TV Show Analysis: The Lucy Show

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For my TV show analysis, I chose a monochrome television series called The Lucy Show that first aired in the 1960’s. My selection of show is due to the need for our individual television series having a separate plotline for each episode. The certain episode of the series is called “Lucy Visits the White House” and contains the storyline: “Lucy and Viv accompany their boys’ Cub Scout troupe to Washington, D.C. After Lucy calls President Kennedy to tell him about the pack’s replica of the White House built from sugar cubes, they’re all invited to present it to him in person” (The Lucy Show | Episode Guide). In this post, I will discuss the key points of the following:

  • major dramatic question
  • protagonist’s goal or desire
  • internal and/or external conflict
  • resolution
  • deus ex machina

In the beginning, the major dramatic question is not very clear but continues to develop throughout the course of the episode. In this case, the major dramatic question is simply, “Will Lucy give the president her gift?” This was my concluded question because, over the course of the show, the protagonist Lucy and her partner Viv face obstacles that hinder their journey. Lucy and Viv’s original goal was to accompany their cub scouts to Washington D.C and deliver their homemade replica of the White House to President Kennedy. As their journey to Washington progresses, their replica is smashed, forcing Lucy to go and find sugar to recreate it. She soon faces obstacles, leading to the external conflict she faces.

The conflicts the protagonist faced were mainly external, problems ranging from not being able to fit her sugar cube replica through the door of her cabin on the train, to getting stuck in a priceless historical chair in the president’s waiting office. These obstacles all occurred due to Lucy’s actions, revealing her to be a reckless and determined character. In relation to the major dramatic question, the resolution was also very creative as well. Aside from being creative, the ending of the episode seemed fairly “deus ex machina” (having a good resolution that saved the day). In the final scene of the show, Lucy rebuilds her replica perfectly but is so nervous that she has to sit down, coincidently (obviously) sitting in “Abraham Lincoln’s baby rocking chair” (which leads to more turmoil). As the episode draws to a close, President Kennedy’s voice can be heard from the other room, forgiving Lucy for her innocent mistake.


  1. This is some excellent thinking, by the way, Mikalya, especially the understanding of deus ex machina. Nice work!

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