38 episodes

For our third season, we're bringing you the iconic Lucy. How did a small-town girl who was told she had no talent become the funniest, most recognizable woman in America? From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.

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    • TV & Film
    • 4.7 • 208 Ratings

For our third season, we're bringing you the iconic Lucy. How did a small-town girl who was told she had no talent become the funniest, most recognizable woman in America? From her early years as a model to her triumphant takeover of television, this is the story of Lucille Ball, as never heard before. Join host Ben Mankiewicz as he delves into the private world of America’s funniest redhead and hear for yourself the many triumphs and tragedies, with surprising revelations at every turn.

    Jamestown

    Jamestown

    In a small town in New York, young Lucille Ball becomes enamored with showbiz after watching vaudeville acts and silent movies at the amusement park near her home. As a teenager, she falls for a handsome 21-year-old bootlegger, and is promptly shipped off to drama school in New York City. But Lucy soon returns home as a life-altering tragedy threatens to tear apart her family. 

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    • 44 min
    New York City

    New York City

    Lucy heads back to Broadway where she meets her first girlboss: fashion baroness Hattie Carnegie, who hires Lucy to model coats and dresses for New York high society. But a mysterious ailment sends Lucy home to Jamestown, followed by a bizarre medical treatment. Still determined to make it in the big city, Lucy returns to Manhattan one more and is discovered on the streets, landing the role that would kickstart her career.

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    • 41 min
    Hollywood

    Hollywood

    For her first movie role, Lucy wears a flesh-toned bodysuit and waist-length blonde wig while chained to a rock. But her clowning on set gets her noticed, and she begins to land larger and larger parts. Soon she signs with RKO Pictures where she's mentored by Ginger Rogers’ demanding and powerful mother, Lela. She also meets a young Cuban musician, the man who would become her closest partner both on and off the screen. 

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    • 44 min
    Desi

    Desi

    Forced from his native Cuba by violent revolution, 17-year-old Desi Arnaz is a stranger in a strange land. Armed with an appetite for girls and gambling, Desi sparks a dance craze in the nightclubs of Miami and sweet-talks his way into New York society. After a syphilis scare threatens his Broadway debut, his ambition leads him to Hollywood, where his head is turned by an older actress named Lucy.

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    • 43 min
    Desilu

    Desilu

    From the start, Lucy and Desi fight as fiercely as they love. After a spur-of-the-moment elopement, the newlyweds buy a small ranch north of Hollywood and call it “Desilu.” They suffer miscarriages and career setbacks, which causes Desi to take his band on the road – where he frequently cheats on his wife. Lucy considers divorce, but when a TV offer comes in, she uses her stardom to keep Desi by her side.

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    • 45 min
    I Love Lucy

    I Love Lucy

    With a TV deal from CBS, Desi assembles a ragtag team of collaborators to make a new kind of program, one that would rewrite the rules of television. And they do it while hiding Lucy’s newest surprise: after ten years of trying, she’s about to have a baby. The result is the biggest hit in TV history, one that showcases Lucy's fearlessness and comic timing, and she becomes beloved by millions of fans from coast to coast.

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    • 49 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
208 Ratings

208 Ratings

siddithers ,

Beyond Excellent!

I’ve been telling everyone about this series. I pick a key event from an episode to garner interest in the series so that they’ll listen to it. Can’t say enough good things about the series!

TheMeMeMeMe ,

Bogdanovich…

If it was a “different time,” then BM should ask himself what it means to tell PB’s story today without any reflection on, and challenge of, the skeletons and crappy behaviour that are peppered through the director’s life. Let alone applying the same old-school reverence as if modern challenges of what made PB make such great first films do not exist.

cpb001 ,

Great storytelling

I’ve listened to Seasons 2 & 3 and, both times, I started thinking that I wasn’t terribly interested in the particular story. Both times, they hooked me with the first episode. There is a lot of time and hard work being put in to this podcast: writing, research, production. Everyone involved should feel good about the quality of the result.

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