Aloha Paradise

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Aloha Paradise
Genre Comedy
Created byTom Greene
Written by
Directed by
Composer Charles Fox
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producers
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time48 minutes
Production company Aaron Spelling Productions
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseFebruary 25 (1981-02-25) 
April 22, 1981 (1981-04-22)

Aloha Paradise is an American comedy series that aired on ABC on Wednesday night from February 25, 1981, to April 22, 1981. The series stars Debbie Reynolds and was created by Tom Greene.


Aloha Paradise was executive produced by Douglas S. Cramer and Aaron Spelling, the same team that produced The Love Boat to which the series bore a resemblance. [1]


The series follows the lives of the staff and guests at The Paradise Village resort, located on the coast of Kona, Hawaii. Debbie Reynolds portrayed Sydney Chase, Paradise Village's manager. [2] Bill Daily portrayed the resort's assistant manager Curtis Shea. Other staff members included Fran (Pat Klous), the resort's social director, Mokihama as bartender Evelyn Pahinui, and Stephen Shortridge as lifeguard Richard Bean. Each episode tells three or four stories about people either in love, out of love, or looking for love.


Guest stars

Aloha Paradise featured many weekly guest stars including:


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Alex and Annie / Honeymoon Blues / Everything Else"Richard KinonTom GreeneFebruary 25, 1981 (1981-02-25)
Guest stars: Laurette Spang (Unknown), Grant Goodeve (Unknown), Dean Jones (Alex), Connie Stevens (Annie St Clair), Lorne Greene (Unknown), Jayne Meadows (Unknown), Louis Jourdan (Unknown), Dana Wynter (Unknown), Van Johnson (Mr. Chase), Louanne (Robin), Misty Rowe (unknown), Jim Nabors (Himself)
2"The Star / The Trouble with Chester / Fran's Worst Friend"Herbert KenwithUnknownMarch 4, 1981 (1981-03-04)
Guest stars: Randolph Mantooth (Unknown), Lisa Hartman (Katie), Nanette Fabray (Unknown), Nicki Armstrong (Miss Sedley), Bert Convy (Larry Sedley), James Gregory (unknown), Penny Fuller (unknown)
3"The Kid Who Would Be a Daddy / Make Me a Match / Treasure Hunt"Bob SweeneyJonnie Johns,
Tom Chehak,
Rick Lenz
March 11, 1981 (1981-03-11)
Guest stars: Larry Storch (Dave Peal), Jonathan Winters (Stan), Samantha Eggar (Unknown), Larry Linville (Unknown), Rachel Jacobs (Margaret), Arlene Golonka (unknown), Ken Berry (Sid), Sparky Marcus (unknown)
4"Fantasie Impromptu / Engaged to Be Dumped / Fiona"Bob SweeneyLew GalloMarch 25, 1981 (1981-03-25)
Guest stars: Joan Fontaine (Herself), Brad Savage (Scott), Joanna Pettet (Fiona), Ralph Bellamy (Horace), Pat Klous (Fran), Karen Montgomery (Miss Abel), Dick Sargent (Jim), Olivia Barash (Fredi)
5"The Best of Friends / Success / 9 Carats"Bruce BilsonPablo Dickey,
Rick Lenz
April 1, 1981 (1981-04-01)
Guest stars: Mark Shera (Matt Shaw), Harriet Hilliard (Unknown), Michael Lembeck (Unknown), Jessica Walter (Unknown), Christopher Norris (Darcy), Gene Rayburn (Jerry), Robyn Blythe (Liza), Ray Bolger (Roy), Phil Harris (Harry)
6"Sydney's Old Flame / Everett and the Wolf / Lurp's in Love"Bruce BilsonUnknownApril 8, 1981 (1981-04-08)
Guest stars: Audrey Landers (Heather Dawson), Leslie Nielsen (Grant Culbertson), Don Most (Lurp), Dori Brenner(Unknown), Bob Seagren (unknown), Pat Crowley (Sondra Culbertson), Leslie Easterbrook (unknown), Hermione Baddeley (unknown)
7"Letter from Broadway / Letter from Cyrano / Letter from a Secret Admirer"Bruce BilsonJane Elizabeth RichmondApril 15, 1981 (1981-04-15)
Guest stars: Pat Morita (Dr. Nakamura), Louis Nye (Unknown), Ruth Buzzi (unknown), Jared Martin (Chris), Dick Shawn (Cyrus), Debbie Reynolds (Carlotta)
8"Catching Up / Wambling Out to Yon / Black Day at Bad Rock"Howard MorrisMichael Norell,
Barbara Allyn,
Alan Foster Friedman
April 22, 1981 (1981-04-22)
Guest stars: Rosey Grier (Unknown), Martha Nix (Sharon), Red Buttons (Nick), Denise Nicholas (Carrie), Gene Barry (Unknown), Pat Crowley (Unknown), Dori Brenner (Unknown), Chris Barnes (Danny)

Production notes

Aloha Paradise was produced by Aaron Spelling Productions. The series' two-hour pilot episode was shot on location on the Kona Coast in Hawaii. The remaining episodes were shot on a replica beach at Universal Studios in Los Angeles. [3] [4]

Reception and cancellation

Aloha Paradise was largely panned by critics who compared it to the more successful and long-running comedy series The Love Boat. [3] Scheduled on Wednesdays opposite NBC's popular sitcoms Diff'rent Strokes and The Facts of Life , ratings for the series were low. As a result, ABC decided to cancel the series after eight episodes. [5] Series star Debbie Reynolds later said Aloha Paradise had "...the worst scripts ever. That's why it failed. They didn't even advertise that I was in it. I totally disliked every script and they didn't like me interfering." [6]

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