45 years after it first sailed into living rooms and made Saturday night TV synonymous with romance, camp and high-seas hijinks, The Love Boat still inspires a surprisingly fierce nostalgia that just won’t quit. The show was an unexpected smash hit that captivated audiences of all ages allowing armchair travelers to virtually gallivant around the world with endless amounts of legendary guest stars, some of whom had yet to become big names including Tom Hanks, Courteney Cox and Michael J. Fox, while others were legends of the silver screen including Olivia de Havilland and Ginger Rogers. Surprisingly, the now iconic show just barely made it to air and the entire TV industry expected it to fail miserably. But instead of sinking, The Love Boat beat all the odds with its signature blend of romance, drama and laughs unleashed in increasingly exotic ports of call. In The Love Boat: Happily Ever After, stars from the show including Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, Fred Grandy, Cynthia Lauren Tewes, Jill Whelan and Ted McGinley discuss its magic formula and why it wasn’t always smooth sailing on the sometimes floating set.
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May 3, 2020