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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4 thoughts on “Life With Lucy (1986)

  1. Brian K. says:

    Awesome. But you failed to mention it also featured Jenny Lewis, who went on to star in THE WIZARD, and front the amazing band Rilo Kiley.

  2. Wow. I forgot this had Gale Gordon in it. I remember watching it, and it was indeed not so good. It’s too bad the ol’ Lucy magic wasn’t there anymore.

  3. Brian Boone says:

    That is indeed the marvelous Jenny Lewis. Gale Gordon was long retired and demanded to be paid for a full season (22 episodes) whether they aired or not. He got paid; he knew it was going to be a turkey.

  4. A sad chapter in Lucille Ball’s life. I remember even before the show aired a lot of people were planning on watching it just to see how bad it was going to be–never a good sign. Some of the worst writing and acting ever.

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