I’ve loved Lucy as long as I can remember. It’s classic, timeless television. Here are 10 reasons why I Love Lucy:
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1. Happy memories from childhood
I loved watching I Love Lucy even as a child. Back in those days, we had one television and it was in the living room. There was no such thing as each person in the family watching something different on their own televisions. We all watched the same program. There weren’t that many channels, though, so it wasn’t as difficult to decide who got to choose as you might imagine. Laughing together as a family is always a good thing.
2. Big city apartment life
I grew up in the sparsely populated outskirts of a small town in the California desert. We lived in a 3 bedroom ranch house on a dirt road. It was about as far from big city living as you could get. As a child I was fascinated by the notion of apartment living and thought it was so cool that Lucy and Ethel could pop in to one another’s homes without getting in a car and driving somewhere.
3. Lucy and Ethel’s friendship
Their relationship certainly had it’s ups and downs but when all was said and done, Lucy and Ethel’s friendship remained rock solid.
4. Simple home
Ricky and Lucy’s apartment was small, uncluttered and simply furnished. No one would ever accuse my parents of being minimalists so the Ricardo apartment was a revelation. Having company for dinner but no dining room? Just set up a card table in the living room. I loved the scenes of Lucy cleaning. It was a lot less time consuming than cleaning the home I grew up in. Well, most of the time.
Even though the Ricardo apartment was simple, there was still an element of glamour to their life at home. Ricky in his smoking jacket and Lucy in split-front hostess gowns over pants were a far cry from what many of us consider at-home wear these days. Personally I’d like to see a return to a bit more attractive style at home. I’ve written about bringing back the house dress. Perhaps I should add a few hostess gowns to my wardrobe. And do you suppose I could talk David into wearing a smoking jacket?
6. 1950s lifestyle
Everything from fashion to gender roles of the time were prominently on display in I Love Lucy. If, like me, you have a keen interest in the 1950s, you can get a great overview of the era by watching this series. Yet at the same time, Lucy pushed the boundaries of the stereotypical 1950s housewife.
7. Madcap adventures
One thing you could count on with Lucy is that she was going to find trouble of one sort or another.
8. Little Ricky
The addition of a baby added an entirely different dimension to the show and captured America’s heart. The episode “Lucy Goes to the Hospital” was watched in 71.9% of American homes with televisions.
9. Vacation episodes
California, Sun Valley, Hawaii, Florida, Cuba, Europe…
Some of the best episodes involve travel.
10. Lucille Ball’s comedic genius
Lucille Ball’s facial expressions, physical comedy and timing are legendary.
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