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Old 05-12-2021, 04:12 PM   #1
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Default The Love Boat: Largely an 80s Show

First off, I don't consider The Love Boat or Eight is Enough sitcoms. But I know they are considered that by many because of the laugh tracks. Secondly, The Love Boat aired a major chunk of its episodes in the 1980s. While it premiered in the 70s where that board currently is, only 69 out of 246 episodes aired in the 1970s.
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We did discuss its placement once, in an earlier thread, and I tended to agree with what you've stated as far as 80s series vs. 70s. You might say too that the 70s belonged to its predecessor: Love, American Style.
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There's a long debate about it on The Love Boat board. It seems to be pretty evenly split. I definitely think it's a sitcom based on the laugh track alone. It certainly had more comedy than drama. I do think it had more a 1970s feel well into the 1980s, but I can see the case that more episodes aired during the 1980s. I'm going to move it to the 1980s, but I'm leaving a redirect in the 1970s section.

I think a show like CHiPs is more 1970s because of the disco vibe, even though more episodes aired during the 1980s. I will refuse to move CHiPs to the 1980s because the show wasn't as good once Larry Wilcox left the series. I'm drawing the line with that one. If you asked 100 random people if The Love Boat and CHiPs were 1970s or 1980s shows without any knowledge of the years they ran, I think more people would say 1970s.

I always listed Eight Enough with the sitcoms based on it having a laugh track the first season. I think it would be considered more of a dramedy, so I'm moving it to 1970s Dramas/Dramedies. I will leave a redirect in the 1970s sitcom section so people can find it.
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I love the love boat...

Whatever happend to good shows??? (I dont like watching it as flat digital crap.... I wanna watch the original analogue episodes (Like I was able to then) ))
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A similar debate can be had about Mannix, that series began in 1967 and ended in 1975 so the majority of episodes aired in the 70's. So is it a 1960's show or a 1970's show? To me, it has a 1970's vibe to it so I consider it a 1970's show.

Another series is The Mod Squad, that series began in 1968 and ran until 1973. To me, it has more of a 1960's vibe to it so I consider it a 1960's show.

With regards to The Love Boat, it started in 1977 and ran well into the 1980's so it's true the majority of episodes aired in the 80's. But for me, this show has a mostly 1970's vibe to it so I consider it a 1970's show and would have kept it in the 1970's section here but that's just my opinion.
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