The Rerun Is Born: October 20, 1952

At the end of the 1951-52 television season, I Love Lucy had skyrocketed to the top of the ratings chart. In just its first season, 39 hilarious episodes were broadcast, each building on an audience that was breaking records. Like almost all other television shows, each broadcast was “watch it or miss it.” Even telefilms were […]

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GREAT TV QUOTE OF THE DAY: I Love Lucy, 1954

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ICONIC COLLECTIBLE: Myth-busting I Love Lucy Comic, January 19, 1953

The “I Love Lucy” comic strip began January 2, 1953 and ended late November, 1954 in newspapers across the country. On the morning of Monday, January 19, 1953, the strip’s subject was the birth of the Ricardo baby, and announced “It’s a BOY!”, about 14 hours BEFORE the famous baby episode aired at 9pm. Every […]

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The Baby, December 8, 1952 – January 18, 1953

This I Love Lucy story arc is the pinnacle of the television event for entertainment. As Christmas, 1952 approached, TV’s top show was enjoying record-breaking ratings and enormous publicity. American audiences had flipped for Lucy Ricardo’s independent spirit and Lucille Ball’s comic genius. The second season premiere, the famous “candy factory episode” had placed Ball and the […]

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Here’s Lucy, September 14, 1970

After 19 years in television, Lucille Ball could still attract record-breaking audiences and lure top stars to appear on her show. On September 14, 1970, Here’s Lucy kicked off its third season with guest appearances by Hollywood’s royal couple, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The plot revolved around Taylor’s famous diamond ring, and basically implements a re-written […]

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