History YMMV / ILoveLucy

15th Aug '17 9:15:28 PM WildeOscar
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** When miming the concept of "rice" (ItMakesSenseInContext) Lucy acts out some Chinese stereotypes that would be considered offensive now.
2nd May '17 10:36:37 AM SnowB
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* HollywoodPudgy: UrbanLegend has it that Vivian Vance (Ethel) was contractually obligated to remain overweight, though there isn't evidence of it being true, especially since Ethel only looks fat in comparison to Lucy. Get her alone and she's rather thin. Reportedly, Ethel was supposed to be on the heavier side, but Vivian Vance fought against it, arguing that if Fred calls Ethel a fat old bag when she's ''really'' overweight, the scene would fall flat because you'd feel sorry for her. Whereas when he calls her that when she clearly wasn't fat or ugly, the dissonance of it instead makes it funny.

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* HollywoodPudgy: UrbanLegend has it that Vivian Vance (Ethel) was contractually obligated to remain overweight, though there isn't evidence of it being true, especially since Ethel only looks fat in comparison to Lucy. Get her alone and she's rather thin. Reportedly, Ethel which was supposed born out of a mock contract that Lucy presented to be on the heavier side, but Vivian Vance strictly as a joke, and which Vivian later read for laughs on ''The Dinah Shore Show''. Ethel's stockier appearance was obtained by dressing Vivian in unflattering costumes and too-small undergarments, not by intentional weight gain on Vance's part (at her insistence, the character's wardrobe and style would become more flattering as the series progressed). Vivian fought against it, Ethel being too heavy, arguing that if Fred calls Ethel called her a fat old bag when she's if she were ''really'' overweight, the scene would fall flat because you'd feel sorry for her. Whereas when her; whereas if he calls called her that when she clearly wasn't fat or ugly, the dissonance of it would instead makes it funny.



* RetroactiveRecognition: Actors who appeared on this show early in their careers include Richard Crenna and Barbara Eden.

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* RetroactiveRecognition: Actors who appeared on this show early in their careers include Richard Crenna Crenna, Bart Braverman and Barbara Eden.
22nd Jan '17 5:15:55 PM QueenofSwords
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* ValuesDissonance: Being made in TheFifties, it's pretty much a given. Probably most notable is that much like ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', Ricky would occasionally make an empty threat to hit Lucy, which would never be seen today even at that level. Desi Arnaz actually mocked this himself when he hosted an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and presented a series of "failed concepts" for the show, including one where Ricky was openly physically abusive called "I Loathe Lucy."

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* ValuesDissonance: Being made in TheFifties, it's pretty much a given. Probably most notable is that much
** Having (white) people play "Indians" in Ricky's show comes up fairly frequently. While more than acceptable in the time us was filmed in, it's known to be an extremely offensive practice today.
** Much
like ''Series/TheHoneymooners'', Ricky would occasionally make an empty threat to hit Lucy, which would never be seen today even at that level. Desi Arnaz actually mocked this himself when he hosted an episode of ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' and presented a series of "failed concepts" for the show, including one where Ricky was openly physically abusive called "I Loathe Lucy."
1st Jan '17 2:07:34 PM Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr
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* RetroactiveRecognition: Actors who appeared on this show early in their careers include Richard Crenna and Barbara Eden.
13th Dec '16 4:48:57 PM dsneybuf
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* BrokenBase: CBS aired colorized versions of the ChristmasEpisode and "Lucy's Italian Movie" in December 2013. This didn't mark the first attempt to colorize ''I Love Lucy'', but it did prove divisive among viewers: Some liked the fact that the picture looked more natural than that of an early-'90s colorized print of the Christmas episode, and felt the color added to the humor. Others disliked the fact that the picture still looked less natural than the original monochromatic versions, and couldn't stand the mere thought of altering the picture in so drastic a fashion. In any case, the ratings proved high enough for CBS to make an annual tradition - and later, ''bi''-annual tradition - out of colorizing ''I Love Lucy'' episodes.

