There are so many great TV shows on our TVs, laptops, smart phones, etc.,right now. Some we all know and love, like Breaking Bad, Orange Is the New Black, House of Cards, Scandal, and the list goes on, but some may have gone unnoticed or were before our time so we may have missed them. So, today I thought that I will make every Tuesday, a day where I recommend some great TV to binge on (isn’t that what we are all doing – we can no longer stop at one show – it’s always just one more, and then before we know it’s a day in the office looking bleary eyed!)
Today’s TV classic, is in honour of the great Lucille Ball (she was born on this day 102 years ago!).
If you haven’t seen it, get your hands on the I Love Lucy (1951 – 57) box set.
The show is about Lucy and Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz), a husband and wife who are trying to make it big in the world of showbiz but Lucy always seems to find herself in some sticky situation – and more often than not, gets their neighbours and best friends, Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Fred (William Frawley), involved.
I Love Lucy is still as funny today as it was back in the 50s, when it was first aired. It’s witty, silly, and laugh out loud funny.
I Love Lucy was the first show to record in front of a live audience, to use the 3 camera filming set up still used by sitcoms today, and to go into syndication!
Also, in heading up DesiLu productions – Lucille became the first woman ever to own a studio!
Here are some iconic clips:
Lucille Ball talks about some of her experiences on the show
Watch Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance reunite on The Dinah Shore Show (1975)
So do yourself a favour, check out or rediscover the hilarity that is I Love Lucy. By the end of one episode you will love Lucy, Ethel, Desi and Fred, and want more!
If you do want more after you’ve made it through all of the box set, then also check out Lucille Ball’s Here’s Lucy (1968 – 1972). While there’s no Desi, (he was replaced by Gale Gordon who played Lucy’s brother-in-law and boss, Harrison Carton) Lucy and Ethel re-team and are joined by Lucy’s (actual) grown up kids. There are also lots of guest appearances by huge Hollywood stars, including Liberace, Joan Rivers, Ginger Rogers, Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor and lots more! But, most importantly, there’s still a load of laughs!