The wife of a band leader constantly tries to become a star - in spite of her having no talent, and gets herself (along with her best friend) into the funniest predicaments.
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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Lucille Ball ...  Lucy Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Desi Arnaz ...  Ricky Ricardo 181 episodes, 1951-1957
Vivian Vance ...  Ethel Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
William Frawley ...  Fred Mertz 180 episodes, 1951-1957
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Storyline

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 Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Comedy | Family

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Trivia

The final episode of the series, " The Ricardos dedicate a statue", was aired on May 6th 1957. The episode does not contain any sort of conclusion or wrap-up to the series as it wasn't known at the time of filming that it would be the last. CBS made the decision to end half-hour episodes and transition the series into the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" which lasted thirteen episodes and was a completely different venture from I Love Lucy. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Lucy Ricardo: How would you feel if Fred was smoldering with jealousy?
Ethel Mertz: Fred wouldn't smolder if he banged into a blowtorch.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

In reruns of the series, much of the music in the beginning and end of scenes were altered or cut to make way for more commercials. Where possible, many of these musical bridges and cues have been fully restored for the DVD release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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The most popular series in television history
13 February 2003 | by willowgreenSee all my reviews

It is beyond my comprehension how anyone can watch this show and think it isn't funny. Easily the most beloved series in the history of televison, I LOVE LUCY is a timeless milestone classic which will never be equalled. The casting is perfection personified: Ball's attractiveness, grace, vigour & timing are impeccable. Desi was an underrated straight man who was alternately funny himself - and with that inimitable Cuban accent yet. Bill Frawley and Vivian Vance seemed to BE Fred and Ethel Mertz: who else could play these loveable characters so memorably effective as they? Talk about inspired casting! The chemistry between the four is more than amazing: it's phenomenal. Bob Carroll, Jr. & Madelyn Pugh were truly gifted writers and Jess Oppenheimer gave the series its certain elusive magical quality which vanished after he left over issues with Desi. The show was still terrific during the latter part of its run, but after Oppenheimer left and Bob Schiller and Bob Weiskoff were added to write the scripts, the show's predictibility was definitely more pronounced. I think Vivian Vance was a truly underrated performer: her timing, delivery, facial expressions and gestures are joys to watch! Lucy herself - to her credit - acknowledged Vance's brilliant talent. P.S. one of my very favourite Lucy moments is during a scene in the lesser-known THE SAXOPHONE. Ball's timing - when she opens up the coat closet to find a strange man hidden therein - is split second perfection: hilariously funny.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucy in Connecticut See more »

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Desilu Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(179 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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4:3
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