The Lucy Show 8 DVD Set 
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One of the most popular television comedies of all time, The Lucy Show was the follow up to the equally successful I Love Lucy. Whilst I Love Lucy was pre-dominantly set in New York, The Lucy Show saw Lucille switch to the West Coast, working at a bank as secretary to Mr Carmichael. The series would eventually feature guest appearances from fellow celebrities, all of whom wanted to either open accounts or had some dealings with the bank. Not surprisingly, Lucille s attempts to assist invariably went wrong. Sometimes things went wrong that weren t in the script the very first show in this set, Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower, sees Lucy and Viv trying to install a shower in order to save paying a plumber and become trapped inside as it continues to fill with water. Midway through filming, Lucy was unable to return to the surface and was in danger of drowning. Her co-star Vivian Vance realized something was wrong and pulled her to safety, then ad-libbed whilst Lucy got her breath back. The remaining cast and crew and live audience were completely unaware of the problem until told after the show was completed. The thirty episodes in this box set has guest appearances from John Wayne, Jack Benny, Phil Silvers, Tennessee Ernie Ford and Robert Boulet, among others, and feature Lucy in one mishap after another. Lucy And Viv Put In A Shower/Lucy's Barbershop Quartet/Lucy And George Burns/Lucy And The Submarine Lucy The Bean Queen/Lucy And Paul Winchell/Lucy And The Ring-A-Ding-Ding/Lucy Goes To London Lucy Gets A Room-Mate/Lucy And Carol In Palm Springs/LOucy Gets Caught Up In The Draft/Lucy And John Wayne Lucy And Pat Collins/Lucy And The Money/Lucy And Phil Silvers/Lucy's Substitute Secretary Viv Visits Lucy/Lucy, The Babysitter/Main Street USA/Lucy Meets The Law Lucy, The Fight Manager/Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford/Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard/Lucy Meets The Berles Lucy Gets Trapped/Lucy And The French Movie Star/Lucy The Starmaker Lucy And Jack Benny's Account/Little Sid Lucy/Lucy And Robert Boulet
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Turns out that there are 30 episodes of this show that have gone into the public domain. Bet you can't guess which episodes are here. We get two from the first season. Then, Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball) and Vivian Bagley (Vivian Vance) are two formerly married women living together to raise their children. "Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower" especially is downright hilarious.
The other 28 episodes are from the fifth and sixth seasons (mostly fifth). Here, Lucy has moved to California and is working as a secretary in a bank for Mr. Mooney (Gale Gordon). Some of these episodes are pretty funny, like the one where Lucy gets an expensive ring stuck on her finger or gets caught in the draft. These episodes allowed Lucy to show off her great physical comedy.
The problems with these episodes is often two fold. One, Mr. Mooney was a one note character. He's never sympathetic and only there to react to Lucy. Even then, his only reaction is to get angry at her. It's funny sometimes, but it needed more. While Lucy does have a friend she hangs out with, that friend is usually only in a scene or two as a plot device. Additionally, these episodes are filled with guest stars like John Wayne, Sheldon Leonard, and George Burns to name a few. Most of the time, the guest star tends to take over the episode, not really giving us a decent plot.
Honestly, this DVD set doesn't help. It's rather obvious at times that it was put together from someone's VHS tapes. The picture quality is poor with lots of grain and dust even in the best pictures. The color and brightness can fade without warning as well. The sound is fine, although it doesn't need to be in full surround. We also get three bits of her old radio show, but it really is hard to get into a five minute clip from a 25 minute story.
Since the show is finally being released in season sets, my best advice is to stay away from this one.
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Episodes included in this three-disk boxed set are:
Lucy the Starmaker (Season 6, Episode 4)
Lucy Meets Robert Goulet (6.8)
Lucy Gets a Roommate (5.7)
Lucy and Carol Burnett in Palm Springs (5.8)
Main Street U.S.A. (5.17)
Lucy Gets Jack Benny's Account (6.6)
Lucy's Barbershop Quartet (1.19)
Lucy and Viv Put in a Shower (1.18)
Lucy and the Substitute Secretary (5.14)
Lucy and the French Movie Star (6.3)
Lucy Meets John Wayne (5.10)
Lucy and the Fight Manager (5.20)
Lucy and Paul Winchell (5.4)
Lucy Flies to London (5.6)
Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard (5.22)
Lucy and the Efficiency Expert (5.13)
Lucy and the Monkey (aka Mooney the Monkey) (5.12)
Lucy and the Ring-a-Ding Ring (5.5)
Lucy Meets Tennessee Ernie Ford (5.21)
Lucy Gets Caught in the Draft (5.9)
Lucy and George Burns (5.1)
Lucy Meets the Berles (6.2)
Lucy the Bean Queen (5.3)
Lucy Meets the Law (5.19)
Lucy Gets Trapped (6.2)
Lucy, the Babysitter (5.16)
Lucy Meets Pat Collins (5.11)
Little Old Lucy (6.7)
Viv Visits Lucy (5.15)
Lucy and the Submarine (5.2)
Most of the episodes can be found in other budget offerings, but St. Claire Vision offers the most programs from this series in one spot that I've ever seen - and for a very reasonable price. The audio and video ranges in quality from very good to excellent.
As a bonus, clips of three radio programs starring Lucille Ball are included: episodes from "My Favorite Husband (6/4/1950 and 6/11/1950) and Lux Radio Theater (9/10/1951)
to click very well indeed. This,however,is really yet another variation of the 'Lucy meets famous Hollywood star and gets into show business' formula but very entertaining nonetheless. My only complaint is the soft shoe number Miss Ball does with Burns at the end of the show.It doesn't add much to what comes before and ,although Ilove Lucy she was never much of a song and dance woman.Still,4 stars for this first half hour. The Milton Berle episode is even better,with the Ball-Berle repartee providing for non stop laughter up to the very end,these two definitely working well together.And if that weren't enough,the
sight of Caesars salad being dumped onto Milton Berle's head alone is worth the price of the two tapes together,a showstopping scene if there ever was one.And Ruta Lee's presence lends itself very nicely to the proceedings at hand.GREAT show.5 stars for this one.