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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, Vivian Vance, Jimmy Garrett, Sid Gould
  • Writers: Bob Carroll Jr., Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf, Madelyn Davis
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 21 2009
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00274SIVK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,596 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Lucy Show ~ Official Season 1

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I've only watched a few episodes so far, and each runs about 26 minutes, which is proof that they are the full uncut episodes. It's great fun to be able to choose to watch the episodes with the regular opening credits or choose to watch them with the original openings which includes the "brought to you by" sponsor messages for products like Jell-O. The Lucie Arnaz interview is useless and doesn't tell anything you didn't already know, but the Jimmy Garrett interview is more interesting. Picture quality is top-notch!!! Original cast commercials for products such as Jell-O and Swan dishwashing liquid, unseen since they first aired in 1962-63, are hilarious for the fact that you can see the cast (especially Vivian Vance) obviously reading their lines off cue cards. My only minor complaint is that all four discs are in a flip storage system rather than individual cases. Other than that, I am happy with my purchase and look forward to the release of more seasons!
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As a baby boomer, I bought this DVD to re-discover this show. Lucille Ball rarely disappoints with her antics and screwball comedy. Her co-star Vivian Vance and she make a great comedic team. The supporting cast playing the children, as well as the next-door bachelor neighbour, Dick Martin, are also excellent. It is so refreshing to watch a program with no profanity or sexual innuendo, just plain laughs and a look back into a not too distant past where family values and decency prevailed. Although not all the episodes are equally funny, there are enough laughs to keep one coming back for more. I recommend it for all Lucy fans.
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It is 1962,the cold war is on and it is the age of Camelot as President Kennedy rules the roost in the White House.In October of that year one half of televisions enduring icons,due in large part to the re-runs of their historic and still popular show "I Love Lucy",makes their debut in a new series.Lucille Ball returns in a new situation comedy called "The Lucy Show";her past partner Desi Arnaz is no where to be seen.They have been divorced two years already and Lucille is already remarried to Gary Morton,who will pop by periodically during the shows filming;making things more than a little "awkward" or strange on set.Desi helms the first 15 shows to get it off to as good a start as possible then,as head of the Desilu Studios,he resigns lock,stock and barrel.Lucy is forced to buy him out and she becomes only the second woman in Hollywood history,since Mary Pickford,to run a major studio.Much of the same writing staff are back along with Wilbur Hatch the musical director from the "I Love Lucy" days.
The public at large didn't know much of what was going on behind the scenes(they didn't have the information connections we do today) and many were hoping to see a repeat of I Love Lucy when it was first announced she was returning.The show was always in the top ten in the ratings but it was a show that was definitely not up to the standards of "I Love Lucy",in style and execution.The situation here had Lucy as a widow(Lucy Carmichael)with a daughter Chris(Candy Moore) and a son Jerry(Jimmy Garrett) living in a town called Danfield,N.Y.Living with them as renters was Lucy's old neighbour from "I Love Lucy",Vivian Vance as Vivian Bagley,a divorce' with her son Sherman(Ralph Hart).
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's About Time April 30 2009
By R. M. Telesca - Published on
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FINALLY, Lucy's second TV series will be out on July 21st. I already pre-ordered my copy and can't wait to see all 30 episodes from season one. "The Lucy Show" was on of CBS' top shows during its six-year run. It never was out of the Top 10 and finished its final season in second place with a 27.0 rating just 0.6 tenths of a point behind "The Andy Griffith Show." This series truly established Lucille Ball as the Queen of Comedy and First Lady of Television. She earned 4 Emmy nominations and two wins (1966-67 and 1967-68) for Best Actress In A Leading Role In A Comedy Series. The series has been overshadowed by her first phenomenal TV series "I Love Lucy," but it is just as good and some episodes are even better. Some classic episodes in season one include Lucy and Viv putting up a TV antenna, installing a shower, practicing karate, a Christmas show which has Lucy and Ethel destroying each others Christmas tree and Lucy doing a Charlie Chaplin imitation. "The Lucy Show" is one of the best written comedy series of all-time. I'm glad that CBS/Paramount Home Entertainment listened to all the fans' letters, e-mails and telephone calls requesting a release on DVD. Seasons two through six were filmed in color and I look forward for their release in season sets like MPI Home Video is doing with Lucy's third series "Here's Lucy" (first season expected sometime in summer). To put it simply, "The Lucy Show" is a true classic comedy and anyone whos buys this series will not be disappointed. Till this day, there is no greater comedy team than Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance. After Vivian left the show in 1965 Lucy moved to California and worked for Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon). These shows are known as the California years with big name guest stars, i.e. John Wayne, Carol Burnett, Danny Thomas, Joan Crawford, etc. These shows are equally funny and there are many classic episodes including a take-off on "The Untouchables," Lucy getting drafted, and an episode with Dean Martin, which I read was Lucy's favorite episode of "The Lucy Show." A++++++++
63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lucy Show's First Season is Finally Here! May 5 2009
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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. Mooney (Gale Gordon, who would remain with the series for the remainder of its run, despite the format change).

