Tue, 05/29/2007

50 Years Ago: "I Love Lucy" Ended Its Run

From 1951-57, I Love Lucy was a popular and critical hit. It was the #1 rated network show during most of its run and won Emmys for Best Sitcom and Acting Awards for Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance.

Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz continued the Lucy format in a series of hour-long specials in the late 1950s, but the weekly production ceased with the airing, on May 6, 1957, of episode #180, "The Ricardos Dedicate A Statue."

The Archive of American Television interviewed several significant talents behind the series. Many of these interviews are currently available online, as follows:

Dann Cahn: editor
Bob Carroll & Madelyn Pugh Davis: writers
Barbara Eden: guest star
Jay Sandrich: assistant director
Bob Schiller & Bob Weiskopf: writers
Doris Singleton: recurring character "Carolyn Appleby"

Everyone has a favorite "I Love Lucy" episode. What is yours?
Is it one of the following classic shows?

"Lucy Does A TV Commercial"
"Job Switching"
"L. A. at Last"
"Harpo Marx"
"Lucy's Italian Movie"
"Lucy Does the Tango"

Voice your opinion by clicking on "comments" below.