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This article is about the television series. For the 1980s rock band of the same name, see The Lucy Show (band). A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... This article is about the type of musical group. ... Cover of the 2005 CD reissue of The Lucy Shows Mania The Lucy Show was a rock band that was formed in London, England in early 1983. ...

The Lucy Show

Title card for The Lucy Show 1962-63 season.
Format Sitcom
Created by Desilu
Starring Lucille Ball
Vivian Vance
Gale Gordon
Mary Jane Croft
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 156
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 1, 1962March 11, 1968


The Lucy Show was Lucille Ball's follow up show to I Love Lucy. It began in 1962 and ran until 1968. The premise and the cast changed frequently, with only Gale Gordon lasting most of the run of the show (he joined the cast during the second season). Originally, Vivian Vance was the costar. From time to time, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. appeared. The earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but all episodes aired with the title The Lucy Show. Image File history File links Title sequence, The Lucy Show, CBS/Desilu File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ... Gale Gordon (February 20, 1906 – June 30, 1995) was an American character actor. ... Mary Jane Croft Mary Jane Croft (February 15, 1916 - August 24, 1999) was an American actress best known for her role as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 274th day of the year (275th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 70th day of the year (71st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... Gale Gordon (February 20, 1906 – June 30, 1995) was an American character actor. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ... Lucie Arnaz (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz on July 17, 1951) is an American actress. ... Desi Arnaz, Jr. ...

Contents

Premise

The show began with Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael, a widow with two children, Chris (Candy Moore), and Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), living in Danfield, New York (a number of sources have, through the years, incorrectly stated the setting as Danfield, Connecticut), sharing her home with divorced friend Vivian Bagley (Vance) and her son, Sherman (Ralph Hart). Lucy had been left with a substantial trust fund by her late husband, which was managed during the first season by local banker Mr. Barnsdahl (Charles Lane). At the beginning of the 1963-64 season, the character was replaced by Theodore J. Mooney (Gordon, who would remain with the series for the remainder of its run, despite numerous format changes). Gordon was to have joined the series at its premiere in 1962, but he was still contractually obligated to his role as Mr. Wilson on Dennis the Menace. Mrs. Carmichael spent so much of her time and effort trying to get Mr. Mooney to allow her to invade the principal of the trust fund for various ideas and projects that it finally seemed more reasonable for her just to spend her time working for Mooney directly as his secretary, which she eventually did. Beginning in the 1965 season, Vance left the series. (It was explained that her character had gotten married.) Lucy and Jerry Carmichael and Mr. Mooney moved to California, where both Lucy and Mooney remained in the banking business together (now at a different bank), and Vivian Bagley visited once or twice per season. Lucy's daughter Chris went away to college and was mentioned only once or twice. A widow is a woman whose spouse has died. ... Divorce or dissolution of marriage is the ending of a marriage before the death of either spouse. ... In common law legal systems, a trust is a contractual relationship in which a person or entity (the trustee) has legal title to certain property (the trust property or trust corpus), but is bound by a fiduciary duty to exercise that legal control for the benefit of one or more... For other uses, see Bank (disambiguation). ... Charles Lane is the name of: Charles Lane (actor) (b. ... Theodore J. Mooney was a fictional character on the 1960s CBS situation comedy The Lucy Show, starring Lucille Ball. ... Dennis the Menace was a television series based on the popular comic strip, which ran from 1959 through 1963. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ...


Shortly afterward, Jerry was shipped off to a military academy, and his character was very rarely referred to in future episodes, although he did make a couple of appearances. Lucy gained a new best friend in Mary Jane Lewis (Mary Jane Croft), and at this point the premise changed primarily to one where famous guest stars made appearances (usually playing themselves in storylines involving their encountering Lucy while conducting bank business), including Dean Martin, Jack Benny, George Burns, Joan Crawford, Carol Burnett, Ethel Merman, Danny Thomas, Robert Goulet, Phil Silvers, and Milton Berle. Mary Jane Croft Mary Jane Croft (February 15, 1916 - August 24, 1999) was an American actress best known for her role as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer, film actor, and comedian. ... Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... George Burns[1], born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor. ... For other persons named Joan Crawford, see Joan Crawford (disambiguation). ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas) is an Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, singer, dancer, and writer. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a Tony Award- and Grammy Award-winning American star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice, often hailed by critics as The Grande Dame of the Broadway stage. // Merman was born Ethel Agnes Zimmermann in her maternal... Danny Thomas (January 6, 1914 - February 6, 1991) was an American nightclub comedian and television and film actor of Lebanese Maronite Catholic descent. ... Robert Gerard Goulet (November 26, 1933 – October 30, 2007) was a Grammy- and Tony Award-winning American entertainer. ... Phil Silvers (May 11, 1911 – November 1, 1985) was an American entertainer and comedy actor. ... Milton Berle (July 12, 1908 - March 27, 2002) was an Emmy-winning American comedian who was born Milton Berlinger. ...


