"Life With Lucy" - 25 Years Later: This Show And Its Star Lucille Ball Deserved More Respect - Herbie J Pilato

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Published: June 1, 2011 at 12:31 AM GMT
Last Updated: June 3, 2011 at 12:31 AM GMT

By Herbie J Pilato

On Saturday night, September 20th, 1986, the legendary Lucille Ball partnered with producers Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer, and brought back to the small-screen a sitcom that chronicled the updated adventures of Ball's iconic Lucy persona.

This time, the actress played grand-mother Lucille Barker, who resided in Pasadena, California, with her daughter, son-in-law, two grandchildren, and in-law grand-father/hardware-store-business-partner Curtis McGibbons, played by Gale Gordon.

As Lucy fans around the globe very well know, Gordon had appeared with Ball on each of the earlier Lucy incarnations in one capacity or the other. On I Love Lucy (CBS, 1951-57), in which Ball co-starred with husband Desi Arnaz, she had originally cast Gordon as neighbor Fred Mertz. But the actor was unavailable for the role that ultimately went to William Frawley (who later appeared on CBS' My Three Sons with Fred McMurray). Gordon, however, did have the chance to at least guest-star on Love, and its later expanded edition, The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour (CBS, 1957-60)

After Ball and Arnaz divorced, and the Hour was no more, the comedic actress returned to TV with The Lucy Show, (CBS, 1962-68), and this time Gordon was available on a regular basis, and was cast as the banker Mr. Mooney to Ball's Mrs. Carmichael. A few years later, Ball reworked her TV presence once more, and played Lucy Carter on Here's Lucy (CBS, 1968-74) with Gordon portraying brother-in-law Harrison Carter.

Some 12 years after Here's Lucy left CBS, Life With Lucy arrived on ABC.

In between those years, Ball guest-starred on variety programs like The Dean Martin Show, and The Bob Hope Specials, and made a few of her own specials for CBS, some of which had dramatic elements. She then dramatically exited the tiffany network for a short affair with NBC.

Yet it was with ABC's Life With Lucy that the actress returned to her beloved red-headed roots on a weekly basis.

In addition to Gordon's return to her side on Life (as the staple second banana - a position he embraced and revered), Ball hired long-time Lucy scribes Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr., while second husband Gary Morton (a former stand-up comic) joined Spelling and Cramer as Life's co-producers.

The time for Life seemed right. Ball had recently appeared in a highly-rated TV-movie for CBS, titled Stone Pillow, in which she played a homeless woman. Her performance was heralded by critics and Lucy fans alike, and everyone deemed it a period for Ball to come back to weekly TV.

Consequently, Life With Lucy was born.Life+with+Lucy

Unfortunately, it then died a very quick and painful death.

Thirteen episodes were produced, but only seven were aired. The first episode, titled, One Good Grandparent Deserves Another, cleared the Top Twenty in the ratings, but the critics were brutal. In subsequent weeks, the audience dwindled.

The overt negative reactions from fans and critics alike devastated Ball, so much so, she later appeared on The Joan Rivers Show, and wept.

There were attacks from critics and fans about the writing. The show was called archaic and out of step with the times. What's more, Ball was now in her late seventies, and years of smoking and not properly catering to her health (an ironic twist, as her Lucy Barker character from Life was defined as health-conscious) had taken its toll.

In event, the Life complaints had crippled her.

Ball was no longer young, and her brand of slapstick comedy had out-worn its welcome, a tad shy of Nick at Nite's retro TV resurgence (which commenced a mere three years later in 1989, with an all-new network dedicated to all old shows).

Life With Lucy was rejected, and the real life Lucy took it personal. She felt unloved, by fans, critics, and colleagues. She was overcome by the insecurities possessed by many performers, particularly, comedic performers. Her skin was not thick enough; her mind-set could not bear the unyielding attacks, of which she simply was not prepared.

As a result, the once enthusiastically-promoted Life With Lucy was no more – and in time, so would be the case with Lucille Ball herself. In 1989, at age 77, she died of heart troubles, or a troubled heart...in the form of a ruptured aorta. Ironically, this was same disorder that, in 2003, would kill John Ritter, who Lucy had adored for years as the star of Three's Company (and who guest-starred on Life's second aired-episode, Lucy Makes A Hit With John Ritter).


