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 250 TV #180 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Lucy is back again in this one hour sequel to I Love Lucy. Lucy and her husband, Ricky Ricardo, are living in the country with their best friends and old landlords, Fred and Ethel Mertz. ... 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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William Frawley and Vivian Vance in reality, deeply hated each other. On the show, displays of affection were forced to be. The main reason that the series lasted for six seasons, was the cash bonus each one received, immediately, as both signed their name, to an additional CBS contract. See more »


The Ricardos are said to live in an apartment at 623 East 68th Street, which in real life would be located in the East River. See more »


[while watching Lucy and Ricky kiss]
Ethel Mertz: Isn't that sweet? Just like two lovebirds.
Fred Mertz: What are you, a bird watcher?
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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 Nostalgia Critic: Bebe's Kids (2010) See more »


Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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"Lucy" is timeless classic comedy
21 January 2007 | by (San Francisco) – See all my reviews

"I Love Lucy" is one of my faves guaranteed to elicit a constant belly laugh from me. Great way to start any day! Ball's comic timing in her scenes has NEVER been surpassed. Since I was born in 1945 this is also somewhat of an opportunity to see what life in America was like when I was a mischievous child. Today, of course, we know more than we want to about the real-life personality conflicts behind the scenes and Desi's constant insensitivity toward Lucille. Ms Ball was a great role model for young ladies, esp. in the industry, because of her managerial/financial/directorial brilliance. I don't think that the later "Lucy" sitcoms were even as good as the "I love Lucy" series.

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