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Encyclopedia > I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy logo
Format Sitcom
Created by Desi Arnaz
Starring Lucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Vivian Vance
William Frawley
Richard Keith
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of seasons 6
No. of episodes 193 (including the "lost" Christmas episode and original pilot) 13 Lucy-Desi Comedy Hours
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 15, 1951May 6, 1957
External links
IMDb profile

I Love Lucy is a popular American situation comedy, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley. The series originally ran from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on CBS. The show continued on for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... Keith Thibodeaux (born December 1, 1950) is a former child actor and musician, best known for playing Little Ricky in the popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television shows. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Main article: I Love Lucy The following is a list of episodes from the CBS television series I Love Lucy. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... See also: 1950 in television, other events of 1951, 1952 in television and the list of years in television. // Events May 28 - The US Supreme Court upholds the FCCs approval of the CBS color television system. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1957 in television involved some significant events. ... This article is about a genre of comedy. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... is the 288th day of the year (289th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was a 1957-60 CBS television situation comedy. ... The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was a 1957-60 CBS television situation comedy. ...


It was the most-watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the ratings (to be matched only by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld), although it did not have a formal series finale episode. I Love Lucy is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world. The Andy Griffith Show is an American television series that aired on CBS from October 3rd, 1960 to April 1st, 1968. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


The show won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. In 2002, it was ranked second on TV Guide's top-50 greatest shows, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners[1]. In 2007, it was placed on Time magazine's unranked list of the 100 best TV shows.[2] The same year, the Washington Post named it the second best TV rerun, attesting to its longevity and sustained popularity.[3] An Emmy Award. ... TV Guide is the name of two North American weekly magazines about television programming, one in the United States and one in Canada. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... For the 2005 film, see The Honeymooners (film). ... “TIME” redirects here. ... ...

Contents

Premise

"Oh, Ricky, you're wonderful!"

Set mostly in New York City, I Love Lucy centers on housewife Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball), and her singer/bandleader husband Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), along with their friends and landlords Fred Mertz (William Frawley) and Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance). In later seasons, Lucy and Ricky had a son named Little Ricky. Lucy and Ricky Ricardo This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Lucy and Ricky Ricardo This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Lucille Ball as Lucy, Vivian Vance as Ethel on an episode of I Love Lucy Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 - April 26, 1989) was an American actress, comedian and star of I Love Lucy. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... Ethel Mertz is a fictional television character played by Vivian Vance in the American sitcom I Love Lucy. She was married to Fred Mertz, whose character was played by William Frawley. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ...


Lucy is somewhat naïve and ambitious, with an overactive imagination and a knack for getting herself into trouble. Primarily she is obsessed with joining her husband in show business. Fred and Ethel are former vaudevillians and this only strengthens her resolve to prove herself as a performer. Unfortunately, she cannot carry a tune or play anything other than an off-key rendition of "Glow Worm" (or "Sweet Sue") on the saxophone and has little other discernible ability. The show provided Ball ample opportunity to display her considerable skill at clowning and physical comedy, with Lucy's determination to get into the act in any way possible, resulting in numerous wacky situations. Character development was not a major focus of early sitcoms, so not much was ever learned about her life prior to the show. A few episodes mentioned that she was born in Jamestown, New York, (later corrected to West Jamestown), and that she met Ricky on a blind date. Besides occasional appearances by her mother (Kathryn Card), who annoyed Ricky to no end by constantly mispronouncing his name as "Mickey" and mistaking him for fellow bandleader Xavier Cugat, hardly any mention was ever made of any other family members. This article is about the musical variety theatre. ... The saxophone (colloquially referred to as sax) is a conical-bored instrument of the woodwind family. ... Physical comedy is comedic performance relying mostly on the use of the body to convey humor. ... Jamestown is a city in Chautauqua County, New York in the United States. ... A blind date is a date where the people involved have not met each other previously. ... Kathryn Card (October 4, 1892 – March 1, 1964) is an American television and film actress who may be best remembered for her role as Mrs. ... Xavier Cugat and his Orchestra 1952 Film featurette - Universal Studios Francesc dAsís Xavier Cugat Mingall de Bru i Deulofeu (1 January 1900 – 27 October 1990) was a Catalan-Cuban bandleader whom many consider to have had more to do with the infusion of Latin music into United States...


