Lucy’s Got Game

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You may have heard of Scary Lucy.  But what about Gamer Lucy?

The famous redhead was a regular on the TV game show circuit, and this Saturday, August 8, over-the-air and streaming game-show channel Buzzr will show four “Lucy” episodes spanning four decades. (A special shout-out to reader Bill Minovich for bringing this mini-marathon to our attention.)

Things kick off at 3 pm ET with What’s My Line (1950-1967), hosted by John Daly. In a show that originally aired October 2, 1955 on CBS, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz appear as mystery guests seeking to stump a panel that includes Broadway columnist Dorothy Kilgallen, radio personality Robert Q. Lewis, actress Arlene Francis and Random House co-founder and incorrigible punster Bennett Cerf.

At 3:40 pm, Lucy’s back in an episode of I’ve Got a Secret (1952-1967) that aired February 15, 1961, also on CBS. I’ve Got a Secret, which had a premise somewhat similar to What’s My Line, was hosted by Garry Moore (Moore also occasionally appeared as a WML panelist). In this episode, Johnny Carson is on the panel, alongside talk show host Bill Cullen and writer/actor Henry Morgan. Who’s got a secret? Why Lucy, of course.

At 5 pm, in back-to-back episodes from 1980, Lucy and Laugh-In’s Dick Martin appear together on Password Plus, a show in which celebrities gave their contestant partners single-word clues to a come up with, well, a single word. Allen Ludden hosted the show in several incarnations.This version ran on NBC from 1979 to 1982.

For more information, consult Buzzr’s schedule. Visit Buzzr’s “Station Finder” for the over-the-air (or cable) channel number in your area. Buzzr also streams at buzzrtv.com/watch, Pluto TV channel 184, and Stirr channel 55.

More Over-the-Air Lucy

If watching game-show Lucy puts you in the mood for even more Lucy, you can find I Love Lucy (CBS, 1951-1957) weekdays at 6:30 am on MeTV and at 9 am and 9:30 am on Decades. On Decades you can also catch two episodes of Lucy’s follow-up series, The Lucy Show (CBS, 1962-1968), weekdays at 10 am.

Lucy’s third series, Here’s Lucy (CBS, 1968-1974), airs on Cozi TV, weeknights at 4 am and 4:30 am, and Sunday nights at 3 am and 3:30 am.

Like Buzzr, MeTV, Decades and Cozi TV can be seen free over the air via an antenna hooked up to your TV, as well as on many cable systems. For local channel numbers, visit MeTV’s “Where to Watch” page, Decades’ “Where to Watch” page, and the “Get Cozi TV” page.

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