However one decides to word it, Lucille Ball had been fired, and that was simply something that the esteemed actress had never experienced. It was a development that ultimately proved too much for her to take. A glowing small screen image that was introduced to the world with I Love Lucy, and that classic shows iconic big-heart in its logo, had now died of a broken heart (again, however one decides to word it). Ball's adoring personal and public fans were no where in sight. Seemingly, they had deserted her and dwindled away some thirty years after the world fell in Love with Lucy.

After Ball's demise, millions of Lucy fans then came out of the woodwork and mourned. Lines reaching around the block surrounded the hospital in which she was attended during her final days.

Had Life With Lucy been given a fair shake, the story may have ended differently.

Life With Lucy had its issues, but any new television show needs time find its pace. Life was no different. Its development required patience – from all of those involved with its production, and from Lucy's fans. Had it been granted at least one season, or maybe two, Life would have found its rhythm. The episodes were sweet, and in many instances superior to a few segments that were presented on Here's Lucy.

The Life character of Lucy Barker had infinite more texture than both Lucy Carter on Here's Lucy and Lucy Carmichael on The Lucy Show. Lucy's Carter had legitimate emotions and interactions that were displayed realistically for a TV character in her age bracket (particularly in the era of The Golden Girls, which aired Saturday nights on NBC, one hour after Life).

Lucy Barker interacted with her fellow TV characters in charming ways. Yes, the comedy was somewhat broad, and maybe a little out of date (as well as slightly jarring for viewers who were somewhat aghast to see the aged actress performing so physically for her age). But the show had promise, and it deserved an opportunity to shine.

Upon viewing each subsequent episode, it became clear the show was improving, and that Lucille was having a ball. She allowed her co-stars their comedic on-screen moments, and seemed to delight in their performances in a combined reaction as both Lucy Barker and Lucille Ball.

With a career that spanned decades, Lucille Ball, the actress, could deliver a line of dialogue and dance with the best of them (and she did). Although she could only slightly carry a tune (by her own admission), the spectacular thespian was able to pull off any vocal performance with charismatic appeal. As one of the most outstanding entertainers in the history of the industry, she contributed a great deal to so many in countless ways for ages.

In short, Lucille Ball in her later years deserved more than the heartless attacks and abandonment that she received by way of Life With Lucy.

Herbie J Pilato is a Writer/Producer who has worked for Syfy, A&E, TLC, Bravo, The Discovery Channel, Universal, Warner Bros. and Sony. Herbie J is the author of a number of acclaimed TV tie-in books (The Bionic Book, Life Story - The Book of Life Goes On, The Bewitched Book, Bewitched Forever, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, The Kung Fu Book of Wisdom, and NBC & ME: My Life As A Page In A Book). In 2010, Herbie J founded The Classic TV Preservation Society (a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gap between positive TV shows and education), and presently serves as Creative Director for Erie Street Entertainment (a TV production company that is geared toward sci-fi/fantasy, and family-oriented material).  For more information, please log on to www.ClassicTVPS.blogspot.com or www.ErieStreetEntertainment.blogspot.com, or contact Herbie J directly via hjpilato@yahoo.com.

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Nice piece, Herbie J. You captured the essence of the show. Clearly though, Lucy must share the blame with the writers for thinking that the public wanted her Lucy Ricardo character back based on the outpouring of affection for the endless reruns of the original series. At 75, they needed to do more of a "Golden Girls" type show rather than try to re-create something they couldn't possibly duplicate after so many years. The public and the critics might have embraced her again had they taken a different approach. Still, I agree with you that the series at times was far better than some of the later "Here's Lucy" episodes, which were flat out dreadful, but were higher-rated due to force of habit on the viewers' part. Lucy "owned" Monday nights from 1951-1974, except when she was off the air weekly from 1960-1962.
Posted at 10:36 AM on Jun 1, 2011 by Stu
Thanks so much for your comment, Stu. Your position as an the assistants to the producers on "Life With Lucy," certainly validates your important comments.

That said, I'm not sure a "Golden Girls" type show would have made it, if only with regard to videotaping Lucy in a new show. As I'm sure you're well aware, CBS aired a videotaped Lucy special in 1977, titled, "Lucy Meets The President." And though I favor this special as one of Lucy's finest "hours" (post "I Love Lucy"), the videotape format did not suit the beloved "Lucy" persona. Now having said THAT, I think what might have helped "LIFE With Lucy," would have been to eliminate the studio audience, and FILM alla "The Wonder Years" - or even going back to doing it like "That Girl" ("That Senior Woman?"). Well, you get the idea. Bottom line: There was SO MUCH potential for "Life With Lucy," and there were other ways the show could have been saved. But cancelling it abruptly, and breaking Lucy's heart in the process, was not one of them
Posted at 09:51 AM on Jun 2, 2011 by Herbie J
I loved loved loved this show! I don't care what anyone says! I actually changed my work schedule so I could be home for it, and protested mightily when it was cancelled.

