Life with Lucy

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Twas the Flight Before Christmas

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 13

    World's Greatest Grandma

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    Breaking Up is Hard to Do

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Lucy's Green Thumb

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Lucy and Curtis Are Up a Tree

    Aired

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy Barker

  • Gale Gordon

    Curtis McGibbon

  • Ann Dusenberry

    Margo Barker McGibbon

  • Jenny Lewis

    Becky McGibbon

  • Donovan Scott

    Leonard Stoner

  • show Description
  • Twelve years after Lucille Ball's show Here's Lucy left the air, she was coaxed back to television for a new sitcom on ABC. ABC had to promise Lucy a truckload of money, complete creative control, no pilot or testing before a preview audience, and a guaranteed time slot on the fall schedule. ABC, however was less than thrilled with the result, as was the general public. 75-year-old Lucy was still in good shape for her age, but many of the scripts were rehashes of episodes of previous series, and the whole show had a sugary-sweet Brady Bunch feel that seemed more like it should have been done in the '60s rather than the '80s. During Lucy and Gale's entrance, each would get an overblown canned applause. In traditional Lucy style, many episodes were jam-packed with physical comedy and sight gags -- Lucy even got a chance to to chase a celebrity when John Ritter came to town. Lucy again played a widow in this series, only now she was a grandmother. Her late husband, Sam Barker, died leaving her half-ownership of M&B Hardware, which was co-owned by her son-in-law's father, Curtis McGibbon (played by long-time Lucy cohort Gale Gordon). To complicate matters, Curtis and Lucy had to move in with their children; his son, Ted, a law student; Lucy's daughter Margo; and their "two adorable grandchildren" Becky and Kevin, who rounded out the Barker/McGibbon clan. Working at the hardware store was bumbling assistant Leonard Stoner. The theme song was sung by Eydie Gorme, and was written by Martin Silvestri, Jeremy Stone, and Joel Higgins. After a two-month run, the show was yanked from the airwaves, though only 8 of the 13 episodes had aired. A 14th episode titled "Twas the Flight Before Christmas," was written but never filmed. With the exception of the first episode, which was run twice on Nick-at-Nite a few years ago, none of the episodes have been broadcast since 1986. Due to the series brief exposure, Executive Producer Aaron Spelling donated every episode to Lucille Ball's museum, where they are proudly showcased. Low quality copies of the 13 episodes, organized in production order, are also circulating in fandom. In 2002, Life with Lucy was named the 26th "Worst Show of All-Time" by TV Guide. Many people have expressed interest in getting episodes of the show on video or DVD. Since masses of series are now getting a DVD releases, go to TV Shows on DVD (www.tvshowsondvd.com), register and vote on the show (and any other series you want to see on DVD). Support from TV fans does make a difference in getting the studios to release series on disc.moreless

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  • Notes (13)

    • This episode recieved two additional airings in the late '90s during Nick-at-Nite's "We Love Lucy" week.

    • Those who worked on the show say that Lucille called "CUT" many times in future episodes, partly because she was worried over rumors that show was going to be cancelled.

    • Lucille said in an interview that John Ritter was so funny on the show, she couldn't stop laughing and for only the third time in her career, she herself yelled "CUT" because she couldn't stop laughing.

    • The script for this episode is dated 7/30/86.

    • Since Lucy appeared on the hourlong "The Best of Three's Company" episode, John Ritter returned the favor by appearing as a guest on her new series.

    • We find out Lucy's maiden name is Everett, and Leonard's last name is Stoner.

    • The script for this episode is dated 7/24/86.

    • The script for this episode is dated 9/17/86.

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    Trivia (14)

    • This is the only episode of the series to show scenes for the next episode, and it's interesting that the producers chose the I Love Lucy theme to score with these coming attractions.

    • This episode received two additional airings in the late '90s during Nick-at-Nite's "We Love Lucy" week.

    • John Ritter was one of Lucille's favorite stars to work with, and all week long on the set, she referred to herself as having "Ritter-itis."

    • Since Lucy appeared on the hourlong "The Best of Three's Company" episode, John Ritter returned the favor by appearing as a guest on her new series.

    • Lucille said in an interview that John Ritter was so funny on the show, she couldn't stop laughing and for only the third time in her career, she herself yelled "CUT" because she couldn't stop laughing.

    • The script for this episode is dated 7/30/86.

    • The script for this episode is dated 7/24/86.

    • The script for this episode is dated 9/17/86.

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