Life with Lucy

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ABC (ended 1986)

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Life with Lucy

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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
Donovan Scott

Donovan Scott

Leonard Stoner

Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball

Lucy Barker

Gale Gordon

Gale Gordon

Curtis McGibbon

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

Becky McGibbon

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson

Ted McGibbon

Ann Dusenberry

Ann Dusenberry

Margo Barker McGibbon

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  • Please VOTE for Lucy!!

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    Now that we have the complete "I Love Lucy" series on DVD and have the upcoming complete release of "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour", we still need full season set releases of:



    The Lucy Show

    Here's Lucy

    and

    Life with Lucy.



    Please go vote for these dvd releases at www.tvshowsondvd.com!!

    It's easy to register and vote. It's completely free and I am sure it makes an impact on DVD releases. I've listed monthly updates on voting stats on www.imdb.com under each of Lucy's shows. Please remember to vote for ALL of Lucy's shows. A TRUE lucy fan needs ALL of her series in their DVD collection. Thanks for the support!moreless
  • Nice Try!
    Life With Lucy was an attempt to revive the glory days of Ms. Ball's pinnacle during the huge successes of I love Lucy, The Lucy S...
    08/25/07
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