The Love Boat was one of the most popular TV shows of the ’70s and ’80s. It followed the lives of crew members and passengers aboard a cruise ship. The sitcom also involved plenty of romantic and funny adventures. Aaron Spelling, who produced Charlie’s Angels, created the hit series airing for 10 seasons.
Today, streaming services allow fans to watch their favorite classic TV shows and movies. For instance, Little House on the Praire is streaming on Peacock with a premium subscription. Viewers can catch The Dick Van Dyke Show on Tubi and Pluto TV. And devotees of The Love Boat also have a way to stream the beloved series.
‘The Love Boat’: Romance at sea
The Love Boat is an American romantic comedy and drama series. During its decade-long run, it had 250 episodes, with four three-hour specials. According to Closer Weekly, the show takes place on the luxury passenger cruise ship the S.S. Pacific Princess.
Each episode follows the ship’s crew members as they interact with the guests. The characters help provide a quality experience for the various passengers. The action also has sexual undertones, with some crew members helping guests hook up.
The show also has plenty of love, partying, and drama. Many viewers compare the series to Below Deck because of their similar themes. Another aspect of The Love Boat that fans love is it shows viewers destinations around the world.
“The Love Boat brought those locations to American living rooms and a lot of people who couldn’t afford to go to or had never been to these places,” author Jim Colucci wrote in Golden Girls Forever: An Unauthorized Look Behind the Lanai.
‘The Love Boat’: Memorable characters and episodes
Debuting in 1977, The Love Boat ran for 10 seasons on ABC. The show’s main characters were Captain Merrill Stubing, bartender Isaac Washington, cruise director Julie McCoy, and the ship’s doctor, Adam Bricker, IMDb reports.
Gavin MacLeod, Ted Lange, Lauren Tewes, and Bernie Kopell played the respective roles. The series also featured various guest stars portraying passengers. For example, Betty White appeared in a few episodes. Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Sue Anderson also appeared on The Love Boat.
Episodes have multiple titles because they contain various storylines. One popular episode is “Heads or Tails/Mona of the Movies/The Little People.” The premise includes two boys making a bet on who can get a date with Julie, and another man hopes to date his crush.
Another fan-favorite episode was “That’s My Dad/The Captain’s Bird/Captive Audience.” The story revolves around a stowaway named Scott claiming that playboy Jeff is his father, and two crew members have mishaps with a parrot. And the episode “Tony and Julie/Separate Beds/America’s Sweetheart” sees one character butting heads with a zoologist.
Where can you watch the show?
It’s not uncommon for classic TV shows to appear on streaming sites. Avatar: The Last Airbender is a beloved cartoon from the 2000s, and it arrived on Netflix in May 2020. Fans of The Love Boat might wonder if they can also rewatch old episodes through that streaming service. But Netflix doesn’t carry it.
Luckily, the series is streaming through the CBS website. It requires a subscription, but you can get a free trial for seven days. You can also get a CBS All Access subscription through Amazon Prime.