Lucille Ball, forever regarded as the Queen of the Sitcom, is once again in fine form in this late 60s series that took over from where, THE LUCY SHOW signed off during the previous year.
This sitcom cast Ball as a mother living in Los-Angeles, California with two children featuring her real life children DESI ARNARZ JR. and LUCIE ARNAZ. Her ever faithful sidekick from THE LUCY SHOW, GALE GORDON plays the role of her boss and brother in law Harry Carter. Lucy works for her brother in law at his employment agency and manages to get herself and Harry entangled in all sort of hi jinks.
Several episodes play upon the popularity and spy theme of the televised hit series "Mission: Impossible" - the first "HERE'S LUCY" episode to be taped fully on location is set in the airport of Los-Angeles where Lucy and Harry ride airport baggage to escape spies chasing after them.
This is one of the last "carefree and non political" sitcoms to rise to popularity with the American public during the Nixon and Vietnam era. The series had its first broadcast run between 1968-1974 and remains the second longest running series in Ms. Ball's career. It was broadcast weekly on the CBS network.
In this series, the slapstick humour and comedic antics of Lucille Ball remain timeless and can still bring one to bursts into laughter. You will find it interresting to revisit the kitsch styles and mod fashions of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The packaging for this series is presented within a slim-pack case that can be easily inserted and stored in your home DVD library.Read more ›
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Here's Lucy Season Two- Another Fantastic Season Is Here!Aug. 25 2009
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Season One of Here's Lucy is not even out yet, and Season Two is all ready to order for it's November 3, 2009 release! This is great news for Lucy fans that these shows will be out quickly, and I hope the film quality is just as good as the quick releases of this great series! Season Two starts out with a family trip out west, and after that, the great guest stars just keep on coming show after show! The first of these guest stars is Patty Andrews, who re-enacts the famous WWII Andrews Sisters singing act with Lucy and daughter Lucie Arnaz- they are just great! There are so many great performances by Milton Berle, Paul Winchell, Gary Morton, Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon, Jack LaLanne, Liberace, Lawrence Welk, Ann-Margret, Wally Cox, Alan Hale, Wayne Newton, Carol Burnett and many others. Even the wonderful Vivian Vance returns to guest star as Lucy's friend Vivian Jones. Lucy's real life 77 year old mother DeDe Ball (she passed away in 1977 at age 84) is seen as the woman in the audience on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. DeDe was in the viewing audience of every single show of I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. They say you can hear her distinctive laugh and even hear her talking (DeDe always said UH-OH when her daughter Lucy was in trouble) on the background tracks in Lucy's shows, but this is the rarest time that you actually get to see Lucy's mom on a show! This second season is just wonderful with so many great stars and performances, one of the best being Desi Arnaz Jr. and Ann-Margret singing together and if Season Three comes out just as quickly, it won't be long before we get to see the highest rated show of Here's Lucy, which is the first show of Season Three-Lucy Meets The Burton's!
Featuring on Here's Lucy are: Lucille Ball as Lucille Carter Gale Gordon as Harrison Otis (Uncle Harry) Carter Lucie Arnaz as Kim Carter Desi Arnaz Jr. as Craig Carter
Season 2 Episodes: 1. (22 Sep 69) LUCY JOINS THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY- PART ONE- Lucy wants to get Craig into the Air Force Academy. 2. (29 Sep 69) LUCY JOINS THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY- PART TWO- Lucy gets caught in the middle of some Air Force War Games. 3. (6 Oct 69) LUCY AND THE INDIAN CHIEF- A Navajo Indian chief and Lucy tie the knot. 4. (13 Oct 69) LUCY RUNS THE RAPIDS- In Arizona, Lucy rides the rapids on her mattress. 5. (20 Oct 69) LUCY AND HARRY'S TONSILS- Uncle Harry doesn't like his hospital stay until a sexy nurse takes over his care. 6. (27 Oct 69) LUCY AND THE ANDREWS SISTERS- Lucy, Kim and Patty Andrews re-create the great Andrews Sisters with Craig playing Bing Crosby. (Patty Andrews and Gary Morton guest star) 7. (3 Nov 69) LUCY'S BURGLAR ALARM- After being robbed, Lucy makes her own home burglar alarm system. 8. (10 Nov 69) LUCY AT THE DRIVE-IN MOVIE- Lucy and Harry dress up as old hippies to spy on Kim at a drive in movie. 9. (17 Nov 69) LUCY AND THE USED CAR DEALER- Cheerful Charlie sells Kim and Craig a lemon and Lucy and Harry must scheme to return it. (Milton Berle guest stars) 10. (24 Nov 69) LUCY THE CEMENT WORKER- Lucy becomes a cement worker to find an antique ring she lost in wet cement. (Paul Winchell guest stars) 11. (1 Dec 69) LUCY AND JOHNNY CARSON- Lucy sneaks the family into The Tonight Show, and wins Stump The Band. The prize is dinner at the Brown Derby, where by sheer co-incidence Johnny and Ed are eating. Lucy thinks the free dinner is with them and joins them. This is so reminiscent of I Love Lucy's show at the Brown Derby with William Holden! (Johnny Carson and Ed McMahon guest star, with Lucy's real life Mom DeDe Ball as the woman in the audience) 12. (8 Dec 69) LUCY AND THE GENERATION GAP- Kim and Craig put on a school play with a generation gap theme and Lucy and Harry play the parents. 