I Love Lucy

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This is where television invented itself.

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy was a bad girl trapped in the life of a '50s housewife; her slapstick quest for fame and fortune ended in abject failure weekly. Both the antics and the humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy, from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock — writerscan't live without Lucy. Rapper Mellow Man Ace celebrates the breaking of an ethnic taboo; a drag performer celebrates Lucy as a freak. With novelist Oscar Hijuelos, producer Chuck Lorre, The Office's Mindy Kaling, and a marriage counselor who has some advice for the bickering couple.

I Love Lucy was produced by Jenny Lawton, with production assistance from Chloe Plaunt and Claes Andreasson.

David Krasnow edited the show.

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Web Extra: Everybody Loves Lucy

Lucille Ball knew however big the star, TV was a writer's medium. Indeed, every gesture, every glance, and every step was written into the script. In this bonus track, Gregg Oppenheimer – son of creator, producer, and head writer Jess Oppenheimer – reads a bit of the stage direction from the classic episode "Lucy is Enceinte."   Jess and Gregg Oppenheimer are the authors of Laughs, Luck... and Lucy: How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time.

Click on the image at right to read an excerpt from the script.