“I Love Lucy has been called the most popular television show of all time. Such national devotion to one show can never happen again; there are too many shows on many more channels now. But in 1951-1952, our show changed the Monday-night habits of America. Between nine and nine-thirty, taxis disappeared from the streets of New York. Marshall Fields department store in Chicago hung up a sign: ‘We Love Lucy too, so from now on we will be open Thursday nights instead of Monday.’ Telephone calls across the nation dropped sharply during that half hour, as well as the water flush rate, as whole families sat glued to their seats.”
Sixty-Five Years of I Love Lucy // October 15, 1951
On William Shatner’s bravura performance in Star Trek’s final, thoroughly embarrassing episode, “Turnabout Intruder,” producer Fred Freiberger said: “I was, frankly, a little concerned when Gene Roddenberry came up with a story where Kirk changes place with a woman. When I originally read it, I had said to Gene, ‘I wonder what Shatner is going to say about this,’ and Gene said he wouldn’t have any problem with it. He was right. When I mentioned it to Shatner, he just loved the idea.” (x)
Leonard Nimoy on the same episode: “My recollection of the script was that it was something of a one-note joke, rather gimmicky, but Bill approached the challenge with typical zest and energy, which I admired.” (x)
Myself, I wish that Shatner had shown a Janet Lester that was more thoughtful and strategic in her occupation of our favorite captain with fewer screeching outbursts and hissed threats.