“I Love Lucy” Friday: Happy 60th Anniversary to this singular show that has made our lives happier
“Speeeeeed it up a little!”
The line is still hilarious and so is this great, great show – the best sitcom ever.
I Love Lucy had its premiere 60 years ago tomorrow. Who knew then that this sitcom about zany red-headed housewife Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball), her bandleader Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and their best friends and neighbors Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance) would just go on and on and on?
Everyone has a favorite episode whether it be the chocolate factory, the grape stomping in Italy, Vitamitavegamin, the Hollywood episodes, Lucy doing the tango when her blouse was filled with eggs, Lucy having the baby and on and on.
Some of my favorites are Aunt Martha’s Old Fashioned Salad Dressing, when Lucy and Ethel hitched a ride to Florida with Elsa Lanchester (“I love buttered grass!), when the girls went to charm school (“I’m not wearing powder”), when Lucy was afraid of her mean maid Mrs. Porter, when Lucy danced with Van Johnson, when Lucy got jealous of Ethel and Betty’s friendship, when the Ricardos and Mertzes bought a diner, and, of course, when Lucy and Ethel had a big fight over Ethel’s birthday present (cocktail pants to wear to smart dinner parties).
Oh! And let’s not forget The Operetta! (“MY song!”)
I’ll have more tomorrow – on the actual anniversary – but would love to hear from some of you. What are your favorite episodes???