If you have never seen an episode of I love Lucy, you have probably never owned a television. Still broadcast regularly around the world over a half-century after it originally aired, it is without question the most iconic sitcom ever created, and it remains beloved by millions for its wonderful cast and some of the most hilarious moments ever broadcast.
When Lucille Ball was approached by CBS to star in a television show in 1950, she only had one condition – that her Cuban husband be allowed to costar with her. The network refused and, undaunted, Ball and Arnaz proceeded to create the show on their own and offer the pilot to CBS. Sensing a hit, CBS picked up the show and the rest is history.
Debuting in 1951, I Love Lucy followed the comical adventures of a bumbling redhead named Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) and her Cuban bandleader husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz). They rented an apartment in a New York City brownstone from Fred (William Frawley) and Ethel (Vivian Vance) Mertz. Not only were Fred and Ethel their landlords, but also their best friends (most of the time, at least).