Lucy's husband, Ricky Ricardo (the character initially was named Larry Lopez), is an up-and-coming Cuban American singer and bandleader with an excitable personality. His patience is frequently tested, sometimes to the breaking point, by his wife's antics. When exasperated, he often reverts to speaking rapidly in Spanish. As with Lucy, not much was ever learned about his past or family. Ricky's mother appeared in two episodes and in another Lucy mentioned that he had five brothers. He also mentioned that he'd been "practically raised" by his uncle Alberto (who was seen during a family visit to Cuba) and that he'd attended Havana University. A Cuban-American is an immigrant to the United States from Cuba. ... University of Havana (Spanish: Universidad de La Habana) was founded in 1728 and is the oldest university in Cuba and one of the first in the Americas. ...


Lucy's best friend, confidant and accomplice in her crazy schemes is Ethel Mertz. A former model from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ethel tries to relive her glory days in vaudeville. She usually gets more chances to perform at Ricky's nightclub, because, unlike Lucy, she can actually sing and dance. Ethel, although she is Lucy's ally, often tries to reason with her, providing common sense advice. “Albuquerque” redirects here. ... This article is about the musical variety theatre. ...


Ethel's husband Fred served in World War I and lived through the Great Depression. He is very stingy with money and a very no-nonsense type of guy. However, he also shows that he can be a soft touch, especially when it comes to Little Ricky, the Ricardos' son. Fred performed in vaudeville, so like his wife Ethel, he can also sing and dance. “The Great War ” redirects here. ... For other uses, see The Great Depression (disambiguation). ...


Lucy and Ricky often play tricks on each other; for example, when Lucy tricked Ricky into thinking she was a compulsive thief; or when Ricky tricked Lucy into thinking she was not legally married to him, based on a mistake in their license. Although they may disagree at times, and despite their age differences (not only the Mertzes' and Ricardos', but Lucy and Desi's, with Lucy six years Desi's senior), the four main characters are very close and loving. The word trick has several meanings in English: Confidence trick Magic trick Trick or treat A trick in a card game A trick can be a feat requiring some dexterity or ingenuity performed to amuse or as part of a game, such as a Skateboarding trick. ...


The Manhattan building they all lived in before their move to Connecticut was addressed at 623 E. 68th Street, which in reality would be located in the East River. For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Official language(s) none (de facto English) Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[2] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[3] Area  Ranked 48th in the US  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... New York City waterways: 1. ...


Cast

Regular cast

  • Lucille Ball as Lucille "Lucy" Esmeralda McGillicuddy Ricardo (in "The Marriage License" and "Fred and Ethel Fight")
  • Desi Arnaz as Enrique 'Ricky' Alberto Ricardo y de Acha III (in "Lucy Raises Tulips")[4]
  • Vivian Vance as Ethel Potter (maiden name), Ethel Roberta Mertz (in "Million Dollar Idea"), Ethel Louise Mertz (in "Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress"), Ethel Mae Mertz in ("Ethel's Hometown" and subsequent episodes)
  • William Frawley as Frederick 'Fred' Hobart Edie Mertz[4]
  • Keith Thibodeaux (billed as Richard Keith) as Ricky Ricardo, Jr., "Little Ricky" (1956-1957)

Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet, supporting cast members on My Favorite Husband, were originally approached for the roles of Fred and Ethel, but neither could accept due to previous commitments. Gordon did appear as a guest star in two episodes, playing Ricky's boss, Mr. Littlefield. Gordon was a veteran from the classic radio days in which he perfected the role of the exasperated character, as in Fibber McGee and Molly. He would go on to co-star with Ball in most of her post–I Love Lucy series. Benaderet once guest-starred as the Ricardos' neighbor, the elderly Miss Lewis. Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedian, actress and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, and Heres Lucy. ... Desi Arnaz (born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III) (March 2, 1917 – December 2, 1986) was a Cuban musician, actor, comedian and television producer. ... Vivian Roberta Jones (July 26, 1909 – August 17, 1979), known professionally as Vivian Vance, was an Emmy Award-winning American television actress, theater actress, and singer. ... William Clement Frawley (February 26, 1887 – March 3, 1966) began in vaudeville and as a screen actor, with well over a hundred films to his credit, but gained greater fame as Fred Mertz on I Love Lucy. ... Keith Thibodeaux (born December 1, 1950) is a former child actor and musician, best known for playing Little Ricky in the popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television shows. ... Keith Thibodeaux (born December 1, 1950) is a former child actor and musician, best known for playing Little Ricky in the popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television shows. ... Gale Gordon (February 20, 1906 – June 30, 1995) was an American character actor. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ... My Favorite Husband was a radio program on CBS Radio. ... Jim and Marian Jordan were featured in 1947 NBC promotional art by Sam Berman. ...


