Classic TV – I Love Lucy
TV is a vast subject to ponder. So I want to focus on one piece – “Classic TV” – the hits of the past and what made them great in a series over the coming months.
There are plenty of shows that could appear on a classics list but I am starting with comedy.
Here are some common characteristics of classic TV comedy shows.
- The subject/premise was appealing
- The writing was exceptional
- The cast fit together perfectly
- In a series, the overall framework became familiar to the audience but each episode had something new and unexpected.
I Love Lucy
I Love Lucy, starring Lucille Ball and husband Ricky Ricardo, is a series that had a lot more longevity than The Honeymooners that we looked at in the first post in the Classic TV Series.
I Love Lucy was able to sustain a top-of-the-lineup position throughout most of its run.
Here’s what Wikipedia says about this classic show.
I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted Peabody Award for “recognition of distinguished achievement in television.”I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched only by The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998). The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world, and remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year. …I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012, it was voted the ‘Best TV Show of All Time’ in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.
Another classic clip is the Chocolate Scene. Take a look.
This Classic TV Series featured many, many “Classic” sketches and scenes, many of which can be found on YouTube.
Wikipedia’s article is very comprehensive, covering the personal lives and careers of the principal characters and other information. If you are as fascinated to learn about “the story behind the story” about these stars of Classic TV, as I am, you just have to read these background articles.
Check it all out here.
And, just for fun, check out this link for a page and a half of…
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Earlier Classic TV Series Posts