Sitcoms Online - Main Page / Message Boards - Main Page / Photo Galleries / DVD Reviews / News Blog / Buy TV Shows on DVD

View Today's Active Threads / View New Posts / Mark All Boards Read / Chit Chat Board

The Lucy Show links and theme songs at Sitcoms Online / The Lucy Show Photo Gallery


The Lucy Show - The Official First Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official First Season on DVD
The Lucy Show - The Official Second Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official Second Season on DVD
The Lucy Show - The Official Third Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official Third Season on DVD
The Lucy Show - The Official Fourth Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official Fourth Season on DVD
The Lucy Show - The Official Fifth Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official Fifth Season on DVD
The Lucy Show - The Official Sixth Season
Buy The Lucy Show - The Official Sixth Season on DVD

Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums  

Go Back   Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums > 1960s Sitcoms > The Lucy Show
User Name
Password


Welcome to the Sitcoms Online Message Boards - Forums.

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, search, view attachments, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today!

SitcomsOnline.com News Blog Headlines Twitter Facebook Instagram RSS

Freeform Announces Comedy Block for Wednesdays; The Simpsons Documentary Airs on Fox Sunday
COZI TV to Air Mary Tyler Moore, Dick Van Dyke Specials; Roseanne Revival Gets Underway for ABC
Wyatt Cenac Heads to HBO Comedy Series; Nat Geo Acquires Running Wild with Bear Grylls
New Comedy for Sundance Now Service from Peep Show Stars; Showtime's SMILF Gets Set for Premiere
Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows; This Week in Sitcoms (Week of October 16, 2017)
SitcomsOnline Digest: Television Academy Hall of Fame Inductees Announced; Roswell Ready for Reboot
Fri-Yay: The Middle on The Top; Hulu Snags Futurama


New on DVD/Blu-ray (October)

2 Broke Girls - The Complete Series The Good Place - The Complete First Season Green Acres - The Complete Series Rhoda - The Final (Fifth) Season The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Fourth Season

10/03 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Sixth Season
10/03 - 2 Broke Girls - The Complete Series
10/03 - Rules of Engagement - Seasons 1-4 Collection
10/10 - The Brady Bunch - A Very Brady Christmas
10/10 - Everybody Hates Chris - The Complete Series
10/10 - Frasier - Christmas Episodes
10/10 - The Honeymooners - Christmas Laughter
10/10 - Sabrina, the Teenage Witch - The Christmas Episodes
10/17 - The Good Place - The Complete First Season
10/17 - Green Acres - The Complete Series
10/17 - Rhoda - The Final (Fifth) Season
10/24 - The Jamie Foxx Show - The Complete Fourth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-07-2009, 12:31 AM   #1
TJ
Administrator
Administrator
 
TJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 03, 2000
Location: Marietta, GA
Posts: 7,581
Send a message via AIM to TJ
Default The Lucy Show - The Official First Season DVD Review

Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance are back again! Following the end of the series I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, Lucille Ball wasn't quite ready to leave TV, but she couldn't continue playing Lucy Ricardo, the woman married to Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo, after her painful real-life divorce from Desi Arnaz. So, in 1962, Ball came together with fellow I Love Lucy co-star Vivian Vance to create the new series, The Lucy Show. Initially, the series contained a lot of the slapstick style comedy that fans of I Love Lucy remembered very well, and Ball and Vance played characters that were very similar to their characters on I Love Lucy. The series is also the first TV series that contained Gale Gordon as one of Lucy's co-stars, although he actually does NOT appear until the second season (Charles Lane plays a different character that fills his role for the first season).

The Lucy Show wasn't quite the same as I Love Lucy, though. No longer did Ball and Vance play Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz. Now, they were Lucy Carmichael and Vivian Bagley, two women sharing a home in Connecticut after each of them lost their husbands. Lucy was a widow (she did not want to play a divorcee because she did not want viewers to think she had divorced Ricky Ricardo, despite the fact that it was well-known that she had indeed divorced Desi Arnaz in real life) and Vivian was divorced from her husband, Ralph, who seemed to be somewhat of a deadbeat father. Lucy had two children, teenage daughter Chris (Candy Moore) and a younger son Jerry (Jimmy Garrett). Vivian had a son, Sherman (Ralph Hart), who was roughly the same age as Jerry. In many ways, it was like a 1960s version of the TV series Kate & Allie. The series was based upon the book Life Without George, although the series did have a rather major retooling in the fourth season.

The Official First Season marks the very first time that all 30 episodes from the 1962-1963 season have been released on DVD. Although there have been many public domain releases of the series over the years, they mostly contain episodes from the fifth season, and only two episodes from the first season have fallen into public domain. The four disc DVD set contains all 30 episodes with superb video and audio quality, and plenty of nice special features that are certain to please almost any fan of Lucille Ball.

