Here's Lucy

CBS (ended 1974)
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  • HERE'S LUCY. This often forgotten and critically bashed series from Lucille Ball, her 3rd, is arguably superior to the LUCY SHOW. Probably unjustly misaligned by critics due to a difficult and weak opening season, HERE"S LUCY improved with every season and contains some of the best work of Lucille Ball's career. The wonderfully abstract LUCY SHOW plays more as a variety show than sitcom, and certainly has its share of classic episodes. Missing from the Lucy Show, however, is the character development , focus, and warmth ( that made I LOVE LUCY so successful). HERE"S LUCY switches formats and focus' on widower Lucy Carter, single-working Mom and life with her two children (Ball's own children with Desi Arnaz), and their Uncle Harry. Played by Gale Gordon, Uncle Harry was also Lucy's over-bearing boss. As the seasons pass, Uncle Harry softens and Lucy, Kim, and Craig play more as a family unit. Like Lucy Ricardo, Lucy Carter still loved to get into the show, and her work at the "Unique Employment Agency" often allowed her the chance to sing and dance with top guest stars. Carol Burnett, Jack Benny, and Vivian Vance make numerous, nearly seasonal guest appearances, and other famous guests included Liz Taylor and Richard Burton, Flip Wilson, Ann-Margret, Johnny Carson, Milton Berle, Helen Hays, and Ginger Rogers. Still featuring Lucille Ball's amazing talents for physical comedy and turning a funny line, HERE"S LUCY features dozens of iconic "LUCY" moments. Lucy as down-trodden Dirty Gertie, Lucy wielding a jackhammer on cement, Lucy sky-diving through the roof of a lodge, the famous stuck-on-her-finger Liz Taylor diamond ring, Lucy in a giant pickle outfit, and Lucy and Mannix tied to chairs, physically jumping, bouncing the chairs to comedic perfection, and of course, the moment zany Lucy Carter meets superstar actress Lucille Ball! Many episodes are written by her I LOVE LUCY writers, as well as other tops-in-their field scribes such as Bob O'Brien, the Fox-Jacob's team, and Lou Derman (many of these writer's were presenting their best work simultaneously to ALL IN THE FAMILY). Even with numerous top directors at the helm�Herbert Kenwith, Jerry Paris, Jack Donohue, Jay Sandrich, and Coby Ruskin� it is often repeated that Lucille Ball really directed the shows, but offered deference to the directors she most trusted and respected. This show is rarely seen in syndication despite relatively high ratings during the intital run (Season 1 #9, Season 2 #6, Season 3 #3, Season 4 #11, Season 5 #15, Season 6 #29). It had a daytime run on CBS in 1977. This was followed by it's debut in off-network syndication in Fall of 1981 by Telepictures. Most stations aired the show in latenight after the first few months. Now the show is seen mostly in international markets or on independant stations. PAX TV ran the series briefly in the late 90's. A DVD with 24 episodes was released in 2005 and features lots of great bonus features. Here's Lucy Season sets will be coming out starting with Season One in August 2009, Season Two in November 2009, Season 3 in mid 2010 and continuing until Dec 2012 with the entire series to come out on MPI video. The DVDs will have a ton of special features.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 24

    Lucy Fights the System

    Aired 3/18/74

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    Where is My Wandering Mother Tonight?

    Aired 3/11/74

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Lucy Carter Meets Lucille Ball

    Aired 3/4/74

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Lucy and Phil Harris Strike Up the Band

    Aired 2/25/74

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Mary Jane's Boyfriend

    Aired 2/18/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucille Carter

  • Desi Arnaz, Jr.

    Craig Carter

  • Lucie Arnaz

    Kim Carter

  • Gale Gordon

    Harrison Otis (Uncle Harry) Carter

  • Mary Jane Croft

    Mary Jane Lewis

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (18)

    • (Lucy holds up a string of link sausages Lucy: Shelley, what is this? Shelley Summers: Those are my love beads

    • Lucy: As a matter of fact I usually skip lunch Shelley Summers: You skip lunch Lucy: Yeah Shelley Summers: What are you some kind of a religious nut

    • Harry (to Craig and Kim): He serves the most authentic Chinese food in town. Hello Irving?

    • A police wanted note is looking for "an overweight overaged playboy and his red headed light headed secretary"

    • Mr. Welk's Secretary: Mr. Welk Lawrence Welk: Yes! Mr. Welk's Secretary: There are a couple of teenagers outside Lawrence Welk: Are they picketing? Mr. Welk's Secretary: No. Lawrence Welk: Are they hostile? Mr. Welk's Secretary: No, they seem like nice kids. And they say they're very big fans of yours. Lawrence Welk: Teenagers, big fans of mine? Wunnerful, wunnerful! Don't let them get away, show them in!

