One of the most anticipated shows of the 1986-87 season was "Life with Lucy," Lucille Ball's return to weekly TV after 12 years. Ball's plan was to get the band back together by turning to the writers and cast members she'd worked with for decades in a show loaded with slapstick comedy and physical pratfalls. But Ball was 75 and her co-star, Gale Gordon, was 80 -- and, like them, the formula that had worked so well for Ball for years was showing its age.
What We Watched: Cartoons and Kids' Shows
Orson Welles's Radio Days
Raymond Burr's Secrets and Lies
Variations on a Theme Song (1966 Edition)
What We Laughed At
Sid Caesar and His Demons
The Miracle of "A Charlie Brown Christmas"
Sonny and Cher's Long, Strange TV Trip
Seven and a Half Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About "The Dick Van Dyke Show"
The Marlon Brando-Wally Cox Connection
What We Saw at the Movies
A Very Short History of TV Shows with Very Short Histories
The 1960s: What We Listened To
The Hopalong Cassidy Magical Marketing Machine
The Unsinkable Betty White
The Stormy Success of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour"
Liz and Dick and Lucy and the Ring
Fade to Blacklist: Part 2
The Chernobyl Podcast
The A24 Podcast
Pop Culture Happy Hour
Fatal Voyage: The Mysterious Death of Natalie Wood
The Ben and Ashley I Almost Famous Podcast
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