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The Lucy Show: The Official First Season

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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.

The Lucy Show does not have the iconic status of I Love Lucy, but it was a worthy and very popular successor (it was the fifth-rated show in its inaugural season). Based on a book, Life Without George, it was something of a groundbreaking series in that it centered on two single moms: one, Lucy, a widower, and the other, Vivian (Vivian Vance), a divorcee (the first such sitcom character). Vivian and her son, Sherman (Ralph Hart), share Lucy's suburban home in Danfield, New York, with her two children: teenage daughter Chris (Candy Moore) and wisecracking young son Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), who delivers zingers like a pint-sized Fred Mertz. Don’t look for Gale Gordon as banker Mr. Mooney. He doesn't arrive until season two. The great Charles Lane (one of Mr. Potter's minions in It's a Wonderful Life) appears this season as cranky Mr. Barnsdahl, who is in charge of Lucy's trust fund. Also appearing this season only is Dick Martin, of Rowan & Martin fame, as Lucy's neighbor, Harry. The Lucy Show is more contemporary than I Love Lucy. One episode references the dance craze, the Watusi. ""Lucy Visits the White House"" directly references the Kennedy clan and includes some mild political humor. When Lucy asks a diner counter man (Alan Reed, the unmistakable voice of Fred Flintstone) why he won't give her sugar cubes to rebuild a damaged model White House to present to the president, he replies ""I'm a Republican."" But The Lucy Show has aged gracefully thanks to the timeless physical comedy Lucy performs with Chaplin-esque grace (in ""Chris's New Year's Eve Party,"" she appears in a silent movie routine as the Little Tramp). Episodes may begin routinely, but they inevitably end up with Lucy and Viv stuck in a rapidly filling shower stall, wrestling with a circus elephant, or some other outrageous predicament. The Lucy Show is not as widely syndicated as I Love Lucy so these episodes have not been rerun to death. A treasure trove of archival extras includes an interview with Lucie Arnaz, who made her screen debut opposite her mother in the first-season episode ""Lucy Is a Soda Jerk,"" and another with Garrett, who tells some great and heartfelt stories about working with Lucy. Also fun are commercials that feature members of the cast in character, and clips from a 1962 CBS special, ""Opening Night,"" which previewed the network's fall lineup. With all this, what's not to love? --Donald Liebenson

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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett, Ralph Hart, Candy Moore
  • Directors: Jack Donohue
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: July 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 773 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00274SIVK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,591 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Lucy Show: The Official First Season" on IMDb

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Finally, one TV's most beloved sitcoms from the 1960's arrives on DVD July 21, 2009. After releasing Lucille Ball's first series in its entirety, "I Love Lucy", CBS Home Video is bringing out, what I consider, one of the best television shows of all-time.
"The Lucy Show" was Lucille Ball's follow-up to her immensely popular 1950's TV program, and at first she was hesitant to do another weekly series for a variety of reasons: first, she knew the work involved in doing a TV show week after week, and secondly she also didn't know if the audience would accept her playing a widow, as she and Desi Arnaz were so closely identified as America's first TV couple. Since she and Desi were now divorced, having them star in a television show together was virtually impossible. One of the stipulations she had with the new CBS show was that she wanted Desi to be its executive producer, (which he was that first season), as Lucy knew Desi had the mind and ability to produce a top-rated show, and she wanted her best friend, Vivian Vance, to star along with her. Lucy's demands were met.
"The Lucy Show", originally titled "The Lucille Ball Show" in its inception, aired its first episode on October 1, 1962. Lucy played Lucy Carmichael, a widow raising 2 children, a daughter Chris, played by Candy Moore, and a son Jerry, played by Jimmy Garrett. Lucy shared her home with her best friend Vivian, played superbly by Vance, who had a son Sherman, portrayed by Ralph Hart. Although many TV historians state that it was Ann Romano, from "One Day at a Time", who played TV's first divorced woman, that distiction, however, belongs to Vivian Vance, who was the medium's first divorcee in this series.
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I can't remember how many years ago it was when I wrote, emailed and called CBS Home Entertainment to beg for them to release THE LUCY SHOW on DVD. I will tell you that I will always remember how shocked I was when I just received an email from CBS telling me they are releasing The Lucy Show's First Season on July 21, 2009! I found that begging CBS does pay, when it comes to wanting the BEST classic television shows released, and THE LUCY SHOW is THE BEST! The personal letter CBS wrote me stated that they have remastered The Lucy Show using the original 35 mm negative for a virtually flawless reproduction on dvd!!! I am so happy- FLAWLESS! I've been watching those horrible, blurred and faded versions on dvd for years! CBS said that if sales are good for this set, they will be remastering THE LUCY SHOW SEASON 2 IN FLAWLESS COLOR!!! So, to everyone who loves THE LUCY SHOW- order now!! THE LUCY SHOW ran for 6 seasons, so we only need 5 more! HERE'S LUCY SEASON ONE is also in the making from MPI Home Video and that show ran for 6 Seasons as well. After so many years of waiting, this is just like a dream come true for LUCY fans like me!

