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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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The series' sixth and final season was its highest rated: it ranked number two in the ratings after The Andy Griffith Show (1960). See more »

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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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Vivian Vance made the show work
17 February 2003 | by 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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