Barbara Pepper (later featured as Doris Ziffel in the series Green Acres) was also considered to play Ethel, but Pepper had been drinking very heavily after the death of her husband, Craig W. Reynolds. Her friendship with Ball dated back to the film Roman Scandals, in which both appeared as Goldwyn Girls. She turned up regularly in bit parts. Barbara Pepper (May 31, 1915-July 18, 1969) was an American actress. ... This article is about the television series. ... Roman Scandals Roman Scandals is a 1933 film starring Eddie Cantor, Ruth Etting, and Gloria Stuart. ... The Goldwyn Girls were a musical stock company of female dancers employed by MGM, similar to the Golddiggers at Warner Brothers. ...


Supporting cast

  • Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy, Lucy's mother (1955–1956) (also earlier appearance as "Minnie Finch" in 1954)
  • Mary Jane Croft as Betty Ramsey (1957) (earlier appearances in various roles)
  • Ross Elliot in various roles
  • Jerry Hausner as Jerry, Ricky's agent (1951–1954) (also the show's announcer in early seasons)
  • Bob Jellison as Bobby, the Hollywood bellboy (1955) (earlier appearances in various roles)
  • Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby (1953–1957) (earlier appearance as Lillian Appleby and various other roles)
  • Shirley Mitchell as Marion Strong (1953–1954)
  • Frank Nelson as Ralph Ramsey (1957) (many earlier appearances in various roles, including Freddie Filmore, a game show host)
  • Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Matilda Trumbull (1953–1956) (earlier appearance as "Mrs. Willoughby" in 1952)
  • Joseph A. and Michael Mayer as Ricky Ricardo, Jr. (baby) (1953–1954)
  • Richard and Ronald Lee Simmons as Ricky Ricardo, Jr. (baby) (1954–1955)

Lucille Ball liked naming supporting characters after real-life people. For instance, Carolyn Appleby had been one of her teachers, and Marion Strong was a friend in Jamestown, New York. Kathryn Card (October 4, 1892 – March 1, 1964) is an American television and film actress who may be best remembered for her role as Mrs. ... Mary Jane Croft Mary Jane Croft (February 15, 1916 - August 24, 1999) was an American actress best known for her role as Mary Jane Lewis on The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Ross Elliott was an American television and film character actor. ... Doris Singleton (born September 28, 1919) is an American actress who is best remembered as Lucy Ricardos nearsighted neighbor, Caroline Appleby, on I Love Lucy. ... Shirley Mitchell was born in Toledo, Ohio on November 4, 1919. ... Frank Nelson was an American born comedic actor best known for playing put-upon foils on radio and television. ... Elizabeth Patterson (November 22, 1875 - January 31, 1966) was an American film and television character actress, but may be best remembered as playing the elderly neighbor on I Love Lucy. ... Jamestown is a city in Chautauqua County, New York in the United States. ...


Primary production team

The primary role of a television producer is to coordinate and control all aspects of production, ranging from show idea development and cast hiring to shoot supervision and fact-checking. ... Jess Oppenheimer, future principal writer for Lucille Ball, was born on November 11, 1913 in San Francisco, California. ... Jess Oppenheimer, future principal writer for Lucille Ball, was born on November 11, 1913 in San Francisco, California. ... Madelyn Pugh (born 1921), who is sometimes credited as Madelyn Pugh Davis, Madelyn Davis or Madelyn Martin [1], is a television writer who first became well known in the 1950s for her work on the I Love Lucy series. ... Robert Gordon Bob Carroll Jr. ... Wilbur Hatch, who composed much background music for radio comedy and drama series, was born May 24, 1902, in Moken, Illinois, and died December 22, 1969, in Studio City, California. ... ‹ The template below is being considered for deletion. ... Karl W. Freund (January 16, 1890-May 3, 1969) was a German cinematographer who worked on over 100 films, including Metropolis (1927), Dracula (1931), and Key Largo (1948). ... Costume design is the design of the appearance of the characters in a theater or cinema performance. ... Costume designer Elois Jensson (1912 - 2004) won an Oscar for one of her first efforts, Cecil B. deMilles elaborate Biblical epic Samson and Delilah in 1950. ...

