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The Lucy Show 

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The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend, and her cantankerous boss.
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Lucille Ball ...  Lucy Carmichael / ... 156 episodes, 1962-1968
Gale Gordon ...  Mr. Theodore J. Mooney 111 episodes, 1963-1968
Vivian Vance ...  Vivian Bagley / ... 81 episodes, 1962-1968
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Storyline

After the death of her husband, Lucy Carmichael and her friend, the recently divorced Vivian Bagley, move into a house together with their children. The series follows the adventures of the widow Lucy as she grapples with the comic complications of life on her own, and with her income being controlled by the impatient and grumpy banker Mr. Mooney. Written by Jonanthan Ruskin <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Lucille Ball Show See more »

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| (156 episodes)

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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

After filming the final episode of the 1966 to 1967 season, Lucille Ball had overworked Director Maury Thompson to the point he was in tears. Maury Thompson then confided to fellow co-worker Tommy Thompson (who were not related) that, after working him so hard and insisting on her own ways during the filming, he wanted Lucille Ball to give him a raise, but not to say anything about it until after he returned from a South American vacation he would take the next week. Unfortunately, Tommy spilled the beans to her while Maury was away, and she became infuriated, after which she re-hired Jack Donahue, who directed all of this show's episodes during the first three seasons, to direct the series' final season episodes. Upon returning from his vacation the following week, Maury Thompson was blithely informed by Tommy Thompson that Lucille Ball had canned him. See more »

Quotes

Vivian Bagley: Don't you remember your children? Mr. Mooney?
Lucy Carmichael: [With amnesia] I have a child named Mr. Mooney?
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Alternate Versions

When the series was first rerun in syndication in 1968, all episodes featured the season 4 opening sequence. These versions were also syndicated in the 1990s. When show was syndicated in the 1970s, the original versions were used. See more »

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Not Much There without Vivian Vance
26 May 2004 | by Howie0331See all my reviews

Although this show was weaker than "I Love Lucy" it was still pretty funny in its original form. The chemistry of Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, as single mothers raising their children, made "The Lucy Show" work, especially its first season on the air. Despite some of the bizarre plotlines the two women were believable as two friends struggling in a largely manless environment. But with Vance's departure in 1965 it fell apart at the seams...Lucy became more of a cartoon character as the show became more shallow and relied too heavily on "guest stars," and Gale Gordon and Mary Jane Croft were weak substitutes.

Lucy probably should have pulled the plug on this one in '65.


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