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I Love Lucy 

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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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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

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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Comedy | Family

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Country:

USA

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lucy in Connecticut See more »

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Production Co:

Desilu Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(179 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

In various episodes, Ethel is referred to as Ethel Roberta, Ethel Louise, and Ethel Mae. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Mertz: Rome wasn't built in a day.
Fred Mertz: Well, Rome wasn't built like you either.
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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

Many scenes or parts of scenes are cut from the episodes for syndication, to make room for the much larger number of commercials present today. See more »

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Featured in CBS Salutes Lucy: The First 25 Years (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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Superb show
14 September 2000 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

The great female comedian Lucille Ball performed Lucy Ricardo who got herself in some strange situations in this comedy show that ran from 1951 to 1957.Desi Arnaz played her husband Ricky and the neighbors Fred and Ethel Mertz were played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance.I Love Lucy may be nearly fifty years old but the humor in it is timeless.It works no matter how old the show was.The actors were great and everything else was also great in this show.Everybody should watch I Love Lucy no matter how old or young you were.


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