After "I Love Lucy," and the subsequent 13 hour long specials featuring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lucille Ball returned to television in "The Lucy Show." The first season of this program, with Desi Arnaz serving as Executive Producer, explored the theme of what it would be like in 1960 for two women to share a house, without a man around to do what was at the time considered the manly things (watching the money, putting up a TV antenna, etc.) At the end of that first season, Lucille Ball bought out Desi Arnaz' stake in Desilu, and this program, as a result suffered. By the time these episodes were done, not only was Desi gone, so too were Lucy's best writers: Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Davis, Bob Schiller, and Bob Weiskopf. So as the writers who knew Lucy best were gone, so too was the Lucy persona of "I Love Lucy." No longer was Lucy a conniver who'd do things like swindle her way into a weekend at a British estate, or who'd break into Richard Widmark's house to get a grapefruit. Now instead, Lucy Carmichael is devoid of everything that made Lucy Ricardo funny. Now she has become a total idiot. A total idiot, that is, who is somehow able to just walk into the homes of celebrities like Paul Winchell or Jack Benny, to get them to do favors for her. These scripts are just plain awful. They do give you a chance to see some of the celebrities of the 1960s, but if you're a true fan of Lucille Ball's, you know that her best work ever was that done between 1951 and 1957 on "I Love Lucy." Watch one of those shows for 18,995,876 time before you watch these. Unless you don't mind, of course, seeing a genius work with lackluster material, usuually getting lackluster results. Someday, hopefully, the Desi Arnaz-produced first season of this program will become more widely available. Those episodes are true classics. These are not.