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The Lucy Show: Season 05

Although actress/producer Lucille Ball had gone through her usual song and dance with CBS by insisting that the fourth season of The Lucy Show would be the last, the network came through with enough incentives and perks -- financial and otherwise -- to encourage the actress to continue the series for a fifth season. As before, the show deals primarily with the merry misadventures of wacky redheaded widow Lucy Carmichael (Lucille Ball), whose various efforts to increase her bank account invariably spelled disaster for her boss, bank vice president Theodore J. Mooney. Also, the series' policy of peppering its episodes with top guest stars continues unabated. Typical episodes during season five include "Lucy With George Burns," "Lucy and Paul Winchell," "Lucy and John Wayne," "Lucy and Phil Silvers," "Lucy and Tennessee Ernie Ford," and "Lucy Meets Sheldon Leonard" -- not to mention a brace of story arcs utilizing the talents of Carol Burnett and Mel TormT. Plus, former Lucy Show co-star Vivian Vance is on hand for the unforgettable episode in which Lucy and her visiting pal Viv disguise themselves as hippies. Finally, in the tradition of the previous season's "Lucy at Marineland," the series' fifth season offers a few more location-filmed jaunts for heroine Lucy Carmichael, to such faraway places as Las Vegas and London. Although Lucille Ball was showing signs of slowing down and wearing out (her already raspy voice had, in the past few seasons, dropped several octives, and her face was ever so slightly beginning to betray her age), audiences still "loved Lucy" with a passion, as witnessed by the year's Top Ten ratings, in which The Lucy Show held strong in a solid fourth place. Hal Erickson, Rovi Hide synopsis

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