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I Love Lucy Book

I Love Lucy Book


Running from 1951 to 1957 and in syndication for more than fifty years, I Love Lucy has a permanent place in the hearts of American television-watchers and has reached multiple generations of viewers. Based on the humorous antics of a New York City housewife, her Cuban bandleader husband, and their landlord best friends, I Love Lucy was not only wildly popular but also groundbreaking for its filming techniques, for its use of a live audience, and for being the first television show to air reruns.


•The beginnings of the show as well as what made it so popular and why modern sitcoms still base their shows on Lucy’s format

•I Love Lucy’s main characters, the Ricardos and the Mertzes, best friends and neighbors known to get themselves into amusing predicaments

•Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz—their real-life romance and individual careers

•How the show was the first to use a three-camera setup and one of the first to be produced on film

•Big-name guest stars, including John Wayne, Rock Hudson, and Harpo Marx

•A list of the show’s top ten favorite episodes.

Author Ben Nussbaum

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