As it often happens with a hit TV show, its theme song becomes as popular and beloved as its characters and story, and “The Love Boat” was no exception. From its first episode on September 17th, 1976, to its season 8 finale in May 1985, “The Love Boat” had a signature theme song that was performed by American singer Jack Jones. A lounge crooner, Jones had the perfect voice for the show’s romantic mood.
But for the show’s ninth and final season, the producers decided to spice things up and hire a new performer for the beloved tune: legendary singer Dionne Warwick.
Actor Ted Lange Played Isaac on Several TV Shows
Ted Lange played the beloved cruise ship bartender Isaac for the entire run of “The Love Boat.” However, his character was such a fan favorite that he actually reprised the role for four other TV series. Lange appeared as Isaac in “Weird Science,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “Martin,” and “Love Boat: The Next Wave.”
Before his very successful run role as Isaac, Lange played Junior in the popular show from 1974, “That’s My Mama.” Lange has also appeared in several films, such as “Friday Foster,” alongside Pam Grier, 1988’s “Glitch,” 1978’s “Record City,” 1992’s “The Naked Truth,” and many more. He also returned to play Isaac in the 1990s film “Love Boat: A Valentine Voyage.”
Producers Would Invite the Show’s Fans on a Cruise Trip
“The Love Boat” was one of the most popular shows in the country by the early 80s, and so the producers were always coming up with new ways to entice their loyal fans. People Magazine ran a story back in 1983 where they recounted how the show’s crew would sometimes have to travel around the world for different filming locations and offered their fans a spot on the ship for a steep price.
For anywhere between $3,000 and $8,000, you could reserve a spot on the Pacific Princess Cruise Ship and set sail with your favorite celebrities on a luxurious boat.
The Iconic Boat was Destroyed in 2014
As much as its iconic characters, the Pacific Princess cruise ship became a fixture of “The Love Boat” for its 9-season run. Built in 1972, the luxurious cruise liner lasted an impressive 42 years in considerably good condition. After being used on the show for ten years, the boat was sold to a company and went back to working as a commercial cruise ship.
After a nearly 30-year career in the entertainment business, and fifteen years operating as a commercial liner, the Pacific Princess cruise ship was scraped in 2014, at a scrapyard in Turkey after a sale to new owners fell through.
Teri Hatcher Made Her Acting Debut on the Show
You might know beautiful actress Teri Hatcher from her role as Lois in the 1993 show “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” or as Susan Mayer from 2004’s “Desperate Housewives.” But this talented California native actually made her acting debut in the 80s, when she played a mermaid showgirl named Amy in “The Love Boat.”
During the show’s ninth and final season, Hatcher, who was a young 21-year-old at the time, played a dancing and singing entertainer who was part of the boat’s Mermaid show routine. The role is what led her to land a gig as a supporting actress in six episodes of the 1980s hit show “MacGyver.”