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The Love Boat: Season 1, Vol. 2

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Each week, passengers looking for romance board the beautiful Pacific Princess and set sail for tropical and exotic lands. Ship's Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin McLeod), cruise director Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes), Yeoman "Gopher" Smith (Fred Grandy), Doctor Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell), and bartender Isaac Washington (Ted Lange) help them to get the most out of their trips and do their best to help them fall in love. This 4-disc set contains the remaining 12 episodes of the first season (January to May 1978) and the 1976 ABC Movie of the Week that introduced The Love Boat, if not the crew: Eight Is Enough patriarch Dick Van Patten, for instance, serves as the ship's staff physician.

The Love Boat is still "exciting and new" in these 12 star-studded episodes that completed its maiden season. The essence of comfort television, this decade-defining anthology series set aboard the Pacific Princess offered viewers a grand and glamorous escape as week after week Capt. Stubing, the Bligh with a heart of gold (Gavin McLeod), cute and capable cruise director Julie (Lauren Tewes), Yeoman-Purser "Gopher" (Fred Grandy), lecherous Adam "Doc" Bricker (Bernie Kopell), and bartender Isaac (Ted Lange) became entangled in their passengers' romantic crises. Each episode deftly interweaves stories ranging from silly (Gopher smuggles a monkey onboard) to sweet (two inexperienced newlyweds fail to, um, connect) to the serious (an older man feels he must give up his much younger lover). Unlike envelope-pushing shows of the day like Saturday Night Live and Soap, The Love Boat did not make waves. Nudge-nudge and wink-wink jokes aside, viewers could sit back, relax, and bask in the certainty that in most episodes true love would win out by the time the ship docked, with rocky marriages saved, rutted relationships rekindled, and new romances launched. Of course, what keeps us booking return passage on The Love Boat is the eclectic roster of guest stars, familiar hands from movies and television. It's always a joy to see Jim Backus at his blustery best, Morey Amsterdam and Rose Marie crack wise, and Georgia Engel (McLeod's The Mary Tyler Moore Show costar) be charming and childlike. It's also fun to see stars cast against type, like Get Smart's Don Adams as a nightclub entertainer, Hee-Haw babe and former Playboy Playmate Barbie Benton as a French-speaking golddigger, and Sgt. Bilko's Phil Silvers as lonely man who gets a new lease on life. It's more fun still to spot future stars like Shelley Long (Cheers), taking her bookworm persona for a spin around the deck before breaking through on Cheers. This four-disc set somewhat makes amends to collectors for splitting the season by including The New Love Boat, the feature-length pilot that launched the series and christened the iconic crew. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Fred Grandy, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes
  • Directors: Alan Rafkin, Allen Baron, Don Weis, Jack Arnold, James Sheldon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Paramount / Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 644 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018O5WTQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Love Boat: Season 1, Vol. 2" on IMDb

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Servo VINE VOICE on May 9, 2008
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Following the format of Love American Style (1969), ABC's "The Love Boat" (1977-1986) featured guest stars in comedy vignettes about love and romance. Unlike Love American Style, the stories were intertwined rather than telecast consecutively, featuring the guest stars along with a regular cast. Namely, the crew of the Pacific Princess. Starring as the ship's crew were Gavin MacLeod (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) as Captain Merrill Stubing; Bernie Kopell (Get Smart) as "Doc" Adam Bricker, Fred Grandy as Yeoman Purser Burl "Gopher" Smith; Ted Lange (That's My Mama) as bartender Isaac Washington; and Lauren Tewes as cruise director Julie McCoy. One of the most popular new shows of the 1977-78 season, The Love Boat received an extra boost in ratings when it was paired with similar hit series Fantasy Island the following season. From the lyrics ("Come aboard, we're expecting you") in the theme song performed by Jack Jones to the personalized opening cast credits ("Starring your Love Boat crew..."), the show purposely gave the impression that you (the viewer) were taking the cruises.

It was good to see the show finally come to DVD with The Love Boat - Season One, Volume One which featured decent video and audio. Complete the first season with The Love Boat - Season One, Volume Two. This 4-disc set features the show's remaining 12 hour-long Season One episodes; Full Frame (1.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAME on October 24, 2010
The last 12 episodes from THE LOVE BOAT's first season, including the "Movie of the Week" special which launched the official series. Join the crew of the Pacific Princess, including cruise director Julie McCoy (Lauren Tewes), Captain Merrill Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Dr. Adam Bricker (Bernie Kopell), Purser "Gopher" Smith (Fred Grandy) and bartender Isaac Washington (Ted Lange) for comedy, drama, and yes, romance on the high seas.

Co-producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas Cramer were instrumental in setting the bar for this kind of "glamour television", helped by fashion designer Nolan Miller, who swathes the parade of guest stars in glittery sea attire. What often jars however (especially this early in the game) was the recycling of guest stars, sometimes only weeks apart--for example, Michele Lee returns in TWO stories in this volume (including a lavish two-parter), but she'd already appeared in another episode earlier in the season! Four episodes in the first season alone (and three separate characters)! Isn't that some sort of record? Patty Duke, Diana Canova and Robert Urich are three more frequent passengers with "multiple character disorder". No matter. Whatever floats the boat, I suppose.


* "Family Reunion / Too Hot to Handle / Cinderella Story"
guest stars Kathy Bates, Bob Crane, Rosemary De Camp, Don DeFore, Bruce Solomon and David White.

* "Isaac's Double Standard / One More Time / Chimpanzeeshines"
guest stars Don Adams, Pearl Bailey, Nanette Fabray, Allyn Ann McLerie and Tracy Reed.

* "The Eyes of Love / Masquerade / Hollywood Royalty / The Caper" (two parts)
guest stars Desi Arnaz Jr.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By T. GARDNER on September 7, 2008
I enjoyed season 1 volume 1 and I enjoyed volume 2 as well. I agree with some of the other reviewers that are disappointed that the complete season was not offered, however, I have been waiting for too long for this series to be released on dvd to protest buying it. The show is just as I remembered, cute, a little corny, and a lot of fun to watch. I can't wait until more seasons are released.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By V. K. Manglaveras on May 10, 2008
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At last vol II is announced and the 13 remaining episodes of season 1 will be included here together with the third love boat tv movie which aired in may 1977 but actually is the pilot tv movie for it was the first love boat movie which all the original cast were present.
According to [...] this movie will be included as a bonus in this dvd set so if this is true that's great news and we may get also the other movies in future love boat dvd releases as bonus
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Abell on February 22, 2009
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My girlfriend and I both grew up as kids watching the Love Boat and have been pleasantly surprised how much we're both enjoying watching the original episodes again after so many years, they're clearly born of their time and are goofy as heck, but they're also incredibly entertaining and often very funny. The sexual innuendo was lost on me as a little kid, but it is very much apparent watching the show as an adult why so many people tuned in all those years ago, it's been a blast watching season 1 and the first half of 2, these have got to be selling well enough to keep the sets coming I hope, we're both looking forward to more and those TV movies and any outtakes in future releases would be very much appreciated. Take a chance, you might be surprised how much fun memories these bring back!!!
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