“I Love Lucy” is a show from the 1950s that lasted six seasons with an astounding 180 episodes, created by Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Desi Arnaz.
“I Love Lucy” first aired on Oct. 15, 1951 and ended with the episode, “The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue” on May 16, 1957.
The show is about a couple that lived in New York City having to deal with zany and goofy situations on a day-to-day basis. Lucy Ricardo, played by Lucille Ball, is a stay-at-home mom. Her husband, Ricky Ricardo, played by Desi Arnaz, is a famous singer with his own show who moved to the United States from Cuba. Lucy and Ricky live in an apartment building owned by their best friends and older couple, Fred and Ethel Mertz.
In the show, Arnaz is basically the opposite of Ball, as his personality is very serious.
Ethel Mertz, who was played by Vivian Vance, is Lucy and Ricky’s neighbor in the show. Lucy and Ethel were best friends and partners in crime, and the show usually ended up with Ethel getting in trouble with Lucy. Fred Mertz, played by William Frawley, was Ethel’s husband. Fred always tries to keep Lucy and Ethel out of trouble, which sometimes ended up to make things worse.
They also had important guest stars on the show, such as: Desi Arnaz Jr. — Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz’s son —, Sandra Gould from the show “Bewitched”, Jack Albertson — who is the grandfather in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory —, and well-known producer Aaron Spelling.
Ball and Arnaz were married in real life which transferred onto the screen, giving them such great chemistry on set. Ball was an actress, comedian, producer, and model. She made “I Love Lucy” very entertaining with her antics, and especially contagious laugh. Arnaz was an actor, producer, and a musician.
Unfortunately, Lucille had filed a divorce for their real marriage after they had gotten into a big fight, leaving the chemistry on the show in shambles, so the show soon became boring
Despite the loss of chemistry, “I Love Lucy” won six awards — three Primetime Emmys and three Tv Land awards. It has great reviews — a 5/5 on Common Sense Media, an 8.3/10 on IMDb, and 9/10 on TV.com.
While it might be an old show, “I Love Lucy” is important because at the time there weren’t many Cubans represented on television; however, Arnaz was on screen and well-known.
No matter what anyone says, it is a great show and highly recommend for anyone that enjoys comedy television. So if you have time, give “I Love Lucy” a try.
Story written by Anjali Mitchell