Radio

When Desi was 33, CBS asked Lucy to take her popular radio show to television, but Lucy insisted that the man playing the role of husband be her own husband, who had been on the road as a bandleader touring, and away from Lucy for months at a time. When CBS refused because he was foreign-born, Lucy decided to create a television series of her own to bring her husband back home, and "I Love Lucy" was brought to television. I Love Lucy was somewhat similar to My Favorite Husband, a 1948-51 CBS comedy radio series in which Lucille Ball (as zany housewife Liz Cooper) starred with Richard Denning. Some of the My Favorite Husband scripts were rewritten as TV scripts for I Love Lucy by the same writers, Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll, Jr.. Based on the novel Mr. and Mrs. Cugat by Isabel Scott Rorick, My Favorite Husband was broadcast from July 23, 1948 to March 31, 1951, sponsored by General Foods. My Favorite Husband was a radio program on CBS Radio. ... Categories: Stub | 1914 births | 1998 deaths ... Madelyn Pugh was a television writer from the 1950s who helped create several of televisions most famous situations as a writer on I Love Lucy. ... Robert Gordon Bob Carroll Jr. ... is the 204th day of the year (205th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the 1948 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 90th day of the year (91st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


On February 27, 1952, an I Love Lucy radio show was produced, but it never aired. This was a pilot episode, created by editing the soundtrack of a television episode with added Arnaz narration. It included commercials for Philip Morris, which sponsored the TV series. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1952 (MCMLII) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Altria Group, Inc. ...


Production

At the time, most television shows were broadcast live from New York City, and a low-quality 35mm or 16mm kinescope print was made of the show to broadcast it in other time zones. But Ball was pregnant at the time, and she and Arnaz therefore insisted on filming the show in Hollywood. The duo, along with co-creator Jess Oppenheimer, then decided to shoot the show on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, with three cameras, a technique now standard for most present-day sitcoms. The result was a much sharper image than other shows of the time, and the audience reactions were far more authentic than the "canned laughter" used on most filmed sitcoms of the time. The technique was not completely new — another CBS comedy series, Amos 'n' Andy, which debuted four months earlier, was already being filmed at Hal Roach Studios with three 35mm cameras to save time and money. But I Love Lucy was the first show to use this technique with a studio audience. Simulated 35 mm film with soundtracks _ The outermost strips (on either side) contain the SDDS soundtrack as an image of a digital signal. ... 16 mm film was initially created in the 1920s as an inexpensive amateur alternative to the conventional 35 mm film format. ... Kinescope (IPA: ) originally referred to the cathode ray tube used in television monitors. ... Hollywood redirects here. ... Jess Oppenheimer, future principal writer for Lucille Ball, was born on November 11, 1913 in San Francisco, California. ... 35 mm film frames. ... Pioneered by Desi Arnaz with three cameras, commonly now four, the multicamera setup is used to shoot most studio-produced television programs such as situation comedies, soap operas, news programs, game shows, and talk shows. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Illustrator J.J. Goulds 1930 drawing of Amos and Andy for New Movie Magazine Amos n Andy was a situation comedy popular in the United States from the 1920s through the 1950s. ... Harold Eugene Roach ( January 14, 1892 – November 2, 1992) was an American film and television producer from 1910s to 1980s, born in Elmira, New York. ...


Arnaz persuaded Karl Freund, cinematographer of such films as Metropolis (1927), Dracula (1931), and The Good Earth (1937), as well as director of The Mummy (1932), to be the series' cinematographer. Karl W. Freund (January 16, 1890-May 3, 1969) was a German cinematographer who worked on over 100 films, including Metropolis (1927), Dracula (1931), and Key Largo (1948). ... For other uses, see Metropolis (disambiguation). ... This article is about the novel. ... The Good Earth (1937) is a movie based on the 1931 book of the same name by Nobel Prize-winning author Pearl S. Buck about Chinese peasants who try to survive a locust invasion. ... Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey AKA Prince Imhotep in The Mummy. ... Cameraman redirects here. ...


Scenes were often performed in sequence, as a play would be, which was unusual for comedies at that time. Retakes were rare and dialogue mistakes were often played off for the sake of continuity.


Desilu, the company jointly owned by Ball and Arnaz, produced I Love Lucy as well as other shows. It rented space at General Service Studios in Hollywood from 1951 to 1954, when it bought the Motion Picture Center, also in Hollywood, and renamed it Desilu Studios. Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ...


Many real-life facts about Arnaz and Ball made it into the series. Like Ball, Lucy Ricardo was born on August 6 in Jamestown, New York, and attended high school in Celoron, New York. Also, the Ricardos were married at the Byram River Beagle Club in Greenwich, Connecticut, just as the Arnazes had been. In one particular episode Lucy and Ricky are fighting over whether or not the bedroom window should be open or closed while they slept. This very argument was imitated from their real life.[citation needed] is the 218th day of the year (219th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jamestown is a city in Chautauqua County, New York in the United States. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: , NECTA Region Settled 1640 Joined Connecticut 1656 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Peter Tesei  - Town administrator Edward Gomeau  - Town meeting moderator Thomas J. Byrne Area  - Total 174. ...