During the 1967-68 season, Lucille Ball sold Desilu Productions (which owned and produced The Lucy Show) to Gulf and Western Industries, which meant that she no longer owned the series. Rather than continue to star in a show she no longer owned, Ball opted to create a new series, Here's Lucy, which employed herself, Gordon and Croft (and Vance in occasional guest appearances), playing "new" characters (though they were all similar to their characters on former series). Here's Lucy ran on CBS for an additional six seasons. The Desilu logo, used in the 1960s. ... Gulf and Western Industries, Inc. ... TV Guide cover, promoting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons famous appearance on a 1970 episode of Heres Lucy Heres Lucy was Lucille Balls third network television sitcom. ...


Though CBS would broadcast The Lucy Show in black and white until the beginning of the 1965-66 season, episodes were actually filmed in color starting with the 1963-64 season, as Ball realized that the episodes would eventually be widely shown in syndication, and that color episodes would command more money when sold to syndication.


The credits list the show's basis as the novel Life Without George, by Irene Kampen. This non-fiction book was a collection of humorous pieces about two divorced women and their children living together. A next door airline pilot neighbor, Harry Connors, became a character in the series played by Dick Martin. The character of Chris, Lucy's daughter in the series, had the same name in the book. In a later volume of essays, Nobody Calls At This Hour Just To Say Hello, Kampen wrote a piece entitled "How Not to Meet Lucille Ball," which detailed her efforts to meet Lucy when she visited Los Angeles (she never got to meet her). For other uses, see Novel (disambiguation). ... Kampens first book, Life Without George (1961) was the basis for The Lucy Show Irene Kampen was an American newspaperwoman and writer who wrote several books about events in her life. ... Dick Martin (born January 30, 1922 in Battle Creek, Michigan) is an American comedian. ...


Notable guest stars

From the 1965-66 season onward, with the change in format, a number of famous celebrities guest starred on The Lucy Show, usually playing themselves (under the premise that the Lucy Carmichael character, now living in Hollywood, crossed paths with them, either in her day-to-day life, or through her job at the bank). Famous guest stars included Jack Benny, Carol Burnett, George Burns, Joan Crawford, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Dean Martin, Wayne Newton, and John Wayne. Jack Benny (February 14, 1894 in Chicago, Illinois – December 26, 1974 in Beverly Hills, California), born Benjamin Kubelsky, was an American comedian, vaudeville performer, and radio, television, and film actor. ... Carol Creighton Burnett (born April 26, 1933 in San Antonio, Texas) is an Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, singer, dancer, and writer. ... George Burns[1], born Nathan Birnbaum (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), was an American comedian and actor. ... For other persons named Joan Crawford, see Joan Crawford (disambiguation). ... Tennessee Ernie Ford Ernest Jennings Ford (February 13, 1919 – October 17, 1991), better known by the stage name Tennessee Ernie Ford, was a pioneering U.S. recording artist and television host who enjoyed success in the country & western, pop, and gospel musical genres. ... Dean Martin (born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 – December 25, 1995) was an Italian-American singer, film actor, and comedian. ... Carson Wayne Newton (born April 3, 1942, in Norfolk, Virginia) is an American singer and entertainer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. ... For other persons named John Wayne, see John Wayne (disambiguation). ...


The episode featuring Joan Crawford, "Lucy and the Lost Star", caused much celebrity fodder given Ball and Crawford's very public feud during the filming. According to Ball, Crawford was often drunk on the set and could not memorize her lines. 1 2 Ball was said to have requested several times to replace Crawford with Gloria Swanson, who was supposed to have filled the role originally but bowed out due to health reasons. For other persons named Joan Crawford, see Joan Crawford (disambiguation). ... Gloria Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American Hollywood actress. ...

Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in a 1967 episode of The Lucy Show
Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance in a 1967 episode of The Lucy Show

The 1966 episode featuring Dean Martin (in which Lucy Carmichael accepted a blind date with Dean Martin's lookalike stunt double, but when he could not make it, sent the real Dean Martin on the date with Lucy in his place) was described by Ball as her favorite episode of the series. Image File history File links Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance in a 1967 episode of The Lucy Show File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance in a 1967 episode of The Lucy Show File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... A stunt double is a type of body double, specifically a skilled replacement used for dangerous film or video sequences, in movies and television (such as jumping out of a building, jumping from vehicle to vehicle, or other similar actions), and for other sophisticated stunts (especially fight scenes). ...


Opening credits

Throughout the series, four openings were used.

