I Love Lucy

 I Love Lucy Network: CBS
Episodes: 180 (half-hour)
Seasons: Six

TV show dates: October 15, 1951 — May 6, 1957
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Joseph A. Mayer, Michael Mayer, Johnny Jacobs, Richard Keith, and Bennett Green.

TV show description:      
One of the most popular shows of all time, this sitcom stars real-life married couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as the Ricardos.

Ricky is a Cuban American singer and bandleader and his zany and ambitious wife Lucy yearns to be part of his nightclub act, despite her obvious lack of talent. That doesn’t stop Lucy from hatching a variety of crazy schemes to get what she wants, often with the help of Fred and Ethyl Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance), the Ricardos’ best friends and landlords.

In later seasons Lucy and Ricky have a son, Little Ricky (Richard Keith). The Ricardos and Mertzes eventually move to Connecticut.

The wacky adventures continued in a series of hour-long specials called The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show.

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  1. Sal Paradise says

    April 1, 1960 was the last broadcast for the cast of the show. The show, the Luci-Desi Comedy Hour, ended the 9-year run of I Love Lucy. The actors all went their own ways, never to reappear again as a cast. Frawley died in 1966, Vance 1979, Arnaz 1986 and Ball in 1989.

    Frawley was with My Three Sons from 1960-1965, Vance with Ball on her post-ILL series, Arnaz was pretty much out of acting excepting a handful of guest roles on shows, such as The Mothers-In-Law (1969). Ball, of course, had 3 shows (The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy and Life with Lucy). The only other principal, Richard Keith (Little Ricky) left acting while still a child, not long after the show ended in 1960.

    Viewers back then never had a chance to see this group acting together again. No where.

    Which is why I feel, strongly, that the Seinfeld cast should get together and do a few ‘bone to crowd’ specials before they, too, start passing on. Then at least the viewers of our generation will have some idea of what happened to our ‘heroes’ as time passes on.

    Hard to believe, just a few weeks ago, that the last Lucy show left regular broadcasts 50 years ago. Seinfeld, itself a big rerun record holder, has been off the air for 12 years next month.

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