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After the death of her husband, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) and her friend, the recently divorced Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance), 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.


In this timelessly funny third season of The Lucy Show, in which iconic I Love Lucy cohorts Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance star as two single women, one widowed and the other divorced, who share a home with their children, Lucy and Viv are awarded ample opportunities to carry on like a proto Laverne & Shirley. "What we need is a plan and we need it fast," is this series' comedic raison d'être. Lucy's lost her contact lens? What are she and Viv to do but frantically and messily search through 14 bake sale chocolate cakes for it? Lucy also gets Emmy-worthy support from the great Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney, the ever-exasperated banker in charge of her precarious finances. But this is, after all, The Lucy Show, and Lucy ("that fantabulous dynamic gifted ball of fire," to quote Danny Kaye in one of this set's bonus features), like all great clowns, will do anything for a laugh. In "Lucy, the Great Skate," she again evokes Charlie Chaplin when she takes to the dance floor on roller skates (don't ask) at a swank country club dance. In "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye," she's a scene-stealing extra on the entertainer's TV show. She has two great comic set pieces in "Lucy Becomes a Father," trying to extricate herself from a sleeping bag, and interacting with a real live bear. This season's Very Special Episode is "Lucy and the Plumber," featuring guest star Jack Benny as a plumber whose cross to bear is that he looks like Jack Benny. Non-spoiler alert: Another legendary FOL (Friend of Lucy) makes a surprise cameo at episode's end. This would be Vance's last season, and she is absent for several episodes. Enter Ann Sothern as an old school friend who is by all appearances a fabulously wealthy countess, but who is actually broke, and whom Lucy helps maintain the charade. Added pleasures for radio, TV, and comedy buffs include appearances by Harold "The Great Gildersleeve" Peary, Pat Harrington (Schneider on One Day at a Time), and episodes cowritten by Garry Marshall (creator of Laverne & Shirley). Each episode can be viewed in color as they were filmed, or in black and white as they were broadcast in 1964-65, complete with vintage openings, closings, and commercials. Bonus features also include footage of Lucy Day at the 1964 New York World's Fair, text bios of the show's cinematographer and costume designer, and bonus clips of a Lucy appearance on The Danny Kaye Show. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett, Sid Gould
  • Writers: Bob Carroll Jr., Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Madelyn Davis
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044RFTA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lucy Show: The Official Third Season" on IMDb

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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Kasey G on September 28, 2010
Less than 6 months after CBS/Paramount brought us the long-awaited Season Two (In Color!) of "The Lucy Show", they follow up with what looks to be another stellar release of Lucille Ball's 1960s television triumph! We get all 26 episodes of Season Three, which aired during the 1964-65 TV season Monday nights at 9:00 on CBS. This marked the only time in the six-season run that the show did not occupy it's regular 8:30 time slot. Nevertheless, ratings stayed high though this season was a time of transition for the series.

As with Season Two, this year's shows were lensed in beautiful vibrant color, though originally telecast in black-and-white. Vivian Vance's tenure on the show is winding down, as per her wishes, as she did not enjoy the commute between the East and West coasts. In her place, the wonderful Ann Sothern steps in as the bankrupt Countess Framboise. I've always liked Sothern and she manages to make a rather haughty character likeable, but her chemistry with Lucy is nowhere near as wonderful as Viv's and these episodes are average. Her best appearance is in the installment set at a fat farm ("Lucy and the Countess Lose Weight"), where she and Lucy drink cow's milk straight from the teat! Like Vance, the kids are being phased out and will disappear altogether by season's end, though Vivian will make guest appearances in Seasons 5 and 6 and Jimmy Garrett makes a few more appearances in Season 4.

If there's one reason to spring for this set, it's because the season-opener "Lucy the Good Skate" is everything that last year's "Lucy Plays Cleopatra" wasn't.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 3, 2010
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The Lucy Show Season 3 is one that has three main changes taking place, starting with the writers. At the end of Season 2, Lucy began a disagreement with head writers Bob Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Martin over them turning in an inferior script for one of Lucy's episodes. When another inferior script was presented to Lucy in the beginning of Season 3 by Carroll Jr. and Martin, it was not accepted for the Lucy Show, resulting in Carroll Jr. and Martin leaving The Lucy Show followed by the other two writers for the show, Weiskopf and Schiller. With all four writers gone, Lucy replaced them all with Milt Josefsberg- Jack Benny's script consultant writer. Under Josefsberg supervision, no permanent writers would be replacing the team of Carroll Jr., Martin, Weiskopf and Schiller. Josefsberg thought it best to hire different writers each week, including the great Garry Marshall.

The second big change in Season 3, would be Vivian Vance- Lucy's beloved side-kick, gradually leaving the show. Vivian's new husband John Dodds was a New York literary editor and Vivian would not permanently live on the west coast to do The Lucy Show, leaving her new husband on the east coast alone. Towards the middle of Season 3, Vivian commutes back and forth between New York and L.A., but it quickly becomes physically draining. By the time an exhausted Viv finishes episode 18, this opens the door for a new side-kick for Lucy, and this is where Ann Sothern steps in. Ann Sothern and Lucy were very close friends going way back. The Ann Sothern Show was produced at Desilu Studios. Ann guest starred on The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Comedy Hour and Lucy returned the favor by guest starring on The Ann Sothern Show in an episode called The Lucy Story.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 28, 2010
Following the release of "The Lucy Show-Season 2" a few months ago comes word that "The Lucy Show-Season 3" arrives in stores on November, 30, 2010. Being one of "The Lucy Show's" biggest fans this news makes me extremely excited and happy, especially when it was announced last year that future releases of this series depended on how good the sales were of season two's box sets, so obviously season two sold well enough to make it feasible for this release.

Season 3 of this dynamic season began in the fall of 1964 and it is heavily regarded as Vivian Vance's final year on a network televison sitcom in a regular basis. Although still billed as "co-starring", Vivian's screen time diminished somewhat as her appearances became less and less as the season wore on. Reports say the reason Vivian wanted off "The Lucy Show" was because she wanted more of a say in the scripts and the direction of her character, and when those demands were not met by producers, most notably Lucille Ball, Vance announced she would leave at the end of the season. Others state that Vivian wanted to spend more time with her husband back east and found the commute to Hollywood draining. Whatever Vance's reasons for leaving, "The Lucy Show" was left with a void at the beginning of season four, and instead of replacing her Lucy decided to have guest-stars pop up during the remainder of the show's run. So this box set of episodes really are something to treasure as we watch the final year of one of the greatest female acting duos in comedy history do their thing.

Also important to note this would be the final year for Ralph Hart who played Vivian's son Sherman as his character left town with his mother.
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