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Episode eight
The End of Desilu

“Desi was a very hardworking, brilliant, generous, overly generous man.  But he had a drinking problem.”

Lucy and Desi’s production company expands as they buy the RKO lot and produce new shows under the Desilu banner. The strain of running an empire takes its toll, and Desi falls further into gambling, drinking and philandering as a refuge from work. Lucy doubles down on her career, but after shooting a tearful final episode of her signature TV show, her marriage reaches its breaking point.

Episode seven
Red Scare

“Everyone on the show, especially Lucy and Desi, assumed that I Love Lucy was over and so were their careers.”

At the height of Lucy’s popularity, the government kicks off a political investigation that threatens to ruin her career. Why had Lucy registered as a communist 20 years earlier? On the verge of her being blacklisted, Desi goes on the offensive to save his wife and their livelihood.  But his infidelities soon become tabloid fodder, and their love affair begins to crumble in full view of the public.

Episode six
I Love Lucy

“It was a magic combination, and that kind of thing happens so rarely, where you’ve got the perfect people for the perfect parts.”

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.

Episode five
Desilu

“We’ve had our ups and downs. I don’t think there’s anyone who’s been married that hasn’t.”

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.

Episode four
Desi

“You could see the fireworks and the sparks, they complemented each other. And she fell in love with him and his accent and his dark beauty.”

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.

Episode three
Hollywood

“They dressed us. They trained us. They gave us a chance to perform. We could fall on our faces if we weren’t any good. But we had a chance.”

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.

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
Jamestown

“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.

NEW EPISODES

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
Twilight

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