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I Love Lucy (CBS, 10/15/51-05/06/57)
Ratings:
1952- #03
1953- #01
1954- #01
1955- #01
1956- #02
1957- #01

Here is an episode listing of Lucy's first series, I Love Lucy. It aired on CBS, Monday nights at 9:00pm from 1951-1957. If an episode title is a link, the link will lead to a seperate page with information about that episode. The same characters and settings were later used in the Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

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Season One (1951-1952)


Episode Number Title Date Filmed Original Air Date Guest Stars and Notes
2 The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub September 15, 1951 October 15, 1951
3 Be a Pal September 21, 1951 October 22, 1951
4 The Diet September 28, 1951 October 29, 1951
1 Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her September 8, 1951 November 5, 1951 Although this was the first episode filmed, it was the fourth to air because the producers decided The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub was a better episode to premiere with
5 The Quiz Show October 5, 1951 November 12, 1951
6 The Audition October 12, 1951 November 19, 1951 This episode is a lot like the pilot, filmed in March of the same year
7 The Seance October 19, 1951 November 26, 1951
8 Men Are Messy October 25, 1951 December 3, 1951
10 The Fur Coat October 25, 1951 December 10, 1951
11 Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer November 16, 1951 December 17, 1951 (Though named Lucy Is Jealous of Girl Singer, in this episode Lucy was jealous of a female dancer)
9 Drafted November 2, 1951 December 24, 1951 For this episode, a four-minute Christmas tag was produced, which was shown at the end of each episode airing closest to Christmas until 1956.
12 The Adagio November 23, 1951 December 31, 1951
13 The Benefit November 30, 1951 January 7, 1952
14 The Amateur Hour December 7, 1951 January 15, 1952 William Frawley does not appear in this episode
15 Lucy Plays Cupid December 13, 1951 January 21, 1952 Neither Vivian Vance nor William Frawley appear in this episode
16 Lucy Fakes Illness December 18, 1951 January 28, 1952
17 Lucy Writes a Play December 22, 1951 February 4, 1952
18 Breaking the Lease January 5, 1952 February 11, 1952
19 The Ballet January 11, 1952 February 18, 1952 Bart Andrews claims that "Lucille Ball ad-libbed brilliantly when her foot accidentally got caught in the ballet practice bar." But Gregg Oppenheimer, son of Jess, says that the foot getting caught was part of the script
20 The Young Fans January 18, 1952 February 25, 1952
21 New Neighbors January 25, 1952 March 3, 1952
22 Fred and Ethel Fight January 30, 1952 March 10, 1952
23 The Moustache February 8, 1952 March 17, 1952
24 The Gossip February 15, 1952 March 24, 1952
25 Pioneer Women February 22, 1952 March 31, 1952
26 The Marriage License February 28, 1952 April 7, 1952
27 The Kleptomaniac March 7, 1952 April 14, 1952
28 Cuban Pals March 14, 1952 April 21, 1952
29 The Freezer March 21, 1952 April 28, 1952
30 Lucy Does a TV Commercial March 28, 1952 May 5, 1952 Vitameatavegamin!
31 The Publicity Agent April 4, 1952 May 12, 1952
32 Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio April 11, 1952 May 19, 1952
33 Lucy's Schedule April 18, 1952 May 26, 1952
34 Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald April 25, 1952 June 2, 1952
35 Ricky Asks for a Raise May 2, 1952 June 9, 1952



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Season Two (1952-1953)



39 Job Switching May 30, 1952 September 15, 1952 The Candy Factory! In 1997, TV Guide picked this episode as the second-greatest moment in TV history, only behind the moon landing in 1969.
40 The Saxophone June 6, 1952 September 22, 1952
36 The Anniversary Present May 9, 1952 September 29, 1952
37 The Handcuffs May 16, 1952 October 6, 1952
38 The Operetta May 23, 1952 October 13, 1952
41 Vacation from Marriage August 1, 1952 October 27, 1952
42 The Courtroom August 8, 1952 November 10, 1952
43 Redecorating August 15, 1952 November 24, 1952
44 Ricky Loses His Voice August 22, 1952 December 1, 1952
50 Lucy Is Enceinte October 3, 1952 December 8, 1952 Lucy's Having a Baby!