This First Season also featured in recurring roles, Harry Connors (Dick Martin), Audrey Simmons (Mary Jane Croft), Eddie Collins (Don Briggs), Thelma Green (Carole Cook) and Dorothy Boyer (Dorothy Konrad). Lucy's little, adorable real life children, Lucie Arnaz age 11 and Desi Arnaz Jr. age 9 make their first television appearances in a few of these first season's episodes.

Lucie Arnaz talks about these first appearances in the wonderful Bonus interview she does for this dvd set. I never knew that when watching the episode, LUCY AND VIV PUT IN A SHOWER when I was a little girl back in the 60's, that Lucy was actually drowning when she was down under the water, and couldn't pull herself up. Vivian thought Lucy was under water way too long and reached down to pull her up- literally saving Lucy's life. The cameras kept rolling and no one in the studio or audience knew what was really going on! It is just so fitting that CBS took the time to make this show flawless, just as Lucy and Vivian's performances were for all the years they worked together!

Here are the 30 Episodes from Season One, which also include in this long awaited set many fabulous special features:
2. (8 Oct 62) LUCY DIGS UP A DATE
3. (15 Oct 62) LUCY IS A REFEREE (Desi Arnaz Jr. guest stars and watch for Lucie Arnaz sitting on the back bench in between Viv and Candy Moore)
4. (22 Oct 62) LUCY MISPLACES $2,000.00
5. (29 Oct 62) LUCY BUYS A SHEEP
6. (5 Nov 62) LUCY BECOMES AN ASTRONAUT (Nancy Kulp guest stars)
8. (19 Nov 62) LUCY, THE MUSIC LOVER
10.(3 Dec 62) VIVIAN SUES LUCY
13.(24 Dec 62) TOGETHER FOR CHRISTMAS (Mitchell Boys Choir guest star)
15.(7 Jan 63) LUCY'S SISTER PAYS A VISIT (Peter Marshall guest stars)
23.(4 Mar 63) LUCY IS A SODA JERK (Lucie Arnaz guest stars)
25.(25 Mar 63) LUCY VISITS THE WHITE HOUSE (Elliot Reed is the voice of JFK and Desi Arnaz Jr. guest stars)
27.(8 Apr 63) LUCY IS A CHAPERONE (Lucie Arnaz guest stars)
28.(15 Apr 63) LUCY AND THE LITTLE LEAGUE (William Schallert and Desi Arnaz Jr.guest star)
30.(29 Apr 63) LUCY BUYS A BOAT

This DVD Set is Jam-Packed with these Special Features:

Newly Recorded Interview with Lucie Arnaz
Newly Recorded Interview with Jimmy Garrett
1962 "Opening Night" Special
Clip featuring the long-lost headdress scene recreated from "I Love Lucy"
Clip of Lucy introducing her new series and dancing with stars Jack Benny, Andy Griffith, Gary Moore & Danny Thomas
Original Network Sponsor Openings
Original Network Sponsor Closing
Original Cast Commercials
Vintage Network Promos
Segment on merchandise from "The Lucy Show" with Jimmy Garrett talking about the Lucy merchandise he remembers from 1963.
Cast Biographies
Production Notes
Additionally, the episodes included on this DVD release are completely unedited with run-times of just slightly under 26 minutes per episode. There is even a feature to play the episodes as originally broadcast with vintage network openings, closings and cast commercials!

