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.
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