The opening familiar to most viewers, featuring the credits superimposed over a "heart on satin" image, was created specifically for syndication. As originally broadcast, the episodes opened with animated matchstick figures of Arnaz and Ball making reference to whomever the particular episode's sponsor was. These sequences were created by the animation team of Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera, who declined screen credit because they were technically under exclusive contract to MGM at the time. William Denby Hanna (July 14, 1910 – March 22, 2001) was an animator, director, producer, and co-founder, together with Joseph Barbera, of Hanna-Barbera Productions. ... Joseph Roland Barbera (born March 24, 1911) was an animator, cartoon artist, storyboard artist, director, producer and co-founder, together with William Hanna of Hanna-Barbera (now known as Cartoon Network Studios). ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ...


The original sponsor was cigarette maker Philip Morris, so the program opened with a cartoon of Lucy and Ricky climbing down a pack of Philip Morris cigarettes. In the early episodes, Lucy and Ricky, as well as Ethel and Fred on occasion, were shown smoking Phillip Morris cigarettes. Since the original sponsor references were no longer appropriate when the shows went into syndication, a new opening was needed, which resulted in the classic heart on satin opening. The original openings, with the sponsor names edited out, are now used on TV Land showings, with a TV Land logo superimposed to obscure the original sponsor's logo. Ironically, this has led some people to believe that the restored introduction was created specifically for TV Land as an example of kitsch. Altria Group, Inc. ... TV Land (originally Nick-at-Nites TV Land) is an American cable television network which first started transmissions on April 29, 1996. ... Kitsch is a term of German origin that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. ...


Pregnancy and Little Ricky

Just before filming the show, Lucy became pregnant with her and Desi's first child, Lucie Arnaz. They actually filmed the original pilot while Lucy was "showing", but did not include any references to the pregnancy in the episode. Lucie Arnaz (born Lucie Desiree Arnaz on July 17, 1951) is an American actress. ...


Later, during the second season, Lucy was pregnant again with second child Desi Arnaz, Jr., and this time the pregnancy was incorporated into the series' storyline. Despite popular belief, Lucy's pregnancy was not television's first on-screen pregnancy. That distinction belongs to Mary Kay on the late 1940s sitcom, Mary Kay and Johnny. Desi Arnaz, Jr. ... Mary Kay and Johnny was probably the first situation comedy broadcast on television in the United States. ...


CBS would not allow I Love Lucy to use the word "pregnant", so "expecting" was used instead.[5] The episode "Lucy Is Enceinte" first aired on December 8, 1952 ("enceinte" being French for "expecting" or "pregnant"). The episode in which Lucy gives birth, "Lucy Goes to the Hospital," first aired on January 19, 1953. To increase the publicity of this episode, the original air date was chosen to coincide with Lucille Ball's real-life delivery of Desi, Jr. by Caesarean section.[6] "Lucy Goes to the Hospital" was watched by more people than any other TV program up to that time, with 68% of all American television sets tuned in. is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 19th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... A caesarean section (AE cesarean section), or c-section, is a form of childbirth in which a surgical incision is made through a mothers abdomen (laparotomy) and uterus (hysterotomy) to deliver one or more babies. ...


It has sometimes been incorrectly stated[citation needed] that once Little Ricky was born, the writers rapidly aged the child to fit story plot lines, a device that has been used on many other television shows.[citation needed] In reality, Little Ricky was one of the few child characters allowed to grow up in real time. America saw Little Ricky as an infant in the 1952-53 season, a toddler from 1953 to 1956, and finally a young school-age boy from 1956 to 1960. However, five actors played the role, two sets of twins and later Keith Thibodeaux. SORAS or Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome (less commonly called simply rapid aging) is a term for when an infant or young child in a soap opera is aged very quickly by the writers. ... Keith Thibodeaux (born December 1, 1950) is a former child actor and musician, best known for playing Little Ricky in the popular I Love Lucy and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour television shows. ...


Episodes

Most episodes take place in the Ricardos' modest brownstone apartment at 623 East 68th Street or at the downtown "Tropicana" nightclub where Ricky is employed, though other parts of the city are sometimes used. Later episodes take the Ricardos and the Mertzes to Hollywood for Ricky to shoot a movie, and to Europe, when Ricky and his band tour the continent. There is also a trip to Miami Beach for the two couples, with a side trip to Ricky's homeland of Cuba. Eventually, the quartet move to Westport, Connecticut. Main article: I Love Lucy The following is a list of episodes from the CBS television series I Love Lucy. ... Location in Connecticut Coordinates: NECTA Bridgeport-Stamford Region South Western Region Incorporated 1835 Government  - Type Representative town meeting  - First selectman Gordon F. Joseloff  - Town meeting moderator Alice H. Shelton Area  - City 86. ...