THE LUCY SHOW premiered on October 1, 1962 on CBS. The show began with Lucille Ball as Lucy Carmichael, a widow with two children, Chris (Candy Moore), and Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), living in Danfield, Connecticut, sharing her home with divorced friend Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) and her son, Sherman (Ralph Hart). Lucy had been left with a substantial trust fund by her late husband, which was managed during this first season by local banker Mr. Barnsdahl (Charles Lane). At the beginning of the 1963-64 season, the character was replaced by Theodore J.
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OK, fans... We were successful in our letter writings, emails, and phone calls to get CBS/Paramount executives to put THE LUCY SHOW - THE OFFICIAL FIRST SEASON on DVD. Now we need to put our money where our mouth is. It's time to pre-order this series to get it to climb the Amazon charts in hopes that we can get a TOP 25 rating by the release date of July 21, 2009. I think this would virtually assure us that CBS will release the rest of the seasons on DVD. Pre-order today!

I have the entire series on VHS from the last time it was on commercial TV...1992 to 1996 on Nick at Nite. This series is a gem...Lucy and Viv for the first three seasons are at their best. Granted Seasons 4 through 6 without Viv are not as good but it was in the Top 10 each of those seasons.

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Being Forty-Something gives me the priviledge of having witnessed all of the Lucy Series on regular tv; the only thing, is that I watched them all in reverse so I have a special love for the QUEEN of comedy. Being born in the late sixties and growing up in the early seventies and eighties, the first Lucy series I ever watched was Here's Lucy because it was currently being produced and airing at that time and I immediately fell in love with the theme song and the way it came on with an animated Lucy in a top hat and tails opening the curtain to the show. I couldn't have been more than five or six years old at the time. I was sure not to miss an episode!! In my pre-teen years, there were reruns of The Lucy Show, and I was captivated once again! I was in seventh heaven and every night after the news went off at 11:30p.m. I was in front of the tv watching The Lucy Show whether I was tired in school the next day or not!! Later in my teen years I happened to stumble across an I Love Lucy rerun, and I was on cloud nine to have another Lucy show to fall in love with. I told my mom about it and she laughed at me and told me she already knew about I Love Lucy, so I asked her why she never told me about it knowing how much I adored Lucy. Silly woman told me she thought I already knew about it. After watching I Love Lucy, I opted to take Spanish in seventh grade because I wanted to know what Ricky was saying to Lucy. Needless to say when I told my mom she looked at me like I had three heads and told me my simple uncle took it in school for the same reason! I laughed until I cried!! That is the love I had and still have for the Queen of Comedy! She is by far my favorite comedianne dead or alive! There is no one like her anywhere!!!!!Read more ›
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