Picks and Pans Review: I Love Lucy: the Complete Picture History of the Most Popular Tv Show Ever

updated 01/08/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/08/1996 AT 01:00 AM EST

by Michael McClay

With reruns oil Love Lucy playing all over the world for the past 36 years, do we really need a colossal scrapbook that promises to let us "relive the series"? Among those who thought so were Lucy herself, and after poring over the 1,000-plus crisp, revealing photos in this collection, Lucy lovers everywhere should agree.

The fulfillment of a project conceived by Ball and her longtime publicist, Howard McClay (the author's father), the book features a frank, behind-the-scenes account of the innovative sitcom's nine-season run, including discussion of how Lucy placed career ahead of marriage, her husband Desi's drinking, and the couple's clashing egos.

For those not fully versed in Lucy trivia, there's a TV-ography synopsizing all 179 episodes and 13 one-hour specials, and a section highlighting 35 classic shows, such as "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" (and gets bombed on Vitameatavegamin) and "Job Switching" (chaos at the candy factory). McClay has assembled a definitive array of images that cumulatively confirms Lucy's unsurpassed agility and grace. (Warner, $34.95)

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