Some especially memorable episodes:

  • "Lucy Does a TV Commercial". Lucy is hired to act as the "Vitameatavegamin girl" in a TV commercial, to promote a health tonic that contains healthy amounts of vitamins, meat, vegetables, minerals — and a less-than-healthy dose of 23% alcohol. Lucy becomes progressively more drunk, but gamely keeps on pitching the product. In November 2001, fans voted this episode as their favorite, during a 50th anniversary I Love Lucy television special. TV Guide and Nick at Nite ranked it the second greatest television episode of all time, after the Mary Tyler Moore Show's "Chuckles Bites the Dust".
  • "Job Switching". Lucy and Ethel get jobs packaging candy that is delivered on a conveyor belt. The work seems easy enough when they are shown what to do by their supervisor, but then the pace picks up and the women soon fall further and further behind. In desperation, they resort to comical means to try to keep up. The skit, a variation of an old vaudeville routine, has been parodied numerous times.
  • "Lucy and Superman". Lucy tries to get George Reeves, star of the 1950s Adventures of Superman TV series, to appear at little Ricky's birthday party. When she fails, she dresses up as Superman herself, only to have Reeves turn up in costume at the last minute.
  • "L.A. At Last". Lucy, Fred, and Ethel have lunch at The Brown Derby, where Lucy accidentally causes a waiter to heave a pie in William Holden's face. Later at the hotel, Ricky has a surprise for her. He has brought one of her favorite actors to meet her — none other than William Holden. Fearing that the actor will recognize her, she puts on a disguise that includes a putty nose which catches on fire when she lights a cigarette.
  • "Lucy and Harpo Marx". While living in Hollywood, Lucy is visited by Carolyn Appleby, a friend who is under the impression that Lucy knows numerous celebrities. After Lucy and Ethel get Carolyn's glasses away from her, Lucy pretends to be various stars. Meanwhile, Ricky and Fred invite Harpo Marx to the Ricardos' apartment. When he shows up, Lucy is disguised as him; seeing the real Harpo, she hides in a kitchen doorway. Harpo is perplexed when he sees what he thinks is his reflection, forcing Lucy to mimic his every move to avoid detection. This was a tribute to Harpo and Groucho's famous mirror scene in the Marx Brothers comedy classic, Duck Soup.[7]
  • "Lucy Does the Tango". The Ricardos and the Mertzes chicken business isn't doing very well. Lucy and Ethel come up with a scheme to fool the boys into thinking the hens are laying lots of eggs by smuggling some, hidden underneath their clothes, into the henhouse. On one such trip, Ricky insists that he and Lucy rehearse their tango number for a local benefit. Unbeknownst to Ricky, Lucy's blouse is filled with chicken eggs.

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Feature films

Arnaz and Ball capitalized on the series' popularity by starring in Vincente Minnelli's 1954 film The Long, Long Trailer as Tacy and Nicky Collini, two characters very similar to Lucy and Ricky. Also during this time, Desilu produced a feature film version of the show in 1953, consisting of three first-season episodes edited together: "The Benefit", "Breaking the Lease" and "The Ballet". New scenes featuring the cast were filmed and put between the episodes to tie them into one cohesive story. MGM, however, demanded the I Love Lucy movie be shelved because they felt it would diminish interest in the The Long, Long Trailer. Although I Love Lucy was never theatrically released and had been forgotten, it has since been found and has been released on the bonus disc in the Complete Series collection, available now. Vincente Minnelli (February 28, 1903 – July 25, 1986) was a famous Hollywood director and accomplished stage director, often considered by critics to be the father of the modern musical. ... 1954 ad for New Moon Mobile Home Company, promoting both their trailers and the film The Long, Long Trailer was a novel by Clinton Twiss from the 1950s about a couple who buy a new travel trailer home and spend a year traveling the United States. ... Desilu Productions was a company jointly owned by American actors Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. ... I Love Lucy was a 1953 feature film spin-off of the immensely popular sitcom I Love Lucy. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... I Love Lucy was a 1953 feature film spin-off of the immensely popular sitcom I Love Lucy. ... In the film industry, a film is considered shelved if it is not released for public viewing after filming has started, or even completed. ...


In 1956 Lucy and Desi starred in the feature film Forever, Darling with James Mason.


