Who Loves Lucy?

This blogger loves Lucy!  Really, who doesn’t?  The “I Love Lucy” show is one of the all-time greatest sitcoms making its debut on October 15, 1951.  While it only lasted six seasons, four of those seasons it was the most-watched show in the United States.  Today, we honor the show that has been nominated for 21 Emmy Awards and won five times.

“I Love Lucy” was the first filmed and scripted program performed in front of a live audience.  The cast consisted of Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.  In fact, Lucille Ball only agreed to star in the show if her real-life husband, Desi, was cast in the co-starring role and before the taping of each episode, Desi Arnaz acted as emcee, warming up the crowd and introducing the staff.  These are just some of the interesting facts surrounding this show.  Here are a few more:

  • CBS did not think Americas would buy that Lucy was married to a “foreign” man.
  • Smoking was required on-camera.
  • The longest laugh on the show lasted 65 seconds.
  • Little Ricky and Desi Arnaz Jr. were born on the same day.
  • The “Mertzes” (Vivian Vance and William Frawley) despised one another off-camera.

“I Love Lucy” was never just a title; it was an enterprise.  So much has been written, documented, filmed, and speculated about the show for over 70 years that the legacy will live on and on as long as there are days like today to commemorate it.  So, how can you observe this day?  Here are some suggestions:

  • Watch a documentary or your favorite episodes.
  • Dress up as the iconic comedian and bring some humor to those around you.
  • Share your favorite “I Love Lucy” antics in the comments section or on social media.

Lastly, if you want to learn more about the memorable and timeless enigma that is “I Love Lucy,” then check out these resources:

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