Early TV Memories –
I Love Lucy
Issued: August 11, 2009
North Hollywood, CA
“Every week you had to stop and watch ‘I Love Lucy.’ She and Ricky and the Mertzes – Fred and Ethel – were just so funny! Ricky was always hollering at her, “Lucy, you got some ‘splainin’ to do!” Like when she and Ethel got that job making chocolates. It didn’t last long…they’d pop some in their mouths to keep up, but of course they got fired.” – Susie K.
In the 1950s, a red-headed fashion model found fame as a frazzled housewife, and the whole world fell in love with Lucy. She played a housewife frustrated with her limited lifestyle, compared to her show-biz husband. Their misadventures were a smash hit – it was the top-rated show in the early 1950s, with the highest-rated episode being her trip to the hospital to give birth. The couple’s zany television personalities were the opposite of their savvy, real-life business instincts. As a result, this beloved classic still prospers in syndication more than a half century later.