51 Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable October 10, 1952 December 15, 1952
52 Lucy's Show Biz Swan Song October 17, 1952 December 22, 1952
53 Lucy Hires an English Tutor October 24, 1952 December 29, 1952
54 Ricky Has Labor Pains October 31, 1952 January 5, 1953
55 Lucy Becomes a Sculptress November 7, 1952 January 12, 1953
56 Lucy Goes to the Hospital November 14, 1952 January 19, 1953 Lucy Has a Baby! At the time this episode aired, it was the most watched television program ever. It beat out Queen Elizabeth's coronation and President Eisenhower's inauguration. When originally aired, the end of this episode contained this voice-over: "Yes, there's a new baby, a wonderful baby at the Ricardos'. And we at Philip Morris rejoice in the blessed event. We know that all our millions of friends join with us in extending congratulations and good wishes to the Ricardos. May their lives together be filled with as much joy and laughter and carefree happiness as they have brought all of us week after week. To Lucy, to Ricky, and to the new baby: love and kisses from Philip Morris and from all America."

45 Sales Resistance August 29, 1952 January 25, 1953 This and the following four episodes had a flashback tag added to the beginning, saying how Lucy was in the hospital and remembering old times. Some other episodes showed reruns with flashback tags.
46 The Inferiority Complex September 6, 1952 February 2, 1953
47 The Club Election September 12, 1952 February 15, 1953
48 The Black Eye September 19, 1952 March 9, 1953
49 Lucy Changes Her Mind September 26, 1952 March 30, 1953
57 No Children Allowed March 20, 1953 April 20, 1953 This was the first episode with Elizabeth Patterson as Mrs. Trumbull, the Ricardo's elderly neighbor. It was also the first new episode filmed since November 14, when Lucy began her maternity leave from filming.
58 Lucy Hires a Maid March 27, 1953 April 27, 1953
59 The Indian Show April 3, 1953 May 4, 1953
60 Lucy's Last Birthday April 10, 1953 May 11, 1953
61 The Ricardos Change Apartments April 16, 1953 May 18, 1953
62 Lucy Is Matchmaker April 25, 1953 May 25, 1953
63 Lucy Wants New Furniture May 1, 1953 June 1, 1953
64 The Camping Trip May 8, 1953 June 8, 1953
66 Ricky and Fred Are TV Fans May 22, 1953 June 22, 1953
67 Never Do Business with Friends May 29, 1953 June 29, 1953 Why does Ethel need a new washing machine? Fred got her a new one just five months earlier (Sales Resistance)!



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Season Three (1953-1954)



65 Ricky's Life Story May 15, 1953 October 5, 1953
68 The Girls Go Into Business September 11, 1953 October 12, 1953 This episode was filmed the night of the "red scare," after Lucille Ball had been branded communist by Walter Winchell. The charges were proved false over the next few days.
69 Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress September 17, 1953 October 19, 1953 This was the first regularly scheduled Thursday film date, nearly all previous episodes having been filmed on Friday.
70 Equal Rights September 24, 1953 October 26, 1953
71 Baby Pictures October 1, 1953 November 2, 1953
72 Lucy Tells the Truth October 8, 1953 November 9, 1953
73 The French Revue October 15, 1953 November 16, 1953
74 Redecorating the Mertzes' Apartment October 22, 1953 November 23, 1953
75 Too Many Crooks October 29, 1953 November 30, 1953 The night this episode aired, Desi surprised Lucy was a thirteenth wedding anniversary party at Mocambo. A fictional but similar occasion occured in the "Hollywood Anniversary" episode.
76 Changing the Boys' Wardrobe November 5, 1953 December 7, 1953
77 Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined November 12, 1953 December 14, 1953
78 Ricky's Old Girl Friend November 19, 1953 December 21, 1953
79 The Million-Dollar Idea November 28, 1953 January 11, 1954
80 Ricky Minds the Baby December 3, 1953 January 18, 1954 This episode was filmed without a studio audience so the babies would perform on cue without the distraction of the live audience.
81 The Charm School December 10, 1953 January 25, 1954
82 Sentimental Anniversary December 17, 1953 February 1, 1954
83 Fan Magazine Interview January 7, 1954 February 8, 1954 This was Jerry Hausner's last appearence on I Love Lucy. He and Desi had a falling out during the filming.
84 Oil Wells January 14, 1954 February 15, 1954
85 Ricky Loses His Temper January 21, 1954 February 22, 1954
86 Home Movies January 28, 1954 March 1, 1954
87 Bonus Bucks February 4, 1954 March 8, 1954
88 Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation February 11, 1954 March 22, 1954
89 Lucy Is Envious February 16, 1954 March 29, 1954 Jess Oppenheimer once said this is one of his least favorite Lucy scripts.
90 Lucy Writes a Novel March 4, 1954 April 5, 1954
91 Lucy's Club Dance March 11, 1954 April 12, 1954
93 The Black Wig March 25, 1954 April 19, 1954
92 The Diner March 18, 1954 April 26, 1954
94 Tennessee Ernie Visits April 1, 1954 May 3, 1954 Tennessee Ernie Ford
95 Tennessee Ernie Hangs On April 8, 1954 May 10, 1954 Tennessee Ernie Ford
96 The Golf Game April 15, 1954 May 17, 1954 Jimmy Demaret
97 The Sublease April 22, 1954 May 24, 1954



