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[please do not remove the text] Recently, I saw an article that said that this generation may be the first not growing up on reruns of I Love Lucy. This made me quite sad and I wondered how many Lucy fans there still are out there. Let’s have faith in knowing that this isn’t a Lucyless generation. Reblog if you love Lucy, whetheryou’ve seen only an episode or two or know them all by heart. Don’t reblog to hate; I just want to see how many fans there are. If Lucy has ever made you laugh and smile, then reblog/like ♥

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Sixty Two Years of “I Love Lucy” ↳ October 15, 1951

The first episode of I Love Lucy premiered on CBS on Monday, October 15th, 1951 at nine o’clock and hasn’t gone off air since. As I Love Lucy has been passed down from generation to generation, it has been translated into seventy-seven languages, produces millions of dollars for CBS each year, and has been estimated to be the most watched television show of all time. Desilu Productions, run by married stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, pioneered and perfected the live audience, the three camera system, and the rerun. During its original run from 1951 - 1957, I Love Lucy enjoyed such immense popularity that business owners would close their stores on Monday nights. Telephone companies confirmed that phone calls plummeted to a minimum during the Lucy half hour. Parents adjusted bedtimes so families could stay up to watch Lucy. Tuesday morning conversations consisted of, “Did you see ‘the show’ last night?” And when Lucille Ball gave birth to her television son - the night of the day she gave birth to her real life son - sixty eight percent of American viewers tuned in, easily trumping the number of those who watched the inauguration of the president the following day. The show’s continuing popularity is a result of its timeless principles: friendship, laughter, and love. 

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Happy 60th Anniversary I Love Lucy

↳ On October 15, 1951 I Love Lucy first aired. It was the first television show filmed in a movie studio in front of a live audience, first sitcom to use three film cameras to capture all the action simultaneously, first comedy show to use guest stars on a continuing basis and the first program to feature a pregnant woman. It was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings. The show won 5 Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. It was also one of the first programs made in the USA seen on British television. It remains the longest-running program to air continuously in the Los Angeles area. 

"It makes me happy to know I Love Lucy still plays on televisions daily in homes around the world sixty years after it was first viewed in 1951.” - Desi Arnaz Jr. 

"It astounds me. It’s 60 years and counting, and the show has never been off the air. There are now four generations of people who bring kids up—first to my mother and dad, now to me. I save the letters. At one point I thought they would make a good book, except it would be redundant. So many people have so many detailed stories of how this particular show affected their home life." - Lucie Arnaz