Reviews
I love Grier’s story. It’s well produced. Love the sound. Great podcast! I just don’t get the commercial…what’s he peddling? Movies on CDs? Sounds like something from the mid 90s. 🤣
AK Ajijic via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/16/22
This is my favorite podcast of all time! So interesting and perfectly edited. I was engaged the entire time for all three stories, but really loved the Lucy episodes. It’s hard to wait for the new one each week! Whoo hoooo Pam Grier!!!! My only complaint is the episodes are far too short! I wish...Read full review »
Here for the chuckles via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 11/02/22
Resting my eyes one night I just put the podcast on with Peter Bogdanovich knowing I wasn’t going to sleep.. Not long into his reaction to Dorothy’s death tears roll down my cheeks as my eyes remain closed. Extracting that kind of emotion from a podcast is rare. This is a great podcast.
TVExpert via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/31/22
Can’t wait for season 4! All Pam Grier! Amazing!
lowefidelity via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/22
I really enjoyed the bonus episode with Lucy Arnez- I liked her honest and funny responses to Ben’s questions. It was nice to hear her give her dad credit not just her mom- they really were a team. I always like listening to Ben.
BellaR02 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/14/22
Just finished re-listening to this podcast. So captivating! As a lifelong Lucy fan, this is one of the best explorations of Lucy’s life and legacy.
sophsm! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 08/24/22
I have listened to seasons one and three. (I have not yet seen The Bonfire of the Vanities and so have not listened to that season.) Ben tells great stories and interviews fascinating people. Every episode is fantastic.
pwolchak via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 07/15/22
I’ve been a Lucy fan since I was a kid so this was an automatic listen! It was so informative, charming, nostalgic and all together cool!
JessCag30 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/05/22
My goodness this season was so well constructed and articulated!! I shed a number of tears learning so much about a couple I thought I knew (and loved) so well. I haven’t listened to the other seasons, but if you are a fan of Lucy and Desi and want to know more about what they built together...Read full review »
Roddy_! via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/20/22
Really enjoying these podcasts, which are well produced and informative. However, the host insists on inserting his annoying and unwanted political opinions from time to time. If you can put up with that you will like the series.
Kasper NV via Apple Podcasts · Denmark · 06/13/22
Really, really like this podcast. Ben M. is such a great story-teller. Wish the episodes were more often than once a week. 🙂 Love the music too. This third season is my favorite. I do hope more seasons are coming in the future. So enjoyable.
tmrc55 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/05/22
Outstanding. No better way to describe the series. A real quality production. Thank you.
A big fan of the Classics via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/30/22
What an incredibly, exceptionally well-done podcast. I REALLY love Lucy, Desi and all they created together even more. Kudos, TCM!
Governor Nance via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/13/22
Possibly the best podcast I have ever listened to!!
mantelclock via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 05/07/22
Blew through all three seasons of this in about a week. So well researched and brilliantly hosted by Ben. Keep ‘em coming!!
JP_AMBC via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/27/22
I could not stop listening. There was so much I didn’t know about her but even less about Desi. This is a great story.
shells1319 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/22/22
Well-researched and fascinating.
historyheather via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/21/22
Devil’s Candy is the ultimates hatchet job. The irony here is her complete ruthlessness very similar to the character Peter Fallow in the book and the movie. Salamon basically entrusted all the stars and the support personel, made tape recording even. Ans the cashed in by throwing ALL of them...Read full review »
MJ in CO via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/17/22
I stayed away from podcasts for years, partly by choice and partly due to lack of interest. I couldn’t find anything that I really cared about. And then TCM announced that Ben Mankiewicz was hosting THE PLOT THICKENS, TCM’s very first podcast. Before finding out that the first season focused on...Read full review »
Germenis via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/15/22
The Lucille Ball season is especially spectacular
X3YNT via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/13/22
I love Old Hollywood, and these podcasts are great. I love hearing stories about people, where they’ve come from and what they’ve been through. These stories are what make the Hollywood icons relatable to me. I’m ready for the next season!!!!
snm1718 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 04/09/22
Listened to both Season 1 and 2, saving Season 3 for epic walk coming up. Loved every minute, esp Bogdanovich, what a revelation! So smart, charming, authentic and so fortunate you caught him before he left. This is a treasure! Season 2 is hilarious and also a walk down memory lane. Appreciate...Read full review »
Lorindaq via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/27/22
There’s been a couple different Lucille Ball contents coming out lately with ‘Being the Ricardos’ and ‘Lucy and Desi’. I have enjoyed watching those movies but they obviously can’t get into the detail that this podcast does. I learned a lot that I didn’t know before and it kept my interest!
