LIFE WITH LUCY

Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 20, 1986

Last Telecast: November 15, 1986

Theme Music: Performed by Edie Gorme

Broadcast History:

September 1986 – November 1986, Saturday 8:00-9:00 on ABC

Cast

Lucy Barker..... Lucille Ball

Curtis McGibbon..... Gale Gordon

Margo Barker McGibbon..... Ann Dusenberry

Ted McGibbon..... Larry Anderson

Becky McGibbon..... Jenny Lewis

Kevin McGibbon..... Philip J. Amelio - II

Leonard Stoner..... Donovan Scott

SYNOPSIS

Probably the most widely anticipated new series – and most embarrassing flop – of the 1986 season was this ill-conceived comedy that marked the return of Lucille Ball to series television after a 12-years. In order to get her, ABC had to promise a huge salary, complete creative control, no pilot or testing before preview audiences, and a guarantee time slot on the fall schedule. What it got was an unimaginative rehash of the Lucy shows of many years before, only this time with a 75-year-old star.

Lucy was cast as a free-spirited grandmother whose husband Sam had died, leaving her half interest in M&B Hardware in South Pasadena, California. Lucy decided to move in and help run the place, but her idea of "help" – like arranging all the merchandise in alphabetical order on the shelves – was not appreciated by her late husband's partner, blustery old Curtis McGibbon (played by Ms. Ball’s longtime foil Gale Gordon, then 80). To further complicate matters, Lucy's daughter Margo was married to Curtis’s son Ted, a law student, and all of them, including Lucy's young grandchildren Becky and Kevin, lived in the building together. With one bathroom. Leonard was an employee at the store.

There was plenty of slapstick, sight gags, and Lucy celebrity chasing, as in days of old; Ms. Ball was in fine shape, but unfortunately the scripts were not. The series disappeared abruptly after less than two months, never to be seen again.

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