Who could forget the I Love Lucy episode in which Ricky and Fred get upset about the girls’ spending, so Lucy and Ethel go to work in a candy factory while the boys do the housework?

I Love Lucy

Lucy at Madame Tussauds New York

It’s a favorite and one that no doubt will be aired on National I Love Lucy Day, which is observed annually on October 15, according to National Day Calendar. It is a day set aside to celebrate one of television’s all-time greatest shows; I Love Lucy.

National I Love Lucy Day takes on special significance in Palm Springs, which is home to the famed Lucy House. Individually owned. The Lucy House is one of the oldest Hollywood celebrity getaway homes of Palm Springs, affectionately known as the getaway home for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. It is now open as a vacation rental, according to Visit Greater Palm Springs. The house is located at 1194 Via Miraleste.

I Love Lucy, an American sitcom starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley made its debut on October 15, 1951.  The program created a new television experience with the first filmed and scripted program performed before a live audience.  The studio literally knocked a hole in a concrete wall creating room for theater seating inviting the once-banned fans to see the stars perform – for free. The new format and I Love Lucy won five Emmy Awards, received numerous nominations.

In four of its six seasons, I Love Lucy was the most-watched show in the United States and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings. In 2002, TV Guide ranked the sitcom television’s 2nd greatest show of all time, and in 2007 it landed on TIME Magazine’s “100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME” list.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Watch a marathon of the sitcom and use #NationalILoveLucyDay to post on social media.

Image Sources

  • Lucy at Madame Tussauds New York: Cindy Uken
  • Lucy in the Chocolate Factory: Shutterstock