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The Love Boat - Season Two, Volume One



DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009 (CBS DVD)
MSRP: $36.98
Number of Discs: 4
Number of Episodes: 13 (15 hours)
Running Time: approx. 712 minutes
Running Time of Special Features: approx. 7 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English, Espanol; English, Espanol subtitles
Special Features: Episodic Promos


Set sail again in the sea on your favorite boat, The Love Boat with volume one of the second season now on DVD! The classic romantic comedy series returns on DVD from CBS DVD and it features the first 13 episodes (15 hours worth) from the second season! A little less than 6 months ago CBS DVD gave us the second half of the first season and now we are starting the first half of season two!

The show aired originally on ABC from 1977-1986 and featured nearly everyone in Hollywood who was a star at the time. It was like an all-star show with recognizable faces in every episode. The show also had a regular cast of course...Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod), Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Isaac the Bartender (Ted Lange), and Julie, your Cruise Director (Lauren Tewes).

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

We get the first 15 hours (13 episodes) from the second season. The second season had 28 hours worth of episodes. As I said previously, I wish we could have had them all on one set, but guess not. Each Love Boat episode had three plotlines in each episode. In the two-hour season premiere “Marooned/The Search/Isaac’s Holiday,” the captain, Gopher, Julie and some guests are stranded on a secluded island during a hurricane when a hermit unties their boat, while a vacationing Isaac sails on the ship as a passenger, where he meets a beautiful young woman. In “Rocky/Julie’s Dilemma/Who’s Who,” Julie's parents arrive on board the Pacific Princess and announce their plans to divorce; an author of morally uplifting pamphlets and a prim censor fall in love while sharing a cabin; a young girl's tomboy image falters after she receives her first kiss. In the two-hour episode “A Time for Everything/The Song is Ended/Accidental Cruise/Anoushka,” an executive and his secretary are mistakenly assigned the honeymoon suite; a songwriter's music renews a woman's love for her husband; Captain Stubing meets his daughter (Jill Whelan) by a former girlfriend; Julie helps give a Russian commissar a sexy new image. In “Till Death Do Us Part - Maybe/Locked Away/Chubs,” a ghost experiences jealousy as his mission to find his wife a new husband appears to be succeeding; overprotective Gopher mistakenly entrusts his kid sister to Doc to stave off the ship's wolves, not realizing that she's all grown up; a long-divorced couple is accidentally trapped in an isolated cabin.

This show had the most memorable guest stars of all-time. We get a big name in every episode and in some cases like five big names in an episode. Here are just SOME of the guests you will see on the these first 13 episodes of the second season: John Astin, David Birney, Audra Lindley, Dick Martin, Donna Mills, Jimmy Baio, Norman Fell, Betty Garrett, Melissa Gilbert, Dody Goodman, Ellen Travolta, Sonny Bono, Cathryn Damon, David Doyle, Brett Somers, Erik Estrada, Allen Ludden, Richard Mulligan, Mackenzie Phillips, Hope Lange, Billy Crystal, Todd Bridges, Pat Carroll, Robert Reed, Mary Ann Mobley, Vincent Price, Richard Dawson, Loretta Swit, Juliet Mills, Soupy Sales, Conrad Bain, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh, Jimmie Walker, Allan Young, Edward Albert, Adam Arkin, Patricia McCormack, Bert Convy, Pat Harrington, Florence Henderson, Dabney Coleman, Rue McClanahan, Robert Urich, and Sid Caesar.


The packaging is a simple case holding discs inside. It is just like the first season sets, if you have those. The front of the case has The Love Boat logo with a nice cast photo of the main five cast members, this time with a moon background. We get a nice sky blue color scheme with the ship’s deck and the sea in the background. Season Two, Volume One mention is on the bottom on a raft. On the back of the case we get the wording “Come Aboard!” on the top with nice colorful circles with cast members. In the middle, we get a nice blue circle and the show information in that. We get a nice background of the sea as well. Special Features gets its own little yellow square box.

