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'The Lucy Show: The Official Sixth & Final Season'
(Lucille Ball, Gale Gordon, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2012 / Paramount Pictures)

Overview: It's 'The Lucy Show's sixth and final hilarious season, as Lucy continues to go on wacky misadventures with her reluctant best friend and her cantankerous Bob.

DVD Verdict: OK, for my money, this sixth season of 'The Lucy Show' has to be the best seasons of the bunch! Indeed, this final season (1967-1968) showed just how popular Lucille Ball continued to be with her legions of fans as she won her second Emmy that year for Outstanding Performance By an Actress in a Comedy Series! And wait, there's more as the show itself was a Top 10 mainstay finishing the year at #2! Making this sixth season the sitcom's most popular!

And how did we get here? Well, after a five season run on 'I Love Lucy,' Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance returned to the small screen in 'The Lucy Show.' This time they played a pair of widows, Lucy Carmichael and Vivian Bagley, living together as best friends with their children Chris snd Jerry Carmichael and Jerry Bagley in Danfield, N.Y.

But, did you know that high on the success of Ball's Emmy, Paramount bought the rights to 'The Lucy Show.' Which meant that instead of renegotiating for another season, Lucy decided to try her hand at another sitcom for the fall of 1968. One with a whole new premise. And so, 'Here's Lucy' was "born"!

Anyway, back to this sixth and final season of 'The Lucy Show,' and with the wonderful, suffering-of-Lucy Viv (played by Vivian Vance) continuing to bit-part guest-star on the series by then, the season opener, LUCY MEETS THE BERLES kickstarted the series finale in fine comedic style. Other funny (to my mind) episodes include: LUCY GETS TRAPPED, where Lucy calls in sick to shop at a 50% off sale, but gets caught when she makes the news being the 10 millionth customer; LUCY AND THE STAR MAKER, where Lucy helps Mr. Cheever's nephew (Frankie Avalon) become a singer instead of a banker; LUCY'S MYSTERY GUEST, where Lucy's health nut Aunt Agatha comes to stay with threats of cutting people out of her will if they don't take her in - only she's not as wealthy as they think; and both parts of LUCY AND CAROL BURNETT, where whilst in stewardess school, Carol has a fear of flight to overcome and then Lucy and Carol finally pass their flight tests and put on a show. (Carol Burnett, Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen guest star).

Throughout each and every one of these incredible, funny episodes, they showcased what a complete genius Lucille Ball truly was. She knew exactly what she wanted to do and always surrounded herself with some of the best in the business to accomplish that goal. She was very ambitious and extremely savvy about the business and it showed - both on and off screen.

Indeed, the final year consisted of some of the biggest names in Hollywood gracing 'The Lucy Show.' Huge names such as Robert Goulet, Milton Berle, Jack Benny, and in an incredible cameo that rocked even Lucy to her comedic core, Oscar-winning actress Joan Crawford stood up to be counted in one of the last episodes, 'Lucy and the Lost Star.' These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and include all 24 episodes on 4 discs along with cast biographies, production notes and more!

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