Here’s How to Watch ‘Lucy and Desi’ For Free to See the Downfall of Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz’s Marriage

"Lucy and Desi"
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If you love Lucy, you may want to know how to watch Lucy and Desi online for free to see Amazon’s documentary about one of Hollywood’s most beloved power couples.

The documentary, directed by Amy Poehler, follows the lives and relationship of I Love Lucy stars and married couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, from the moment they fell in love and how they built their TV empire with their production company, Desilu Productions, to the downfall of their relationship and their eventual divorce. “Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, over the years, have been kind of flattened out and made two-dimensional,” Poehler told Variety in January 2022. “I was really interested in seeing the people behind the images.” She added, “People use words like ‘genius’ and ‘icon’ and ‘trailblazer,’ but those aren’t human words. Those were words for machines and astronauts, which — they were both astronauts, for sure, and they were ahead of their time. But they were also people.”

Poehler also told the magazine about how the documentary dives into who Ball and Arnaz were as people and not just Hollywood TV stars. “I knew about them as performers, not as people,” she said. “These two incredible outsiders worked hard to become powerful, influential figures at a time when women and immigrants were not running the system. But at the end of the day, the attempt was to tell a love story: Their long journey of falling in love, working, and staying in love with each other through thick and thin was echoed in their show.” Poehler continued, “And then to watch America’s most powerful couple — they created the idea of a power couple — split up after being on TV, as this example of how things will always be OK, it was interesting. So much is made of their work and comedy, and it should be. But I also think it is also an equal triumph to have a relationship that was the kind that they had. It is hard to maintain a working relationship, as well as a relationship with someone you love and is your partner in raising kids.”

Lucy and Desi also includes interviews with Hollywood icons like Norman Lear, Bette Midler and Carol Burnett, who consider Ball among their inspirations. “They established their own studio. That’s an enormous operation,” Lear says. “She was fearless,” Burnette adds.“You realized, women can do this, too!” Midler says.

So how can one watch Lucy and Desi online for free? Read on for how to stream Amy Poehler’s Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz documentary at no cost to learn about the lives of one of Hollywood’s most beloved couples.

"Lucy and Desi"

Image: CBS/courtesy Everett Collection.

When does Lucy and Desi come out?

Lucy and Desi premieres on March 4, 2022, at 12:01 a.m. PT / 3:01 a.m. ET on Amazon Prime Video.

How to watch Lucy and Desi online

Lucy and Desi is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Amazon Prime Video costs $8.99 per month for non-Amazon Prime members. Amazon Prime Video comes for free with an Amazon Prime subscription, which costs $12.99 per month or $119 per year (a saving of about $36 from the monthly subscription.) Students can also subscribe to Amazon Prime Student for $6.49 per month, which is half the price of the regular subscription and also comes with Amazon Prime Video.

How to watch Lucy and Desi online for free

Here’s how to watch Lucy and Desi online for free. Lucky for you, Amazon Prime Video offers a free trial, which is more than enough time to watch most of Lucy and Desi online for free. Read on for how to sign up for Amazon Prime Video’s free trial ahead.

Watch Lucy and Desi With Amazon Prime Video’s Free Trial

Amazon Prime Video’s free trial is four times longer than most other streaming services. Compared to Paramount+ and Peacock, which offer just seven-day free trials, Amazon Prime Video’s free trial is 30 days. That’s three weeks more than competitors. The free trial also comes with the same benefits of Amazon Prime, such as free two-day shipping, Prime Music and more. But perhaps the best part about Amazon Prime Video’s free trial is that customers can sign up for it multiple times. According to Amazon, users can sign up for Amazon Prime Video’s free trial over and over again as long as it isn’t within the same 12 months. This means that if you if you haven’t been an Amazon Prime member for more than 12 months, you’re eligible to receive another 30 days for free.

After the free trial ends, Amazon Prime Video costs $8.99 per month for non-Prime members. However, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, Amazon Prime Video comes free with Amazon Prime, which includes Prime Delivery (such as free two-day shipping, free same-day shipping, free release-date delivery and free no-rush shipping), as well as access to Prime Music, Prime Gaming and Prime Reading. Amazon Prime costs $12.99 per month or $119 per year, which saves subscribers about $36 from the monthly subscription.

Below are step-by-step instructions for how to sign up for Amazon Prime Video’s free trial.

  1. Visit Amazon Prime Video’s website
  2. Click “Start your 30-day free trial
  3. Create or log into your Amazon account
  4. Start watching Lucy and Desi on Amazon Prime Video for free

Watch Lucy and Desi With Student Prime’s Free Trial

If you’re a student, the Amazon Prime’s free trial is even longer. Compared to the regular 30-day Prime free trial, Student Prime‘s free trial is six months, which is five months more than the regular free trial. After the free trial ends, students can sign up for Amazon Prime for $6.49 per month, which is half the price fo the regular subscription. Like Amazon Prime, Student Prime also comes with a free Amazon Prime Video subscription.

Prime Student is Amazon Prime for students, and includes the same benefits as Prime memberships. Those benefits include Prime Delivery (which includes free one-day delivery, free same-day delivery and free two-hour grocery delivery), as well as free Prime Reading, Prime Music and Prime Video accounts. Prime Student also includes other benefits like two free months of Kindle Unlimited, 99 cents per month for Amazon Music Unlimited, as well as 99-cent-per-month subscriptions to Prime Video channels like Showtime, Lifetime, Shudder and History. Other benefits include free food delivery with Grubhub+, up to 10 percent off of flights and hotels with Student Universe, one free month of Course Hero, a homework help service, and three free months of Calm, a meditation app.

Below are step-by-step instructions for how to sign up for Prime Student’s free trial.

  1. Visit Prime Student’s website
  2. Click “Try Prime Student
  3. Create or log into your Amazon account
  4. Start watching Lucy and Desi on Amazon Prime Video for free

Lucy and Desi is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video. Here’s how to watch it for free.


"Love, Lucy" by Lucille Ball

Image: Courtesy of Berkeley.

Love, Lucy by Lucille Ball

For more about Lucille Ball, read her autobiography, Love, Lucy. The book—which was published after Ball’s death in 1989 and is her only autobiography—follows the comedienne’s career and life, from her childhood in Jamestown, New York, to her dreams on Broadway and her marriage with Desi Arnaz. Written by Ball herself, the autobiography also includes intimate memories of her and Desi’s children, what led to the end of their marriage and how Ball found love again with her second husband, Gary Morton. Told in her own words, Love, Lucy is a must-read for anyone who loves Lucy.

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