My review of The Love Boat included: "Coupled with Fantasy Island of similar genre, it used to provide two hours of 'winding down' time every Saturday evening.
"The lead parts were usually well cast and well played, though they were rarely lead parts in any particular story line: they tended to be segue roles as the episode drifted from story to story over the hour."
As much as I liked the show, I tired of its appetite for sensation as the series progressed. Rather than the simple fantasies that made the show popular, the later fantasies tended to dabble into the meta-physical: an unforseen spiritual consequence here and there. Pretty soon it was difficult to discern whether Ricardo Montalban was cast as a facilitator of fantasies, or as God, Himself.