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The Lucy Show was the third sitcom for actress Lucille Ball. It was created as a successor, but not a sequel, to the earlier I Love Lucy show and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. The show's premise is that of Lucy Carmichael, a widow (Lucille Ball) and her divorced best friend Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) sharing a home in New York with their respective children. Lucy has a daughter, and a son: Chris and Jerry. Vivian has one son from her previous marriage, Sherman. As the main character, the executives at CBS decided that Lucy would be a widow, as that was a more acceptable role for a single mother in that era.

There were some loose threads of continuity in the show, as Lucy went through several different jobs at first. Although the character was left a trust fund by her late husband, Lucy worked as a meter maid, hospital aide, and a restaurant owner. She also spends a lot of time trying to convince the guardian of her husband's trust, Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon), to release some of her husband's money to fund various amusing schemes and ideas. Eventually, the Lucy character becomes his secretary, and she moves out to California with Jerry, as her daughter, Chris, is in college. Vivian Vance left the show around this point, and other actresses, including Ann Sothern, Carole Cook, and Kathleen Freeman.

Once the character of Lucy Carmichael moved to California, there were more opportunities for celebrities to guest star as themselves, making the show an ideal setting to spot favorite movie and television stars of the era, including John Wayne, Dean Martin, and even Joan Crawford. Ms. Crawford and Ms. Ball were involved in a very public feud at the time, and although there were some difficulties between the two, the episode was filmed with very smooth performances by both ladies.

The Lucy Show premiered on the CBS network on October 1st, 1962, and ran until March 11th, 1968. Like I Love Lucy, and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour it was produced by Desilu studios. The studio at that time, was still run by Ball's ex-husband, Desi Arnaz, and still owned by both of them.

American Pop Classics
6 Seasons, 102 Episodes - Canceled
September 12, 1966
Classic TV, Comedy
7.2/10
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The Lucy Show Full Episode Guide

  • Mr. Mooney flirts innocently with a waitress when attending an out-of-town bank convention.

  • Lucy borrows Mr. Mooney's TV set and promptly breaks it.

  • When Lucy breaks a leg falling out of bed, Mr. Mooney sends for her old pal Viv Bunson to come west and be her nurse during recovery.

  • Lucy injures her leg while working at Mr. Mooney's house, so she hires Mary Jane's lawyer cousin to get a little money for her pain and suffering.

  • Lucy helps out a hobo by inviting him in for a hot meal.

  • Lucy's going to have a visitor, but since she accidentally tore up their letter, she doesn't know who it is.

  • When the bank comes up 48 cents short, Lucy simply takes the change from her own pocket to cover the difference.

  • Lucy dresses as old lady to accompany elderly bank president to banquet.

  • A new bank policy requires all of its employees be high school graduates.

  • Lucy encourages the bank president's nephew to enter show business.

  • Lucy drinks too much French champagne and nearly ruins Mr. Mooney's plans to land a new account.

  • Lucy goes after the account of a famous country singer to boost the bank's reputation.

  • Lucy, Mr. Mooney, and Mel Tinker stage a shootout at the bank for press coverage.

  • Silvers plays overbearing efficiency expert sent to fix Mr. Mooney's bank.

  • Lucy bothers John Wayne at lunch and on movie set.

  • Lucy gets drafted by accident.

  • Lucy tries on an expensive ring meant for Mr. Moody's wife and gets it stuck on her finger.

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