Here's Lucy

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  • TV-PG
  • 1968
  • 6 Seasons
  • 6.9  (1,752)

Here's Lucy was a popular American television sitcom that aired on CBS for six seasons from 1968-1974. The show starred legendary actress, comedian, and producer Lucille Ball as Lucy Carter, a widow who lived in Los Angeles with her two children Kim (played by her real-life daughter Lucie Arnaz) and Craig (played by Desi Arnaz Jr.), and her brother-in-law Harry (played by Gale Gordon).

The show was created by Lucille Ball and writers Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Davis, who worked with Ball on her earlier series I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Here's Lucy followed a similar format to these previous shows, featuring Lucy getting into various comedic hijinks and misadventures with her family, friends, and various celebrities who guest-starred on the show.

Each episode of Here's Lucy typically opened with a musical number featuring Lucille Ball, Lucie Arnaz, and Desi Arnaz Jr. performing a song and dance routine. The show also utilized a laugh track, which was a common practice in sitcoms of the era.

One of the hallmarks of Here's Lucy was the chemistry between Lucille Ball and her long-time co-star Gale Gordon. Gordon played Lucy's cantankerous brother-in-law Harry, who reluctantly went along with Lucy's schemes but often became exasperated with her hijinks. The banter between Lucy and Harry was a highlight of the show, with Gordon's deadpan delivery providing the perfect foil to Ball's zany antics.

In addition to Gordon, Here's Lucy featured a talented supporting cast, including Mary Jane Croft as Lucy's friend Mary Jane Lewis, Vanda Barra as Lucy's neighbor Vivian Jones, and Candy Moore as Lucy's daughter Kim's best friend, Mary Jane's daughter Jerry.

One of the unique aspects of Here's Lucy was the show's frequent use of celebrity guest stars playing themselves. Over the course of the series, numerous famous faces appeared on the show, including John Wayne, Carol Burnett, Liberace, Andy Griffith, Milton Berle, Johnny Carson, and more. These guest stars often became embroiled in Lucy's wacky schemes, leading to memorable comedic moments.

Aside from the celebrity guest stars, Here's Lucy also referenced contemporary pop culture and Hollywood trends of the time. For example, in one episode, Lucy and Harry attend a "Happening" where they encounter hippies and psychedelic art, while in another, Lucy becomes a hairdresser and competes in a hair fashion show.

Despite its lighthearted and comedic nature, Here's Lucy also tackled serious themes from time to time, such as women's rights, the environment, and the evolving social landscape of the 1960s and 70s.

Throughout its six-season run, Here's Lucy remained a popular and beloved sitcom, winning numerous Emmy nominations and cementing Lucille Ball's status as one of television's most iconic stars. While it may be most remembered as a nostalgic relic of the 1970s, the show's enduring popularity and cultural impact continue to be felt today, as new audiences discover it on streaming services and cable TV.

Here's Lucy is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (145 episodes). The series first aired on September 23, 1968.

