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. Also gone at the end of the season were Lucy's two children Chris, palyed by Mandy Moore, and Jerry (Jimmy Garrett), although the latter would make a few guest appearances in future episodes. This was also the last year that "The Lucy Show's" locale would be Danfield as the show's new locality would be Los Angeles. The only cast member to make the move with Lucy out west would be Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney.
In season three Ann Southern made many appearances as the Countess Framboise whose so-called rich husband left her in dire financial need, and she, like Lucy, would often battle heads with Mr. Mooney whom the Countess called Mr. Money. The producers were attempting to get Southern on the show as a replacement for Vivian Vance, but when Southern refused to take "co-star" status (she wanted to be top-billed with Lucille Ball), she left the show.
This box set includes all of season three's 26 episodes, and are presented uncut and in beautiful "living color". Bonuses include rare cast commercials and promos, and most interesting a featurette called "Lucille Ball At The 1964 World's Fair For Lucille Ball Day".
Season three finished at a whopping #8 in the national Nielsen Ratings making "The Lucy Show" a consistent Top 10 series, a title it would hold for its entire run.
The following is a list of Season 3's episodes along with their airdates:
1. "Lucy and The Good Skate", Sept. 21, 1964
2. "Lucy and the Plumber", Sept. 28, 1964
3. "Lucy Tries Winter Sports, Oct. 5, 1964
4. "Lucy Gets Amnesia", Oct. 12, 1964
5. "Lucy and the Great Bank Robbery", Oct. 19, 1964
6. "Lucy, The Camp Cook", Oct. 25, 1964
7. "Lucy, The Meter Maid", Nov. 2, 1964
8. "Lucy Makes A Pinch", Nov. 9, 1964
9. "Lucy Becomes A Father", Nov. 16, 1964
10. "Lucy's Contact Lenses", Nov. 23, 1964
11. "Lucy Gets Her Maid", Nov. 30, 1964
12. "Lucy Gets The Bird", Dec. 7, 1964
13. "Lucy, the Coin Collector", Dec. 14, 1964
14. "Lucy and The Missing Stamp", Dec. 21, 1964
15. "Lucy Meets Danny Kaye", Dec. 28, 1964
16. "Lucy and the Ceramic Cat", Jan. 11, 1965
17. "Lucy Goes To Vegas", Jan. 18, 1965
18. "Lucy and the Monsters", Jan. 25, 1965
19. "Lucy and the Countess", Feb. 1, 1965
20. "My Fair Lucy", Feb. 8, 1965
21. "Lucy and The Countess Lose Weight", Feb. 15, 1965
22. "Lucy and The Old Mansion", March 1, 1965
23. "Lucy and Arthur Godfrey", Mar. 8, 1965
24. "Lucy and the Beauty Doctor", Mar. 22, 1965
25. "Lucy the Stockholder", Mar. 29, 1965
26. "Lucy the Disc Jockey", April 12, 1965