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The Lucy Show was Ms. Ball's follow-up series to her classic I Love Lucy and subsequent Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour series of specials. To insure its success, she brought along many crew members from her previous series, including the writing staff. During the course of its run, the show underwent several format changes. Initially, the series was set in small town Danfield, New York. Lucy Carmichael was a widow with two children, Chris and Jerry, who shared a house with her buddy Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) and her son Sherman. In the first handful of shows, neighbor and occasional boyfriend Harry Conners (Dick Martin) was featured. Many of the plots during the show's first few seasons revolved around parenting and Lucy and Viv's involvement in the community. But Lucy was still Lucy, meaning trouble for anyone who became involved in her ingenious schemes. Holding the keys to her trust fund was tightwad banker Mr. Barnsdahl (Charles Lane) who endured Lucy's numerous attempts to get at more of her money.

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  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 562 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005MQ58LS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Tante Maren TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 25, 2011
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At the start of Season 5, Lucy was contemplating about selling Desilu Productions. At age 55, Lucy decided that she still loved performing, but at this age could easily give up the enormous responsibility and stress of running an entire production studio on top of acting and producing her own show. With the thought of selling Desilu this season, Lucy's focus was on the shows more than the previous years. Her focus on the great musical numbers and great guest stars really paid off, as Lucy won her first Emmy for The Lucy Show as Best Actress in a Comedy Series. Lucy had won Emmy's twice earlier in her career in 1953 for Best Comedienne and in 1956 for Best Actress in a Continuing Performance for the beloved I Love Lucy Series. Gale Gordon was also nominated for an Emmy this year for Best Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series, but lost to Don Knotts return to The Andy Griffith Show. This Season of The Lucy Show held a solid 4th place in the Nielsen ratings for the year.

This Season 5 starts out fabulous with Lucy and George Burns singing and dancing and Lucy doing the old Gracie Allen routines. You can see the friendship between Ball and Burns as they move together like one. Lucy had plenty of parties at her home during these years, and a staple trio was Bob Hope, George Burns and always next door neighbor Jack Benny. Lucy also out does herself, playing a perfect dummy with ventriloquist Paul Winchell. She is simply brilliant! When Lucy gets a new room mate in Carol Burnett, the shy librarian, who does Tarzan yells, you can't stop laughing. John Wayne is always a treat to watch and is one of the few who never complained about Lucy's directing him.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 14, 2011
Standing by their word that all 6 seasons of the beloved 1960's sitcom "The Lucy Show" would become available in its entirety, CBS/Paramount has just announced "The Lucy Show-Season 5" comes to DVD December 6, 2011 just in time for Christmas in a 4 disc set! This leaves just one more full season left before the entire library of "Lucy Show" episodes will be made available for posterity for legions of Lucille Ball fans to enjoy.

Season 5 (1966-1967) finally gave Lucille Ball an Emmy win as Best Actress in a Comedy after three nominations. This would be followed yet by another win in "The Lucy Show's" final year.

22 episodes were made and have been restored in pristine condition and are in beautiful color. The rarely seen "jack-in-the-box" opening of this season is shown during the first 10 episodes. During the summer of 1966 Lucille Ball ordered that there be a new opening. When the series premiered, without seeing the opening beforehand, she was mortified and demanded the opening be dropped. It was. When "The Lucy Show" reaired the series' opener on CBS the regular, more popular opening was used. In subsequent reairings of the show in syndication the "jack-in-the-box" opening was never seen again. I have seen that opening and it is tacky, stupid, and simply tasteless.

The bonuses so far that have been announced for Season 5 include the great "Lucy in London" special that aired on October 24th, 1966 featuring Anthony Newley and the Dave Clark Five, a new documentary on the series, and outtakes.

Like "I Love Lucy", "The Lucy Show" never left the Nielsen Top 10 rated shows, and the fifth season came in at a very impressive #4!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Carol A. Butler on October 18, 2011
This is Carol Butler's writing this review. Finally, after countless times of buying the public domain episodes, with some companies having varying quality prints of the episodes, I can now get rid of them! Some of those public domain prints are so damaged, they're almost unwatchable. The worst quality episode is "Lucy and Carol in Palm Springs". Half of the prints look like they were just left on the floor and had been stepped on countless times, and nothing has been done to fix them in any way.

These episodes have also been seen on many low power TV stations throughout the years, and sometimes, they look even worse on TV!

It will be so nice to see these episodes from what is most likely the most popular season among fans of the show in pristine quality, and in their entirety, without splices and lines in the film.

I can't wait 'til this is released, and it will be just in time for Christmas!

Edit: I now own this set. I bought it for myself on Christmas Eve, and started watching it as soon as I got home. The quality is amazing! The episodes look like they're from this decade! The first 10 episodes contain the original "Lucy in the Box" intro, which hasn't been seen in years, and I can see why Lucy hated it. Very tacky and tasteless. Who wants to see their head pop put of a box, for Heaven's sake?

Anyway, this set is amazing, and I'm glad this season is finally here. Target only had one copy left. Not anymore! I got there just in time. I'm currently on the 3rd disc. Halfway done with this season. I haven't noticed any edits so far, even though it says some episodes have been edited for the home video release.

If they are edited, they left more in than the TV syndication prints ever did!

I can't wait 'til season 6 is released! I'll finally own the complete series. "The Lucy Show" will be the first series that I've ever owned of every season!
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