Thursday, 31 May 2012

1962, Television: The Lucy Show

The Lucy Show, an American situation comedy, aired for the first time on CBS in 1962. The show was Lucille Ball's follow-up to the immensely popular "I Love Lucy" (1951-1957).

In 1962, two years after Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorced and their final show aired (using the "I Love Lucy" format), Desilu Studios was struggling. Desilu Productions, co-owned by husband and wife Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, was best known for its hit productions such as "I Love Lucy", "Star Trek" and, "The Untouchables". Arnaz, president of Desilu Studios, offered Ball an opportunity to return to television in a weekly sitcom. At that time, CBS executives were somewhat dubious as to whether Ball could not only carry a show without Arnaz, but also follow such a landmark series as I Love Lucy. CBS agreed to a full season of episodes and The Lucy Show premièred on Monday night, October 1, 1962.

Lucille Ball as Lucille Carmichael
Lucille Ball as Lucille Carmichael and Vivian Vance as Vivian Bagley

Synopsis
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 and with her job working as the personal secretary to the impatient and grumpy banker Mr. Mooney...

A total of 156 episodes were produced over a span of 6 seasons (1962-1968).

Candy Moore as Chris Carmichael, Lucille Ball as Lucille Carmichael and Jimmy Garrett as Jerry Carmichael

Main Cast
  • Lucille Ball as Lucille Carmichael
  • Gale Gordon as Theodore J. Mooney
  • Vivian Vance as Vivian Bagley
  • Mary Jane Croft as Mary Jane Lewis
  • Candy Moore as Chris Carmichael
  • Jimmy Garrett as Jerry Carmichael
  • Ralph Hart as Sherman Bagley
  • Dick Martin as Harry Connors
Lucille Carmichael (Lucille Ball) as Cleopatra in season 2 (1963)
Awards
  • Emmy award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Lucille Ball (1968)
  • Emmy award for Outstanding Continued Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Comedy Series: Lucille Ball (1967)

Season 1 Intro

Season 2 Intro

Season 3 Intro

Season 4 Intro

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