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“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???

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4 Remarks

  1. My favorite episode is the one with William Holden. (“The California sun certainly makes your skin soft!”)You said it perfectly, Greg, when you noted that “I Love Lucy” has made our lives happier. Lucy never fails to bring a smile to my face, no matter what mood I’m in.

  2. Those were “Hostess Pants” that Lucy got for Ethel! My favorite episode is “The Operetta” which I just found out was Lucy’s 2nd after the pregnancy announcement!!

  3. I liked the Martian episode which is also the one where classmate Cynthia Harcourt visited asking for charity money (“Luuucy, dahling, I’d hate to print your name in the book and put a zero ahfter it” lol

  4. One of the best and funniest scenes was when Lucy and Ethel were trying to get money as ‘Lady’s Overseas Aid’ and the FBI was on their case about fraud…when the sponsor of the raffle found an actual representative for the real group, and Lucy saw their way Out of trouble, she told Ethel to ‘give her the money.’ Ethel, not knowing what was going on, was puzzled, looked sheepishly at the old woman, and back to Lucy and said, ”give her the money? Is she going With us?’
    Just priceless!

    Loving Lucy and Ethel!


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