National I Love Lucy Day

National I Love Lucy Day is a holiday that’s observed on the 15th of October and honors “I Love Lucy,” a show that many people consider to be one of the best TV shows of all time. For people who might not know much about this television program, it was a show that originally debuted on October 15, 1951, and starred Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, William Frawley, and Vivian Vance.

It was one of the first scripted TV shows performed and filmed before a live audience, and it was the most-watched TV show in the U.S during its first four seasons. It’s a show that’s been forever preserved in the history books and is one that people might want to check out on this holiday.

The History Of I Love Lucy

We couldn’t uncover the history of National I Love Lucy Day, so we thought that we would instead cover the history of I Love Lucy instead. This show first aired on CBS on October 15, 1951. It starred Lucille Ball, her real-life husband at the time Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, and William Frawley.

The show followed the life of Lucy Ricardo (played by Lucille Ball). This character was a middle-class housewife living in New York and who often concocted schemes with her friends Ethel and Fred Mertz—often to hilarious results.

Most of her schemes were her various attempts at becoming a part of her husband’s Ricky Ricardo’s (played by Desi Arnaz) nightclub routine, mingling with famous people, or trying to become a part of show business. This show ran until May 6, 1957, and there are a total of 180 episodes.

Facts About I Love Lucy

We know that plenty of people are just dying for some additional information on this show, so we’ve created this section to list some of the interesting facts about I Love Lucy.

  • Desi Arnaz was almost not cast as Ricky Ricardo because CBS felt that audiences wouldn’t buy Lucille Ball having a foreign husband.
  • Vivian Vance had a contract that stipulated she always had to weigh more than Lucille Ball.
  • Lucy wasn’t a natural redhead.
  • Lucy was almost drowned in grape juice while filming the episode “Lucy’s Italian Movie.”
  • To retain its sponsor Philip Morris, the character’s on this show had to be seen smoking cigarettes.
  • Two versions of the opening credits made for the show.
  • Approximately 44 million people watched the episode where the Ricardos welcome Little Ricky into the world.

Observing National I Love Lucy Day

If you want to celebrate this holiday, then all you need to do is to sit down and enjoy some episodes of I Love Lucy. This show can often be caught on one of the various streaming services, or if you feel really dedicated to the show, you can buy episodes online. While you’re enjoying this holiday, be sure to use the hashtag #NationalILoveLucyDay on your social media accounts to spread the word about this holiday.

When is it?
This year (2023)
October 15 Sunday
Next year (2024)
October 15 Tuesday
Last year (2022)
October 15 Saturday
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