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 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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 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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The writers mirrored the actors' real lives in presenting the character back stories. Lucy Ricardo, like Lucille Ball was born in West Jamestown, New York, (as mentioned by the actor that acted as a doctor that delivered her, in I Love Lucy: The Passports (1955)), she attended Celeron High School, and came to Manhattan as young woman. Ricky Ricardo, like Desi Arnaz, was from Cuba, and both led their own Latin America bands. Ricky and Lucy, like Desi and Lucy, eloped to Connecticut to get married. Ethel Mertz, like Vivian Vance, was from Albuquerque, New Mexico where they got their start in show business by appearing in the Albuquerque Little Theater. Like William Frawley, Fred Mertz was a Mid-Westerner who was raised on a farm and enjoyed a successful run as one of the earlier vaudeville actors. See more »

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Lucy and Ricky swap apartments with a couple downstairs; therefore, in most episodes they are in 3D (and thus on the same floor as the Mertzes), but in some they are in 4A and living upstairs from the Mertzes. See more »

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Lucy Ricardo: [talking to Ethyl about Ricky] He's put his foot down so many times, I feel like I'm married to a cuban centipede.
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Crazy Credits

In some of the episodes, the guest-star's name(s) are voiced over, by conductor, Wilbur Hatch, in the Opening Credits or Closing Credits. 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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I Love Lucy...
12 December 2002 | by (UK) – See all my reviews

Lucille Ball changed television forever when "I Love Lucy" hit the air in 1951. It featured a woman as a main character, which was rare back during that time and age. And the fact that the woman did not listen to her husband often was even more controversial. Everything the show was was rebellious. It was also extremely controversial because her husband was Cuban, and back in the '50's, barely anyone married other races, and if so, the subject was definitely not the premise for a television show.

So, through the ages, I Love Lucy has had a major impact on generations, and has not slipped into culture like many shows, but has been accepted into culture. Not to mention all the Lucy impersonators who have pageants each and every year. But the thing I remember most, is the famous "Eeeooowww!"

5/5 stars --

John Ulmer


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