1 9 8 6 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
Lucille Ball’s final series premiered on 20 September 1986. It was not her finest half-hour.
75-year-old Lucy played a madcap (as usual) widow who inherited part-ownership of the M&B hardware store and moved in with her daughter’s family to be nearer her grandchildren, raising the hackles of her son-in-law’s father (her Lucy Show nemesis Gale Gordon) who was also a partner in the shop. Guest stars included John Ritter, Ruth Buzzi, Peter Graves and Audrey Meadows.
Viewers didn’t respond, so ABC killed it after just eight episodes, leaving the other five episodes in the can.
I Love Lucy veterans Madelyn Davis and Bob Carroll Jr. were the series creators, and Ball and Aaron Spelling the executive producers.
Margo Barker McGibbon
Philip J. Amelio II
One Good Grandparent Deserves Another | Lucy Makes a Hit with John Ritter | Love Among Two-by-Fours | Lucy Gets Her Wires Crossed | Lucy Is a Sax Symbol | Lucy Makes Curtis Byte the Dust | Lucy Legal Beagle | Mother of the Bride