Lastly, THANK YOU CBS for making all of our LUCY dreams come true!!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most awaited TV on DVD for me ever! May 1 2009
By J. Cormier - Published on
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At long last, after years of waiting and hoping, this series is finally coming to DVD. Lucy and Viv sparkle and shine in this follow up series and as other reviewers have pointed out, some of their best work is HERE and not just I Love Lucy. I'm hoping all Lucy fans come out and support this release. Anyone who bought the public domain releases and were disappointed needs to give this series another try with season 1. The first three years with Vivian Vance are vastly SUPERIOR to the last three years set in Hollywood, which probably gave many casual viewers a bad impression of Lucy's post-I Love Lucy work. I'm hoping CBS will be shocked by the great sales of this season and immediately work on putting seasons 2 and 3 out promptly! We lifelong fans of Lucy deserve to have all of her work made available to us. :)
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Lucy Show--classic television May 11 2009
By Gregory A. Moorehead - Published on
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"The Lucy Show: the First Official Season" comes in a plastic case. The plastic case has exactly the same cover art as the paper sleeve which fits over the plastic case. Each of the four discs are listed on the inside panel of the case, along with the titles of each episode. The episodes are distributed across four discs. The discs are one-sided, and the front side is gray with "The Lucy Show" logo at the top. Stylisticly, the menus on each disc are quite similar to the design found on the "I Love Lucy" discs. Also inside is an insert advertising the season one release of "Here's Lucy", as well as "The Lucille Ball Specials". "The Lucy Show" was based on Irene Kampen's novel, "Life Without George". Kampen's novel was about her recent divorce, but in "The Lucy Show", Lucille Ball plays Lucy Carmichael, a widow; and her housemate and sidekick, Vivian Vance plays the divorcee, Vivian Bagley. The stories, particularly in the first seasons, revolve around two single women, living together, raising their families without a man---pretty unconventional for an early 60's sitcom, and especially daring for Lucille Ball since she and Desi Arnaz were the epitome of marital bliss in the 1950's. In its freshman season, "The Lucy Show" reunites many from the crew of "I Love Lucy", and its quickly evident that the team had not lost its touch. Veteran Lucy writers, Bob Carroll, Jr. Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer often said that in writing for "I Love Lucy" each script had to start with a logical premise; in other words the audience had to believe that the beginning concept was plausible. From there, the writers argued that you could take the audience wherever you wanted to go. "The Lucy Show", particularly during the early seasons, carries that concept forward, and the result was strong scripts, exceptional performances, and many, many laughs.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lucy returns with Vivian in a brand new tv series Aug. 4 2009
By James P. McDonald - Published on
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We all have seen I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season (1951-57) and its continuation with the same cast in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957-60) I Love Lucy - The Complete Seasons 7-9 with new one-hour episodes.
Shortly after the very last episode "Lucy Meets the Mustache", with Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams, was filmed, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz.
Lucy came back to CBS with a new tv series, The Lucy Show (1962-68). Vivian Vance also returns to help Lucy in her new show. She stayed for 3 seasons.
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball never appeared in a tv series again, but Desi was their on the set as "executive producer". Desi would later make appearances on The Mothers-in-Law: The Complete Series (8pc) tv series (1967-69).
Lucy played a widow "Lucy Carmichael" who had a teenage daughter, Chris (Candy Moore) and a young son Jerry (Jimmy Garrett). Vivian Vance played a divorced woman, "Vivian Bagley" with one son, Sherman (Ralph Hart). They live together in the same house.
The first season is in black & white. While some stories seem to be a re-write from the "I Love Lucy" days (same writers), scenarios start to become more original as the season progresses.
Don't expect the silly, yet elegant "Lucy Richardo" in this series. While their still are the trademarks, Lucille Ball seems to be more bossy and grabby towards "Viv". Lucy is at times like William Frawley's "Fred", except her hair is more grown out.
William Frawley at the time was on My Three Sons: The First Season, Vol. 1 (1960-72). He would later make a special appearance on "The Lucy Show" in Season 4.
Ralph Hart is a cheerful boy with a talent for dance.
Jimmy Garrett, with his mature child voice, is also a darling on the show. You might remember him from "The Twilight Zone" episode, "The Bewitching Pool".

I wasn't born yet when most of these episodes were broadcast, but I have seen some of them when they were in syndication and recently on the Internet.
It's fun watching these episodes with Lucy and Vivian Vance, episodes I have never seen before. So many other actors I recognize too.

Semi-regulars: Dick Martin (later of The Best of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Donald Briggs, Charles Lane.

Familiar guest stars: Tom Lowell, William Windom, Vito Scotti, Sandra Gould, Reta Shaw, Nancy Kulp, Majel Barrett, John McGiver, Sid Gould, Mary Jane Croft, Lloyd Corrigan, Peter Marshall, Carole Cook, Roscoe Karns, Bobs Watson, Lucie Arnaz, Paul Hartman, Jerry Hausner, Ben Welden, Desi Arnaz Jr., Frank Nelson, Lou Krugman, Don Grady, William Schallert, Herb Vigran, Philip Carey, Doris Packer, Ellen Corby, Benny Rubin, Mary Wickes.

Every episode is very crisp and clear, not like they were in syndication.

Many surprising bonuses are included in each disc. Included is a recent interview with Lucie Arnaz and Jimmy Garrett.

Gale Gordon does not appear as "Mr. Mooney" until Season 2. The Lucy Show: The Official Second Season was filmed in color, but originally broadcast in black & white.
Bob Hope will make an appearance in Lucy Show: Official Third Season now available.
William Frawley makes a surprise guest appearance (in color) in Lucy Show: Official Fourth Season. Wayne Newton also makes an appearance in Season 4, episode 14. Season Four began broadcasts in color.

Lucy's third tv series, Here's Lucy: Season One and the entire series is also available on DVD in glorious color.