Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead, she constantly tries to perform at his club, the Tropicana, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlord and best friends, Fred and Ethel Mertz.Written by
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Lucille Ball co-starred with Talula Bankhead in the "Celebrity Next Door" episode of the Lucy/Desi Comedy Hour, as well as with Vincent Price in the "Lucy Cuts Vincent Price" episode of Here's Lucy, as well as with Ida Lupino in "Lucy's Summer Vacation" episode of the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour; as well as with Ethyl Merman on the Lucy Show's "Lucy Teaches Ethyl Merman to Sing." All of these actors were also villains on Batman (1966) as well. See more »
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 »
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 »
The famous opening credit sequence, where the names appear over a heart, was not a part of the original series run. Originally, various cartoons related to the show and the show's sponsor were used. The version everyone knows today was created for syndication. TV Land "restored" the original opening for its broadcasts. However, the references to the sponsor were replaced with a TV Land logo; as such these openings have only been seen on telecasts on said network, and by the early-2010s, TV Land started reinstating the "heart" credits on its reruns. See more »
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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