Read our review by Skees here:
http://www.sitcomsonline.com/thelucy...dvdreview.html

Please post any questions or comments about this set.
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2009, 09:00 AM   #2
TeeVeeCloset
Senior Member
Member
 
TeeVeeCloset's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 1,656
Default

WOW! What a Review! This release was on my "must get" list even if they butchered it but so glad to hear they DID IT RIGHT! Kudo's finally to CBS/Paramount, they also did "I Love Lucy" perfect, so I guess they know they can't fool around with Lucy! Thanks for the heads up about the "set up" menu as I usually ignore them as you mentioned, but I will definatley be first watching them in "vintage mode", the times you provided of both versions are very helpful as well.....the only slight disappointment is no current interview with Candy Moore, would love to see and hear her comments today as she was one of my many childhood TV crush's....lol....looking forward to hearing her overly project and shout her dialogue again!
__________________
Living near "Ozzie Nelson Drive".....
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-09-2009, 03:46 PM   #3
McGillicuddy
Senior Member
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 28, 2002
Posts: 5,092
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TeeVeeCloset
WOW! What a Review! This release was on my "must get" list even if they butchered it but so glad to hear they DID IT RIGHT! Kudo's finally to CBS/Paramount, they also did "I Love Lucy" perfect, so I guess they know they can't fool around with Lucy! Thanks for the heads up about the "set up" menu as I usually ignore them as you mentioned, but I will definatley be first watching them in "vintage mode", the times you provided of both versions are very helpful as well.....the only slight disappointment is no current interview with Candy Moore, would love to see and hear her comments today as she was one of my many childhood TV crush's....lol....looking forward to hearing her overly project and shout her dialogue again!


I just pre-ordered my Lucy Show -Official First Season set, along with the Lucy Specials that just came out! Already have Lucy-Desi home movies and soon I will pre-order Here's Lucy.

I'm going to have a whole shelf just for "Lucy" dvd sets, along with I Love Lucy and The L & D Comedy Hour!
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2009, 11:59 AM   #4
TeeVeeCloset
Senior Member
Member
 
TeeVeeCloset's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 25, 2003
Posts: 1,656
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by markway895
I just pre-ordered my Lucy Show -Official First Season set, along with the Lucy Specials that just came out! Already have Lucy-Desi home movies and soon I will pre-order Here's Lucy.

I'm going to have a whole shelf just for "Lucy" dvd sets, along with I Love Lucy and The L & D Comedy Hour!

Appreciated your response about dedicating a whole half shelf just to Lucy, as I do as well....I'm always re-arranging to get maximum available space, it almost has to dictate as to what I buy.....it's all about shelf space!...lol....
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2009, 12:11 PM   #5
Robert 13
Senior Member
Member
 
Robert 13's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 10, 2006
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,450
Default

I hope they have already begun work on Season 2 because this is definitely going to be a big seller. Pre-sales are already high for many online retailers. They need to take advantage of this momentum and, I think, announcing Season 2 soon after the release of Season 1 would continue the excitement and keep the enthusiasm for this show high.

I, for one, can't wait for Season 3 when Lucy and Viv are camp cooks. That episode is absolutely hysterical with the hot-cake batter and the hole in the floor.
__________________
Com' straordinaria la vita,
che un giorno ti senti come in un sogno
e poi ti ritrovi all'inferno

- Dolcenera
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-10-2009, 12:27 PM   #6
catlover79
Moderator
Forum Legend
God Bless Val
 
catlover79's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 29, 2006
Location: Bewitched in Ohio
Posts: 69,229
Thumbs up

__________________
"Jesus loves you and He approves this message."

"I'm alive. I'm feeling good. I'm trying to live every moment as much as I can." - Valerie Harper, March 2013
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-11-2009, 02:09 PM   #7
Kasey
Forum Regular
Member
 
Kasey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 22, 2004
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 892
Default

I agree, I love Season 3. Although the subsequent color seasons were never as great as Season 1, I do feel the quality really dipped in Season 2, beginning with the terrible "Cleopatra" episode.

I am not sure whether the writers figured that the audience would be so excited to see Lucy in color that inferior scripts would go unnoticed (yes, I realize they didn't originally air in color even though they were filmed that way), but Season 2 always seemed a bit of a let-down.

Season 3 had some gems like "Lucy the Good Skate", "Lucy and the Ceramic Cat". I really want Season 4 as well. It wasn't great overall, but "Lucy In the Music World" aka. the Wing-Ding episode is a campy treat, and I would love to see it restored and uncut.

