The Good

One can always use more Aaron Spelling programming in their DVD libraries.

The Bad

Lack of extra features.The Love Boat: Season One, Vol. 1 sails up with the first 12 episodes of this landmark show. Now before you scoff and say, "How in the world was The Love Boat Let me simply say that this show, which centered around the lives and loves of people on a cruise ship, ran for 10 years. No that is not a misprint. With Captain Stubing (Gavin MacLeod) at the helm, and his faithful shipmates Doc (Bernie Kopell), Gopher (Fred Grandy), Isaac the Bartender (Ted Lange), and Julie the Cruise Director (Lauren Tewes), this show was always engaging even though its humor really wasn't.

Filled with guest stars like Jimmy Walker, Suzanne Somers, Loni Anderson, and Bill Bixby ! The Love Boat: Season One, Vol. 1 is the kind of show that is high on nostalgia but also rich in memories. While not for everyone this show is worth owning if you're a fan of classic TV.

Features

Episode Promos

How under the sun can Paramount really tell us that these are to be considered extra features? It's like when they list trailers as extra features. Extra means that you went out of your way to do something. It doesn't mean that you have taken some preexisting thing that's part of the regular programming, put it on it's own, and then claim that it's some brand new piece of content. Phooey on that!!

Video

Full Screen Format. These shows looked darker than I thought they would. I didn't notice any dust on the images, I just thought that things would look brighter. Also, the usual Paramount disclaimer "Some episodes may be edited from their original network versions" didn't do anything to help the cause. All in all, these things looked average.

Audio

Dolby Digital. English, Spanish: Mono. Subtitles: English, Spanish. The audio on this release was solid, however I found that things got a little too distorted when the classic Love Boat theme song played. I tried to adjust the audio on my one speaker TV but I can't say that they really helped.

Package

The cast of The Love Boat is presented on the front cover with smiles from ear to ear. They are in their crew clothes and there is a shot of the open sea behind them. The back cover contains more images of the cast and another shot of the sea serves as the background. There is a description of what this show is about, a Special Features listing, and technical specs. All 12 episodes are contained on 3 discs and they are all stored in one DVD amaray case. Lining the walls of this release are episode listings, descriptions and airdates.

Final Word

While I personally never followed The Love Boat when it was in its regular run, it was one of those shows that even as a little kid I enjoyed. Before I put these discs into my DVD player I wasn't sure how this show would hold up. Would I still feel that it was fresh and fun? Would seeing the old characters on screen make me smile like it did before? Would I still be taken by all the gorgeous women galavanting on the screen?

The answer is yes and no.

The freshness and beautiful ladies are still there in The Love Boat: Season One, Vol. 1. What is lacking is the writing. Or, more to the point, maybe television is so sophisticated today that I couldn't help but notice how pedestrian much of the humor is. However, don't let that deter you from this nice cruise down memory lane.