Love Boat: The Next Wave

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Love Boat: The Next Wave
Love boat screenshot.jpg
Title card for season 2
Based onThe Love Boats
by Jeraldine Saunders
Developed by
Theme music composerCharles Fox
Opening theme"The Love Boat" performed by Paul Williams
Composer(s)Kevin Kiner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes25
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkUPN
Original releaseApril 13, 1998 (1998-04-13) – May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)
Related showsThe Love Boat

Love Boat: The Next Wave is an American comedy television series which aired on UPN from April 13, 1998 to May 21, 1999. It was a revival of the original 1977–1986 ABC television series The Love Boat.


Set aboard the cruise liner Sun Princess, the series starred Robert Urich as Captain Jim Kennedy, a retired and divorced U.S. Navy officer with a teen-aged son, Danny (Kyle Howard). Phil Morris played Chief Purser Will Sanders, and Joan Severance played Security Chief Camille Hunter.[1]

"Reunion" episode[edit]

A reunion-themed episode reunited several cast members of the original The Love Boat[2]Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Bernie Kopell (Dr. Adam "Doc" Bricker), Ted Lange (Isaac Washington), Jill Whelan (Vicki Stubing) and Lauren Tewes (Julie McCoy). This episode revealed that Julie and "Doc" had been in love all along.[3]





Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16April 13, 1998 (1998-04-13)May 18, 1998 (1998-05-18)
219October 9, 1998 (1998-10-09)May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)

Season 1 (1998)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
11"Smooth Sailing"April 13, 1998 (1998-04-13)4198-001
22"Remember?"April 20, 1998 (1998-04-20)4198-002
33"I Can't Get No Satisfaction"April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)4198-004
44"How Long Has This Been Going On?"May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)4198-005
55"True Course"May 11, 1998 (1998-05-11)4198-003
66"Getting to Know You"May 18, 1998 (1998-05-18)4198-006

Season 2 (1998–99)[edit]

No. in
TitleOriginal air dateProd.
code [4]
71"All Aboard"October 9, 1998 (1998-10-09)4198-007
82"It Takes Two to Tango"October 16, 1998 (1998-10-16)4198-009
93"Captains Courageous"October 23, 1998 (1998-10-23)4198-010
104"Reunion"October 30, 1998 (1998-10-30)4198-008
The original "Love Boat" crew reunites for Vicki's marriage to her fiance, Bill. Captain Stubing is Vice President of Princess Cruises, and he and his wife are awaiting word on whether he will get promoted to president. Kennedy is nervous about Stubing's visit, and in fact, Stubing makes several critical remarks about the Sun Princess and its crew, making Kennedy even more unsettled. Vicki gets cold feet because Bill fawns over her and appears unable to recognize even a single flaw in her. Isaac befriends Paolo and reveals that his time on the Pacific Princess made him unable to maintain a long-term relationship. Meanwhile, Doc and Corey oggle female passengers and share "war stories" about the women they've bedded. Eventually, Kennedy puts Stubing in his place, and they share a heart-to-heart talk. Stubing learns that he has indeed been promoted, but he informs his wife that (without consulting with her) he has declined the corporate position and instead taken an opening as captain of another ship. Isaac meets a woman he he pushes away at first, but hey eventually fall in love. Vicki confronts Bill, who expresses his true feelings and insults Vicki several times, which reignites her passion and saves the wedding. Finally, Julie overhears Doc admitting to Corey that he had secretly been in love with a co-worker during his time on the Pacific Princess, after Julie confronts him, they declare their mutual love. Gopher is mentioned, but his absence is unexplained.
115"All That Glitters"November 6, 1998 (1998-11-06)4198-012
126"The Bermuda Triangle"November 13, 1998 (1998-11-13)4198-011
137"Affairs to Remember"November 20, 1998 (1998-11-20)4198-013
148"Dust, Lust, Destiny"December 18, 1998 (1998-12-18)4198-015
159"Don't Judge a Book by Its Lover"January 1, 1999 (1999-01-01)4198-014
1610"Blind Love"January 22, 1999 (1999-01-22)4198-016
1711"Other People's Business"February 5, 1999 (1999-02-05)4198-017
1812"Love Floats: The St. Valentine's Day Massacre"February 12, 1999 (1999-02-12)4198-022
1913"Three Stages of Love"February 19, 1999 (1999-02-19)4198-020
2014"Divorce, Downbeat and Distemper"February 26, 1999 (1999-02-26)4198-021
2115"Such Sweet Dreams"March 19, 1999 (1999-03-19)4198-019
2216"Trances of a Lifetime"April 30, 1999 (1999-04-30)4198-025
2317"About Face"May 7, 1999 (1999-05-07)4198-023
2418"Prom Queen"May 14, 1999 (1999-05-14)4198-018
2519"Cuba"May 21, 1999 (1999-05-21)4198-024


Carole Horst of Variety called it "a pleasant one-hour trip" that will appeal to fan of the original show.[5] However, in his review, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the show a grade of D+.[6]


  1. ^ King, Susan (April 11, 1998). "Urich Happy to Be Captain of Relaunched 'Love Boat'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  2. ^ Snierson, Dan (September 7, 2007). ""The Love Boat" flashback". Retrieved 2017-05-28. ...and the cast reunited on a 1998 episode of Love Boat: The Next Wave, UPN's unsuccessful franchise relaunch.
  3. ^ Mitchelmore, Pam (2005). "Reunion", Love Boat: The Next Wave.
  4. ^ a b "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Love Boat: The Next Wave"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  5. ^ Horst, Carole (April 9, 1998). "Review: The Love Boat: The Next Wave". Variety. Retrieved 2016-11-04.
  6. ^ Tucker, Ken (April 17, 1998). "The Love Boat: The Next Wave". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-05-28.

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