I agree it wasn't "I Love Lucy" (what is?) but it had charm and style and as has been said, was steadily improving. I really hope the episodes that were filmed all end up on DVD someday - I recently got to see one of the unaired ones at a Lucy convention and it was wonderful.

I think what really happened here is the critics saw the weaknesses in the show (and to a lesser extent Lucy) and decided to go for broke. I don't know what it is that makes people want to tear down someone else's success in order to feel better about themselves, but all of that nastiness and more was in full display during Life with Lucy. The irony is that while most of us still remember the show, almost none of us remember the names of the critics who so viciously tore it (and Lucille Ball) down...poetic justice in my book.
Posted at 09:54 AM on Jun 2, 2011 by Endora
Rob - You are ON THE MONEY, Dude! And you clearly know your "Lucy" stuff! Thanks so much for taking the time to contribute to this clearly very heated topic!
Posted at 10:05 AM on Jun 2, 2011 by Herbie J
I LOVE Lucy--and I enjoyed LIFE WITH LUCY. It was like seeing an old friend again. I agree with most everybody that this show had potential and that it was better than some of the later HERE'S LUCY shows. I tend to agree that Lucy's make-up and wardrobe should have been lightened up and some of the slapstick played down. I think moving the show in the direction of THE GOLDEN GIRLS with maybe an ocassional flash of the old Lucy slapstick would have been the best bet. The cast was good. Gale Gordon still had it. Their scenes together still worked. I liked the idea of having a female for Lucy to play off of like Viv did and Audrey Meadows would have been perfect with Gale being the authority figure/grump they have to compete with. I think ABC should have given Lucy more time to develop. I think it's heartbreaking that she ended her career feeling that not only the critics had turned on her but also the fans. Great job, Herbie.
Posted at 10:43 AM on Jun 2, 2011 by Chuck T
Endora - You are so right. The attacks on "Life With Lucy" were nothing less than bullying. Thank you for your insightful comment. HJ
Posted at 02:55 PM on Jun 2, 2011 by Herbie J
Chuck - I appreciate your kind words, and your commentary. I'm clearly with you - "Life With Lucy" would have succeeded by way of the proper balance. But alas, it just simply was not given the time to find that balance. HJ
Posted at 02:58 PM on Jun 2, 2011 by Herbie J
I'm a Lucy fan as much as anyone, but I cannot agree that Life With Lucy was anything but a disaster. To say that it was better than episodes of Here's Lucy is really not a compliment to either. I remember anticipating that show when it came on, but everything about it was wrong. I didn't want to see an aging comedienne exercising like Jane Fonda in her workout tapes. And hiring Gale Gordon was one of the biggest mistakes. After twelve years together did we really want to see him again? And Lucy was never at her best with child actors, although she thought she was. I have to say that what you refer to as heartless attacks is simply the truth. The show was bad. I never watched Here's Lucy when it was on because I chose to watch Laugh-In instead, but I've watched them on the dvd releases and I cannot believe how really bad most of them are. It's a testament to people liking Lucy that her show was in the Top Ten each week. Twelve years after Here's Lucy went off the air, things had changed. Life with Lucy had not. Your article is forgiving, and one tends to do that with someone they like and, yes, I'd probably even get the dvd set of Life With Lucy myself, but Stu is correct that Lucy must share the blame. Those who worked with Lucy know she could be, well let's say authoritarian. Her show might've been better, even a success had she not insisted on the same writers and Gale Gordon. Even so, it doesn't make me like Lucy or any of her great successes any less.
Thank you.
Posted at 09:58 PM on Jun 3, 2011 by Martin Pal
Hello Mr. Pal - Very much appreciate your commentary, and somewhat agree with portions of what you say. As I relayed in the blog, "Life With Lucy" certainly had it's issues, and it was far from perfect. And yet, it was the gentle moments between characters, and the character developments and textures that made the show a standout for me. As when a tender exchange (if only through a glance) transpired between Lucy Barker and Gale Gordon's in-law character Curtis MacGibbon in the episode, "Mother of the Bride." It was Curtis who conveyed to Lucy's daughter Margo (played by Ann Dusenberry) how important it was to her Mother that Margo wear (at her renewed wedding vow ceremony) Lucy's original wedding dress. When Lucy learned that Curtis was responsible for this development, the two grandparent in-laws shared a sweet smile. That would have never happened between Harry and and Lucy Carter on "Here's Lucy," or Mr. Mooney and Lucy Carmichael on "The Lucy Show." That said, and to reiterate what I state in the blog above, it's not as though I think "Life With Lucy" was an excellent show. My gripe is the way the actress and her comeback with the series was treated. The network just tossed it aside when it wasn't working. There wasn't any attempt whatsoever to help it along, give it time to find it's pace (or its audience), or to tinker with it's premise or presentation. It was just tossed aside without any respect for the legendary Ball. And yes, I understand that Lucy was not exactly the easiest person to deal with on any set, and she probably tossed aside a few people or ideas that others may have brought to her. But Lucille Ball and her experience with "Life With Lucy" deserved more.
Posted at 07:39 AM on Jun 4, 2011 by Herbie J
Yes, I am seeing your point more clearly now. I think one of the ways that could be corrected is to eventually release the series on DVD and let us (me) judge anew. After all, I am writing from a perspective of having only seen those episodes in 1986, and not having seen any of the originally unaired episodes. P.S. -- Love your Bewitched books!
Posted at 10:37 AM on Jun 4, 2011 by Martin Pal
Mr. Pal - Thank you again for your perceptions - and the kind words about my work. All the best to you. HJ
Posted at 09:43 AM on Jun 5, 2011 by Herbie J
Thank you for posting this very insightful article. Interestingly, I just posted recently on this very topic. I had done a lot of research of ABC's Saturday 8:00 PM time slot and discovered that, for at least 20 years, the network struggled mightily with EVERY show they positioned there. "Life with Lucy" was no exception at all. The way it's been written, "Life with Lucy" destroyed that time period for ABC. But the reality is that "Life with Lucy" performed EQUALLY well as anything else that ABC ran in that time slot. My main thesis was that, if anything was to succeed in that time slot, it had to be a unique and different can't-miss type of show, the way "All in the Family" was when CBS moved it there just as it was establishing itself a loyal audience. Obviously there was nothing unique and different about "Life with Lucy"; it was a lesser version of what viewers could see in reruns any other day of the week. It was not a bad show, but certainly not strong enough to pull viewers home from their Saturday night out. In order for it to have succeeded, it needed to either air on a different night or be drastically retooled into something very unique, different and "can't miss."