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Season Four (1954-1955)



100 The Business Manager June 17, 1954 October 4, 1954
102 Mertz and Kurtz July 1, 1954 October 11, 1954
98 Lucy Cries Wolf June 3, 1954 October 18, 1954
99 The Matchmaker June 10, 1954 October 25, 1954
101 Mr. and Mrs. TV Show June 24, 1954 November 1, 1954 This episode was originally supposed to broadcast November 1, 1954, but it was pulled at the last minute when the Republican Party purchased I Love Lucy's time slot for a political message. It actually aired on April 11, 1955.
103 Ricky's Movie Offer September 16, 1954 November 8, 1954 This is the very first of the episodes that will bring the Ricardos to Hollywood.
104 Ricky's Screen Test September 23, 1954 November 15, 1954
105 Lucy's Mother-in-Law September 30, 1954 November 22, 1954
106 Ethel's Birthday October 7, 1954 November 29, 1954
107 Ricky's Contract October 14, 1954 December 6, 1954
108 Getting Ready October 21, 1954 December 13, 1954
109 Lucy Learns to Drive October 28, 1954 January 3, 1954
110 California, Here We Come! November 4, 1954 January 10, 1954 This was the first episode with Kathryn Card as Mrs. McGillicuddy
111 First Stop November 11, 1954 January 17, 1954 This was the first time the I Love Lucy crew went out of the stuido to film location footage.
112 Tennessee Bound November 18, 1954 January 24, 1955 Tennessee Ernie Ford
113 Ethel's Home Town November 25, 1954 January 31, 1955
114 L.A. at Last! December 2, 1954 February 7, 1955 Eve Arden, William Holden; Lucy lights her nose on fire!. This is Jack Benny's favorite I Love Lucy episode - he even arranged a special screening for his TV writers.
115 Don Juan and the Starlets December 9, 1954 February 14, 1955
116 Lucy Gets in Pictures December 16, 1954 February 21, 1955
117 The Fashion Show December 23, 1954 February 28, 1955 Mona Carlson, Don Loper, Frances Neal Heflin, Brenda Marshall Holden, Sue Carol Ladd, Sheila MacRae, Jeanne Biegger Martin, Marylin Johnson Tucker
118 The Hedda Hopper Story February 3, 1955 March 14, 1955 Hedda Hopper
119 Don Juan Is Shelved February 10, 1955 March 21, 1955 Dore Schary was originally scheduled to play himself but had to back due to surgery. He was instead played by Vivian Vance's then-husband Phil Ober, whom Schary said "would probably play me better than I could."
120 Bull Fight Dance February 17, 1955 March 18, 1955 This was also a big plug for CBS Television City, the eye network's new West Coast broadcasting facilites.
121 Hollywood Anniversary February 24, 1955 April 4, 1955 Desi really did surprise Lucy with a real-life thirteenth anniversary party at Mocambo on November 30, 1953.
101 Mr. and Mrs. TV Show June 24, 1954 April 11, 1955 This episode was supposed to air on November 1, 1954 but was pulled when the Republican Party purchased ILL's time slot for a political message.
122 The Star Upstairs March 3, 1955 April 18, 1955 Cornel Wilde; Van Johnson was originally going to be "The Star Upstairs" but due to a sponsor conflict (I Love Lucy was sponsored by Philip Morris, Johnson was sponsoring Lucky Strike). 28 days later he filmed the episode with him as a guest star, "The Dancing Star."
123 In Palm Springs March 17, 1955 April 25, 1955 Rock Hudson
125 The Dancing Star March 31, 1955 May 2, 1955 Van Johnson; Ray Bolger was originally to have been "The Dancing Star," but couldn't make it
124 Harpo Marx March 24, 1955 May 9, 1955 Harpo Marx
126 Ricky Needs an Agent April 7, 1955 May 16, 1955
127 The Tour April 14, 1955 May 30, 1955 Richard Widmark



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Season Five (1955-1956)



