The Lucy Show: Season 1, Episode 1

Lucy Waits Up for Chris (1 Oct. 1962)

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Lucy and Vivian are a pair of single parents living at Lucy's house. Lucy's daughter Chris goes out on a date with Alan Harper, a 16-year-old boy attending prep school. Chris feels her ... See full summary »

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Lucy and Vivian are a pair of single parents living at Lucy's house. Lucy's daughter Chris goes out on a date with Alan Harper, a 16-year-old boy attending prep school. Chris feels her mother ruined the date by waiting up and running out to the car when the couple returned. No mischief could have occurred -- Alan's parents were in the backseat because they attended the same movie as the young couple. Nevertheless, Alan asks Chris for a second date and this time Lucy promises not to wait up for Chris. At the end of date number two, Lucy leaves the house rather than appear to be waiting up. However, she gets locked out. Written by Bill Koenig

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When Viv pushes Lucy out of her bedroom window there is no artwork on the closet wall behind her. A few moments later, when Viv looks out to make sure Lucy has landed safely, there is a painting on the wall behind her. See more »

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Off To A Great Start
21 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After a two year break from TV Ball returns with The Lucy Show in 1962. As evidenced by the series overall ratings its clear that Ball's appeal to viewers had not slipped. The series gets off to a great start in episode 1, season one 'Lucy Waits Up For Chris'.

Ball and I Love Lucy co-star Vivian Vance are parents without partners and sharing a house with their kids. Candy Moore, Ball's daughter is the oldest (at 16). In this episode she goes out on her first date and mom wait's up for her return, worried about how it went.

As Moore's mom Ball pulls off a funny representation of the typical teenagers parent. But, typical for her, Lucy goes overboard which leads to a series of antics and misunderstandings. The start of 6 seasons of the same, only with different guest stars.

The Lucy Show is not hard to accept. It is set in New York and, except for the lack of a man about, is fairly normal and easy to follow. The kids are all featured and are major characters in season one. Moore is the center of several episodes, most relating to her social life or growing up. The boys are underplayed often and presented as fairly typical kids of the era.

Filmed and broadcast in black and white, the series was executive produced by Desi Arnaz. Although not actively involved in the day to day production he nonetheless stayed on top of it enough to ensure that the scripts were good and that Ball stayed within the scope of her character. Arnaz left after 15 episodes and resigned his role in Desilu Productions, the owning company of the series. Critics believe the series best episodes were in the first season, and most of those during Arnaz tenure as ED.

The series features good acting and production values with solid writing and interesting plot themes. Ball plays her Lucy Ricardo character again, but Vance is presented in better terms than as Ethel Mertz. However she still ends up in capers with Ball and is often the victim of them. But, its all in good taste.

Off to a great start, season one is probably the highlight of the series. Episode one, although a bit tentative, is nevertheless funny and worthy of consideration.


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