For my complete commentary, explaining ABC's dismal history with the Saturday 8PM time slot, follow this link:
Posted at 07:12 PM on Jun 5, 2011 by Rick R
Hey Rick - Thanks for the expanded history of Saturday night at 8 PM (and for the link!). Truth be told, ABC should have scheduled "Life With Lucy" on Monday nights, which is where CBS had longed named "Lucy" night for decades! ABC then still had the Monday Night Movie and the Monday Night Football which shared the 9:00 PM timeslot (which had belonged to Lucy for those CBS years). But ABC still could have at least inserted "Life With Lucy" at 8 PM on Monday, and it would have had a better shot at findind and keeping an audience, not to mention finding its "way" in the format/premise/comfort zone over at least a full-season.
Posted at 04:43 AM on Jun 6, 2011 by Herbie J
I agree with you, completely, Herbie. They should have returned Lucy to the night where she ruled all those years. Still, better care should have been taken with some of the scripts (e.g., John Ritter swallowing a harmonica). But with the proper tweaks, the right time slot, and time to build an audience, I think it could have worked.
Posted at 09:49 AM on Jun 7, 2011 by Rick R
On balance a great article. Just a couple of minor things to point out: Gale Gordon was, at first, unavailable for The Lucy Show because he was committed to Dennis The Menace, hence the casting of Charles Lane as Mr. Barnsdahl in the first season. His LWL character was known as Curtis McGibbon--singular, no 's'. And the Nick @ Nite schedule of wall-to-wall vintage TV after dark was established, IIRC, in 1987.