128 Lucy Visits Grauman's September 9, 1955 October 3, 1955
129 Lucy and John Wayne September 15, 1955 October 10, 1955 John Wayne
130 Lucy and the Dummy September 22, 1955 October 17, 1955
131 Ricky Sells the Car September 29, 1955 October 24, 1955
132 The Great Train Robbery October 6, 1955 October 31, 1955
133 Homecoming October 13, 1955 November 7, 1955
134 The Ricardos Are Interviewed October 22, 1955 November 14, 1955
135 Lucy Goes to a Rodeo October 27, 1955 November 28, 1955
136 Nursery School November 3, 1955 December 5, 1955
137 Ricky's European Booking November 10, 1955 December 12, 1955 This is the very first of the episodes that will bring the Ricardos to Europe.
138 The Passports November 17, 1955 December 19, 1955
139 Staten Island Ferry November 24, 1955 January 2, 1956
140 Bon Voyage December 1, 1955 January 16, 1956
141 Second Honeymoon December 8, 1955 January 23, 1956
142 Lucy Meets the Queen December 15, 1955 January 30, 1956
143 The Fox Hunt December 22, 1955 February 6, 1956
144 Lucy Goes to Scotland January 6, 1956 February 20, 1956
145 Paris At Last January 12, 1956 February 27, 1956
146 Lucy Meets Charles Boyer January 19, 1956 March 5, 1956 Charles Boyer
147 Lucy Gets a Paris Gown February 16, 1956 March 19, 1956
148 Lucy In the Swiss Alps February 23, 1956 March 26, 1956
149 Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy March 1, 1956 April 9, 1956
150 Lucy's Italian Movie March 7, 1956 April 16, 1956 Lucy stomps grapes!

151 Lucy's Bicycle Trip March 22, 1956 April 23, 1956
152 Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo March 29, 1956 May 7, 1956
153 Return Home from Europe April 5, 1956 May 14, 1956 Desi Arnaz had wanted this to be the last episode of the series, and then revert to a new monthly hour format (which would come along in 1957) but he was persuaded to stay on for another season. Even so, this episode has many lines that give a sense of closure. It was, however, the last Lucy episode involving Jess Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer would later sue Desilu after the premiere of The Lucy Show, saying that Lucy Carmicheal was really Lucy Ricardo with a different last name.



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Season Six (1956-1957)



154 Lucy and Bob Hope June 5, 1956 October 1, 1956 Bob Hope; This was Keith Thibodeaux's debut as Little Ricky.
157 Little Ricky Learns to Play the Durms June 28, 1956 October 8, 1956
155 Lucy Meets Orson Welles June 14, 1956 October 15, 1956 Orson Welles; This episode aired on I Love Lucy's fifth anniversary.
156 Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright June 21, 1956 October 22, 1956
158 Visitor from Italy September 20, 1956 October 29, 1956
159 Off to Florida September 13, 1956 November 12, 1956
160 Deep-Sea Fishing September 27, 1956 November 19, 1956
161 Desert Island October 4, 1956 November 26, 1956 Claude Akins
162 The Ricardos Visit Cuba October 18, 1956 December 3, 1956
163 Little Ricky's School Pageant October 25, 1956 December 17, 1956
Special The I Love Lucy Christmas Show November 22, 1956 December 24, 1956 This special episode featured flashbacks to the baby episodes and isn't included in the CBS syndication package. It is, however, available on video and was shown on CBS a few times in the early '90s.
164 Lucy and the Loving Cup November 1, 1956 January 7, 1957 Lucy gets a loving cup stuck on her head!
166 Lucy and Superman November 15, 1956 January 14, 1957 Superman (George Reeves)
165 Little Ricky Gets a Dog November 8, 1956 January 21, 1957
167 Lucy Wants to Move to the Country December 6, 1956 January 28, 1957
168 Lucy Hates to Leave December 13, 1956 February 4, 1957
169 Lucy Misses the Mertzes December 20, 1956 February 11, 1957
170 Lucy Gets Chummy With the Neighbors January 10, 1957 February 18, 1957
171 Lucy Raises Chickens January 17, 1957 March 4, 1957
172 Lucy Does the Tango February 7, 1957 March 11, 1957 This episode had the longest laugh ever recorded in I Love Lucy history - sixty-five seconds!
173 Ragtime Band February 14, 1957 March 18, 1957
174 Lucy's Night in Town February 21, 1957 March 25, 1957
175 Housewarming February 28, 1957 April 1, 1957
176 Building a Bar-B-Q March 14, 1957 April 8, 1957
177 Country Club Dance March 21, 1957 April 22, 1957 Barbara Eden, who would later gain fame as Jeannie on I Dream of Jeannie appeared in this episode. She was 22 when it was filmed.
178 Lucy Raises Tulips March 28, 1957 April 29, 1957
179 The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue April 4, 1957 May 6, 1957 Desi Jr. appeares in this episode, in the crowd during the final scene. Ethel asks him, "Are you having a godd time, honey?"




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The famous "Heart" did not exist until reruns were first broadcast as "The Sunday Lucy Show."