Herbie, the Love Bug

Last Updated on: January 27th, 2024

Herbie, the Love Bug show 1982“Herbie, the Love Bug” is a television series that aired on CBS in 1982. The show was a continuation of the popular “Love Bug” film franchise that began with the 1968 film “The Love Bug.”

The premise of the show follows the adventures of Herbie, a sentient Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own, and its driver, a young mechanic named Bo. Together, they get involved in a series of wacky and exciting adventures that often involve racing and battling against bad guys who want to steal Herbie for their own nefarious purposes.

The show featured a mix of action, adventure, and comedy, with a focus on family-friendly entertainment. It starred Dean Jones, who had appeared in the original “Love Bug” films, as Bo’s uncle and mentor, and Herbie was brought to life through a combination of practical effects and puppetry.

Despite its beloved source material and talented cast, “Herbie, the Love Bug” was not a commercial or critical success and only lasted for five episodes before it was canceled. However, the show has developed a cult following over the years and continues to be a favorite of fans of the “Love Bug” franchise.

Additional Details:

  • Year of Debut: 1982
  • Year of Finale: 1982
  • Type of Series: Live-Action
  • TV Channel/Platform: CBS
  • IMDB Link


  • Dean Jones: James “Jim” Douglas
  • Patricia Harty: Susan MacLane
  • Richard Paul: Bo Phillips
  • Claudia Wells: Julie MacLane
  • Douglas Emerson: Robbie MacLane
  • Nicky Katt: Matthew MacLane
  • Bryan Utman: Jason
  • Larry Linville: Randy Bigelow
  • Natalie Core: Mrs. Bigelow


  • Director: Charles S. Dubin,  Vincent McEveety and Bill Bixby
  • Executive Producer: William Robert Yates
  • Producer: Kevin Corcoran

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I am founder and editor of DisneyNews.us. My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other sites include DMR and VideoGamesStats.com.