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