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Episode two
New York City

“I couldn’t sing and I couldn’t dance. I had no training of any kind.

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.

Episode one

“All I knew was I wanted to be in vaudeville, and I wanted to make people laugh.”

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 young teenager, she falls for a handsome 21-year-old bootlegger, and is promptly shipped off to drama school in New York City. But she soon returns home as a life-altering tragedy threatens to tear apart her family.


Tuesday, October 26
Episode three

Lucy barely gets noticed in movies until she’s discovered by a new mentor, who teaches her the secrets to success.

Tuesday, November 2
Episode four

Forced from his home by violent revolution, Desi Arnaz makes his mark on America even before meeting Lucy, the woman of his dreams.

Tuesday, November 9
Episode five

From the start, Lucy and Desi fight as fiercely as they love, but their partnership attracts interest in a new medium: television.

Tuesday, November 16
Episode six
I Love Lucy

Desi assembles a ragtag team of collaborators to make a new kind of TV show, one that would rewrite the rules of television.

Tuesday, November 23
Episode seven
The Red Scare

At the height of Lucy’s popularity, the government kicks off a political investigation that threatens to ruin her career.

Tuesday, November 30
Episode eight
The End of Desilu

Lucy and Desi's fortunes skyrocket, but the strain of running an empire takes its toll, and their marriage reaches a breaking point.

Tuesday, December 7
Episode nine
Boss Lady

Lucy heads east for a chance to star on Broadway, before returning to Hollywood as the first female head of a major studio.

Tuesday, December 14
Episode ten

Depressed after the failure of her newest show, Lucy tries to enjoy retirements amidst a constant stream of awards and tributes.