The Lucy Show

CBS (ended 1968)
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  • The Lucy Show was Ms. Ball's follow-up series to her classic I Love Lucy and subsequent Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour series of specials. To insure its success, she brought along many crew members from her previous series, including the writing staff. During the course of its run, the show underwent several format changes. Initially, the series was set in small town Danfield, New York. Lucy Carmichael was a widow with two children, Chris and Jerry, who shared a house with her buddy Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) and her son Sherman. In the first handful of shows, neighbor and occasional boyfriend Harry Conners (Dick Martin) was featured. Many of the plots during the show's first few seasons revolved around parenting and Lucy and Viv's involvement in the community. But Lucy was still Lucy, meaning trouble for anyone who became involved in her ingenious schemes. Holding the keys to her trust fund was tightwad banker Mr. Barnsdahl (Charles Lane) who endured Lucy's numerous attempts to get at more of her money. At the start of the second season, Lucille met her perfect foil in Gale Gordon, who as banker Theodore J. Mooney, was now in charge of Lucy's account. He bellowed ("Mrs. Carmichael!!!"), huffed, puffed and launched into hothead mode at the slightest provocation. Season two also marked the beginning of the series being filmed in color. Oddly, CBS was still transmitting its programming in black and white. It wasn't until later reruns that these episodes were ever seen in color. (Desilu knew that color was inevitable and having shows shot in color would improve their value later in syndication.) Tired of commuting from her home in the east for a supporting role, Vivian Vance left the show as a regular at the end of the third season. (She still made guest appearances every year or so.) This brought about major changes in the format of the series. In the fourth year, the writers had Lucy's daughter go to college and her son enrolled in a military academy, effectively making Lucy single and childless. (Her kids were basically sent to that same black hole where son Chuck on Happy Days would be sent--the place where characters just disappear, never to be mentioned again.) Lucy moved to an apartment in Los Angeles where, in one of TV's most unbelievable coincidences, Mr. Mooney had also transferred to work at the Westland Bank. He still had control over Lucy's money; he would eventually hire her to work at the bank. In an effort to fill the void left by Viv's departure, Joan Blondell was hired to play Lucy's neighbor and partner in crime. Unfortunately, the two actresses did not get along and Blondell was released from her contract after just two shows. Soon, I Love Lucy alumnus Mary Jane Croft would take over the sidekick role as Mary Jane Lewis. As the plots became centered on Lucy and Mr. Mooney at the bank the situations became increasingly more far-fetched. By the end, the series generally featured a weekly appearance by a famous star playing him or herself. The series was brought to a close by Ms. Ball who had sold Desilu Studios to Paramount. Rather than do a show she didn't own, she canceled The Lucy Show, reformatted and returned in the fall with Here's Lucy. Note: In the listing for this series, the writer who began the series as "Madelyn Martin" worked under many variations of her name. Here, she's listed on episodes as "Madelyn Pugh Davis", regardless of how it appeared in the episodes' credits.moreless

  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 24

    Lucy and The Boss of the Year Award

    Aired 3/11/68

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    Lucy and Sid Caesar

    Aired 3/4/68

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    Lucy and the Lost Star

    Aired 2/26/68

  • S 6 : Ep 21

    Lucy Helps Ken Berry

    Aired 2/19/68

  • S 6 : Ep 20

    Lucy and Phil Harris

    Aired 2/5/68

  • Cast & Crew
  • Lucille Ball

    Lucy Carmichael

  • Vivian Vance

    Vivian Bagley (1962-1965)

  • Gale Gordon

    Theodore J. Mooney (1963-1968)

  • Candy Moore

    Chris Carmichael (1962-1965)

  • Jimmy Garrett

    Jerry Carmichael (1962-1966)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (197)

    • (Chris has just told her Mom she has a date with a 16-year-old who drives a car) Lucy: I don't know, Chris. There's something about you and a boy and a car I don't like. Chris: What is it? Lucy: The whole idea!

    • Viv: flirting with Henry Taylor to kill time while Lucy breaks into his room) Oh, the way you explain fractions! You just make them sing! If I may say so, Mr. Taylor, there's nothing common about your denominator.

    • Lucy: Hey, Viv, have you snagged a date for Saturday night yet? Viv: Well, actually, there were so many men that wanted to take me that, rather than play favorites, I decided not to go at all. That way nobody gets hurt. Chris: Hey, that's a good one! I'll use it next time I don't have a date.

    • (after fouling up the boys' football game by refereeing) Lucy: Hey, kids! I got a great idea! Jerry: Is it anything like the last one?

    • (reading stats on Jerry and Sherman's football cards) Viv: I think they're terrible. Lucy: Why? Viv: They give all the statistics except how old they are and if they're married.