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Lucy Fights the System
24. Lucy Fights the System
March 18, 1974
A waitress comes to the agency looking for work, after her boss fired her for being too old. Lucy decides to teach the restaurateur a lesson, and sends Kim to replace the waitress. Armed with phony credentials and Lucy's schemes, Kim drives the owner to distraction with odd ideas and poor customer service.
Where is My Wandering Mother Tonight?
23. Where is My Wandering Mother Tonight?
March 11, 1974
Lucy is lonely, so Harry has Kim invite her over. But after she arrives, she overhears Kim tell a friend that her mother is "in the way," so Lucy manufactures an excuse to leave, and then disappears so thoroughly that her daughter starts to worry!
Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball
22. Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball
March 4, 1974
Lucy enters a contest - the winner will be the person who most looks like... Lucille Ball! It's part of a promotion; when both Lucy and her daughter Kim reach the finals, they must imitate Lucille Ball's look from Mame and sing a commerical jingle.
Lucy and Phil Harris Strike Up the Band
21. Lucy and Phil Harris Strike Up the Band
February 25, 1974
Lucy learns that Phil Harris wants to form a new orchestra. Sensing an opportunity, she gathers many unemployed musicians, clients of the Unique Employment Agency, and presents them to Phil, who hires them. Because a lot of them are minorities, Phil looks good - until some women realize none of their gender are counted among the new orchestra! Harris solves that problem by hiring Lucy herself as a vocalist!
Mary Jane's Boyfriend
20. Mary Jane's Boyfriend
February 18, 1974
Mary Jane goes to charm school, figuring with a few lessons she can snag a boyfriend. And she does - until he meets Lucy! Lucy must figure a way to send him packing, and must decide what to tell Mary Jane about it...
Milton Berle is the Life of the Party
19. Milton Berle is the Life of the Party
February 11, 1974
Milton Berle offers an appearance as a charity auction prize. When Lucy's friends tell her she throws boring parties, she decides to throw an exciting party, and to that end, bids on Berle's services - which she wins for just $7.50!
Lucy, the Sheriff
18. Lucy, the Sheriff
January 28, 1974
The small town of Cartridge Belt, Montana discovers that Lucy Carter is a descendant of a sheriff from departed days, Flora Belle Orcutt. So they ask her to visit for a planned celebration during which she'll be the acting sheriff for a week. Tough luck that some real crooks choose that week to knock over the bank...
Lucy is N.G. as an R.N.
17. Lucy is N.G. as an R.N.
January 21, 1974
Lucy must cancel her convention trip to care for her uncle Harry, who has a bad knee, for Kim who has a bad cold, for Mary Jane who has a pair of broken hands, and for Harry the Cat, who is about to have her kittens! The job proves more than Lucy can safely handle...
Meanwhile, Back at the Office
16. Meanwhile, Back at the Office
January 14, 1974
Harry decides to sell his agency to Ken Richards, who retains Lucy as his secretary. But then Harry discovers that he's miserable and realizes it's because he needs to run the Unique Employment Agency! Lucy schemes to get her new boss to sell the agency back to her old boss.
Lucy is a Bird Sitter
15. Lucy is a Bird Sitter
January 7, 1974
Harry, in support of the city's zoo, agrees to care for a rare New Guinea bird until it can be united with its mate. The tropical animal requires a lot of heat, so when Harry's furnace fails, he enlists Lucy to care for the bird, which she promptly loses...
Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers
14. Lucy Plays Cops and Robbers
December 31, 1973
Local burglaries prompt Lucy to propose a neighborhood watch. But she begins to see crooks around every corner and behind every tree, prompting her to call the police... too many times. So naturally, when she's trapped in her home by a real burglar, the police don't take her call seriously...
Lucy and Chuck Connors Have a Surprise Slumber Party
13. Lucy and Chuck Connors Have a Surprise Slumber Party
December 17, 1973
Harry rents Lucy's home to a movie production company. She makes a pest of herself and the film crew banishes her. She returns later, confident that they've finished, and unaware that star Chuck Connors is asleep in her bed.
Harry Catches Gold Fever
12. Harry Catches Gold Fever
December 3, 1973
Harry purchases land by pretending to be an environmentalist. He believes there's gold on that land, and enlists Lucy to help him find it, but all they find instead is bear trouble...
The Carters Meet Frankie Avalon
11. The Carters Meet Frankie Avalon
November 19, 1973
When the Carters go to see Frankie Avalon perform, Kim gets invited on stage to perform with him. That earns her an invitation to enter an amateur's contest, and Lucy begins scheming about how to win it... with a ringer!
Tipsy Through the Tulips
10. Tipsy Through the Tulips
November 12, 1973
Lucy needs more money precisely when Harry decides to cut costs, so she takes a second job: she hires out to a mystery writer who must finish a novel. Her job? Keep him sober so he can do it. But the man has caches of booze hidden everywhere and Lucy finds it hard to keep up - especially after she's shared "just one" with the soused author, just one too many times.
Lucy and Joan Rivers Do Jury Duty
9. Lucy and Joan Rivers Do Jury Duty
November 5, 1973
Lucy draws jury duty, and much like the trial in "Twelve Angry Men," deliberations boil down to a lone dissenter - Lucy! Joan Rivers plays another of the jurors.
Lucy and Andy Griffith
8. Lucy and Andy Griffith
October 29, 1973
Lucy falls hard for Andy Johnson, a man who works with "wayward" youth. But Kim isn't sure he's on the level, so she disguises herself as the sort of person he'd want to help, to test him.
Lucy's Tenant
7. Lucy's Tenant
October 22, 1973
Lucy elects to rent out Kim's room, but her first tenant, Kermit, proves annoying. She schemes to rid herself of Kermit, first faking a love interest and finally convincing Harry to play her long lost husband to get Kermit to break the lease.
Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance
6. Lucy Gives Eddie Albert the Old Song and Dance
October 15, 1973
A woman who looks like Lucy has been harassing stars including Rock Hudson and Eddie Albert. So when Lucy tries to get Eddie to appear at a charity function, he jumps to the wrong conclusion.
The Bow-Wow Boutique
5. The Bow-Wow Boutique
October 8, 1973
Harry purchases a pet shop, strictly as an investment, and quickly drives away the employees, forcing him to reply on Lucy and Kim. He warns them to take good care of dog trainer Bob Williams, a potential buyer.
Lucy the Wealthy Widow
4. Lucy the Wealthy Widow
October 1, 1973
Lucy wants a loan to modernize the Unique Employment Agency. She's sure the only way she can persuade the bank to loan her money is to act like she doesn't need any money, so she enlists Kim and Harry to pretend to be her servants!
Lucy, the Peacemaker
3. Lucy, the Peacemaker
September 24, 1973
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé both contact the agency looking for domestics. It seems they've had a terrible fight and have separated. Lucy tries to bring them back together, but only makes the situation worse.
The Big Game
2. The Big Game
September 17, 1973
Harry books O. J. Simpson to speak at the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce. That nets him some football tickets, but when he tries to sell the ones he doesn't need, he gets arrested for scalping!
Lucy and Danny Thomas
1. Lucy and Danny Thomas
September 10, 1973
Lucy takes up painting, and winds up meeting a talented artist named Danny Gallupi. He explains that his work will only be valuable after he dies, so Lucy concocts a scheme to fake his death so that his work will be valuable right away.
Where to Watch Here's Lucy
Here's Lucy is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Here's Lucy on demand at Peacock Premium, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Hoopla, Crackle, Tubi TV, Pluto TV and Peacock.
  • Premiere Date
    September 23, 1968
  • IMDB Rating
    6.9  (1,752)