Widely considered one of the greatest, if not the greatest, show in television history, I Love Lucy signaled the ascendance of the prime time TV era.
The brainchild of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, I Love Lucy revolutionized the television industry with its extensive use of a live audience and the employment of multiple camera angles. The result of true comic genius, the show’s ability to entertain is just as relevant today as it was fifty years ago.
Real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz play the prominent roles of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, a married couple living in a New York apartment complex. Ricky is a Cuban-born bandleader who wows night clubs with his act, while Lucy is a homemaker.
Lucy and Ricky’s best friends are landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz who often become intertwined in Lucy’s get-rich-quick schemes, screwball ideas, and comic shenanigans.
Former masters of the stage, the cast comes across as a likeable bunch, with Lucille Ball stealing the show with her goofy antics and brilliant facial contortions. If ever there were a television classic, then I Love Lucy is it.
The I Love Lucy DVD offers a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere “The Girls Want To Go To The Nightclub” in which Ethel seeks to celebrate her 18th Anniversary with a trip to the Copacabana, while Fred wants to go to the fights.
When it’s agreed that the girls will go to the club while the boys go to the fight, Fred and Ricky decide to spy on the girls so they call up a friend to get some dates for the club.
But Lucy and Ethel have already talked to the same friend, and they decide to pose as Fred and Ricky’s dates.
Other notable episodes from Season 1 include “The Quiz Show” in which Lucy seeks to make some extra money by pulling off a fake stunt, and “Drafted” in which Lucy and Ethel mistakenly believe that Ricky and Fred have been drafted into the Army.
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