I Married Joan (1952–1955)

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The adventures of the scatterbrained wife of a respected city judge.


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13 August 2007 | nycruise-1
Funny - but Lucy outdid her...
I remember watching this show and totally enjoying it.

But - upon looking back and comparing it to "I Love Lucy" - it is trumped by all the story/ character devices and comedy techniques employed by the Lucy/Desi effort.

Where do I start?

  • Lucy and Desi were a real-life couple - so of course TV audiences of the 50s found that compelling


  • Lucy and Ricky Ricardo always had possible allies/enemies in the Mertzes, so story lines had more possibilities


  • Lucy ripped off her comedic technique from the Marx Brothers - so she always kept things "physical" in a way that had been proved by other classic comedians


  • Ricky Ricardo's "fame" was offset by his Cuban heritage/bandleader ID; Joan's husband Brad the Judge just seemed "too intelligent" to up with Joan's wackiness (we could accept that a non-English-speaking musician would marry wacky Lucy; but why would a degreed, accomplished legal professional ever have the patience to put up with - and ultimately marry - someone like Joan - unless he himself was somewhat "off" - in which case - how could Brad ever have made it through law school???)


  • The show seemed too deliberate in its invocation of "I Love Lucy": "I Married Joan" - save for the middle past participle, copies the Lucy's show title in form; the announcer states that Joan is the "queen of comedy" - but why state that unless you're trying to wrest the crown from someone previously so-designated?


  • Ultimately, Joan was not the beauty that Lucy was - nor did Joan ever go to the lengths that Lucy did to achieve "comedic effect" (that, of course, was a much the result of Lucy's writers as well as Lucy herself: there were no "Hollywood" or "Europe" sojourns - nor were there any "baby/Little Ricky" plot lines).


I don't mean to diss Joan Davis - I think she put herself out and played some very funny roles during her career.

I just don't think her star - and this show - ever rose to heights of Lucille Ball and "I Love Lucy" - and for good reason.

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