The Lucy Show

Season 1 Episode 9

Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna

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Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 26, 1962 on CBS
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Lucy Puts Up a TV Antenna
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To save money, Lucy talks Vivian into helping her install a new TV antenna on the roof. The do-it-yourself project costs a small fortune thanks to Lucy's general klutziness, Viv's fear of heights, broken windows, new holes in the roof, and smoke damage caused by clogging the chimney with Lucy's bottom.moreless

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  • Among the many fans of this series, I believe the first season of The Lucy Show was among its best and Lucy and Viv Put Up A TV Antenna was Lucy and Viv at their finest.moreless

    10
    Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance were the greatest female comedy team to hit television. The first 30 episodes of The Lucy Show, which comprise the first season of the classic series, were perhaps Lucy & Viv's finest moments together on television, bar none. I particularly fondly recall this episode as being one of their best moments together. They are at their comedic best, climbing around on the roof trying to put up a TV antenna. What I remember thinking was here were these two women, both in their 50s, and their ability to do physical comedy was impressive and astounding. They worked together liked a fine-tuned machine. Lucy was wonderful with Desi Arnaz and later, with Gale Gordon, but Lucy really was at her best with Vivian Vance. It was as if there were "no holds barred" and these two actresses took a script, really any script, and together made it gold. I am thrilled to know this series will soon be available on DVD, and I encourage anyone reading this, to purchase The Lucy Show on DVD to discover for themselves that Lucy and Viv together produced some of television best, most remembered moments.moreless
  • Lucy & Viv install a TV antenea on top of their roof and hilarity ensues.

    10
    Absolutely one of the best episodes of this series. Everyone knows the B&W first season is the best of the run, but this one has superb set pieces between Ball and Vance on the roof that makes this episode rival "Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower." And check out that great matte shot used for the pull-back shot of Lucy about to step off the roof of her home. Classic line: Lucy: "Back up, back up!"; Vivian: "I can see right down into my bedroom through this hole in the roof. I should have made my bed this morning." Hilarious.moreless
Del Moore

Del Moore

Herb

Guest Star

Lloyd Corrigan

Lloyd Corrigan

Mr. Holly

Guest Star

Chuck Roberson

Chuck Roberson

Fireman #1

Guest Star

Ralph Hart

Ralph Hart

Sherman Bagley

Recurring Role

Candy Moore

Candy Moore

Chris Carmichael

Recurring Role

Jimmy Garrett

Jimmy Garrett

Jerry Carmichael

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Goofs: Lucy touchs an electrical power line with the antenna but gets no shock.
      The sky in the background has several seams in it, and in one shot where the camera pans too high, you can see studio lights shining on the sky.

    • TV repairman Herb charges $8 for house calls, and $40 to install a TV antenna.

    • When the TV breaks, Lucy suggests they sing songs around the piano. The kids don't know their parents' selections: "There's a Long, Long Trail", "Down by the Old Mill Stream", and "Wait Til the Sun Shines, Nellie." The kids want to sing "Ahab the Arab" (by Ray Stevens) and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow" (a hit for The Rivingtons).

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Lucy: (to the TV repairman) Well, how much do you charge to make a house call?
      Herb: Eight dollars.
      Lucy: Doctors only charge 7.50!
      Herb: I know. That's why I quit medical school.

    • (Lucy is stuck in the chimney)
      Viv: What are you doing in the chimney, anyway?
      Lucy: I'm testing to see if it's big enough for Santa Claus!

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