Reviewing the Love Boat, 31 Years On

Over the holiday weekend, Bridgette and I relaxed and watched a couple episodes of The Love Boat on DVD, courtesy of Netflix, the internet, the United States Postal Service, and money.

It’s a good show, I guess, if you enjoy total crap.

After reflecting on a few 1977 episodes of the show, I was bothered by a great number of the show’s themes…

Did Isaac Washington, the affable bartender, have Downs Syndrome? It sure seemed like he did. Either that, or he was hoping to smile away America’s history of racism.

Adam Bricker, the ship’s leathery medical doctor, seemed to spend his days passing out pills to near-total strangers and carousing with women half his age. Nice gig if you can get it, I suppose.

Captain Stubing, with his blue-blooded Northeastern accent and hifalutin charms, was like if Franklin D. Roosevelt were physically robust, yet completely innocuous. He regularly wandered into scenes, made a droll comment or two, and smiled unnaturally before trolling away. Didn’t this guy have a job to do?

Furthermore, he dressed like he had just strolled in from a leisurely game of badminton, blithely unaware that his pansy white shorts utterly undermined his authority as ship’s captain.

On the plus side, however, the show’s laugh track is totally convincing.

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6 Responses to Reviewing the Love Boat, 31 Years On

  1. scott says:

    i always dug Isaac’s ‘stache. seriously, it is a thing of beauty.

  2. Peter says:

    It was definitely a robust and virile mustache. In fact, Isaac’s mustache is my third-favorite character in the show.

  3. tim hopps says:

    i get Isaac and Billy Preston mixed up.

  4. Thom says:

    Man…I always hated this show…but your hearty review is making me think I had it all wrong, and I should probably add it to my Netflix queue.

  5. Christine says:

    Fun Factoid: We named our family cat Gopher.

  6. Roger says:

    I think the captain was really walking around in his white boxers, indicating that he was wandering into and out of scenes looking for his pants.

    That’s just one guy’s take, though.

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