The Love Boat

Love Boat ( Original title: The Love Boat ) is an American television series that was produced by Aaron Spelling Productions first, then from the Douglas S. Cramer Company, and finally from the The Love Boat Company from 1977 to 1986.


The passenger ship Pacific Princess travels with his crew to Captain Stubing across the oceans and creates a variety of dream destinations like the Caribbean, Egypt, Scandinavia, Europe and Hong Kong, at. The passengers, mostly American guest stars from that time, and the crew experience both romantic or exciting than even humorous stories while driving.

Instrumentation and synchronization

Guest Stars

Known passengers of the Pacific Princess included, inter alia:


The German TV series The Love Boat, which is rotated by ZDF since 1981, is an adaptation of Love Boats. How in the original here, passengers known ( German ) actors.


For the American television in 1990, the television movie The Love Boat was: A Valantine Voyage produced. Between 1998 and 1999, the less successful follow-up series The Love Boat was - Off to new shores with Robert Urich as Love Boat Captain Jim Kennedy. Other major roles are played by Phil Morris, Stacey Travis, Corey Parker, Randy Vasquez, Kyle Howard and Joan Severance. In the episode " The old crew " (English: "Reunion" ) are Gavin McLeod, Bernie Kopell, Jill Whelan and Lauren Tewes from the old team again on board the new Love Boats.

Background information

  • Built between the years 1976 and 1977, even before filming of the series, three Love -Boat - TV movies. The first TV movie ( The Love Boat ) is about the journey to the Captain Thomas Ford ( Ted Hamilton) ( the characters " Gopher ", played by Sandy Helberg, and " Isaac ", played by Teddy Wilson, already existed ). In the second TV movie ( The Love Boat II) took over the performers of " Gopher " Smith and bartender Isaac their roles, the ship was captain of Madison ( Quinn Redeker ) commands. Bernie Kopell, who later became Dr. Bricker, here played the role of Dr. O'Neill. Only in the third TV movie (The New Love Boat ) all performers in the later series were available.
  • Each episode usually has three or sometimes even more storylines that have been written by different authors. For each plot line is a subtitle in the opening credits.
  • Some of the Love Boat episodes have an original length of 90 minutes. For the German broadcast on Sat.1 whole storylines was cut to shorten it to 45 minutes can choose from these consequences. The extra-long episodes have been sent in part as a two-parter. It also happened that the shortened out storylines were inserted into other episodes, what others had to give way again. In addition, to date more than 30 episodes were not aired.
  • While the German adaptation The dream ship all episodes were filmed on passenger ships, the majority of episodes of Love Boat was taken in a studio decoration. Only a few episodes and some scenes were actually filmed on the Pacific Princess. An exception also form the consequences of excess length, they were filmed on different cruise ships.
  • Due to the frequent change of scenery was The Love Boat - unlike many American comedy series (eg, Golden Girls, Will & Grace and The Mary Tyler Moore Show ) usual - not recorded in theater atmosphere before PRESENT studio audience; here the funny noises actually came exclusively from the band. The background laughter contained in the original have been omitted in the German dubbing, however.
  • The title song " Love Boat" was written by Paul Williams and Charles Fox. Interprets it was written by Jack Jones, in the final season of Dionne Warwick.
  • The series is based on a novel by Jeraldine Saunders. In The Love Boats she describes her experiences on a passenger ship as a ship's hostess. Also, elements of the U.S. series The Gale Storm Show, which was produced from 1956 to 1960, can be found in The Love Boat again.
  • For subsequent adventures in the Caribbean of the U.S. series Charlie's Angels ( also produced by Aaron Spelling ) was the Love Boat Handlungsort.
  • The ship from the series ran under the name of Sea Venture in 1971 on the North Sea Werke GmbH (then belonging to the Rhine steel ) in Emden from the stack.
  • In addition to the Pacific Princess was her sister ship Princess Iceland and the Stella Solaris, Pearl of Scandinavia, Vista Fjord, Royal Viking Sky and Royal Princess focal point of the stories around the Love Boat.
  • In February 2012, the former Pacific Princess was bought by a Turkish terminators for 2.5 million euros, which is the former Love Boat scrapped.


  • In the feature film The Incredible Journey in a crazy spaceship (1982 ), the pilot Ted Striker runs (Robert Hays ), after he has escaped from the mental hospital, past the prison wall at Jack Jones singing the Love Boat Theme Song currently in the spotlight.
  • In Ace Ventura - Pet Detective (1994 ) the private Ventura welcomes the admission of a party with because it strongly resembles him in his uniform " Hello Captain Stubing ".
  • The Next Generation and the Love Boat parody: In the comedy series Saturday Night Live (1994 ) next Star Trek is. Picard actor Patrick Stewart is wearing a captain's hat and standing at a wheel on the bridge of the Enterprise. On the model of the Starship Enterprise, the Pacific Princess is merged with the saucer section. After the typical Star Trek introduction, which is interpreted slightly differently by Stewart ( it begins with "Love, the final frontier ..."), the opening credits with the Love Boat intro is highlighted.
  • In an episode of the comedy series MADtv U.S. the opening credits of The Love Boat was parodied. It was mixed at the sketch Titanic -Titanic Love the Love Boat and.
  • In Episode 8 of Season 6 South Park the opening credits of The Love Boat is parodied as " Catholic Boat".