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Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by rkofan87, Dec 18, 2012.
is the lucy show complete series a good deal for 115$ and no pic of it its on amazon
That comes to a little more than $19 a season, so, yes, that's a good deal.
thanks joe i know how you love the lucy show lol
I finally gave this show a chance this past fall. I had avoided it for some reason. I love it! It's one of those cozy, feel good shows. The first two seasons are very similar to I Love Lucy, considering the same production team worked on both. I can't wait to see the rest!
Eric, be warned: after Season 3 when Viv and the kids leave, it becomes a totally different show, so after Season 3, you've seen the best of the series. There are a few hidden gems in the later California seasons, but not enough to even come close to all the ones in Season 1.
Thanks for the heads up! I also started "Here's Lucy" and could barely get through Season 2.
Ironically, Here's Lucy takes the opposite approach and actually improves in its last 2 seasons. In fact, the final episode of the series "Lucy Fights the System" is one of the best of the whole series.
Lucy breaking her leg and generally getting older actually helped the last two seasons of Here's Lucy because they forced her to start relying more on her supporting team, which gave Lucie Arnaz, Gale and especially forsaken character people like Mary Jane Croft more time in the spotlight. Also, when Lucy was in a cast, Uncle Harry was no longer quite as bombastic, his character softened a bit and at fleeting moments, you saw that they genuinely cared for one another -- a badly needed adjustment in tone. While HL never came close to being 1/10 as good as I Love Lucy and many episodes remain silly beyond belief, the last two seasons do have some watchable episodes.
I'm going to finish both series since (cliche time) I love Lucy and I would like to have her entire tv output (especially the series.) So, in 2013, I will continue to push through The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy. They have great color, if nothing else.
HL also has fantastic bonus extras and every episode is introduced by Lucie, Desi Jr. or a featured player or guest star. For instance, Petula Clark introduces her guest outing! There's great fun to be had with those sets even though one has to wonder how much better Lucy's late career would have been if Desi Sr. and Jess Oppenheimer were still around to offer guidance if nothing else.
The final season of "Here's Lucy" was released just recently, so now that whole series is available as well. It is good to see some of those episodes again. I particularly like the episode where Lucy meets Lucille Ball. It is a promotion for MAME, of course, and I recall watching that episode as a 10 year old. There are a few clunkers in Season 6, but there are some really good ones as well, especially when Lucie Arnaz is allowed to really shine. One episode in which she pretends to be a lousy waitress is really fun.
I just noticed on amazon that the I Love Lucy series has been re-issued with really terrible cartoon covers. Why change them? I thought the original box sets had very attractive art work.
One thing's for sure -- and this is probably their intention -- those new gaudy cartoon covers sure stand out on store shelves.
Now we just wait for Life With Lucy to be released and that should be most everything of hers available, with the exception of a Lucy special she shot in Nashville at the Opry.
There are two "Ricardo" adventures that have not been released. They'd make nice extras (and selling points) on a LIFE WITH LUCY set, if rights could be cleared.
- A 1959 episode of NBC's SUNDAY SHOWCASE, "The Milton Berle Special." Ricky and the band are hired by Berle for his new Las Vegas revue; Lucy gets herself and Berle mixed up with a couple of jewel thieves
- A 1959 episode of THE ANN SOTHERN SHOW, "The Lucy Story." Lucy and Ricky (Desi does not appear in the episode) have a big agrument, and Lucy takes a solo vacation at the Bartley House Hotel to cool off
Definitely would like to see those specials make it onto the DVD format.