Watch The Best Of I Love Lucy

"I Love Lucy" was based upon the love life of Lucille Ball and her Cuban husband, Desi Arnaz. The supporting cast of Vivian Vance and William Frawley help to complete the feeling of big-city middle class living in the mid 20th century. Lucy’s role is that of a housewife. Desi is a singer who plays nights in local clubs, singing for a Cuban band. Lucy believes she is destined to be more than a devoted wife and works with her friend, played by Vivian Vance, to sneak into Desi’s show on occasion.

William Frawley’s character, Fred Mertz, works hard to keep Lucy and Ethel’s (Vance) feet on the ground while trying to be a good friend to Ricky (played by Arnaz). The women, characterized in a stereotypical way, behaved like dizzy housewives. The men are understanding most of the time. Arnaz and Frawley also show a level of impatience with their spouses not sticking to their gender roles.

During the airing of the show, Ricky and Lucy go on adventures across Europe and the United States with comical results. Their travels always include the Mertz couple so the men can do masculine activities while the women are left to their own humorous devices.

CBS
5 Seasons, 102 Episodes
November 5, 1951
Classic TV, Comedy
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The Best Of I Love Lucy Full Episode Guide

  • Lucy accidentally destroys a commissioned statue and must impersonate it for the unveiling ceremony.

  • Lucy tries to win "Best Looking Garden" but her neighbor's garden and a power mower stand in her way.

  • Lucy leads a glamour revolt among the suburban housewives when their husbands are momentarily overwhelmed by a pretty visitor at a country club dance.

  • Lucy loses her wedding ring and think it's in the newly constructed brick barbecue.

  • Lucy becomes jealous of the fast friendship between Ethel and her neighbor Betty Ramsey.

  • Five hundred chicks, part of Lucy's latest moneymaking scheme, have taken over the house!

  • A misunderstanding with their new neighbors makes life very uncomfortable for the Ricardos.

  • Missing each other after the Ricardos move to the country, the Mertzes and Ricardos decide to surprise the other couple with a visit.

  • The Ricardos must move into the cramped apartment of the Mertzes before taking possession of their new country home.

  • Lucy wants to move to the country but dreads leaving the Mertzes.

  • Little Ricky's noisy new puppy keeps the neighbors up at night.

  • Ricky's disapproval of Lucy's new hat leads her to try a trophy cup on for size.

  • To keep their husbands from judging a beauty contest, Lucy and Ethel scheme to have their pleasure boat run out of gas at sea so the guys miss the pageant.

  • The misadventures of the Ricardos and the Mertzes take them deep sea fishing, and their lines get tangled.

  • When Lucy misplaces her train tickets, she and Ethel must share a drive to Florida with a woman they fear is a murderess.

  • Lucy tries to reunite a Venetian gondolier with his brother, who lives in America.

  • Little Ricky's constant playing of his new drums is causing friction with the Mertzes.

  • On the flight home from Europe, Lucy disguises a 30-pound hunk of cheese as a baby in order to avoid an extra baggage charge.

  • Lucy's accidental windfall at the casino starts trouble between the Mertzes and the Ricardos.

  • Lucy soaks up plenty of local color when she tramples grapes to get into the mood for a role in an Italian movie.

  • The Ricardos and the Mertzes become snowbound in the Swiss Apls.

  • The guys want to teach their wives a lesson in Paris fashion.

  • Lucy wants to discover an unknown talent in Paris but she winds up meeting a con artist instead.

  • Lucy dreams of visiting the Scottish village of her ancestors but it becomes a nightmare involving a two-headed dragon.

  • Lucy goes on her first fox hunt in order to keep an eye on Ricky and a beautiful actress.

  • Lucy schemes to get Ricky away from his band duties aboard the ship so that they can spend some romantic time alone.

  • Fred's seasickness may spoil the trip to Europe.

  • Because Lucy can't produce her birth certificate, which she needs to get a passport for the upcoming trip Europe, she must somehow prove she was born.

  • Lucy must find a way to break some rules in order to be with Little Ricky for his overnight hospital stay.

  • Everyone treats Ricky like a big celebrity upon his return from Hollywood.

  • There's a jewel thief on the train they're taking cross-country and Lucy intends to catch him.

  • Ricky sells his car, and the Mertzes think they are being stranded in California.

  • Lucy may be arrested for stealing John Wayne's cement footprints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

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