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I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

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  • Premiered: 
    October 15, 1951
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
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  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Since December 2013, CBS has annually broadcast the I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, a one-hour special featuring colorized classic episodes of this iconic series, including the seldom-seen "Christmas Episode" and one newly colorized episode each year. "Lucy's Italian Movie" (aka "Grape Stomping") was the first companion episode, presented for the first time with vintage-look color on Friday, December 20, 2013 from 8-9pm ET/PT. The following Christmas, CBS presented the newly colorized "Job Switching" (aka "Chocolate Factory") with an encore of the colorized "Christmas Episode" on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 8pm. One year later -- on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 from 8-9pm -- CBS aired the colorized "Christmas Episode" for the third consecutive year with a new companion show: the newly colorized "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" (aka "Vitameatavegamin").

Because of the success of these Christmas specials, CBS debuted a new one-hour special featuring two colorized back-to-back classic episodes -- "L.A. at Last!" and "Lucy and Superman" -- on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 8-9pm on CBS. The two episodes -- like those presented in previous years during Christmas -- were newly colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which they were filmed. Included in the special was material from "L.A. at Last!" that had not been broadcast since the episode first aired on CBS 60 years earlier. Then in 2016, CBS premiered a new one-hour special featuring two colorized back-to-back classic episodes: "Lucy Visits Grauman's" and "Lucy and John Wayne" on Friday, May 20, 2016 from 8-9pm.
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On Friday, December 2, 2016 from 8-9pm ET/PT, CBS celebrated the holidays with the I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL, a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized classic episodes of the series: "The Christmas Episode" and the newly colorized "Lucy Gets in Pictures." Both were colorized with a vintage look, a nod to the 1950s period in which the shows were filmed. The main titles and end credits of the two episodes are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

"The Christmas Episode" finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos' son, Little Ricky (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward. "The Christmas Episode" was first broadcast on CBS in December 1956. The episode was not included in the series' long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Thought to be lost, CBS rediscovered the episode in 1989.

In the newly colorized "Lucy Gets in Pictures," Lucy's lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical's frustrated director (Lou Krugman) decides to make a change. "Lucy Gets in Pictures" was originally broadcast Feb. 21, 1955, and was an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. She restaged the famous headdress scene, again with Krugman, in the 1962 CBS special, "Opening Night," and in 1965 in a slightly modified form, this time with actor Danny Thomas, in her second CBS series, THE LUCY SHOW.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Desilu Productions

Theme Song

  • Disco Lucy - Wilton Place Street Band

Settings

  • Fred & Ethel Mertz - Manhattan, New York USA
  • - Westport, Connecticut USA
  • Ricky & Lucy Ricardo - Manhattan, New York USA
  • Tropicana Club - Manhattan, New York USA

Births, Deaths & Weddings

  • January 19, 1953: Little Ricky is born
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