More Depression

Will I ever run out of depressing ’80s title sequences for shows that should have ended years ago? No. No, I will not. Here is the ninth season of The Love Boat, when Julie had been booted off the ship for being a coke fiend and the new blond on board was… Ted McGinley. Of course. Who else?  And, worst of all, they dumped Jack Jones’ recording of the theme song and replaced it with Dionne Warwick. Who was more popular than Jack Jones, but nonetheless, re-recording an iconic theme song almost always is a shark-jumping moment. Also note that they clearly couldn’t afford any guest stars who cost more than the bare minimum. (I love Gordon Jump and Melanie Chartoff, but nobody says, “oh, Melanie Chartoff’s on tonight, let’s set the VCR!” Okay, maybe I would say that, but nobody else.)

These titles are from a German broadcast, so we get “Gavin McLeod als Kapitän.”


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