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The wacky misadventures of a forever scheming woman, her reluctant best friend, and her cantankerous boss.
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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 <JonRuskin@aol.com>

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1 October 1962 (USA)  »

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The Lucille Ball Show  »

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When show producers and Desi Arnaz first hired Vivian Vance, Lucy was very unhappy with the choice, complaining that Ethel was supposed to be frumpy and old, while Vance was actually younger than Ball, and not frumpy at all. After their first episode of filming, Lucy walked right up to Vivian and yanked the false eye lashes right out of her eyes in front of audience and crew yelling "I'm the only one who wears false eye lashes on this set!" Vivian Vance complained to a friend about the incident later; but she said "If this show becomes a hit, I'm going to learn to love this bitch!" Indeed she did, and the two eventually became very close, working together for thirteen years on I Love Lucy (1951), The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957), and this show. Eventually, according to Lucie Arnaz, Viv became like a family member, and even lived with Lucy and her family for stretches at a time, just like she did on this show. 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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Not Much There without Vivian Vance
26 May 2004 | by See 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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