Up 49 this week

I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

TV Series  |  TV-G  |   |  Comedy, Family
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.5/10 from 14,879 users  
Reviews: 89 user | 41 critic

A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations.

Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

Free at IMDb





6   5   4   3   2   1  
1957   1956   1955   1954   1953   1952   … See all »
Top Rated TV #182 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Gilligan's Island (1964–1967)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seven men and women are stranded on an uncharted island following a torrential storm.

Stars: Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. Lucy is still getting into trouble with her sidekick Ethel, ... See full summary »

Stars: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance
The Brady Bunch (1969–1974)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The misadventures of a large family united when two widowed people married.

Stars: Robert Reed, Florence Henderson, Ann B. Davis
The Beverly Hillbillies (1962–1971)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

Stars: Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas, Irene Ryan
The Andy Griffith Show (1960–1968)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Ron Howard, Don Knotts
The Honeymooners (1955–1956)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

A bus driver and his sewer worker friend struggle to strike it rich while their wives look on with weary patience.

Stars: Jackie Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows
Bewitched (1964–1972)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A witch married to an ordinary man cannot resist using her magic powers to solve the problems her family faces.

Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Dick York, Dick Sargent
The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

The misadventures of a TV writer both at work and at home.

Stars: Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie
Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963)
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The misadventures of a suburban boy, family and friends.

Stars: Jerry Mathers, Hugh Beaumont, Barbara Billingsley
I Dream of Jeannie (1965–1970)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A United States astronaut finds his life vastly complicated when he stumbles on to a bottle containing a female genie.

Stars: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, Bill Daily
The Munsters (1964–1966)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A family of friendly monsters have misadventures never quite realising why people react to them so strangely.

Stars: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo
Happy Days (1974–1984)
Comedy | Family | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Cunningham family live through the 1950s with help and guidance from the lovable and almost superhuman greaser, Fonzie.

Stars: Ron Howard, Henry Winkler, Marion Ross


Complete series cast summary:
 Lucy Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
 Ricky Ricardo (181 episodes, 1951-1957)
 Ethel Mertz (180 episodes, 1951-1957)
 Fred Mertz (179 episodes, 1951-1957)


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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family


TV-G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:






Release Date:

15 October 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lucy  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(179 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

See  »

Did You Know?


In I Love Lucy: Lucy Goes to the Hospital (1953) when she successfully bore their son, (Desi Arnaz Jr., in reality, on Monday January 19th, 1953) & "Little Ricky Ricardo" to CBS TV audiences. Numerous televisions, nationwide was set to watch as their parenthood occurred! Talk about life imitating art. This was also a true fact of life, that really occurred, parenthood of the mother and the father of their newest offspring. See more »


For an entire season, the closing credits list Wilbur Hatch conducting the "Dezi" Arnaz orchestra. He spelled it Desi Arnaz. See more »


Ricky Ricardo: This whole thing is my fault. Something I said that started this whole mess.
Lucy Ricardo: What's that?
Ricky Ricardo: "I do."
See more »

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 »


Referenced in Veronica Mars: Cheatty Cheatty Bang Bang (2005) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

What more can one say?
16 October 2004 | by (Phx. Arizona ("Arizona Smells Funny"!- Homer Simpson)) – See all my reviews

Decades after the ultimate popularity of the series,what more is there tosay about "Lucy"?

This show was one of,if not the very first,well put together sitcoms in TV history. The show is the original blueprint for what most sitcoms in the future would later become. There's really no bad episodes of this show and that's due not just to Lucille Ball but to Desi,Vivian and William as well!

It's the original re-run that launched the idea of syndicated re-runs for constant replay on local station and then on Nick At Nite & TV Land. Although some references on the show might make younger viewers scratch their heads,the comedy and stories are pretty timeless.

One of the best things about the Lucy character for me is not just her hilarious attempts at getting into Ricky's act but the way she,a woman of the 1950s,stands up for herself as a woman. I also like when the stories get sentimental when focusing on either their anniversary,the birth of the baby.

I especially like the scene in the Hollywood show,where Lucy's been offered a studio contract and she's been guilt tripped by Rick & the Mertzes about the fact she'd have to stay in Hollywood while they went back home to New York.

Imagining her career and then the sadder parts of being away from her family all come out in wonderful facial & body expression. Which demonstrated that she's not just a comedian,she was also an actress. (I hated that she gave up that once in a lifetime chance though.)

One last little thing to note,in the episodes where the Ricardos & Mertzes move to Connecticut,there is a Grandfather clock by the front door of Lucy & Ricky's home. I've noticed that this clock never says any other time but 12! In one show Ricky comes home from work at what should be evening but,of course,the clock still says 12. I never noticed that until the other day! Oh well,no sitcom is perfect! (End)

20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Favorite 'Ethel Wins' moment pontipy
Been watching this show all my life eatasnickers
Totally random, out-of-character moments? Twilight33
Your favorite "Ricky is shocked" reactions? Twilight33
I was wondering.... jennygerms21-226-534587
Favorite moments of Fred and Ethel together? Twilight33
Discuss I Love Lucy (1951) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page