Originally founded by Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball to produce I Love Lucy, the studio fell on hard times after Lucy and Desi divorced, and was the only studio willing to take the risk to produce Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek: The Original Series (probably figuring it had little to lose). Bought out and absorbed by Paramount during Trek's original production run. Their other productions included The Lucy Show, Mission: Impossible, Mannix, The Untouchables, By the Numbers and the TV version of Our Miss Brooks. Desilu was also the sole backer of Ball's unsuccessful Broadway debut in the musical Wildcat (1960).Which is to say: Desilu was responsible for a whole raft of Trope Making or Codifying shows and is direly under-appreciated by many modern television viewers. If you consider yourself any kind of student of media history, you'll want to get very familiar with their shows.
Desilu in fiction:
- The story That Wacky Redhead centers on Desilu, in an Alternate History where Ball doesn't sell it to Paramount.