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I love Lucy history began in the evening of the 15 October 1951 when the
USA was treated to the first episode of a television situation comedy
that was to run for 179 episodes and establish the series as a perpetual
favorite. On paper the "I love Lucy" show was just a story of a marriage
but what a marriage, what a wife?
1950's television was awash with programmers about family and marriage
and critics may have been ready to rubbish the show but from the very
first showing it was a huge success and before long 40,000,000 viewers
were tuning in regularly. The shows phenomenal success was largely due to
the casting of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez a real husband and wife team
as the lead characters and to the team of creative writers who created
the story lines which were usually wildly absurd yet still managed a type
of hilarious reality.
The show was of its time and in it can be seen the issues and
contradictions affecting lives of many Americans women at that time.
Looking back at the "I love Lucy" history allows us to see the struggle
for change as it was happening. Underneath the cover of the crazy antics
and the quirky humour of the very attractive red headed Lucille Ball
there could be detected a story line, which continued through the
episodes and struck a cord with women. This is contradiction of a woman's
traditional role of homemaker wife and mother and the need to be
recognised as intelligent, decision-making individuals in their own
right. To escape from the traditional restrictions of domesticity and to
move out from the confinements of home, family and financial dependence,
to have a life in which they could make choices.
These issues were very real to women in the post war 1950's and were
clearly reflected in Lucy's continuous rebelliousness to become part of
her husband's world. The I love Lucy history is not really a history at
all. Because ever since the first showing the show has not been off the
air. Somewhere in the world, as you read this, another generation is
learning to love the crazy behaviour of this team. Even though the
situations and the humor may not be clear to the new audiences and the
clothes and sets are of another era. The humor still works and the show,
which is way past its golden anniversary, has a timelessness and
innocence which is a quality lost in much of today's viewing.
So as re-runs of the show continue, history continues to repeat itself
and the characters have taken on lives away from the sitcom screen. So
the "I love Lucy" actors and their real lives have become a source of
interest. If you are real fans you can increase your knowledge of I love
Lucy history by visiting Lucille Balls hometown and experiencing the
unique places that commemorate the series such as the Lucy-Desi Museum,
the Lucy-Desi Center Gift Shop, and the Desilu Playhouse. Then to
complete your visit, don't miss the "I Love Lucy" wall murals in downtown
Jamestown.
Wendy Pan is an accomplished niche website developer and author.
To learn more about i love Lucy, please visit Classic TV Shows Online for
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