Cast & Characters
- Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo
- Desi Arnaz as Ricky Ricardo
- Vivian Vance as Ethel Mertz
- William Frawley as Fred Mertz
- Richard Keith as Little Ricky Ricardo (1956-1957)
- Jerry Hausner as Jerry , the agent
- Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Mathilda Trumball
- Doris Singleton as Caroline Appleby
- Kathryn Card as Mrs. MacGillicuddy
- Mary Jane Croft as Betty Ramsey (1957)
- Frank Nelson as Ralph Ramsey (1957)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: October 15, 1951
Last Telecast: September 24, 1961
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 9
Number of Episodes: 179
I Love Lucy Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- October 1951- June 1957, CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30pm
- April 1955- October 1955, CBS, Sunday 6:00-6:30pm
- October 1955- April 1956, CBS, Saturday 6:30-7:00pm
- September 1957- May 1958, CBS, Wednesday 7:30-8:00pm
- July 1958- September 1958, CBS, Monday 9:00-9:30pm
- October 1958- May 1959, CBS, Thursday 7:30-8:00pm
- July 1959- September 1959, CBS, Friday 8:30-9:00pm
- September 1961, CBS, Sunday 6:30-7:00pm
Theme Song & Opening Credits
Theme by Harold Adamson and Elliot Daniel
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I Love Lucy TriviaThe "valentine" opening credits seen in syndication were *not* the original opening credits. When the series originally aired on CBS, the credits featured animated stick figures of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz along with the sponsor's product - Phillip Morris cigarettes, for instance. The "valentine" credits were added when CBS began rerunning the series in 1958.
This was one of the first TV shows to be filmed in Hollywood, at a time when many shows were done live in New York. It pioneered the use of three cameras simultaneously, and the results were high-quality prints of a classic comedy series preserved for future TV audiences.
When Lucy was pregnant with Little Ricky, network censors wouldn't permit her to say "pregnant." She had to say "expecting."
The Ricardos' address was 623 E. 68th Street. However, E. 68th Street in Manhattan only goes up to 600 - which means that the Ricardos' building was in the middle of the East River.
In the episodes when the Ricardos and the Mertzes are in Hollywood, the backdrop of Hollywood outside of the Ricardo's hotel suite replicates the view as it would be have been seen from the top of the stages at the Desilu lot on Cahuenga Boulevard (now Ren-Mar Studios), two blocks to the west of Vine Street where most of the "I Love Lucy" episodes were shot. Most of the landmarks at Hollywood and Vine that are on the backdrop (except for the Brown Derby Restaurant, which was demolished in the 1980's) may still be seen at that location today, over fifty years later. The Capitol Records Building was under construction when these episodes were being filmed and is not seen on the backdrop. The "Beverly Palms Hotel" was a fictional hotel, but its interior and exterior set designs combined elements of the Hollywood Plaza Hotel, the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and the Bevery Hills Hotel.
During the course of living in their New York apartment the Ricardo's had three different telephone numbers. The first was MUrray-hill 5-9975, the second was CIrcle-7-2099, and the third was MUrray-hill 5-9099. In actuality these numbers were unused telephone numbers of the New York Bell Telephone Company. When the numbers were entered in to service the Bell company would advice the shows producers and give them a new number to use. Murray Hill and Circle were also actual call names used in Manhattan at the time.
Although they slept in twin beds throughout the entire run of the series, during the first two seasons of the show, 1951-1953, Ricky and Lucy slept in twin beds that were pushed together in the same box spring. Once little Ricky was born CBS suggested that the beds be pushed apart to diminish the impact of the suggested sexual history of Lucy and Ricky. The only time we see the Ricardo's in two bed pushed together again is when they first move to the bigger apartment in the Mertz building, however, subsequently after that the beds are pushed apart again.