The Lucy Show

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The Lucy Show was Lucille Ball's followup show to I Love Lucy. It began in 1962 and ran until 1968. The premise and the cast changed frequently, with only Gale Gordon lasting the run of the show. From time to time, Vivian Vance, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr. appeared. For about the first month of its run, it was formally entitled The Lucille Ball Show, which was then shortened to merely The Lucy Show.

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 (Vance) and her son, Sherman (Ralph Hart). Lucy had been left with a substansial trust fund by her late husband, which was managed by local banker Theodore J. Mooney (Gordon). Mrs. Carmichael spent so much of her time and effort trying to get Mr. Mooney to allow her to invade the principal of the trust fund for various ideas and projects that it finally seemed more reasonable for her just to spend her time working for him directly as a paid bank employee, which she eventually did. In 1965, Lucy and Jerry Carmichael and Mr. Mooney moved to California, where both Lucy and Mooney remained in the banking business together (now at a different bank), and the Bagleys only visited from time to time. Lucy's daughter Chris went away to college and was never mentioned again.

Shortly afterward, Jerry was shipped off to a military academy, and his character was very rarely referred to in future episodes. Lucy gained a new best friend in Mary Jane Lewis (Mary Jane Croft).

Since the show at its beginning featured two women living together, it was given the rather mean-spirited nickname of "The Dykes sans Dick Show" (a play on The Dick Van Dyke Show).

The credits list the show's basis as the novel Life Without George, by Irene Kampen.

The show was followed up by Here's Lucy in 1968.


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