I would have to say that the episodes of Life With Lucy were, though too few, better by and large than many episodes of The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy.
Posted at 08:24 PM on Jun 7, 2011 by TVonthePorch
Hi TVOnThePorch - Thanks so much for the clarifications. And now that you relay that Nick at Nite commenced it's special brand of retro TV appreciation a mere year after Life With Lucy debuted, the dreadful mistreatment of the show becomes that more sad. Had ABC stuck with LWL that first year with Nick at Nite's infusion, the show would have DEFINATELY found the support it deserved.
Posted at 06:08 AM on Jun 8, 2011 by Herbie J
Fascinating feedback on a fascinating article. I believe that Desi passed away during the filming of this series--is that true? and does anyone know how that affected Lucy on the set--if it did? I have to wonder if a healthy Desi would have been consulted and what he would have thought of LWL?
Posted at 11:21 AM on Jun 9, 2011 by Chuck T
It sounds as though the episodes that didn't air were superior to those which did, so I hope all 13 shows will ultimately be released on DVD. I remember very little of the series. Mainly I recall what I think was her first scene in the first episode. Lucy comes through the front door, having just finished her morning jogging routine. She's dressed in grey sweatpants and a grey pullover. She's got a Sony Walkman plugged into her ear. One of the kids asks her, "What are you listening to, Grandma?," and Lucy replies, "Top Jimmy and the Rhythm Pigs!" (By the way, that was a real band in L.A., supposed to be kind of a hybrid of punk and rhythm-and-blues; they only made one album, released in 1987, so Lucy must've had a bootleg tape of a live show!) I do remember that Lucy's voice was very hoarse and painful to hear. Scotch and smoking certainly didn't do her vocal cords any favors, but I think she also damaged her voice when she appeared on Broadway in "Wildcat" in 1960. I wonder if she ever learned to properly project from her diaphragm--she often sounds as though she's projecting from her throat instead, which would put a lot of strain on her voice.
Posted at 12:52 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by Randy Skretvedt
Herbie, one dynamic you have to remember was the fact that this Aaron Spelling production would be his last for ABC. After being under an exclusive contract and providing so many hit shows to the network over the years, he hit a dry spell in the mid-80's with high profile failures such as Glitter, Finder of Lost Loves, Macgruder and Loud and Hollywood Beat. The suits in the ABC executive suite thought Spelling had lost his touch and decided not to renew his contract. So while the failure of Life with Lucy can be tied to a certain extent to its star, it was also a case of a network losing confidence with one of its program suppliers.
Posted at 06:11 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by greg6363
Yes, Chuck - Desi did indeed pass away during the LWL run. And it did effect her. And if he was healthy and vibrant and at the top of his game during the LWL run he should have been asked to not only consult - but to APPEAR on the show - along with Lucie Arnaz and Desi, Jr. That would have all been so wonderful. Great new line of thought here, Chuck. Thanks so much!
Posted at 09:29 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by Herbie J
Hey Randy - It would be great for LWL to appear on DVD. It needs to happen. And you're right - that hard living that she did (along with many others in the 1960s and 1970s) did not help her voice and looks. And I also agree that her improper use of her vocal chords for Wildcats (and other projects) also contributed to her vocal issues. Thanks so much for your commentary.
Posted at 09:33 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by Herbie J
Greg - Your point about Aaron Spelling and ABC is a valid one. However, he still found success on network television beyond ABC - with shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place - both of which were on FOX...which at the time was a relatively new network...just as was ABC when Spelling debuted shows like The Mod Squad. This show, and others, helped to cement his association with ABC early on. Either way, again - you make a solid point here about Spelling and LWL. Many thanks.
Posted at 09:39 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by Herbie J
Actually, Desi passed away on December 2. ABC had already pulled the plug on "Life with Lucy" in the first half of November, several weeks before his death. However, at the time they cancelled the show, they indicated they might bring it back at a later date, but most people didn't expect that to actually happen, and it didn't.
Posted at 10:14 PM on Jun 9, 2011 by Rick R
I just watched the first episode of Life with Lucy and I don't think it was that bad.The problem is that maybe the public didn't accept Lucy in the new show.She had a new character that was completely different from Lucy Ricardo, Lucy Carmichael and Lucy Carter.Maybe the writers should have given the character a new name and tell the people that this was not Lucy from the previous shows, but a completely new person.I think that the public didn't want to accept that Lucy could do other roles.They were so used to see her as Lucy Ricardo.In the Latin American telenovelas it is very normal that the same actors star in different telenovelas.Let say Lucy would be Celia Perez in the telenovela Loving You and after the telenovela has finished she would return as Angela Gomez in From my Heart.The Latin public separate the actor from his character in the telenovela.With Lucille Ball that never happened.She remained Lucy Ricardo for the public.Maybe that is why the public didn't like Life with Lucy very much.But for me Life with Lucy was a good show.
Posted at 02:40 AM on Aug 26, 2011 by Nicky
I remember watching this show when it first aired. There was a huge build-up by the network before hand. They showed commercials for weeks and weeks, heralding the Return of Lucy!!, and when the showed aired, and it just wasn't that good, I was so disappointed. I think the people above who commented that seeing Lucy as a 75 year ald woman, with THICK make-up on, was just too disturbing. After watching the first two episodes, I knew it wouldn't last, so I didn't watch any more episodes, and wasn't surprised when I heard that it had been cancelled. I didn't know how much the failure of the show affect Lucy, and I am sorry to hear that she thought that the American TV viewing public had turned against her. I really did "Love Lucy" in all of her older shows, so I am sad to hear that her last failure broke her heart. I wish we could tell her now that it wasn't her we had stopped loving, just the show that wasn't really all that good.
Posted at 10:24 AM on Oct 14, 2011 by Chris
Very interesting read (and I love your Bewitched book btw). It's sad that Lucy took this cancellation so hard as she had never had professional failure.

