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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 »

Company Credits

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

My Little Margie (1952) was I Love Lucy (1951)s "summer replacement" on CBS during 1952, because the reruns were not yet invented. See more »

Goofs

While Lucy is somewhat consistent in her lack of talent, Ethel at various times is shown to be excellent on the piano, as well as, having a very basic playing ability. In one episode, she plays 'Sweet Sue' and other songs while the group sings, but in various episodes where Lucy is trying to form a band, she is hopelessly inept on the instrument. See more »

Quotes

Ethel Mertz: I refuse to go anywhere with someone who thinks I am a hippopotamus.
Ricky Ricardo: Lucy, is this true?
Lucy Ricardo: No, I just implied that she was a little hippy... though she has got the biggest potamus I've ever seen.
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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 references to the sponsor, Philip Morris, were cut from the original negatives of episodes circa 1956. The DVD releases attempt to restore as many of these as possible using whatever source material exists. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Warehouse 13: Elements (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont
Performed by Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley
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I remember the show that was on before it
26 October 2003 | by TC-4See all my reviews

When I was a child of 9 I remember my parents watching the Horace Heidt musical show on Mondays at 9PM. When the show was cancelled the new I Love Lucy started in the fall of 1951. It was very funny and was the talk of everyone. Now over 50 years later I am still watching it in the repeats. Sadly, all the stars have passed on. The one thing that my wife and I notice now that we did not notice before was how cheap Fred and Ethel were. They were really "moochers". They could have donated something to the cost of trips, remodeling etc. One bizzare note is that Horace Heidt and Desi Arnaz both died on the same day.


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