We all loved watching the antics of Lucy and Ethel. And we could all sympathize with their long suffering husbands Ricky and Fred. But did we know
“I Love Lucy” was based on the radio show “My Favorite Husband”
The first choice of Lucy and Desi to play Fred and Ethel Mertz were Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet.
When Desi Arnez heard William Frawley who was being considered for the role of Fred Mertz was a gambler, drunk and womanizer he reportedly said “He’s perfect”
Ethel was Ethel Louise Roberta Mae Potter Mertz and Fred’s full name was Frederick Hobart Mertz
Ethel was from Albuquerque New Mexico and was a former model
Both Fred and Ethel had been in vaudeville
Fred served in World War I and was extremely stingy
Lucy’s maiden name was McGillicuddy Her full name was Lucille Esmeralda McGillicuddy Ricardo
Ricky was Enrique Alberto Ricardo
When upset with Lucy Ricky would tell her she had some “splainin” to do
Keds Surfers were the sneakers worn by Ricky in the show
Lucy had to say expecting and not pregnant when she was pregnant with Little Ricky because the network censors would not allow her to use the “ p” word
Desi Arnez had some of the shows from the first season replayed during Lucy’s pregnancy in order to give her a rest. This was the start of reruns.
After the birth of Little Ricky three “flashback” episodes were shown and these were filmed in advance when Lucy discovered she was pregnant.
In a “flashback” scene Lucy met Ricky in Havana while she was on a vacation cruise with her friends Ethel and Fred Mertz. At the time Ricky he was driving a horse-drawn cab and picking up fares of tourists at the pier
In Manhattan 68th Street only goes to the 500s so the Ricardo address at 623 E. 68th Street would be in the
Many shows at the time were done live in New York and this was one of the first TV shows filmed in Hollywood
It was first to use three cameras at the same time to obtain very high quality prints
The shows original sponsor was Phillip Morris. In the scene “Lucy Does A Commercial” she can be seen dressed as the Phillip Morris icon, Johnny the Bellhop.
“I Love Lucy” was the most watched show in four of its six seasons in the US.
It was the first series to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings
The series ranked second on TV Guide’s list of IV’s greatest shows in 2002
I Love Lucy was listed in Time Magazine in 2007 as one of the 100 Best TV Shows of All-Time
The show won five Emmy Awards
A Disco version of the “I Love Lucy” theme song became a successful single and stayed on the pop charts for seven weeks and on the dance charts for three months
“I Love Lucy” still remains popular with American fans and has millions of viewers each year. It has also been translated into dozens of languages and been syndicated around the world.