For most of the history of television, the barrier to syndication—and to profitability—has been 100 episodes. The shows that have made it to that mark are an unusual group. Many were big hits. Some found small cult audiences. Still others just hung on as best they could and never posted numbers quite low enough to be canceled. In100 Episodes, we examine the shows that made it to that number, considering both how they advanced and reflected the medium and what contributed to their popularity. This entry covers The Love Boat, which ran for nine full seasons and 250 episodes between 1977 and 1986. Advertisement Aaron Spelling began his showbiz career as a studio bit player in the 1950s, portraying one-off characters like “Weed Pindle” on a first-season episode of Gunsmoke. Familiar with TV and movie sets, he started writing, and producing, and eventually booked a spot in the Guinness Book Of World Records as “Most Prolific TV Producer.” In the ’60s and ’70s, he spearheaded shows like The Mod Squad, Family, Starsky And Hutch, Hart To Hart, and Charlie’s Angels. At his peak, he was responsible for seven hours of programming on the ABC schedule. The running joke was that… Read full this story
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