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.
David Krasnow edited the show.
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.