10/13/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT
ABC (Saturdays, 8 p.m. ET)
I'm sorry, but I can't do it. I can't be cruel to Lucille Ball. Which means I can't say what I really think of her new series. Let's just say that Life With Lucy is half as good as Here's Lucy—and we know how good that was next to I Love Lucy No matter how you pad it, the truth hurts. In I Love Lucy a simple scrunching of her face passed for physical comedy—hilarious comedy. Now the slapstick has lost all subtlety and dignity. The things they have Lucy do: donning a jogging suit and dancing to Walkman rock, slamming a ladder into Gale Gordon's nose and burying her store in foam. She gives these bad gags all she can—but they're still bad gags. And her supporting cast is worse—the worst. They make Ball's co-stars and kids in Here's Lucy—Lucy Arnaz and Little Ricky—look like Redgraves. It's all too sad. Because I love Lucy, I'm going to stick to reruns of I Love Lucy.