  • During the first season (1962-63), animated stick figures of Ball and Vance were used (similar to the ones used in the original opening sequences of I Love Lucy and of the subsequent 13 hour-long specials later syndicated in reruns as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour).
  • During seasons two and three, footage and stills from previous episodes were used.
  • During the final three seasons, a "kaleidoscope" opening was used, in which footage was used of Ball, in a kaleidoscope-like pattern. This is perhaps the best known opening to younger viewers (e.g. those too young to have watched the show when it originally aired on CBS), as the package that was sold into syndication (and later was shown on Nick at Nite) used this opening for nearly all the episodes.
  • An additional opening was created at the beginning of the 1966 season, that featured Lucille Ball as an animated "jack-in-the-box". Ball reportedly hated it, and it was only used in a handful of episodes at the start of the season, before being replaced.

The music was composed by Wilbur Hatch, who was also responsible for the I Love Lucy theme music. A toy kaleidoscope tube Pattern as seen through a kaleidoscope tube Pattern as seen through a kaleidoscope tube Pattern as seen through a kaleidoscope tube The kaleidoscope is a tube of mirrors containing, loose coloured beads or pebbles, or other small coloured objects. ... Wilbur Hatch, who composed much background music for radio comedy and drama series, was born May 24, 1902, in Moken, Illinois, and died December 22, 1969, in Studio City, California. ... I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ...


Nielsen Ratings

  • 1962-63: #5
  • 1963-64: #6
  • 1964-65: #8
  • 1965-66: #3
  • 1966-67: #4
  • 1967-68: #2

Much like I Love Lucy, "The Lucy Show" never dropped out of the top 10 for its entire run. This proved that the world still loved Lucy. I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ...


Fans of the series generally rate the first three season featuring Vivian Vance as the best of all six years, and the California-based fourth through sixth seasons as substandard, but ironically the fifth and sixth seasons drew the highest ratings (as well as Emmy awards for the star).


Availability on video and DVD

There is speculation among fans that an official DVD release may come since Paramount is finished releasing all I Love Lucy product including the hour-long episodes. As of now, there are about thirty public domain releases with episodes mainly from the California era of the show. It does seem likely as Paramount has the rights to the show, there will be DVD releases in the near future. Numerous public domain episodes have been also been available on VHS for a number of years, though no comprehensive, season-by-season compilations have been released to date. I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


Miscellaneous facts

  • While filming the 1963 episode, "Lucy and Viv Put In A Shower", in which Lucy and Vivian attempt to install a shower (but become trapped inside, unable to shut the water off) Ball nearly drowned while performing in the tank of water. Unable to bring herself back to the surface, it was Vance who realized there was a problem and pulled her co-star to safety; she went on to ad lib until Ball could catch her breath to resume speaking her lines (all the while, cameras continued to film). Neither the film crew nor the live studio audience realized there was a problem.
  • Though a number of TV historians have through the years cited One Day at a Time’s Ann Romano (Bonnie Franklin) as television's first regular running character who was a divorcée, that accomplishment actually belongs to The Lucy Show’s Vivian Bagley.
  • Ironically, it was decided early on that the Lucy Carmichael character should be a widow, not a divorcée, since viewers might incorrectly assume that Ball's previous character, Lucy Ricardo, had divorced Ricky, even though Ball and Arnaz were, in fact, divorced in real life.
  • Lucille Ball won two Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, for the years 1966-67 and 1967-68 respectively.

Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... One Day at a Time is a long-running American situation comedy that portrayed a divorced mother, played by Bonnie Franklin, her two teenage daughters (Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli and their building superintendent (Pat Harrington, Jr. ... Bonnie Franklin as Ann Romano on One Day at a Time. ... Lucille Ball as Lucy, Vivian Vance as Ethel on an episode of I Love Lucy Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy. ... An Emmy Award. ...

External links


  Results from FactBites:
 
The Lucy Show - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (768 words)
The show began with Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael, a widow with two children, Chris (Candy Moore), and Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), living in Danfield, New York, sharing her home with divorced friend Vivian Bagley (Vance) and her son, Sherman (Ralph Hart).
Lucy had been left with a substantial trust fund by her late husband, which was managed during the first season by local banker Mr.
Though CBS would broadcast "The Lucy Show" in fl and white until the beginning of the 1965-66 season, episodes were actually filmed in color starting with the 1963-64 season, as Ball realized that the episodes would eventually be widely shown in syndication, and that color episodes would command more money when sold to syndication.
I Love Lucy - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3055 words)
Lucy tries to get into the act — a recurring and almost omnipresent theme on the show, was that "talentless" plain old Lucy the Housewife dearly desired a chance to perform, as anything: a dancer, showgirl, clown, singing cowboy — or in any role.
Lucy does the tango - The Ricardos' and the Mertzes' chicken business is not going very well, so Lucy and Ethel come up with a plot to fool the boys into thinking the hens are laying by smuggling eggs in the henhouse, hidden underneath their clothes.
The show was one of the first programmes made in the USA seen on British television which became more open to commerce with the launch of ITV in September 1955, a commercial network that aired this series.
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