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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

The breakfast cereal eaten by the cast was apple sauce, which tended to photograph like oatmeal, but held up better under the hot studio lights. 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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Vivian Vance made the show work
17 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee 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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