The Lucy Show (1962–1968)

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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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Series cast summary:
 Lucy Carmichael (156 episodes, 1962-1968)
 Mr. Theodore J. Mooney / ... (111 episodes, 1963-1968)
 Vivian Bagley / ... (81 episodes, 1962-1968)


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 job working as the personal secretary to the impatient and grumpy banker Mr. Mooney. Written by Jonanthan Ruskin <>

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Release Date:

1 October 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Lucille Ball Show  »

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The show ended in 1968 as a result of the sale of Lucille Ball's production company Desilu to Gulf + Western Industries on July 26, 1967. Gulf + Western used their ownership of Desilu to create a television division for its other property, Paramount Pictures (Desilu officially became Paramount Television on January 1, 1968; the new Paramount Television logo made its debut at the close of the "Lucy Show" episode, "Lucy and Viv Reminisce"). Because Ball no longer owned Desilu, she no longer owned the show. She started a new production company (Lucille Ball Productions, Inc.) and also a new sitcom, Here's Lucy (1968). See more »


Lucy Carmichael: Weren't you ever a teenager?
Theodore J. Mooney: Well, of course, what do you think?
Lucy Carmichael: I thought one day they opened the bank vault and out you popped, full grown and stingy!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Eegah (1993) See more »

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Vivian Vance made the show work
17 February 2003 | by (Stonehaven, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I am in complete agreement with the majority of the previous reviewers in that the first two seasons in black-and-white with Vivian Vance playing Vivian Bagley (television comedy's first divorcee) where undoubtedly the finest of the series. I am second to none in my admiration for Lucy, but after Vivian's character vanished, I thought the shows got more grating, annoying, repetitious and less funny as a rule. Vance was indeed a great co-star for Ball, they played off each-other beautifully and had genuine "star chemistry" between them. Mr. Mooney yelling at Lucy Carmichael got to be distractingly boring, uninspired and plain stupid. I have always been a great fan of Vivian Vance: in my thinking she was a vastly underrated comedy performer who had a unique voice, delivery style and physical mannerisms. Lucy was indeed fortunate to have had Desi finding Vivian playing in a play in La Jolla back in 195O. Lucy wouldn't have been nearly as successful without the special magic this actress brought to Ethel & Viv!

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