I Love Lucy: Season 1 (1951 - 1952)


Season 1
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Air date: Oct 15, 1951

To celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary, Ethel wants to go to the Copa but Fred wants to go to the fights. So Ethel and Lucy tell their husbands they'll get their own dates for the nightclub. Ricky decides he and Fred should get dates too, so he calls Ginny Jones to arrange it. When Lucy also calls Ginny for dates, she finds out that Ricky has called for dates. So Lucy and Ethel decide to disguise themselves as hillbilly dates for Ricky and Fred.

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Air date: Oct 22, 1951

Lucy believes Ricky is losing interest in her. Ethel finds a book that offers suggestions such as: dressing up for breakfast, taking up her husband's hobbies, and surrounding their apartment with things that remind her husband of his childhood.

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Air date: Oct 29, 1951

The Ricardos and Mertzes discover they've put on a few pounds over the last few years. An unhappy Lucy talks Ricky into letting her audition for a show, and he tells her that she can have the part if she loses enough weight to fit the costume.

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Air date: Nov 5, 1951

Ethel uses a deck of cards to tell Lucy's fortune, and when the ace of spades ends up next to Lucy's cards, the redhead is shocked to find out it means death. After misconstruing Ricky's phone conversation, Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to kill her.

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Air date: Nov 12, 1951

After Ricky cuts off her allowance, Lucy goes on the radio show "Females Are Fabulous" to earn money; in order to win the money, she has to make Ricky believe she's been married before.

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Air date: Nov 19, 1951

Lucy wants to be in Ricky's act when an injured Buffo the Clown arrives at her apartment; she performs a slapstick routine with Ricky and a cello, and impersonates a seal; everyone is shocked when a TV network offers her a contract.

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Air date: Nov 26, 1951

To get on the good side of a producer who's interested in hiring Ricky -- and who also happens to be interested in numerology -- Lucy holds a seance, but she has to provide the voice for one of the spirits.

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Air date: Dec 3, 1951

Lucy is disgusted with Ricky's sloppy ways; she splits the apartment into two parts so she can have a clean side. When a photographer is scheduled to arrive to take pictures of Ricky, she tries to teach Ricky a lesson by making the whole house messy.

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Air date: Dec 10, 1951

Ricky brings home a mink coat he'll use in his show and Lucy thinks it's for her. When Lucy finds out that Ricky arranged for the coat to be stolen from their apartment, she gets even by cutting up a fake fur in front of him.

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Air date: Dec 17, 1951

Lucy reads in the paper that Ricky is interested in a chorus girl. After Lucy finds a dancer's black lace in Ricky's pocket -- which he put there during a rehearsal -- Lucy decides to work her way into Ricky's show to see what he's doing.

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Cast & Crew

Lucille Ball
Lucy RIcardo

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Desi Arnaz
Ricky Ricardo

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Vivian Vance
Ethel Mertz

Actor
William Frawley
Fred Mertz

Actor
Richard Reeves
Hank

Guest Star
Gale Gordon
Mr. Alvin Littlefield

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Jerry Hausner
Jerry

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Frank Nelson
Freddie Fillmore

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Kenny Morgan
Kenny, Ricky's agent

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Marco Rizo
Piano Player

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Helen Silvers
Rosemary

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Hayden Rorke
Tom O'Brien

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Hazel Pierce
Mrs. Peterson

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Bennett Green
Stage Hand

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Barbara Pepper
Party Guest

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Maury Thompson
Stage Manager

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Edith Meiser
Mrs. Phoebe Littlefield

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Jess Oppenheimer
Network Sponsor 1

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Maurice Marsac
Maurice, Headwaiter at Tropicana

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Philip Ober
Arnold - The First Husband

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Critic Reviews for I Love Lucy: Season 1

Audience Reviews for I Love Lucy: Season 1

  • Dec 14, 2021
    Absolutely, positively my #1 sitcom!
  • Jul 26, 2020
    Sometimes deeply funny but most of the time I think it is trying too hard.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    An absolute delight. Incredibly entertaining and funny, with outstanding performances by THE Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.
  • Oct 28, 2019
    This season started the legend we call "I Love Lucy"! I love the show and everything about it! And my favorite episode is "Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying To Murder Her". I Love this show so much!
  • Dec 21, 2017
    No television show will ever top I Love Lucy for many reasons!
  • Oct 23, 2017
    How can I start describing 'I Love Lucy'? Well, I do. 'I Love Lucy' is about the most entertaining motion picture you can watch, and it is entertainment about entertainment, a TV show meant for the happy consumerism of its time. Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley are always pleasant names to the ear, sounding like popular culture and good souvenirs. Each episode of ‘I Love Lucy’ is 25 minutes of pure pleasure and fun in a good old fashioned America, it blends slapstick delight to its tale of neighborhood, friendship and family marvelously well, and it is a mixture of circumstances, which altogether (the whole six seasons) are an extraordinary variety of situations. This opening season is an extremely enjoyable start to the show (and to television) which features some of the best-known episodes, including the legendary 'Lucy Does a TV Commercial' and 'The Audition', but also some of my personal favorites such as 'New Neighbors', 'The Gossip', 'Pioneer Woman', 'The Kleptomaniac', 'The Freezer', 'Ricky Asks for a Raise' and many more. 'I Love Lucy' is comedy and TV at their very best.

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