    • Harry: When they made me they broke the mold Lucy: They had to it was cracked to start with

    • Craig: Ex-Excuse aren't you Ann-Margret? Ann-Margret: Yes, I am Craig:(laughs nervously) Gee, Imagining meeting you Miss Ann, uh, Miss Margret Ann-Margret: It's Ann-Margret, what's your name? Craig: My name Ann-Margret: Yes? Craig: Oh, uh, Craig Ann-Margret: Craig Craig: Craig! Ann-Margret: Craig! Lucy: Carter Craig: Craig Carter

    • Richard Burton: May I... May I present Lucille Carter, this is my wife Elizabeth Elizabeth Taylor: Hello, How are you? Lucy: You-Your eyes really are lavender? Richard Burton: Wait, till she hears the news and mine will be black-and-blue Elizabeth: What do you mean, love? Richard Burton: Well, what would you think if I told you I turned plumber, mended her leaky pipes, met a man who was Cleopatra and she's got your ring on her finger and she can't get it off? Elizabeth Taylor:(laughing) I'd say your cocktail hour had started a little early today Lucy: But, really he's telling the truth and incidentally, he's a wonderful plumber Elizabeth Taylor: Oh, well, that's good to know if my pipes ever get leaky

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    Notes (178)

    • Jack Baker dancers also appear and feature future guest star and Carol Burnett Dancer Don Crichton. Anita Mann would later be the choreographer for Solid Gold.

    • Typical sitcom debut used to introduce HERE'S LUCY characters.

    • Lucy Carter, single, widowed mother of two teenagers, is a responsible working mother who would also love to find a husband.

    • Kim and Craig Carter are teenagers. Craig is a musician, and older sister Kim, is hip & intellegent, as well as musically inclined.

    • Uncle Harry is the brother of Lucille Carter's late husband. He owns the Unique Employment Agency. He is a cheapskate to a fault. Underneath his loud, bolsterous facade is a caring uncle who takes some responsibility looking out for his brother's family.

    • This episode is meant to exploit Desi Arnaz, Jr.'s recent success with his band, DINO, DESI, AND BILLY.

    • Lucille Ball just had a major motion picture hit with Henry Fonda titled, YOURS, MINE, AND OURS, about two adults marrying that combine two households of many kids. At one point Lucille Ball's new series was considering a similar theme, but IS quickly disregarded. The same premise for YOURS, MINE, AND OURS was soon used for a 1969 ABC sitcom, THE BRADY BUNCH.

    • This is a GREAT episode. The chemistry between the regular cast is fresh and interesting, and Jack Benny is in the top of his form. Jackie Gleason's cameo tops an already classic episode. Both Lucie and Desi Jr. add much to this episode, and they both look great in their bathing suits! Of course, Jack Benny's bathing suit is priceless. This episode is featured on the "Here's Lucy" DVD 4 disc set.

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    Trivia (14)

    • In this episode Shelley Summer's brags about having two Oscars, Shelley Winters did in fact win two for Best Supporting Actress in the films The Diary of Anne Frank in 1960 and A Patch of Blue in 1966.

    • Although Hale and Cox were playing father and son, they were only three years apart in age. Alan Hale was born in 1921 and Wally Cox in 1924.

    • Wayne also sings a Frank Sinatra classic, "I've Got the World on A String". He performs this song while on his dancing horse, Desi Jr. and Lucie are also on dancing horses and perform while he sings. Lyrics for "I've Got the World on A String". Ive got the world on a string Im sitting on a rainbow Got the string around my finger What a world, what a life - Im in love Ive got a song that I sing I can make the rain go Any time I move my finger Lucky me, cant you see - Im in love Lifes a wonderful thing As long as I hold the string Id be a silly so-and-so If I should ever let her go

    • This episode has a good drum duel between Buddy and Desi, Junior(toward the end of the episode). Buddy starts it, as only he could, by saying "let's whale!".

    • According to Lucille Ball, Rudy Valle had the foulest mouth of anyone she's worked with and was very difficult while filming this episode.

    • Lucy's last "spider face!"

    • The dress that appears on the "Vivien Leigh" dummy was previously worn by Lucille in episode 3-23 of "The Lucy Show" (Lucy & Arthur Godfry). It will return in episode 4-01 of "Here's Lucy" during the Gone with the Wind sketch, in a slightly altered state.

    • The dress worn by Lucille in the "Gone with the Wind sketch" was previously worn by her in episode 3-23 of "The Lucy Show (Lucy & Arthur Godfry), although it has been slightly modified for this appearance. It also appeared briefly the previous year in "Lucy & Carol Burnett" in its original form.

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    Allusions (2)

    • The title of this episode is a play on the popular song (Won't you come home) Bill Bailey.

    • Title: The title refers to the song "Tiptoe Through the Tulips."

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Here's Lucy not up to Par with other Lucy shows

    By comet19, Dec 28, 2010

  • Here's Lucy Is Still Lucy!

    By ToddBeaucoudr, Jul 28, 2010

  • I never get tired of watching Lucy. No matter how bad things seem, just watch Lucy and you will feel better. One of a kind, a total original and never a dull moment.

    By AprilFox, Apr 28, 2007

  • This series has always been one of my favorites. I wish we would see more of this in syndication. I can never get enough Lucy.

    By Edpittsburgh, Sep 20, 2008

  • Please VOTE for Lucy!!

    By sigmapi30, Feb 04, 2007