13. (15 Dec 69) LUCY AND THE BOGIE AFFAIR- Kim and Craig find a sheepdog and name it after Humphrey Bogart (Bogie), but soon find out Bogie is a she and must find homes for the 9 puppies. (Jack LaLanne and Lord Nelson (the dog) guest star) 14. (22 Dec 69) LUCY PROTECTS HER JOB- Harry thinks Lucy is overworked and hires an assistant, only Lucy thinks Harry is trying to replace her. 15. (29 Dec 69) LUCY THE HELPFUL MOTHER- Kim and Craig get several jobs to pay for new phones, but Lucy has to fill in for them when they can't keep up with all their obligations. 16. (5 Jan 70) LUCY AND LIBERACE- Craig borrows a candleabra from Liberace while on a scavenger hunt and when Lucy finds it she thinks it's stolen and returns it. (Liberace and Paul Winchell guest star) 17. (12 Jan 70) LUCY THE LAUNDRESS- Lucy drives her car into a Chinese Laundry, then must work there to pay for the damages. 18. (19 Jan 70) LUCY AND LAWRENCE WELK- Lucy brags to visiting Viv that she knows Lawrence Welk, whom she has never even met. (Lawrence Welk and Vivian Vance guest star) 19. (26 Jan 70) LUCY AND VIV VISIT TIJUANA- Lucy and Viv get Harry to drive them to Mexico, but get Harry into trouble when Customs finds diamonds in a stuffed monkey. (Vivian Vance guest stars) 20. (2 Feb 70) LUCY AND ANN-MARGRET- Craig decides he would like to be a songwriter and is asked to sing his new song Country Magic on Ann-Margret's television show. The duet's performance is really great! (Ann-Margret guest stars) 21. (9 Feb 70) LUCY AND WALLY COX- Lucy helps change Wally Manley's image, so his father Moose Manley won't be ashamed of his frail son. (Wally Cox and Alan Hale (Skipper on Gilligan's Island) guest star) 22. (16 Feb 70) LUCY AND WAYNE NEWTON- Lucy and family return a lost horse to Wayne Newton and get jobs on Wayne's ranch to earn cash to see some Las Vegas shows. (Wayne Newton guest stars) 23. (23 Feb 70) LUCY TAKES OVER- Uncle Harry can't pay a large sum of money he owes Lucy, Kim and Craig on an old promissory note, so Lucy takes over the office. 24. (2 Mar 70) LUCY AND CAROL BURNETT- Lucy and her friend Carol Krausmeyer compete against each other in the Secretary Beautiful contest. (Carol Burnett guest stars)
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taking the show on the road, more silliness from Carters in season two . . .July 4 2010
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The first season of Here's Lucy, featured stars Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., mostly confined to studio sets. The second season opens ambitiously with four episodes in a row shot on location, featuring the Carter clan on the road in a Winnebago, at the Air Force Academy in Colorado, and at various locations in the western US, including on a Navaho Indian reservation, and rafting on the Colorado River. In these memorable episodes, Lucille seems full of energy, engaging in the kind of physical slapstick, that was largely absent in the season one. Harrison Otis Carter (Gordon) also seems rejuvenated, with his meanness dial turned up a couple of notches from the year before. With a season's worth of experience under their belts, Lucie and Desi seem more confident and at ease, although the location work was something new for them. Wayne Newton's Casa de Shenandoah ranch in Nevada, would also be featured in a later episode.
In The Lucy Show, much of Lucy Carmichael's humor was based on being an overbearing loudmouth, and irritating the hell out of people. Lucy Carter's personality moves more in this direction in season two, as she becomes more irritating and abrasive, causing Harry's blood pressure to rise, as Ball and Gordon continue to produce comedic magic. Gordon's temper tantrums usually make for delicious viewing, as new sides of Harry's character continue to be revealed. In "Lucy And Harry's Tonsils", Harry is quivering in fear contemplating having an operation, and later gets the hots for a young nurse. And in "Lucy At The Drive-In Movie", Harry and Lucy disguise themselves as hippies, so they can spy on Kim while on a date. Using different writers, the program moves away from spotlighting the kids in new ventures, treating them more like regular actors, instead of as a novelty. Although the phase "Oh mother", continues to be frequently heard, Kim (Lucie Arnaz) seems to have matured greatly, and her wardrobe is far less flamboyant.
The program continues to feature musical guests and production numbers, but to a lesser extent. "Lucy And The Generation Gap" is the only time the entire cast is in a major production number. One of the more notable musical performances is an incendiary duet, featuring Craig (Desi Arnaz Jr.) and Ann-Margret, performing a song supposedly written by Craig, who does his very best Elvis impersonation.