monkeydoodlelin via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/25/22
Season 3 is one of the best listening experiences I’ve ever had! I knew very little about Lucille and Desi, except seeing a few episodes of I Love Lucy when I was a kid. Wow, what a story! I’m recommending this season to everybody! I listened to season 2 first and loved it. Great...Read full review »
gpd209 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/19/22
If it was a “different time,” then BM should ask himself what it means to tell PB’s story today without any reflection on, and challenge of, the skeletons and crappy behaviour that are peppered through the director’s life. Let alone applying the same old-school reverence as if modern challenges...Read full review »
TheMeMeMeMe via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/10/22
Such a great show! I can’t wait for the next episode! Thank you for creating a compelling and interesting show-
Kim in NewYork via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 03/10/22
I chuckled. I marveled at facts and history I didn’t know. I cried here or there and when it finished. I thoroughly enjoyed this podcast as a Lucy & Desi fan but also as a lover of history and the arts. Peter is a story teller and his voice was perfect-his inflections made the story he was...Read full review »
wicked07 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/28/22
I grew up with movies. Saturdays were made for matinees, a double feature if we were lucky. My mom would make popcorn, pour it into brown paper lunch bags for us, and then off we’d go. How is it that a podcast could land me back in time to some of my happiest memories? The answer starts w Ben...Read full review »
MMCarle via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/24/22
Great podcast looking forward to more
Tryonnc via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/21/22
This was so interesting !! Loved it! Please do more like this!
freehouse via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/18/22
Fascinating and well done!!! Thank you. Please make many more of these podcasts. How wonderful that you thought to feature the fascinating Peter Bogdonovitch in time to interview him personally.
2theMoonAlice via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/16/22
J. K. Simmons 🥰😍 I could listen to him talk all day!
infaithus via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/22
This was a great series; very entertaining and informative.
Marjorie Zone 5 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/15/22
Look forward to each episode. Unhappy when I reach the end. Keep up the good work.
DLC5 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/14/22
It was an amazing presentation of Lucy and her life, love and finial stage. It took me a while to finish the podcast because I kept going back and researching what was said because I so enjoy details! Being Puerto Rican I was honored to hear Desi story as well!
Irishpipefitter via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/09/22
I couldn't LOVE this podcast more!Read full review »
BrittanyJaneLindaMarie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/08/22
Season 3: Being born in the mid 1950s, I grew up with ‘I Love Lucy’ and appreciated learning more about Lucy & Desi’s background and details of all those within their orbit. Excellent research and narration.
Rocket-Jayne via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/07/22
I loved this season. Thank you. Do you know who else adores picnics? Read the Dalai Lama’s autobiography. 😳 Then you went on to play the thing about how she welcomed the meditative quality of rainy days. I love Ricky too. ❤️
Tulku2 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/03/22
So good I wish they could make a new one every day!
JHC222 via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/22
Loved it
kartimfry via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/22
While driving from Pennsylvania to Texas, I listened to this series about Lucille Ball. I loved it!!! It felt like an honest and balanced portrayal of her life—the good, bad and ugly. Her early years in Jamestown were fascinating and explained a lot about her later decisions. The podcast also...Read full review »
Anne G W via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/02/22
Well written and presented. If you like Hollywood history, listen to this podcast.
GeorgiaKnittingLady via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 02/01/22
This is so good really enjoying The plot thickens…more to listen to but excellent!
levipooh via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/31/22
So well researched and presented. Very grateful to have this history preserved
HistoryPeg via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/29/22
I’ve been telling everyone about this series. I pick a key event from an episode to garner interest in the series so that they’ll listen to it. Can’t say enough good things about the series!
siddithers via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 01/29/22
I remember when Desi Arnaz passed away and his beautiful daughter said - “he was the I in I Love Lucy”. I’ll never forget that. ❤️
cosimo di medici via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/22
I found the narrator’s babyish voice so grating that I only made it through the first episode. I’m sure the story she tells is fascinating, but I couldn’t concentrate n it or hear past the voice.
MerjFlour via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 01/28/22
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