The BEST Episodes of The Love Boat

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 19, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

American comedy/drama series set on a cruise ship known for its romantic charm.

Same Wavelength, The/Winning Isn't Everything/A Honeymoon for Horace

#1 - Same Wavelength, The/Winning Isn't Everything/A Honeymoon for Horace

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1982

star 10.00
1 votes
Getting Started/Daughter's Dilemma/The Captain Wears Pantyhose

#2 - Getting Started/Daughter's Dilemma/The Captain Wears Pantyhose

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 16, 1985

star 10.00
1 votes
Doc Take the Fifth/Safety Last/A Business Affair

#3 - Doc Take the Fifth/Safety Last/A Business Affair

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 2, 1982

Doc returns from his vacation and introduces Tania, his new wife of a couple of hours, to the crew. Don Adams is a safety inspector taking a vacation and finds danger around every corner on board the ship, but then falls in love with fellow passenger Alice. The president of a financial group comes aboard to talk his female VP out of resigning, due to untrue rumors about them having an affair.

star 9.00
1 votes
Green, But Not Jolly/Past Perfect Love/Instant Family

#4 - Green, But Not Jolly/Past Perfect Love/Instant Family

Season 5 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 30, 1982

A fellow believes he was married to a woman in a past life; Julie decides to change her hairstyle, which results in a shade of green; a high school coach is attracted to a woman with a hyperactive son.

star 9.00
1 votes
Ace In the Hole/Uncle Joey's Song/Father in the Cradle

#5 - Ace In the Hole/Uncle Joey's Song/Father in the Cradle

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 28, 1984

star 9.00
1 votes
Hong Kong Cruise: Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tales of a City (2)

#6 - Hong Kong Cruise: Polly's Poker Palace/Shop Ahoy/Double Date/The Hong Kong Affair/Two Tales of a City (2)

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 4, 1984

A U.S. Presidential-hopeful Senator falls for a businesswoman who intends on opening a large casino in Hong Kong, as his aide tries to derail the affair for P.R. reasons; a woman who simply can't stop shopping bets her husband $25,000 that she can go the entire cruise without buying anything; Julie and Vicki double date, though Vicki secretly falls for Julie's date; an retired spy finds love in the form of a woman secretly hired to keep him safe from revenge-seeking former adversaries; Gopher and Isaac, trenchcoats and all, tail the former spy through Hong Kong and see all sorts of potentially evil stalkers.

star 9.00
2 votes
Aerobic April/The Wager/Story of the Century

#7 - Aerobic April/The Wager/Story of the Century

Season 8 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 3, 1984

star 9.00
1 votes
By Hook or By Crook/Revenge With the Proper Stranger/Don't Get Mad, Get Even

#8 - By Hook or By Crook/Revenge With the Proper Stranger/Don't Get Mad, Get Even

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 17, 1984

star 9.00
1 votes
My Mother, My Chaperone/The Present/The Death and Life of Sir Alfred Demerest (2)

#9 - My Mother, My Chaperone/The Present/The Death and Life of Sir Alfred Demerest (2)

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 24, 1984

star 9.00
1 votes
Paying the Piper/Baby Sister/Help Wanted

#10 - Paying the Piper/Baby Sister/Help Wanted

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 1, 1984

star 9.00
1 votes
Love on the Line/Don't Call Me Gopher/Her Honor the Mayor

#11 - Love on the Line/Don't Call Me Gopher/Her Honor the Mayor

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 26, 1985

star 9.00
1 votes
Vicki's Gentleman Caller/Partners to the End/The Perfect Arrangment

#12 - Vicki's Gentleman Caller/Partners to the End/The Perfect Arrangment

Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired Feb 23, 1985

star 9.00
1 votes
Judy Hits a Low Note/Love Times Two/The Problem With Papa

#13 - Judy Hits a Low Note/Love Times Two/The Problem With Papa

Season 8 - Episode 24 - Aired Mar 23, 1985

star 9.00
1 votes
Roommates/Heartbreaker/Out of the Blue

#14 - Roommates/Heartbreaker/Out of the Blue

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 7, 1985

star 9.00
1 votes
Ace Takes the Test/The Counterfeit Couple/The Odd Triple

#15 - Ace Takes the Test/The Counterfeit Couple/The Odd Triple

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1985

One of Ace's old high school girlfriends, now married to an impotent man, wants an embarrassed Ace to father her child; Gopher falls in love with an older woman, while that woman's daughter falls for Gopher; two total strangers share the honeymoon suite because they independently bought their tickets from a couple whose wedding was cancelled.