There are appearances by entertainment heavyweights, including Liberace, Carol Burnett, and Milton Berle, who is terrific as a shady used car dealer. Another highlight is "Lucy And Johnny Carson" where both Johnny and Ed McMahon are exposed to the full force of Lucy's personality. "Lucy and Lawrence Welk" features both the famous conductor, and old pal Vivian Vance, in an episode that immortalizes the phrase "wonderful, wonderful". And "Lucy And Wally Cox", features Cox and Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper from Gilligan's Island), in a family related drama. While some of the humor is timeless, because of the heavy emphasis on celebrities and personalities, having some familiarity with the various guest stars is essential to understanding the humor. Because of this, the series may not play too well to today's audiences.
Each of the 24 episodes is close captioned, and features an introduction by someone involved in the production of that particular episode. The set contains some nice extras of interest to the average fan, including a number of vintage home movies, making a very nice package.
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"The "Here's Lucy" DVD's Continue!"Aug. 25 2009
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When MPI Home Video announced early in 2009 that they would release all the seasons of "Here's Lucy" they were not kidding. Even before "Here's Lucy-Season 1" has been released MPI has announced that the second season's worth of episodes will be coming out in November. If these boxsets continue to be released in this manner (2 sets per year), it means that we fans will have the entire "Here's Lucy" library of shows by the end of 2011! The second year of "Here's Lucy" continued Lucille Ball's dominance in the national Nielsens. Finishing the year at #6 proved to the audience and critics that "Here's Lucy's" success was no fluke: audiences watched the series in droves and the show became a Monday night staple like its predecessors "I Love Lucy" and "The Lucy Show". Some wonderful guest stars popped up in the second year including Johnny Carson, Lawrence Welk, Carol Burnett, Ann-Margret, Milton Berle, and even Liberace. Vivian Vance came back for two episodes and her chemistry with Lucy is evident. This set features 24 excellent shows that are remastered from their original prints, is 610 minutes long, and the sound is English audio with English subtitles. Among the many bonus features in this set are the following: new video introductions by Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., a featurette called "Here's Lucy On Vacation", "Let's Talk To Lucy- a loss interview with Lucy friend Carol Burnett, Special Footage, Treasures from Lucy's Vault: a "Here's Lucy" slideshow, Production Files, and Original CBS and syndication promos.
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Here's Lucy - Season 2 Coming to DVDSept. 7 2009
R. M. Telesca
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I can't believe that season 2 of "Here's Lucy" will be out on November 3, 2009. I have already pre-ordered by copy of this wonderful classic comedy series. Season two of "Here's Lucy" aired on CBS-TV during the 1969-70 TV season on Monday night at 8:30 pm. "Here's Lucy" finished no. 6 in the ratings with a 23.9 rating, up three notches from season one which finished in 9th place. Lucy earned three Golden Globe nominations as Best Actress In A Comedy Series. I know that all 24 episodes will be released with the same loving care as the first 24 episodes. I also hope that MPI includes many bonus features as they did with season one. The first 4 episodes of season two are shot on location and are really great. Lucy Runs the Rapids is a true classic. After these episodes we have great episodes with Lucy and Lawrence Welk (Vivian Vance is also in this episode) and is one of the best Here's Lucy episodes! Other epiosodes include Ann Margret, Carol Burnett (hysterical!), Johnny Carson, Liberace, Patti Andrews and Milton Berle. We also have Vivan Vance again in Lucy and Viv Go To Tijuana (pure joy) and a truly wonderful epiosde with Lucy and Gale Gordon dressing up as hippies in Lucy At The Drive-In Movie. This series proved that Lucille Ball is and always will be the First Lady of Television and Queen of Comedy. Monday night has never been the same since this series ended in 1974. Lucy is indeed a true Icon. A+ for the series and A+ to MPI for releasing this series and giving it the recognition it deserves. I can't wait for the Lucy special "Lucy Calls The President" that will be released sometime in early 2010. Thank you MPI!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Classic TVAug. 3 2010
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Season 2 is much better than season 1. THe characters all are more developed and the actors work better with each other. Lucy seems more relaxed and lets her kids, Gale, or the guest star shine. There are a lot of great physical comedy moments and musical numbers done mostly in a early 60s feel. My favorite shows were "Lucy Runs the Rapids" (great physical comedy and family interaction); "Lucy and the Andrew Sisters (Lucy's great at upstaging Patty and the show ends before you want it too because it is so funny and entertaining); Lucy and the Boagie Affair", "Lucy Protects her Job (Lucie gives her mom a run for the money and shows how great an actress she is); "Lucy and Lawrence Welk" (Mary Jane finally shines and is funny not just a fill-in; Viv is hilarious and acts better than Ethel would); Lucy and Ann MArgret (Love its modern feel, hinted sexual tension, and great late 60s showstopping number); "Lucy and Wally Cox" (Wally and Lucy keep feeding eachother with great lines) Lucy and Wayne Newton (Wanye and the kids shine in an enjoyable musical show with lots of family humor in the dialogue): Lucy Takes Over (Great to see her making Harry afraid and nervous and see him for a moment get his reward) and Lucy and Carol Burnett (The Queens of Comedy in a hilarious sneaky cat fight to win a beauty contest) A must for any fan of classic comedy and great stars.