The Lucy Show The Babysitter Season 5 Episode 16 Mr. Mooney bets Lucy that she can’t find other employment and last for entire day. If Lucy wins the bet, Mr. Mooney will rehire her and give her a raise. The Lucy Show is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from 1962–68. It was Lucille Ball’s follow-up to I Love Lucy. A significant change in cast and premise for the 1965–66 season divides the program into two distinct eras; aside from Ball, only Gale Gordon, who joined the program for its second season, remained. For the first three seasons, Vivian Vance was the co-star. The earliest scripts were entitled The Lucille Ball Show, but when this title was declined, producers thought of calling the show This Is Lucy or The New Adventures of Lucy, before deciding on the title The Lucy Show. Ball won consecutive Emmy Awards as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for the series’ final two seasons, 1966–67 and 1967–68. In 1962, two years after Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz divorced and the final episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour aired (using the I Love Lucy format), Desilu Studios was struggling. In the spring of 1961, three Desilu-produced situation comedies were canceled – The Ann Sothern Show; Angel, a sitcom starring Marshall Thompson and French actress Annie Farge; and Guestward, Ho! starring Joanne Dru and Mark Miller. After a two-year run, the comedy series, Pete and Gladys starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams, was canceled in the spring of 1962. The red-headed Williams had been promoted as the next Lucille Ball. At that time, Desilu was left with only one hit series, The Untouchables. Arnaz, as President of Desilu Studios, offered Ball an opportunity to return to television in a weekly sitcom. At that time, CBS executives were somewhat dubious as to whether Ball could carry a show without Arnaz, and whether she could follow such a landmark series as I Love Lucy. It was “never intended for this program to go beyond a single season.” [[[:Template:On pg. 147 in The Lucy Book by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman (Published by Renaissance Books), the author makes this statement.]]] This arrangement was “meant to be a stop-gap measure for the beleaguered studio” and that through the sale of this series, Desilu was able to “force the CBS network to invest in and air other upcoming Desilu products.” [[[:Template:On page 147 in The Lucy Book by Geoffrey Mark Fidelman (Published by Renaissance Books), the author makes this statement.]]] It was a strategy that Ball herself would use in the future to take control of The Lucy Show’s renewal from CBS. With Arnaz’s encouragement and persuasion, Ball agreed to do the show, provided it be shown on Monday nights (the night on which I Love Lucy had aired) and that she would be reunited with Vivian Vance and her writers from I Love Lucy. CBS agreed to a full season of episodes and The Lucy Show premiered on Monday night, October 1, 1962, at 8:30 p.m.