star 8.50
2 votes
Brotherhood of the Sea/Letter to Babycakes/Daddy's Pride

#16 - Brotherhood of the Sea/Letter to Babycakes/Daddy's Pride

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 17, 1979

The crew plans a surprise birthday party for Julie. Isaac, Gopher and Doc try to keep her from getting suspicious by claiming that all of their secretive conversations are part of the "Brotherhood of the Sea," a clandestine organization that only accepts men. This infuriates Julie, who becomes determined to break down the gender barrier at any cost. She winds up ignoring a potential suitor while the guys try to distract her by putting her through an "initiation" process. A philandering man relies on his awkward but sweet assistant to keep his various girlfriends from learning about his activities. A young gymnast grows tired of the pressure placed on her by her overbearing father, who is determined to mold her into an Olympic champion. A lonely rich boy, travelling on the cruise alone, tries to encourage her to have some fun.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Howard Merrill, Jay Grossman, Lee Aronsohn
The Stimulation of Stephanie/The Next Step/ Life Begins at 40

#17 - The Stimulation of Stephanie/The Next Step/ Life Begins at 40

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 1, 1979

A sex researcher doesn't realize his assistant is in love with him. A woman helps her football star husband move on after he is cut by his team. A woman tries to find a husband just before her 40th birthday.

star 8.30
10 votes
Writers: Art Baer, Ben Joelson, Gordon Farr, Lee Aronsohn
Chef's Special/Beginning Anew/Kleinschmidt

#18 - Chef's Special/Beginning Anew/Kleinschmidt

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 1981

The head chef is jealous of a new rival chef in the kitchen; a bumbling detective is assigned to protect a client's jewels; two friends reunite.

star 8.25
4 votes
Funny Valentine/The Wallflower/A Home Is Not a Home

#19 - Funny Valentine/The Wallflower/A Home Is Not a Home

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Mar 3, 1979

A wallflower is secretly followed by a shy milquetoast; Stubing is charmed by a fortuneteller; two honeymooning retirees are unexpectedly joined by their overprotective children.

star 8.17
12 votes
Never Say Goodbye/A New Woman/Trial Romance

#20 - Never Say Goodbye/A New Woman/Trial Romance

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 3, 1979

Capt. Stubing receives a letter from his daughter, Vicki. When he tries to call her, he learns that she has run away from her aunt and uncle's home. She shows up on the ship and reveals that she has read her mother's diary, and now knows that the captain is her father. She wants to stay with him, but he feels that it is best that he return her. Vicki's aunt reveals that she is getting a divorce and wants to send her children away for a while so that they won't be affected by the proceedings. Capt. Stubing and Vicki are thrilled by the chance to live together on the ship. Julie plays matchmaker for two shy, old-fashioned people who are unaccustomed to the workings of modern romance. A man is annoyed by the presence of the woman who deadlocked the jury for the attempted murder trial on which they both served, leading to a mistrial. They constantly argue about the case.

star 8.17
12 votes
Directors: Gordon Farr
Writers: Howard Albrecht, Lee Aronsohn, Sol Weinstein, Tony Webster
Rent a Romeo/Matchmaker, Matchmaker/Y' Gotta Have Heart

#21 - Rent a Romeo/Matchmaker, Matchmaker/Y' Gotta Have Heart

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 26, 1980

Doc's plans for a rendezvous are spoiled when the woman's recently dumped (and extremely depressed) sister tags along on the cruise. Doc tries to get some privacy by having a playboy romance the sister. Vicki helps a young boy's efforts to reunite his divorced parents. A woman tries to keep her husband on a short leash, as he has recently undergone heart surgery and she fears he will drop dead at any moment.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Roger Duchowny
Writers: Anitra Earle, Ray Allen
This Business of Love/Crash Diet Crush/I'll Never Fall in Love Again

#22 - This Business of Love/Crash Diet Crush/I'll Never Fall in Love Again

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 13, 1978

A reformed prostitute causes trouble between a one-time "John" and his wife; Captain Stubing re-encounters an old flame; a fun-loving older couple help bring two lovers back together

star 8.15
20 votes
Sounds of Silence/Cyrano de Bricker/Murder on the High Seas

#23 - Sounds of Silence/Cyrano de Bricker/Murder on the High Seas

Season 2 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 17, 1979

A rock star falls for Julie's deaf friend; Doc's old friend competes with gambling for her husband's affection; Isaac is convinced that a couple plans to murder Capt. Stubing.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Richard Kinon
Writers: Howard Albrecht, Joyce Armor, Judie Neer, Margie Peters, Sol Weinstein
April's Love/Happy Ending/We Three

#24 - April's Love/Happy Ending/We Three

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 12, 1980

April returns to the ship with her fiancé, a former used car salesman turned manager whom she has known only a few weeks. The crew is certain that the man is scamming her. A couple comes aboard the ship to finish a script before filing for divorce. A man is shocked to run into the daughter he gave up for adoption and her adoptive mother. He agonizes over whether to tell her the truth about her parentage.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: George Tyne
Writers: Art Baer, Ben Joelson, Tony Webster
The Caller/Marriage of Convenience/No Girls for Doc/Witness for the Prosecution

#25 - The Caller/Marriage of Convenience/No Girls for Doc/Witness for the Prosecution

Season 3 - Episode 28 - Aired May 3, 1980

star 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Fred S. Fox, Harvey Bullock, Larry Markes, R.S. Allen, Seaman Jacobs, Sidney Reznick