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I Love Lucy (1951–1957)

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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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Top Rated TV #182 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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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 »

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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>

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15 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Lucy and Ricky's comic foils were initially going to be Ricky's agent and an out-of-work clown, but the parts were dropped when they did not prove successful in the series' original and hidden pilot episode, I Love Lucy: Pilot (1951) with Pepito Pérez, as their comical clown. Lucille Ball was pregnant with their daughter, Lucie Arnaz while this was filmed. The duplicate, with a different clown and personality named "Buffo", acted by Pat Moran, is in _"I Love Lucy" (1951) {The Audition (#1.6)_. See more »


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


Fred Mertz: Now what are we supposed to do? Thumb a ride on a passing halibut?
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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 »


Referenced in Full House: It's Not My Job (1988) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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A piece of Americana
10 June 2005 | by (Tokyo, Japan) – See all my reviews

Everyone who has already commented has said just about all one can about this extraordinary accomplishment in TV entertainment. I would just like to add this. Some years ago, I saw a comic strip panel that showed the following. We see two gas pumps, one labeled Fred and the other Ethyl. That's it. Evokes a little chuckle. How many shows made the names of their characters so much part of our culture, that 50 years later, a pun like that would be immediately understood by young and old alike? You teenagers out there, do you remember Conklin and Boynton? Or Lily Ruskin and Hilda Crocker? How about Cosmo and Henrietta Topper? Seems to me it is just I Love Lucy and The Honeymooners that have stood the test of time and appealed to all generations. The Bach and Beethoven of TV. Real classics. I am so happy Lucy is finally available on DVD, with plenty of entertaining and fascinating extras.

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