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* BrokenBase: CBS aired colorized versions of the ChristmasEpisode and "Lucy's Italian Movie" in December 2013. This didn't mark the first attempt to colorize ''I Love Lucy'', but it did prove divisive among viewers: Some liked the fact that the picture looked more natural than that of an early-'90s colorized print of the Christmas episode, and felt the color added to the humor. Others disliked the fact that the picture still looked less natural than the original monochromatic versions, and couldn't stand the mere thought of altering the picture in so drastic a fashion. In any case, the ratings proved high enough for CBS to make an annual tradition - -- and later, ''bi''-annual tradition - -- out of colorizing ''I Love Lucy'' episodes.episodes, and eventually apply similar updates to other black-and-white sitcoms in their library.
25th Nov '16 8:18:29 AM ImperialMajestyXO
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* YouLookFamiliar: Elizabeth Patterson first played Mother Willoughby in "The Marriage License," then returned during the second season to play babysitter Mrs. Trumbull.
** Charles Lane also had multiple appearances, usually as a different clerk at a government office or business each time. He played an excellent hard-nosed bureaucrat, and in "Lucy Has a Baby" appeared as an expectant father.
** Mary Jane Croft played a former classmate of Lucy's in "Lucy Is Envious" and a nosy airplane passenger in "Return Home from Europe" before becoming a semi-regular as Connecticut neighbor Betty Ramsey in season 6.
** Frank Nelson played eight different characters, including radio host Freddy Filmore and Connecticut neighbor Ralph Ramsey. He was the "Yyyyyyyyyessssss?" guy.
** Ball's close friend Barbara Pepper appeared in eight episodes, each time as a different character.
** The actor who played the Ricardo's milkman in one New York episode returned to play Bobby the Bellboy in the Hollywood episodes.
** Lucy fails to notice that the man she hired to teach the foursome proper English looks exactly like the guy she sold her furniture to a few months earlier.
** Character Actor Jay Novello played a superstitious boss of Ricky, a timid man who witnessed a murder and is subleasing the Ricardo's apartment, and Mario, a gondolier driver the foursome meet in Italy.


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7th Aug '16 4:31:54 PM Green_lantern40
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** Watching all the tender moments that Lucy and Ricky shared together can be a little hard to watch when you learn that Lucille Ball's real life marriage to Desi Arnaz ended in devorce three years after the show had ended.

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** Watching all the tender moments that Lucy and Ricky shared together can be a little hard to watch when you learn that Lucille Ball's real life marriage to Desi Arnaz ended in devorce three years divorce literally the day after filming wrapped on the show had ended.final episode of ''The Series/LucyDesiComedyHour''.
27th May '16 2:47:01 PM Boman803
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** Watching all the tender moments that Lucy and Ricky shared together can be a little hard to watch when you learn that Lucille Ball's real life marriage to Desi Arnaz ended in devorce three years after the show had ended.
22nd Apr '16 8:48:07 AM dsneybuf
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* BrokenBase: CBS aired colorized versions of the ChristmasEpisode and "Lucy's Italian Movie" in December 2013. This didn't mark the first attempt to colorize ''I Love Lucy'', but it did prove divisive among viewers: Some liked the fact that the picture looked more natural than that of an early-'90s colorized print of the Christmas episode, and felt the color added to the humor. Others disliked the fact that the picture still looked less natural than the original monochromatic versions, and couldn't stand the mere thought of altering the picture in so drastic a fashion. In any case, the ratings proved high enough for CBS to make a yearly Christmas tradition out of colorizing ''I Love Lucy'' episodes.

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* BrokenBase: CBS aired colorized versions of the ChristmasEpisode and "Lucy's Italian Movie" in December 2013. This didn't mark the first attempt to colorize ''I Love Lucy'', but it did prove divisive among viewers: Some liked the fact that the picture looked more natural than that of an early-'90s colorized print of the Christmas episode, and felt the color added to the humor. Others disliked the fact that the picture still looked less natural than the original monochromatic versions, and couldn't stand the mere thought of altering the picture in so drastic a fashion. In any case, the ratings proved high enough for CBS to make a yearly Christmas an annual tradition - and later, ''bi''-annual tradition - out of colorizing ''I Love Lucy'' episodes.
9th Mar '16 11:43:31 PM Str8taim
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* YouLookFamiliar: Elizabeth Patterson first played Mother Willoughby in "The Marriage License," then returned during the second season to play babysitter Mrs. Trumbull.
** Charles Lane also had multiple appearances, usually as a different clerk at a government office or business each time. He played an excellent hard-nosed bureaucrat, and in "Lucy Has a Baby" appeared as an expectant father.
** Mary Jane Croft played a former classmate of Lucy's in "Lucy Is Envious" and a nosy airplane passenger in "Return Home from Europe" before becoming a semi-regular as Connecticut neighbor Betty Ramsey in season 6.
** Frank Nelson played eight different characters, including radio host Freddy Filmore and Connecticut neighbor Ralph Ramsey. He was the "Yyyyyyyyyessssss?" guy.
** Ball's close friend Barbara Pepper appeared in eight episodes, each time as a different character.
** The actor who played the Ricardo's milkman in one New York episode returned to play Bobby the Bellboy in the Hollywood episodes.
** Lucy fails to notice that the man she hired to teach the foursome proper English looks exactly like the guy she sold her furniture to a few months earlier.
** Character Actor Jay Novello played a superstitious boss of Ricky, a timid man who witnessed a murder and is subleasing the Ricardo's apartment, and Mario, a gondolier driver the foursome meet in Italy.
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