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., Adrienne Barbeau, Harold Gould, Fernando Lamas, Michele Lee, Juliet Mills, Dan Rowan, Conrad John Schuck, Larry Storch and Karen Valentine.
* "Winner Takes Love / The Congressman Was Indiscreet / Isaac's History Lesson"
guest stars Scatman Crothers, Vicki Lawrence, Maureen McCormick, Bobby Sherman and Dick Van Patten.
* "Last of the Stubings / Million Dollar Man / The Sisters"
guest stars Pat Crowley, Brett Halsey, Marion Ross and Marcia Strassman.
* "A Very Special Girl / Until the Last Goodbye / The Inspector"
guest stars Jim Backus, Paul Burke, Debralee Scott and Laurette Spang.
* "Memories of You / Computerman / Parlez Vous?"
guest stars Frankie Avalon, Barbi Benton, Patty Duke, Jamie Farr, Shelley Long, Ricky Nelson and Carole Ita White.
* "Taking Sides / Going By the Book / A Friendly Little Game"
guest stars Diana Canova, Georgia Engel, Robert Mandan, Audrey Meadows, Harry Morgan and Robert Urich.
* "A Selfless Love / The Nubile Nurse / Parents Know Best"
guest stars Lynda Day George, Elaine Joyce, Monty Hall, Leslie Nielsen, Janis Paige and Mark Shera.
* "Musical Cabins"
guest stars Dick Gautier, Michele Lee, Barbara Rhoades, Marcia Wallace and Paul Williams.
* "The Business of Love / Crash Diet Crush / I'll Never Fall in Love Again"
guest stars Jayne Meadows, Morey Amsterdam, Michael Callan, Annette Funicello, Rose Marie and Jessica Walter.
* "Pacific Princess Overtures / Gopher, the Rebel / Cabin Fever"
guest stars Diane Baker, Kaye Ballard, Gary Collins, Pat Morita, Eve Plumb and Don Porter.
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.
on June 15, 2015
My public library had the other three volumes from the first two seasons, but this one was lost, so I bought it, watched it, and now will donate it so that 19 counties of people in SC can enjoy it, too.
This particular volume contains the PILOT and the second half of season one, so we get to see how the captain happened to become the captain of the Pacific Princess, hear him tell the crew to never allow him to hear them call the ship "The Love Boat", then in the next episode, hear him call it that himself.
Each weekly episode usually contains three story lines, one more romantic, one more comedic, and one focused on a particular member of the crew. The stories are delightful, and fun to hear, watch and enjoy.
I look forward to when we can get more seasons of The Love Boat.
I highly recommend this TV series.
on October 22, 2013
For the better part of a decade, the whole world got a weekly dose of Americas version of 'free love' adrift in international waters. That may sound like a sarcastic joke to today's much more cynical generation but I assure you of my sincerity. It is hard for anyone under 25 to imagine but there was a time the actual word "Sex" was considered shamefull and the very idea of a promiscuous liberated female character was as shockingly fresh as Lady Gaga often tries to be. LONG before the Internet brought us dating sites and anyone actually took sexual harrasment seriously. There were about two mainstream ways for like minded singles to 'hook-up'. Vacations or bars. This show combined drinking and touring into an hour long satire that not only made ratings history, but also answered the then popular riddle... "When a married couple finally runs out of things to talk about, is a divorce really more practical than spending a fortune to go to Mexico and suffer a week of infidelity temptation." In conclusion. This show is not for everyone...anymore. I would say Baby Boomers and some Gen. X-ers. The modern day audience is either going to be too jaded or simply find the hairstyles and fasion wrecks mildly novel. Happily, i'm 40 and enjoy laughing at well writting scripts as well as bell bottoms, mutant afros and tomboys with girl next door looks and charm. If you can relate start collecting the seasons today! There are alot of them and all worth the money.