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The Lucy Show: The Official Second Season [4 Discs] [DVD]
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Special Features

  • Clips from "opening night" special
  • Clip from "cbs: the stars' address"
  • New interview with Carole Cook
  • New interview with Barry Livingston
  • Vintage openings
  • Vintage closings
  • Cast commercials
  • Cast biographies
  • Production notes
  • Photo galleries


The second season of The Lucy Show finds zany redheaded widow Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) and her more levelheaded divorced housemate Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) still enmeshing themselves in comic situations cheerfully reminiscent of the actresses' glory days on I Love Lucy -- and still in glorious black-and-white, due to the fact that the CBS network was still, for all intents and purposes color-blind during the 1963-64 season. The most important development this year is the introduction of Gale Gordon as Theodore J. Mooney, new president of the Danfield National Bank, the institution handling the estate of Lucy's late husband. Mr. Mooney should have been prepared for what he was in for when, in his first appearance on the series, Lucy accidentally locks him in the bank vault -- twice. And yet, Mooney courageously remains in Danfield to handle Lucy's weekly allowance, suffering the hilarious consequences week after week after week. Since Candy Moore and Jimmy Garrett are still in the cast as Lucy's children Chris and Jerry -- ditto Ralph Hart as Viv's son Sherman -- many of the season two plotlines deal with Lucy and Viv's efforts to properly care for their kids. "Care" in their case generally meaning "interfere," especially when they chaperone Chris' beach party, and when Lucy cooks up a variety of lunkheaded stratagems to sneak a visit with Jerry at his military school. However, the season's best episodes eschew the series' "domestic" angle in favor of pure I Love Lucy farce, notably Lucy and Viv's outrageous spoof of the then-current Elizabeth Taylor film version of Cleopatra. Also, the second season finds a handful of guest stars involved in the heroine's shenanigans, notably Broadway star Ethel Merman, singer Roberta Sherwood, character actor John Carradine, comedian Wally Cox, golfer Jimmy Demaret, and even Lucille Ball's husband Gary Morton and her then ten-year-old son Desi Arnaz Jr.. It would, however, be two more seasons before The Lucy Show's "special guest star" policy would shift into high gear. The Lucy Show finished up its second season as America's sixth most popular TV series -- and its fifth most popular sitcom, after The Beverly Hillbillies, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Petticoat Junction, and The Andy Griffith Show. ~ Hal Erickson
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