upon Jeraldine Saunders novel titled, "The Love Boats". She wrote the book from her personal observations while serving as a hostess on a cruise ship.
  • After several succesful "Love Boat" and other Aaron Spelling Productions appearances, Debbie Reynolds starred in a show that was a marriage of Spelling's "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" :…
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    After several succesful "Love Boat" and other Aaron Spelling Productions appearances, Debbie Reynolds starred in a show that was a marriage of Spelling's "Love Boat" and "Fantasy Island" : "Aloha Paradise". It took place in Hawaii and had guests come to have their romantic fantasies fulfilled. She has said it was one of the worst experiences of her life.
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  • Laugh tracks became very unpopular and uncool in Hollywood in the 70s and 80s, so much so that shows like "All in the Family" and "Cheers" would announce that they did not have a laugh track…
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    Laugh tracks became very unpopular and uncool in Hollywood in the 70s and 80s, so much so that shows like "All in the Family" and "Cheers" would announce that they did not have a laugh track and filmed before a live studio audience. "The Love Boat" bucked this trend when it first set sail in 1977, being the first show in years that was filming not in front of a studio audience and still had a laugh track; when it was canceled in 1987 it was the last show of its type to have this kind of laugh track.
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