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I Love Lucy

Year:
Duration:
30 min (179 episodes) | Argentina:30 min
Genres:
Comedy | Family
IMDB rate:
8.6
Awards:
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 25 nominations
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1951-10-15
Filming Locations: General Service Studios - 6625 Romaine Street, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Lucille Ball
Lucy Ricardo
Desi Arnaz
Ricky Ricardo
Vivian Vance
Ethel Mertz
William Frawley
Fred Mertz
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Trivia
Was the very first show to use the 3 camera system.
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The "valentine" opening credits seen in syndication were *not* the original opening credits. When the series originally aired on CBS, the credits featured animated stick figures of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz along with the sponsor's product - Phillip Morris cigarettes, for instance. The "valentine" credits were added when CBS began rerunning the series in 1958.
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Just prior to the premier of "I Love Lucy", Desi Arnaz was a panelist on the long running What's My Line? (1950) alongside Bennett Cerf, Arlene Francis and Dorothy Kilgallen. He was replaced by Fred Allen who reined as a regular panelist until Allen's death in 1956. That spot was then filled by Steve Allen as well as other guest panelists, including Lucille Ball.
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Goofs
The regular tenants in the Mertzes' apartment house are the Mertzes, the Ricardos, Mrs. Trumbull, the Fosters, the Bensons, and there's at least another apartment temporarily rented out to the Johnsons, and other guest characters. Unless the apartment house was expanded into adjacent houses (which is never confirmed or denied), there is no way one brownstone could contain at least six of these middle-class 1-2 bedroom apartments.
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The Ricardos are said to live in an apartment at 623 East 68th Street, which in real life would be located in the East River.
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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.
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Quotes
Ethel Mertz: I refuse to go anywhere with someone who thinks I am a hippopotamus.
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Lucy Ricardo: My mother told me never to talk to strange men... whoever she is.
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Lucy Ricardo: Ethel was just up here and she made me so darn mad.
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Photos from cast
Gertrude Astor