A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.
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 Lucy Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Ricky Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Ethel Mertz (180 episodes, 1951-1957)
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 Fred Mertz (180 episodes, 1951-1957)
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Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz. The first major show to be put on film rather than kinescope. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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There were 5 boys that had the role of "Little Ricky Ricardo". In order, they were [1/6] Jerry Hausner [he was just on off-screen crying voice once] in I Love Lucy: No Children Allowed (1953) & it was also the debut of Elizabeth Patterson, as baby sitter, "Mrs. Trumbull". (Patterson was earlier in as a city official, in I Love Lucy: The Marriage License (1952)). [2/6 & 3/6]: Simmons twin brothers, Richard Lee Simmons and Ronald Lee Simmons, were in only 5 times, all in season two. [4/6 & 5/6]: Mayer twin brothers, Joseph A. Mayer and Michael Mayer were in seasons three, four and five. They were "Little Ricky" 31 times, in the 3 seasons, 16 times in season three, 8 times in season four & 7 times in season five. [6/6]: Richard Keith. He was "Little Ricky" in 24 of season six's 27 episodes. The three without him, are I Love Lucy: Visitor from Italy (1956), I Love Lucy: Lucy and the Loving Cup (1957) plus I Love Lucy: Lucy Wants to Move to the Country (1957). Little Ricky's name is listed 64 times in seasons 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6. 12 times Little Ricky Ricardo is uncredited. Three times in season 2. Once in season 3. Five times in season 4. Twice in season 5 & Once in season 6. 3 + 1 + 5 + 2 + 1 = 12.In the "Christmas Show," Kevin Thibodeaux is credited as "Little Ricky." See more »

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The game show host seen multiple times is alternately referred to as Freddy Fillmore and Freddie Fillmore. See more »

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Ethel Mertz: Oh, Lucy, I know you're not going to move, but if you ever do move, don't move.
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Crazy Credits

In the series' finale: I Love Lucy: The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue (1957), "Yankee Doodle Dandy" music is played, as the episode goes to & comes from a commercial break. See more »

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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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The Innovator
20 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

This was the show that truly invented the situation comedy. Lucy was the show that truly put forth a situation each week and built a plot around it. Whether it was switching jobs, breaking into show business or just getting into trouble, Lucy and Ricky were just the couple for this show. I always enjoy watching it whenever its on, especially the episodes from the "Little Ricky" era. This show is a timeless classic that will always span the generations.


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