October 15, 2017 all-day

Oct 15, 1951. The enormously popular sitcom, I Love Lucy was TVs first smash hit, and starred the real-life husband-and-wife team of Cuban actor/ bandleader Desi Arnaz and talented redheaded actress/ comedienne Lucille Ball. They played Ricky and Lucy Ricardo, a New York bandleader and his aspiring actress/ homemaker wife who was always scheming to get on stage. Costarring were William Frawley and Vivian Vance as Fred and Ethel Mertz, the Ricardos landlords and good friends, who participated in the escapades and dealt with the consequences of Lucys often well-intentioned plans. Famous actors guest-starred on the show, including Harpo Marx, RockHudson, William Holden, Hedda Hopper and John Wayne. This was the first sitcom to be filmed live before a studio audience, and it did extremely well in the ratings both the first time around and in reruns. The last telecast ran Sept 24, 1961.

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