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Life with Lucy is an ABC sitcom that aired in 1986. It features a widow who runs a hardware store left by her husband and who lives with her Pasadena family.


Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 14 September 20, 1986 November 15, 1986

Season 1: 1986Edit

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. Code
1 "One Good Grandparent Deserves Another" Peter Baldwin Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Davis September 20, 1986 101

Curtis McGibbon (Gale Gordon) has just returned home from his Hawaiian vacation with the idea of moving in with his son, Ted (Larry Anderson). He arrives to learn that Ted's mother-in-law, Lucille "Lucy" Barker (Lucille Ball), Curtis's business partner is deciding to move in with her daughter, Margo (Ann Dusenberry) who happens to be married to Ted. So now, Curtis doesn't just have to deal with the stress of working with Lucy, he has to live with her too. This is a pun of the saying, "One Good Turn Deserves Another." Guest Starring: Ruth Kobart as Mrs. Finley 

2 "Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter" Peter Baldwin Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Davis September 27, 1986 104

John Ritter happens to be in town doing a play. He stops by the hardware store to buy some door-handles for the set. Lucy tries to be helpful, but ends up being hurtful. She ends up inadvertently hurting his hands and his foot. Lucy then insists that Ritter stays at the house with them. But, when John Ritter's co-star and leading lady drops out of the play, Lucy rushes to the aid by joining as John's co-star. Special Guest Star: John Ritter as Himself Guest Stars: Ruth Buzzi as Mrs. Wilcox, Greg Mullavey as Randy, Sally Kemp as Mary 

3 "Lucy Among the Two-by-Fours" Peter Baldwin Arthur Marx & Robert Fisher October 4, 1986 106

Lucy's old flame (and a business prospect for Curtis) comes to the store one day. After a date with her old flame, Lucy decides she doesn't share the same feelings he has for her. Guest Stars: Peter Graves as Peter Marshall 

4 "Lucy Gets Her Wires Crossed" Peter Baldwin Arthur Marx & Robert Fisher October 18, 1986 103

One day, a talk-show host comes to the Hardware store, Lucy talks him into inviting Curtis on the show for a "Mr. Fix-It" segment. Curtis ends up allowing Lucy to do the segment with him after urging for grandchild Becky (Jenny Lewis). Lucy tries to glue a lamp together, but ends up gluing herself to Curtis. Guest Stars: Kellie Martin as Patty 

5 "Lucy is a Sax Symbol" Peter Baldwin Arthur Marx & Robert Fisher October 25, 1986 105

Lucy finds her old saxophone while trying to look for things for a garage sale. She then encourages Becky to take up playing it. However, Becky finds playing the saxophone unsatisfying, as does Curtis. Note: This plot may be a reference to an I Love Lucy episode. 

6 "Lucy Make Curtis Byte the Dust" Peter Baldwin Arthur Marx & Robert Fisher November 1, 1986 108

Lucy and Curtis buy a computer to help organize the books at the shop. When she uses it to order some un-returnable merchandise, Lucy tries to get to the bank to stop the check from arriving at the bank—and accidentally informs them that Curtis had died. Guest Stars: Dave Madden as Stanley Bigelow 

7 "Lucy, Leagle Beagle" Peter Baldwin Richard Albrecht & Casey Keller November 8, 1986 110

While trying to pass off her grandson Kevin's teddy bear as her own during a clean-up sale (to avoid Kevin from being taunted by friends), Lucy sticks it in a bag. The bag is then purchased with the teddy bear in it, so Lucy stars putting reward posters around town. When a woman finally comes back for the reward, she begins to ask for a lot more than the $50.00 that Lucille is offering. Guest Starring: Dena Dietrich as Hilda Loomis, Allan Rich as Judge 

8 "Mother of the Bride" Peter Baldwin Linda Morris & Vic Rauseo November 15, 1986 112

Lucy's sister Audrey (Audrey Meadows) comes to town to see Margo and Ted renew their vows. Sister Lucy's excitement is diminished when Audrey begins to make all the wedding arrangements, which results in a cake fight between the sisters. This is a pun to the film, Father Of The Bride. Special Guest Star: Audrey Meadows as Audrey Guest Star: Jacque Lynn Colton as Cousin Florence 

9 "Lucy and the Guard Goose" Peter Baldwin Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Davis Unaired 102

The hardware shop is robbed when Lucy foolishly leaves the key in plain sight. She then decides the shop should be guarded by a goose. But the goose never gets a chance to scare the thieves because it is too busy scaring the owners. Guest Starring: Lou Cutell as Charlie Zellman and Charles Levin as Sgt. Green Note: This episode would have aired November 22, 1986. 

10 "Lucy and Curtis Up a Tree" Marc Daniels Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Davis Unaired 107

Margo and Ted are very worried that Curtis and Lucy are spoiling their children. This situation isn't helped out when Curtis decides to build Kevin a tree house, which causes a fight between the couple. While working on the treehouse, Lucy and Curtis decide to relieve Ted and Margo's burden by arguing over who will move out—and Kevin walks off the ladder, leaving the two of them trapped. Note: This episode would have aired November 29, 1986. 

11 "Lucy's Green Thumb" Marc Daniels Mark Tuttle Unaired 109

Lucy makes health shakes for the family and they show their appreciation by pouring them into an ailing plant. When the plant shoots up overnight, Curtis thinks he has a million dollar plant growing supplement—but Lucy can't seem to remember what she put into it. Note: This would have aired December 6, 1986. 

12 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Peter Baldwin Richard Albrecht, Casey Keller, & Laura Levine Unaired 111

Curtis sells Lucy his share of the shop so he can retire. Lucy goes all-out for a solo-ownership celebration and winds up nearly broke. So she interviews candidates to take over Curtis's position before finally settling on Curtis—who found retirement less satisfying than he expected. This is a pun of the Neil Sedaka song of the same name. Note: This would have aired December 13, 1986. 

13 "World's Greatest Grandma" Bruce Bilson Bob Carrol, Jr., Madelyn Davis, Mel Sherer, & Steve Granat Unaired 113

Lucy is jealous that everyone else in the family has a trophy to boast about. Becky encourages Lucy to join a talent show and win the trophy as the grand prize. After trying singing, dancing, telling jokes, and doing magic, Lucy settles on reciting a song. But when she loses, the grandkids give her a trophy for being the "World's Greatest Grandma". Note: This would have aired December 20, 1986. Guest Star: Kellie Martin as Patty 

14 "Twas the Flight Before Christmas" Unknown Linda Morris & Vic Rauseo Unaired 114

The family celebrates Christmas. Note: This would have aired December 27, 1986. It is disputed if this episode was filmed, as no film has been found. 

15 "Lucy and the Fox" Unknown Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Davis Unaired 115
Note: This episode was only written, not filmed.