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Being considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time and setting standards for others to follow, I Love Lucy has gotten many shout-outs throughout the decades.

Film - Animated

  • Hercules: Before the climax, Hades barges into Mount Olympus and shouts "Zeus-ie, I'm home!".

Live-Action TV

  • Frasier recreates the multiple-translations scene from "Paris At Last".
  • Drake & Josh: The episode "I Love Sushi" recreates the conveyor belt scene from "Job Switching", this time with sushi, as the episode title suggests. Nailing the reference home, the company's name is Ball & Vance.
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  • That's So Raven: In "Soup to Nuts", Raven dreams that she's on the show Oh That Raven, with herself as Lucy, Eddie as Ricky, Chelsea as Ethel and Cory as Fred.
  • Power Rangers Ninja Storm: "I Love Lothor" has Big Bad Lothor creating a kitschy television sitcom not unlike I Love Lucy in order to hypnotize Blue Bay Harbor into believing he's their ruler.
  • Square One TV: Season one features a parody called I Love Lupy, which has parody versions of Lucy and Ethel estimating how many elephants they could fit in the Ricardo apartment to get back at a sarcastic comment made by "Dizzy".
  • The 1990s Nickelodeon game show What Would You Do? had one of the challenges being for contestants to imitate both Ricky Ricardo's "Lucy, I'm home!" and his signature laugh, something that host Marc Summers liked to do whenever he could.
    • Fellow game show Double Dare, also hosted by Summers, had an entire episode dedicated to the sitcom, with physical challenges themed after the show.
  • The subplot of The Golden Girls episode "Son-in-law Dearest" has Rose and Blanche watching a marathon of the show with the former admitting that she never heard of it. While the latter found it hard to believe, it eventually comes out why: she and her late husband spent most of their free time having sex.
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  • In Living Color! had a spoof called "I Love Laquita" featuring Kim Wayans as Laquita and Jim Carrey as Ricky.
  • California Dreams had a Imagine Spot called "I Love Lorena", which leads to the revelation that Jake had feelings for Tiffany and the title card then was changed to "I Love Tiffany" with "Lorena" being striked out.

Web Video

  • The Nostalgia Critic
    • In his review of It, the Critic, drunk from a Stephen King drinking game, imitates the Vitameatavegamin routine.
    • In the Disney Afternoon review, Critic describes Don Karnage as if "Ricky Ricardo got fed up with his wife, took his Caribbean band and just started robbing the shit out of people". Incidentally, Jim Cummings stated that Desi Arnaz was an inspiration for the voice.

Western Animation

  • Animaniacs
    • In the Pinky and the Brain segment "Battle for the Planet", Brain credits Desi Arnaz with the creation of the three-camera filming setup.
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    • One Cold Open features an ad for Slappy Squirrel's one-woman show Oh, Oh, Ethel, and Slappy is disappointed that it's about Ethel Merman and not Ethel Mertz.
  • Beetlejuice: A Rod Serling-expy forces Beetlejuice to help save him from a lunatic Lucy-expy out to kill him and take over his TV series. Instead, Lydia and Beetlejuice use a spell that make "Rod" and "Lucy" fall in love, and then trap them in a purgatory of starring in non-stop reruns of "I Love ——" for eternity.
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy: In "Laugh, Ed, Laugh", Eddy shouts "Lucy, I'm home!" as he chases down a dollar bill that Edd is luring him into a trap with.
  • The Fairly OddParents!: In "Power Mad", Cosmo and Wanda stage various TV shows, among them I Love Wanda, to keep Vicky from noticing that the TV isn't really on.
  • Family Guy
    • In "Burning Down the Bayit", Peter and Quagmire imitate the chocolates scene when trying to case pills at Mort's pharmacy, and they end up overdosing from swallowing all those pills.
    • The episode title "Stewie is Enceinte" is a reference to "Lucy is Enceinte".
  • Futurama: In "A Tale of Two Santas", the highest speed setting on the elves' toymaking machine is labelled "LUCY".
  • House of Mouse: In the short "Donald's Goofy World", Donald dreams that he's in a world where everybody is Goofy and notices that he's is on every TV show, including I Love Goofy.
  • Kim Possible: In "Emotion Sickness", Kim scolds Ron Stoppable with, "Ron! You got some splainin' to do!"
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: In "The Last Roundup", the Mane Six work on a conveyor belt wrapping chocolates while in Dodge Junction. Overtime, they abandon their posts to confront Applejack on why she ran away from home, leaving Fluttershy and Pinkie Pie to recreate Lucy and Ethel's chocolate disaster.
  • In the Made-for-TV Movie for Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz and Doofenshmirtz-2 appear dressed as Lucy and Ethel from the episode "Job Switching" as they sing "Brand New Best Friend".
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
    • In "The Big Shot!", Ren channel-surfs and sees Stimpy on various shows, one of which is I Love Stimpy.
    • The title card for "I Love Chicken" is styled like the famous "heart" title sequence.
  • The Simpsons
    • In "The Springfield Connection", Homer begins to draw a line across the house "à la I Love Lucy" after a fight with Marge. He ends up drawing himself into a tiny corner of the bedroom.
    • In "Little Big Mom", Lisa is kept up at night by Homer and Bart watching I Love Lucy. Lucille Ball later appears to her in a dream.
    • In "Three Gays of the Condo", Homer refers to Julio as "Picky Ricardo".
    • In "Homer the Father", one of the shows on Tube Town is I Lost Lucy, in which Mr. Mooney visits Lucy's grave.
    • In "Havana Wild Weekend", the family prepares to go to Cuba and Homer says that he'll finally put the Spanish he learned from I Love Lucy to use.
  • The Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "K-Acme TV" features an Affectionate Parody of the show called "I Love Dizzy", which homages the legendary chocolate factory moment from the I Love Lucy episode, "Job Switching".
  • Rocko's Modern Life: An episode featured a Show Within a Show with two amoebas as Lucy and Ricky, with the latter coming in, saying that "she has some 'splaining to do" and the former doing her signature "Waaah!"


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