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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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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 »

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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

Lucy almost died twice while filming episodes of her shows, and in both cases, you can see footage of this. On I Love Lucy (1951), she started choking on one of the grapes that got stuck in her throat during season five, episode twenty-three, "Lucy's Italian Movie", and almost died. The crew members, who hadn't realized she was choking while they were filming it, had to assist her and pull the grape out. On this show, Lucy almost drowned during season one, episode eighteen, "Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower". Lucy got stuck while they were filming the shower flooding sequence and could not pull her head above breathing level. Vivian Vance, who finally noticed that she was struggling, had to pull her head up above breathing level, and saved her life, and all of it was on camera. See more »

Quotes

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 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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