After Lucy

After the conclusion of the sixth season of I Love Lucy, Lucy and Desi decided to cut down on the number of episodes that were filmed. Instead, they extended I Love Lucy to 60 minutes, with a guest star each episode. They renamed the show the The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later changed for syndication to The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour. Thirteen hour-long episodes aired from 1957 to 1960. The main cast, Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley were all in the show. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour is available on DVD, released as I Love Lucy: The Final Seasons 7, 8, & 9. On March 2, Desi's birthday, 1960, the day after the last hour-long episode was filmed, Lucille Ball filed for divorce from Desi Arnaz. The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was a 1957-60 CBS television situation comedy. ... The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour was a 1957-60 CBS television situation comedy. ... is the 61st day of the year (62nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


When the series ended, Vance and Frawley were said to have been offered a chance to take their characters to their own spin-off series. Frawley was willing, but Vance refused to ever work with Frawley again since the two did not get along. Frawley did appear once more with Lucille Ball--in an episode of The Lucy Show. Lucille Ball in still from a 1966 episode of The Lucy Show The Lucy Show was Lucille Balls follow up show to I Love Lucy. ...


In 1962, Ball began a six-year run with The Lucy Show, followed immediately in 1968 by six more years on yet another sitcom, Here's Lucy, finally ending her long run as a CBS sitcom star in 1974. Both The Lucy Show and Here's Lucy are notable for having Vance as recurring characters named Viv (Vivian Bagley Bunson on The Lucy Show and Vivian Jones on Here's Lucy), so named because she was tired of being recognized on the street and addressed as Ethel. Vance was a regular during the first three seasons of The Lucy Show but continued to make guest appearances through the years on The Lucy Show, and on Here's Lucy. In 1977, Vance and Ball were reunited one last time in the CBS special, Lucy Calls the President, which co-starred Gale Gordon. TV Guide cover, promoting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burtons famous appearance on a 1970 episode of Heres Lucy Heres Lucy was Lucille Balls third network television sitcom. ...


In 1986, Ball tried another sitcom, Life with Lucy. The series aired on ABC for eight episodes before being cancelled due to low ratings. Oddly enough, the show debuted to very high ratings, landing in Nielson's Top 20 for that week. Life with Lucy was Lucille Balls last television series. ... This article is about the American broadcast network. ...


I Love Lucy has remained perennially popular. For instance, it was one of the first programs made in the USA seen on British television, which became more open to commerce with the launch of ITV, a commercial network that aired the series, in September 1955. As of July 2007, it remains the longest-running program to air continually in the Los Angeles area, almost 50 years after production ended. Ironically, the series is currently aired on KTTV, which had given up the CBS affiliation several months before I Love Lucy premiered.[citation needed] In the US, reruns have aired nationally on Nick at Nite and TV Land in addition to local channels. This is particularly notable because, unlike some shows to which a cable channel is given exclusive rights to maximize ratings, Lucy has been consistently—and successfully—broadcast on multiple channels simultaneously. British television broadcasting has a range of different broadcasters, broadcasting multiple channels over a variety of distribution media. ... For other uses, see ITV (disambiguation). ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... KTTV, channel 11, is an owned-and-operated television station of the News Corporation-owned Fox Broadcasting Company, located in Los Angeles, California. ... Nick-at-Nite (sometimes spelled Nick @ Nite, by its current logo) is the evening programming block broadcast over Nickelodeon Sunday–Thursdays from 9 PM–6 AM and Friday–Saturdays from 10 PM–6 AM Eastern and Pacific Standard Time. ...


Nielsen Ratings

I Love Lucy consistently ranked very high in the Nielsen Ratings throughout its run. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...

  • 1951-52: #3
  • 1952-53: #1
  • 1953-54: #1
  • 1954-55: #1
  • 1955-56: #2
  • 1956-57: #1

Emmy Awards

Wins

  • Best Situation Comedy, 1953, 1954
  • Best Comedienne, Lucille Ball, 1953
  • Best Series Supporting Actress, Vivian Vance, 1954
  • Best Actress - Continuing Performance, Lucille Ball, 1956

Nominations

I Love Lucy

  • Best Situation Comedy, 1952
  • Best Written Comedy Material: Madelyn Pugh Davis, Jess Oppenheimer, Robert G. Carroll, 1955
  • Best Situation Comedy, 1955
  • Best Comedy Writing: Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis, Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Schiller, Bob Weiskopf for the episode "L.A. At Last", 1956

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Lucille Ball

  • Best Comedian or Comedienne, 1952
  • Most Outstanding Personality, 1953
  • Best Female Star of Regular Series, 1954
  • Best Actress Starring in a Regular Series, 1955
  • Best Comedienne, 1956
  • Best Continuing Performance by a Comedienne in a Series, 1957
  • Best Continuing Performance (Female) in a Series by a Comedienne, Singer, Hostess, Dancer, M.C., Announcer, Narrator, Panelist, or any Person who Essentially Plays Herself, 1958

