The sitcom: it is a type of TV show that has firmly shaped many families’ viewing experiences over the course of the last century. Many classic shows such as Friends, Seinfeld, and Cheers have painted a clear picture of people enjoying their everyday lives while also facing extraordinary situations. These shows aim to make us relate to one another through common, and often funny, experiences.
However, it is one of the first sitcoms, I Love Lucy, that revolutionized the way TV would be made forever. The hit show, starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley, was originally a radio play that would eventually transform into the black-and-white series many grew up loving. It first aired on October 15, 1951, and was the most watched TV show in its heyday.
Not only was it one of the most commercially successful shows of its time, I Love Lucy also garnered much critical acclaim for its humor and its courage to put a funny spin on serious, real-life issues. Amongst its many award nominations, the show won five Emmy Awards. The show was so popular that one episode received better ratings than the inauguration of President Eisenhower, with a staggering 44 million viewers. For four of its six seasons, the sitcom was the most watched show in the US and was the first show to have re-runs. To this day, over 40 million people per year still watch the show.
Despite its reputation as being one of the most influential sitcoms ever to grace our boxes, the stars of the show did not go without their fair share of drama behind the scenes. Real-life couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz practically founded the show in the first place. However, it seems like the fame and fortune would ultimately provide many twists and turns in their relationship, moving forward. Join us as we explore some of the most secret avenues of the iconic sitcom, I Love Lucy.