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'The Lucy Show: The Official First Season'
(Lucille Ball, Vivan Vance, et al / 4-Disc DVD / NR / 2009 / Paramount)

Overview: Legendary actress Lucille Ball makes her sidesplitting return to DVD in a pristine remastered format when the official first season of THE LUCY SHOW, starring everyone’s favorite redhead arrives on DVD July 21 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment.

DVD Verdict: "The Lucy Show" was based on Irene Kampen's novel, "Life Without George". Kampen's novel was about her recent divorce, but in "The Lucy Show", Lucille Ball plays Lucy Carmichael, a widow; and her housemate and sidekick, Vivian Vance plays the divorcee, Vivian Bagley.

The stories, particularly in the first seasons, revolve around two single women, living together, raising their families without a man - pretty unconventional for an early 60's sitcom, and especially daring for Lucille Ball since she and Desi Arnaz were the epitome of marital bliss in the 1950's.

In its freshman season, "The Lucy Show" reunites many from the crew of "I Love Lucy", and its quickly evident that the team had not lost its touch. Veteran Lucy writers, Bob Carroll, Jr. Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer often said that in writing for "I Love Lucy" each script had to start with a logical premise; in other words the audience had to believe that the beginning concept was plausible.

From there, the writers argued that you could take the audience wherever you wanted to go. "The Lucy Show", particularly during the early seasons, carries that concept forward, and the result was strong scripts, exceptional performances, and many, oh so many laughs.

This DVD set is packed with special features including two brand new interviews with actors Lucie Arnaz and Jimmy Garrett, the original network sponsor openings and closings, original promos and commercials for the show, cast biographies, production notes, a clip of Lucille Ball introducing her new show, a segment on vintage Lucy merchandise, and more.

In addition, all episodes in this set are completely unedited; each episode is featured in its entirety. There's even a really neat feature that plays the original episodes, complete with the network openings, closings, and cast commercials, allowing viewers to experience The Lucy Show much like when it first aired on television.[GAM] This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features named above!