As a completist, I'd like all 6 seasons, but if they choose not to release 5 & 6, I won't be too disappointed as I have those on old Nick-at-Nite tapes and there were only a handful of standouts from that period eg. "Viv Visits Lucy", and "Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account".
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2009, 03:27 PM   #8
LittleRickyII
Senior Member
Member
 
LittleRickyII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 22, 2009
Location: California
Posts: 2,228
Default

Oh no, that Cleopatra episode is one of my favorites! Several other Season Two episodes that are among my favorites from the entire series: Lucy Plays Florence Nightingale, Lucy Goes to Art Class, Lucy Conducts the Symphony (IMO, one of Lucille Ball's greatest performances ever), Lucy Enters a Baking Contest, The Loophole in the Lease, Lucy Takes a Job at the Bank, Lucy Is Her Own Lawyer. The only ones I don't care much for from that season are Lucy and the Military Academy, Lucy Takes Up Golf and Lucy and the Scout Trip.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Kasey
I agree, I love Season 3. Although the subsequent color seasons were never as great as Season 1, I do feel the quality really dipped in Season 2, beginning with the terrible "Cleopatra" episode.

I am not sure whether the writers figured that the audience would be so excited to see Lucy in color that inferior scripts would go unnoticed (yes, I realize they didn't originally air in color even though they were filmed that way), but Season 2 always seemed a bit of a let-down.

Season 3 had some gems like "Lucy the Good Skate", "Lucy and the Ceramic Cat". I really want Season 4 as well. It wasn't great overall, but "Lucy In the Music World" aka. the Wing-Ding episode is a campy treat, and I would love to see it restored and uncut.

As a completist, I'd like all 6 seasons, but if they choose not to release 5 & 6, I won't be too disappointed as I have those on old Nick-at-Nite tapes and there were only a handful of standouts from that period eg. "Viv Visits Lucy", and "Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account".
  Reply With Quote
Old 07-17-2009, 12:20 AM   #9
Jude The Obscure
Senior Member
Retired
 
Join Date: Dec 10, 2006
Posts: 7,421
Default

Lucy and Viv in that pie making contest!! "I told you so, I Told you so, I told you so!!!"

Can't wait to get this.......those extras are just AMAZING!!!!!!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-02-2009, 01:37 PM   #10
LittleRickyII
Senior Member
Member
 
LittleRickyII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 22, 2009
Location: California
Posts: 2,228
Default

Very good review, but I would like to point out one error. The town where Lucy and Viv lived, Danfield, was in Upstate New York, not Connecticut.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2009, 12:42 AM   #11
Jude The Obscure
Senior Member
Retired
 
Join Date: Dec 10, 2006
Posts: 7,421
Default

^ Are people still making that error? That error has been repeated from one TV reference book to another, along with that Lucy in season 4 moves to San Fransico!!
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2009, 02:19 AM   #12
LittleRickyII
Senior Member
Member
 
LittleRickyII's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 22, 2009
Location: California
Posts: 2,228
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jude The Obscure
^ Are people still making that error? That error has been repeated from one TV reference book to another, along with that Lucy in season 4 moves to San Fransico!!

There was a book the first came out about 30 years ago called The Complete Directory of Primetime Network TV Shows. I was written by, I think, Tim Brooks and Earl Marsh (I can't believe I remember that; I guess I looked at that book too much). It was the first book of its kind and gave a synopsis of every prime time TV show aired up to that point. I think this is where that Lucy Show misinformation began, and then later references got their information from that book. And then it got repeated so much, everyone assumed it was the truth. I remember these three errors in their write-up: 1) Lucy first lived in Danfield, Connecticut; 2) Lucy worked as Mr. Mooney's secretary in Danfield; 3) in the fourth season, she moved to San Francisco. I assume the confusion about the location of Danfield might have something to do with Westport being in Connecticut? I don't know why they assumed Mr. Mooney was Lucy's boss in Danfield. As for moving to San Francisco, maybe they were confusing Lucy's move with Doris Martin's move to San Francisco on The Doris Day Show?
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-03-2009, 10:38 PM   #13
TV Guy
Senior Member
Member
 
Join Date: Jun 25, 2001
Location: Boston, MA, USA
Posts: 2,179
Default

Quote:
I am not sure whether the writers figured that the audience would be so excited to see Lucy in color that inferior scripts would go unnoticed (yes, I realize they didn't originally air in color even though they were filmed that way), but Season 2 always seemed a bit of a let-down.

Honestly, I felt that each subsequent season was weaker than the previous one, as more and more of the "I Love Lucy" veterans drifted away. Season 2 was the first full season produced without Desi Arnaz, and the scripts aren't nearly as consistent. There are definitely some gems in there ("Kiddie Parties, Inc.", for example) but several of the crew were quoted as saying that the writers got lazy once Desi wasn't around to coax rewrites out of them.