When we open the case, first on the left side we get a disc-by-disc breakdown of each disc. We get the episode title, original airdate and each guest star on the episode. It is very handy. We just need some episode synopsis, though. On the top it says, “Episodic Promos On All Episodes.” We will have more on that below. On the right side of the case, we get the discs. It is very similar to the previous volume and other CBS DVD sets. A little white plastic thing holds discs one and two. Disc 1 is on the front of that thing and disc 2 is on the back. Disc 3 is on a second plastic holder, while disc 4 is on the right panel of the case. We get cool trivia questions on the right panel of the case, as last time. The answers are on the bottom. See how many you can get correct! As for the disc art, it is again very similar to the last volume and past CBS DVD sets. It is very generic looking with the show logo on the top, the mention of Season One, Volume Two, and what disc number it is. The color for each is silver. The episode titles for each disc are on the bottom of each disc. Episodes 1-3 are on disc one. Episodes 4-6 are on disc two. Episodes 7-9 are on disc three. And episodes 10-13 are on disc four.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The menu screen is decent but very generic, as with the previous sets. First, disc one starts off with auto trailers of Caroline In the City/Dave’s World Seasons 1; Happy Days/Laverne & Shirley/Mork & Mindy Season 3; and I Love Lucy. Then we finally get to the main menu. There is no music in the background, unfortunately. We get a cast photo with water artwork. The options are Episodes and Set Up and they are located inside a raft. In Set Up, we can choose to have audio in English or Espanol, and the same goes for subtitles. In Episodes, we get to the episodes menu where it says Play Promos and then it has the list of episodes. When we choose an episode, it gives us another box saying to Play Episode or Play Episode with Promo. I usually like playing it with the promo, but the promo does not really help. They are just clips with no announcer. All this is pretty much the same as the previous sets. No changes.

Video and Audio Quality:

The video and audio are very good once again! I was really impressed with the video previously, and it continues here as you all know CBS DVD tends to do some bad work on some of its older DVDs. I still do not know if they are remastered or not, but it sure looks good. You do however see some flashing dots and debris here and there, especially in the outside shots and the opening credits. We also once again get episodic promos for each episode. The quality on these promos is terrible compared to the actual episodes on the DVD once again. You can tell a difference right away, but they are watchable. As I stated before, the promos are very bland, just clips of what we will see in the episode with no announcer. The promos run generally 0:30 or so. However, the promo for the two-hour season premiere is about 1 minute and is much better looking than the other promos. I think this is an original promo, while the other promos are for syndication. These are nice to have for sure, though. Each one-hour episode has 7 chapter stops, the 2-hour season premiere has 11 chapters and another two-hour episode has 9 chapter stops. Each one-hour episode is around 49 minutes or so, and the two-part episodes run 98 minutes and 74 minutes. Update: Reader Michael Wagner has informed us that "A Time for Everything/The Song is Ended/Accidental Tourists/Anoushka" was originally a 90-minute episode and not a two-hour episode, so the 74 minute runtime seems normal.

On the back of the box there is once again a very small disclaimer stating, “Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions.” In general, the 13 episodes to me look unedited. I am sure a die-hard Love Boat fan will know for sure. Please let us know in our discussion thread (linked at the end of the review) if there is something missing.

Here are the runtimes NOT counting the 30 second promos:

Disc 1:
1. Marooned/The Search/Isaac’s Holiday (98:07)
2. Rocky/Julie’s Dilemma/Who’s Who? (49:07)
3: The Man Who Loved Women/A Different Girl/Oh, My Aching Brother (49:01)

Disc 2:
4. Julie’s Aunt/Where Is It Written?/The Big Deal (48:40)
5. Mike and Ike/The Witness/The Kidding Bandit (49:04)
6. Ship of Ghouls (49:06)

Disc 3:
7. A Time for Everything/The Song is Ended/Accidental Tourists/Anoushka (74:12)
8. Till Death Do Us Part - Maybe/Locked Away/Chubs (49:00)
9. Man of the Cloth/Her Own Two Feet/Tony’s Family (49:05)

Disc 4:
10. Heads or Tails/Mona of the Movies/The Little People (49:06)
11. The Captain’s Cup/The Folks from Home/Legal Eagle (49:05)
12. El Kid/The Last Hundred Bucks/Isosceles Triangle (49:02)
13. Julie Falls Hard/Double Wedding/The Dummies (49:05)

Special Features:

We get episode promos for each episode once again. The promos are like 30 seconds or so each. So multiply that by 12 episodes and we get a bit over 6 minutes of promos. And the fist episode has a one minute episode, so we are about 7 minutes now. We need more than promos though. I’m sure Kopell , Lange, and the other cast members would love to do interviews and commentaries on episode. And my suggestion for this still stands: They could have guest star interviews or even have some commentate on actual episodes. I hope CBS DVD listens to this and could do this on future sets!

Final Comments:

Well once again I hate how they split up this season in two volumes. CBS DVD is probably doing it for a profit. I’m sure they sold well, so CBS please after you release the second half of season two, please release full seasons for seasons 3-10. Anyway, the episodes look great and it is nice to have them on DVD! We are still missing the first two pilot episodes from Sept. 1976 and Jan. 1977. We got the third pilot movie on the last set, but nothing here. I doubt we’ll get those first two pilots. Let’s get this season two, volume one set and let’s hope CBS DVD finishes off the second season shortly then releases the rest of the seasons on one set each rather than two. Come aboard, we’re expecting you!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0.5/5
Menu Design/Navigation: 4/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 01/24/09

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