The Lucy Show

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  • TV-PG
  • 1966
  • 6 Seasons
  • 7.2  (2,317)

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.

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Mooneys Other Wife
18. Mooneys Other Wife
January 22, 1968
Mr. Mooney flirts innocently with a waitress when attending an out-of-town bank convention.
Lucy Gets Involved
17. Lucy Gets Involved
January 15, 1968
Lucy borrows Mr. Mooney's TV set and promptly breaks it.
Lucy and Viv Reminisce
16. Lucy and Viv Reminisce
January 1, 1968
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 Sues Mooney
12. Lucy Sues Mooney
November 27, 1967
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 the Philanthropist
11. Lucy the Philanthropist
November 20, 1967
Lucy helps out a hobo by inviting him in for a hot meal.
Lucys Mystery Guest
10. Lucys Mystery Guest
November 13, 1967
Lucy's going to have a visitor, but since she accidentally tore up their letter, she doesn't know who it is.
Lucy Gets Mooney Fired
9. Lucy Gets Mooney Fired
November 6, 1967
When the bank comes up 48 cents short, Lucy simply takes the change from her own pocket to cover the difference.
Little Old Lady Lucy
7. Little Old Lady Lucy
April 13, 2016
Lucy dresses as old lady to accompany elderly bank president to banquet.
Lucy Gets Her Diploma
5. Lucy Gets Her Diploma
October 9, 1967
A new bank policy requires all of its employees be high school graduates.
Lucy and the Starmaker
4. Lucy and the Starmaker
April 13, 2016
Lucy encourages the bank president's nephew to enter show business.
Lucy and The French Movie Star
3. Lucy and The French Movie Star
April 13, 2016
Lucy drinks too much French champagne and nearly ruins Mr. Mooney's plans to land a new account.
Description

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.The Lucy Show is a series that is currently running and has 6 seasons (103 episodes). The series first aired on September 11, 1966.

Where to Watch The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show is available for streaming on the American Pop Classics website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Lucy Show on demand at Amazon Prime, Hulu, The Roku Channel Free and FlixFling VOD.

  • Premiere Date
    September 11, 1966
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (2,317)