Episodes: 180 (half-hour)
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.