I would argue though that her work on I Love Lucy is incomparable to all her other shows. The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy have their moments but I don't think Ball's instinct and timing is nearly as good on those two shows as I Love Lucy. And I think a lot of that was Desi. I've read that he was the one who knew when things were and weren't funny. Lucy could do it like no other but never really could tell when things were and weren't funny.

Also one brief correction - Nick at Nite started in 1985 :)
Posted at 09:44 PM on Oct 19, 2011 by Benjamonster
Nice commentary, I was lucky to attend a live taping of the episode that guest starred Audrey Meadows. Possibly one of the funniest episodes that i remember. I have many great memories and was very happy to get to see Lucy live in action!! I do remember Gary Morton warming up the audience and seeing Aaron Spelling in the audience with Bob & Madelyn. I still have my tickets to the show.
Posted at 01:47 AM on Jun 9, 2012 by Mark M.
I enjoyed life with lucy, i saw nothing wrong with here going back to physcial comedy. i thought she did a great job since she was in her 70's.
when abc took it off i sent them a hate letter, i was really mad. i said atleast give the show a second chance and put it on tuesdy nights, that was their strong night of comedy. they sent me a post card, that i still have and it said in short they might return the show in the spring. well that didn't happen. i have all of the shows that i taped and put on dvd myself so they would last and have the unaired episodes with the wrap party at someones house. hopefully it will come out on dvd.
Posted at 10:10 AM on Sep 5, 2012 by tom
I liked the show just because Lucy was in it. I also liked Gale Gordon but the show itself was kind of crappy in truth.
Posted at 04:50 PM on Mar 1, 2013 by molly
Posted at 03:24 PM on Mar 10, 2013 by JOLENE
I couldn't agree more...Lucy was devastated and never fully recovered after "Life with Lucy"...She couldn't understand all the negative reviews and took it personal...The "Queen of Comedy" definitely deserved better treatment! I Love Lucy, and Always Will! <3 <3 <3
Posted at 09:24 PM on Apr 20, 2013 by pasquale
Nice article. I am glad someone FINALLY spoke up about this series. The critics didn't like Gilligan's Island either, but look how long it has been around in reruns. I believe if the show had been given a chance, it would have survived.
Posted at 06:39 PM on Jun 8, 2013 by TIM
This short lived series was bad but we shall always love Lucy. I am happy to own a rare DVD copy of all the surviving episodes of this lost show.
Posted at 11:54 PM on Feb 13, 2014 by AL DATTOLO
I could not have said it better myself. I absolutely
loved Life with Lucy. It was a classic comedy with
so much humor and... Class! Lucy deserved better.
WE deserved better than most shows that survived it.
She was a comedic genius and will ALWAYS remain so.
Posted at 08:01 PM on Aug 6, 2014 by Alex Dadourian
I am just recently 46 years old. However...thanks to reruns...I grew up with Lucy. I remember...age 3...watching Lucy with my great grandmother. There began the laughter. Even now...43 years later...I can not see Lucy without laughter.
Posted at 10:23 PM on Aug 12, 2014 by george

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