In honor of Lucille Ball’s birthday I figured I’d showcase my fifteen favorite episodes of I Love Lucy. I’ve tried to include clips and/or full episodes. If nothing is provided in terms of video I’ve discussed why I love the episode. Happy birthday Lucy!
Episodes in order of air date
Sadly I couldn’t find any significant clips or the full episode but this one is one of my favorite “Lucy and Ethel try to create a business” episodes. The girls end up with 700 pounds of beef and take it selling it at the bank. Lucy’s pitch with quick talking and rhyming “rump” and “stump” never ceases to make me chuckle. I wish I could perfect a sales pitch like that.
I do love the clip but I wish I could have actually found the clip of Lucy dressed up playing the sax. “Be bop, be bop, be bop. Yeah man!”
Lucy is Enciente
One of the most beautiful clips in film history. My mother always bawls when she sees this part. You can truly see the love between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in this clip.
Continuing the arc of Lucy having her baby, this is the one where she actually has the baby. There’s so many wacky hijinks in an episode where Lucy isn’t necessarily the main focus. You have Ricky dressed up as a crazy witch doctor and I love the man in the waiting room who has six girls. “One more and you could start a softball team.”
Lucy is Envious
Hollywood At Last
Yes I had to include this as it’s the episode with William Holden.
Lucy Visits Grauman’s
Lucy and the Loving Cup
This one holds a personal connection for me as my grandfather was a devoted Superman fan and adored George Reeves. I think what I love about this episode as well is that Reeves wasn’t allowed to be “George Reeves as Superman” but Superman the person.
What are your favorite episodes?
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