Vivian Vance

  • Best Supporting Actress in a Regular Series, 1955
  • Best Supporting Performance by an Actress, 1957
  • Best Continuing Supporting Performance by an Actress in a Dramatic or Comedy Series, 1958

William Frawley

  • Best Series Supporting Actor, 1954
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Regular Series, 1955
  • Best Actor in a Supporting Role, 1956

Honors

  • In 1999, Entertainment Weekly ranked the birth of Little Ricky as the fifth greatest moment in TV history.[8]
  • In 2002, TV Guide ranked I Love Lucy #2 on its list of the 50 greatest shows, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners[1] (According to TV Guide columnist Matt Rousch, there was a "passionate" internal debate about whether I Love Lucy should have been first instead of Seinfeld. He stated that this was the main source of controversy in putting together the list.[9])
  • In 2007, Time magazine placed the show on its unranked list of the 100 best TV shows.[2]

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DVD Releases

CBS Home Entertainment has released all six seasons of I Love Lucy on DVD in Region 1, as well as all 13 episodes of The Lucy and Desi Comedy Hour (as I Love Lucy: The Final Seasons - 7, 8, & 9). Bonus features include rare on-set color footage, the "Desilu/Westinghouse" promotional film, as well as deleted scenes and on-air flubs. CBS Home Entertainment (formerly CBS Video Enterprises) is the home video entertainment arm of CBS, Inc. ...

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete 1st Season 36 June 7th 2004
The Complete 2nd Season 31 August 31st 2004
The Complete 3rd Season 31 February 1st 2005
The Complete 4th Season 30 May 3rd 2005
The Complete 5th Season 26 August 16th 2005
The Complete 6th Season 27 May 2nd 2006
The Final Seasons 7, 8 & 9 13 March 13th 2007
The Complete Series 194 October 23rd 2007

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Other releases

  • "I Love Lucy - Season 1" (9 separate discs labeled "Volumes", first volume released July 2, 2002, final volume released September 23, 2003)
  • "I Love Lucy - Season 1" (9 Volumes in box set, released September 23, 2003)
  • "I Love Lucy - 50th Anniversary Special" (1 disc, released October 1, 2002)

The DVD releases feature the syndicated heart opening, and offer the original broadcast openings as bonus features. Season 6 allows viewers to choose whether to watch the episodes with the original opening or the syndicated opening. The TV Land openings are not on these DVDs.


Initially, the first season was offered in volumes, with four episodes per disc. After the success of releasing seasons 2, 3, and 4 in slimpacks, the first season was re-released as a seven disc set, requiring new discs to be mastered and printed to include more episodes per disc so there would be fewer discs in the set. The individual volume discs for the first season are still in print, but are rare due to lack of shelf space.


Episodes feature English closed-captioning, but only Spanish subtitles.


Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "TV Guide Names Top 50 Shows", CBS News, 2002-04-26. Retrieved on 2007-10-06. 
  2. ^ a b The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME. Time magazine. Retrieved on 2007-09-09.
  3. ^ The List >> TV's Top Reruns. Washington Post newspaper (July 17, 2007).
  4. ^ a b "Lucy Raises Tulips (Ricardo Alberto Fernando Ricardo y de Acha in Hollywood Anniversary)". I Love Lucy. CBS. 1957-04-29. No. 26, season 6.
  5. ^ 10 turning points for television. USA Today. Retrieved on 2008-01-13.
  6. ^ "Birth of a Memo", Time magazine, 1953-01-26. Retrieved on 2008-01-16. 
  7. ^ "Lucy and Harpo Marx". I Love Lucy. CBS. 1955-05-09. No. 27, season 4.
  8. ^ The Top 100 Moments In Television. Entertainment Weekly (February 19, 1999). Retrieved on 2007-11-27.
  9. ^ Ask Matt. TV Guide (April 22, 2005). Retrieved on 2008-01-20.

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References

  • Joe Garner, Stay Tuned: Television's Unforgettable Moments (Andrews McMeel Publishing; 2002) ISBN 0-7407-2693-5
  • Bart Andrews, The 'I Love Lucy' Book (Doubleday & Company, Inc.; 1976)
  • Coyne Steven Sanders & Tom Gilbert, Desilu: The Story of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz (William Morrow & Company, Inc.; 1993)
  • Michael McClay, "I Love Lucy: The Complete Picture History of the Most Popular TV Show Ever" (Kensington Publishing Corp., 1995)
  • In the popular Nickolodeon sitcom The Fairly Odd Parents, while Cosmo and Wanda are inside the television spoofing various shows, they spoof this show as well as others.

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