Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. began their writing careers in radio, most notably on the comedy series, My Favorite Husband (1948-1951). On the show, their paths would cross with an actress, Lucille Ball, who – upon the radio series ending in 1951 – would be doing a TV series for CBS with her husband, Desi Arnaz. The series, I Love Lucy, would initially be staffed by three writers: Pugh Davis, Carroll, Jr., and Jess Oppenheimer.
Pugh Davis and Carroll would remain with I Love Lucy for its six-year run, moving on as a writing team on future series like The Lucy Show, The Mothers-In-Law, Alice, and Sanford & Son.
Below is the entire interview with Madelyn Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, Jr. conducted by The Archive of American Television, where they talk about their multi-decade careers.
And here’s a bonus interview with The Writers Guild Foundation:
Back with another set of interviews with two more I Love Lucy writers tomorrow! Stay tuned!