And then it got worse. Season 3 was done almost entirely without the participation of Lucy's longtime writers, and Vivian Vance had a lesser role in the series. Starting with season 4, Viv was gone, as was much of the supporting cast. All of these changes were for the worse.

I know it's not fair to do, but even the superior season 1 of "The Lucy Show" suffers in comparison with "I Love Lucy". Sure, the blocked comedy pieces (the physical comedy) are as good as ever. But I miss the witty banter among the four main characters from ILL which surrounded the physical comedy and really enriched the episodes. "The Lucy Show" tries to do some of this, but it's like a table with only two legs.

Part of the problem is that the two ladies really have no support - the kids are pretty much one-dimensional props; Barnsdahl doesn't have a reason to be around that much; and Dick Martin is criminally underused. With ILL, you have many different possibilities for plots: Lucy vs. Ricky; the Ricardos vs. the Mertzes; the men vs. the women. With TLS, the possibilities are much more limited. The setup feels contrived, too, with Viv and her son sharing the house with Lucy and her kids - so much more "sitcommy" than the setup for ILL. And I miss the romantic aspect of the show - Lucy's dates seem pretty platonic, and pretty much disappear after the first season or two.

Don't get me wrong - I'm really enjoying season 1 again, and it's a very solid show for that season, at least. But it's not difficult to see why the writers ran out of gas relatively quickly. The show's premise and supporting cast were not nearly as sturdy as ILL, and it really wasn't built for an extended run.
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2009, 07:17 PM   #14
McGillicuddy
Senior Member
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 28, 2002
Posts: 5,092
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by TV Guy
Honestly, I felt that each subsequent season was weaker than the previous one, as more and more of the "I Love Lucy" veterans drifted away. Season 2 was the first full season produced without Desi Arnaz, and the scripts aren't nearly as consistent. There are definitely some gems in there ("Kiddie Parties, Inc.", for example) but several of the crew were quoted as saying that the writers got lazy once Desi wasn't around to coax rewrites out of them.

And then it got worse. Season 3 was done almost entirely without the participation of Lucy's longtime writers, and Vivian Vance had a lesser role in the series. Starting with season 4, Viv was gone, as was much of the supporting cast. All of these changes were for the worse.

I know it's not fair to do, but even the superior season 1 of "The Lucy Show" suffers in comparison with "I Love Lucy". Sure, the blocked comedy pieces (the physical comedy) are as good as ever. But I miss the witty banter among the four main characters from ILL which surrounded the physical comedy and really enriched the episodes. "The Lucy Show" tries to do some of this, but it's like a table with only two legs.

Part of the problem is that the two ladies really have no support - the kids are pretty much one-dimensional props; Barnsdahl doesn't have a reason to be around that much; and Dick Martin is criminally underused. With ILL, you have many different possibilities for plots: Lucy vs. Ricky; the Ricardos vs. the Mertzes; the men vs. the women. With TLS, the possibilities are much more limited. The setup feels contrived, too, with Viv and her son sharing the house with Lucy and her kids - so much more "sitcommy" than the setup for ILL. And I miss the romantic aspect of the show - Lucy's dates seem pretty platonic, and pretty much disappear after the first season or two.

Don't get me wrong - I'm really enjoying season 1 again, and it's a very solid show for that season, at least. But it's not difficult to see why the writers ran out of gas relatively quickly. The show's premise and supporting cast were not nearly as sturdy as ILL, and it really wasn't built for an extended run.


With the later seasons of The Lucy Show and on into Here's Lucy, it seemed more like a cross between a sitcom and a variety show, with continuous big-name guest stars and all the stage shows they put on!
  Reply With Quote
Old 08-04-2009, 10:00 PM   #15
Jude The Obscure
Senior Member
Retired
 
Join Date: Dec 10, 2006
Posts: 7,421
Default

Both Charles Lane and Dick Martin were told on the onset, that their characters would be phased out as the season went along. Charles was simply a placeholder til Gale Gordon was free of Dennis the Menace (they knew it was a matter of time as Dennis' ratings were really falling fast). Dick was told he was there to give the girls support until the feel of the show was established. Notice that both disappear soon after the 13th episode.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:48 AM.


Although the administrators and moderators of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards will attempt to keep all objectionable messages off this forum, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the author, and neither the owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards, nor Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd. (developers of vBulletin) will be held responsible for the content of any message. The owners of the Sitcoms Online Message Boards reserve the right to remove, edit, move or close any thread for any reason.

Powered by: vBulletin Version 3.5.0
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.