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The Love Boat is an American comedy/drama television series set on luxury passenger cruise ship S. Pacific Princess, which aired on the ABC television network from May 5, 1977 until May 24, 1986; plus, four three-hour long specials aired in 1986, 1987, and 1990.
The series revolves around the ship's captain Merrill Stubing (played by Gavin Mac Leod) and a handful of its crew, with several passengers—played by various guest star actors for each episode—having romantic and humorous adventures.
Another unique aspect of The Love Boat was its writing format.
Every episode contained several storylines, each written by a different set of writers working on one group of guest stars.
The executive producer for the series was Aaron Spelling, who produced several TV series for Four Star Television, and American Broadcasting Company (ABC) from the 1960s into the 1980s.
In 1997, the episode with segment titles "Hidden Treasure", "Picture from the Past", and "Ace's Salary" (season 9, episode 3) was ranked No.
The three storylines usually followed a similar thematic pattern: One storyline (typically the "crew" one) was straight-ahead comedy.
The second would typically follow more of a romantic comedy format (with only occasional dramatic elements).
Other ships used were the Pacific Princess twin sister vessel Island Princess, along with other cruise liners: SS Stella Solaris (for a Mediterranean Sea cruise), MS Pearl of Scandinavia (for a Chinese cruise), Royal Viking Sky (for European cruises, now MV Boudicca) and Royal Princess (now S. Artemis) and Sun Princess (for Caribbean Sea cruises).From seasons one to eight, the opening sequence began with a long shot of the ship before the camera slowly zoomed in onto its bridge area.This was followed by posing shots of the crew members (updated several times due to cast additions and changes throughout all seasons) at different points on the ship set.In 1981, P&O Cruises' line Sea Princess (now MS Veronica) was also used for the special two-hour episode "Julie's Wedding", set in and around Australia. The series was filmed primarily on sets in southern California's—20th Century Fox Studios for seasons one through five, and the Old Warner Brothers Hollywood Studios for the remainder of the series.The "star of the show", the cruise ship itself, after being renamed the MS Pacific and being sold then owned by another cruise line in Spain, the now-world famous Pacific Princess was retired to Turkey in 2013, where she was scrapped by a ship breaking company after no further buyer could be found.