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I Love Lucy 

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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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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lucille Ball ...  Lucy Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Desi Arnaz ...  Ricky Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Vivian Vance ...  Ethel Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
William Frawley ...  Fred Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

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1951 (USA) See more »

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Lucy in Connecticut See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(179 episodes)

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Mono

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4:3
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Trivia

The Mertzes, Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) were absent from only a few episodes, all in Season 1 (1951-1952). Neither Fred nor Ethel appeared in I Love Lucy: Pilot (1951), I Love Lucy: Lucy Plays Cupid (1952) and I Love Lucy: The Young Fans (1952). Ethel appeared without Fred in I Love Lucy: The Quiz Show (1951) and I Love Lucy: Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer (1951). Fred appeared without Ethel in I Love Lucy: The Audition (1951) and I Love Lucy: Lucy Does a TV Commercial (1952). See more »

Goofs

When the Ricardos are moving to the country, Lucy is standing for the last time in the apartment and talks about how she will miss the place since they lived in that apartment for 15 years. However they had only lived there for 4 years. Prior to that they were in the other apartment in the same building. See more »

Quotes

Lucy Ricardo: I made a funny?
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Many scenes or parts of scenes are cut from the episodes for syndication, to make room for the much larger number of commercials present today. 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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Fifty years later and still one of the best
27 August 2002 | by fanofhimSee all my reviews

First of all, just about every aspect of this show's premise was implausible: that Lucy and Ricky would even be married to each other and that they would be best friends with the much older Mertzes. (Although William Frawley was 64 when the show started, Vivian Vance was 42, close to Lucille Ball's age, but Ethel was supposed to be much older). Anyway, the show worked in spite of, or maybe even because of this.

Almost every episode was good, except for some weak ones during the first season. And even though the show is over 50 years old, it doesn't seem dated like other old shows. It's still fresh and entertaining, even after repeated viewings.

There are many well-known stories that have to do with Lucille Ball's vanity. She didn't want Ethel to wear nice clothes, so as not to overshadow Lucy. Vivian Vance's wardrobe was purchased off-the-rack in department stores, and Lucille Ball's was designed especially for her. And then there's the rumor that Vivian Vance was contractually obligated to be at least 25 pounds heavier than Lucille Ball. When Vivian Vance returned from summer hiatus one season having lost weight, Lucille Ball said, "You're looking a little too good there, Viv, we're going to have to fatten you up real quick."

Not enough credit goes to the underrated Desi Arnaz. He was a brilliant, talented, and very, very funny man, but not in the same exaggerated over-the-top style of Lucille Ball. His facial expressions are priceless, especially when his eyes literally pop out of his head. It's too bad that he was overshadowed by his more famous wife. Even his daughter, Lucie Arnaz has been known to say that "my mother gets all the credit, but my father was the brains behind the show."


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