    • (going over Lucy's math in her checkbook) Barnsdahl: Your addition is perfect. Lucy: Thank you. Barnsdahl: However, when we write a check, we do not add to our balance, we subtract. How could you have made such a mistake!! Lucy: Well, to tell you the truth, I--I don't like subtraction.

    • Lucy: (to elephant standing on a $500 bill) Pardon me, but if you lift your foot, I promise to vote Republican.

    • (while auditioning sheep) Lucy: You like black sheep, Viv? Viv: Like 'em? I was married to one! Lucy: Viv, you don't mean half the things you say about Ralph. Viv: I mean everything I say about Ralph.

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    Notes (89)

    • Dick Martin makes his first appearance in this episode

    • Credited as the football players are "The Mighty Mites of the Venice Athletic Club."

    • This episode aired 11 years to the day that I Love Lucy went on the air.

    • Chris is once again a Bobby Darin fan. She'd smashed all of his records recently when he got married.

    • This episode marks Mary Jane Croft's first appearance as Audrey Simmons, a character not unlike Betty Ramsey whom she played on I Love Lucy. Audrey eventually will disappear from the series, but Croft will return, this time playing Mary Jane Lewis.

    • This is Charles Lane's final appearance as Mr. Barnsdahl.

    • This was the last episode with Desi Arnaz as executive producer

    • Lucy's sister is never again seen in any future episodes

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    Trivia (194)

    • Lucy wants to watch the old Greta Garbo movie Camille on TV.

    • In the pillow fight scene at the end, the child played by Desi Arnaz, Jr. gets to hit Lucy with a pillow.

    • Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr make uncredited guest appearances in this episode. Desi plays #63 on the same team as Jerry & Sherman. Lucie sits between Viv and Chris and is seen sucking on a lollipop.

    • Lucy has overdrawn her checking account by $2.15.

    • Viv's ex-husband is named Ralph.

    • Lucy was tops in her class when she went to secretarial school 15 years earlier; there were only two in the class.

    • Mr. Barnsdahl reads from Lucy's late husband's will which directs him not to give her small loans even though she will #1-wheedle, #2-lose her temper, and #3-cry.

    • Vivian plays piano, just as Ethel did on I Love Lucy.

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    Allusions (8)

    • Mr. Foley refers to Lucy as Brenda Starr. Starr is a the lead character in a comic strip about an adventurous female reporter. It debuted in 1940.

    • Chris: We both like the same Hootenanny singers, we both wear Beethoven sweatshirts, and and we both do our homework listening to Dave Brubeck's Jazz Combo.

      Hootenanny was a music series that aired on ABC for a year (1963-1964) during the height of the folk music craze. It taped performances at college campuses around the USA. Dave Brubeck is a jazz musician best known for his recording "Take Five."

    • Pro golfer Jimmy Demaret seems to be around everytime Lucy sets foot on a golf course. He also appeared in the I Love Lucy episode The Golf Game when Ricky and Fred gave her golfing lessons.

    • Lucy: Besides, I've picked up a lot of legal tips from Perry Mason.

      This is reference to the famous fictional layer made famous in books by Erle Stanley Gardner and the TV series Perry Mason starring Raymond Burr.

    • In a reference to the TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Jack Cassidy says into a telephone, "Napoleon who? You've got the wrong number!"

    • A one-armed man bursts into Lucy's apartment waving a gun and saying that a guy has been chasing him for three years. This is a joke about the hit ABC series The Fugitive on which David Janssen was on the trail of the one-armed man who killed his wife.

    • Lucy suggests the "deadpan" robot would be a good replacement for Ed Sullivan. The famous TV show host was nicknamed "Old Stoneface" for his unsmiling demeanor. (Time magazine in 1955 compared him to a" cigar-store Indian", "the Cardiff Giant" and a "stone-faced monument just off the boat from Easter Island.")

    • Mr. Mooney, when referring to Kasten says, "He reminds me of a sergeant I once knew." ┬áThis is an allusion to the character, Sgt. Ernie Bilko played by Phil Silvers in the 1955-1959 CBS series "The Phil Silvers Show." ┬áThe 1996 theatrical movie, "Sgt. Bilko" was based on that series and starred Steve Martin in the title role.

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  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • Lucy versus I Love Lucy

    By MegDancer, May 24, 2013

  • Very good in the first three seasons

    By day-O, Nov 18, 2006

  • Lucille Ball`s classic show!

    By ToadstoolFan01, Jul 23, 2007

  • Classic Lucille Ball in one of the funniest episodes since i love lucy. Im wondering where you can get this show. Im sure its very rare but the public would like to see this memorable show, even me.

    By paul_mccartney, May 03, 2007

  • Have a ball with Lucille Ball starring in The Lucy Show.

    By stargate_sg1, May 02, 2007