Life With Lucy (1986)

In 1984-85, NBC was credited with reviving the unpopular sitcom, as well as the career of a beloved TV legend, with The Cosby Show, and Bill Cosby, respectively. ABC wanted in on that, so they went after another retired TV legend, the biggest TV legend there was: Lucille Ball. In 1986, ABC debuted Life With Lucy, which was not the massive hit it was expected to be. Namely because it was terrible and had a convoluted premise about Lucy living with her kids and her dead husband’s old business partner because everybody was in-laws or something. And in every episode, some sight gag would happen, like a bubble machine going off or a recliner going haywire. But audiences didn’t like seeing a 79-year-old woman in what appears to be clown makeup do alarming physical comedy and it was canceled in three months.

Brian Boone

From the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Northwest, I contribute to the Retroist, write for trivia publications, and blog about music in a humorous fashion. I feel about "Back to the Future" the way you feel about "Star Wars." Also, I'm married and have a child (sorry ladies, orphans).

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