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PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: The cast of the television show ' The Love Boat' waves to the crowd on a float sponsored by Princess Cruises on the parade route during the 126th Rose Parade Presented by Honda on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Did you know ‘The Love Boat’ was a series of movies before it was a TV series? It later became a series that ran for almost 10 years.

The show was based upon a book, Love Boats, by Jeraldine Saunders. She was a real cruise director, the first woman in that role for Princess Cruises.

Only three actors appeared in every episode of the series: Gavin MacLeod (Captain Stubing), Bernie Kopell (Doctor Bricker), and Ted Lange (your bartender, Isaac Washington).

Check out the list of 10 fun facts about “The Love Boat” from Mental Floss.