While it might seem hard to believe, I Love Lucy premiered 70 years ago! However, while it might be over seven decades ago, it remains one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. As I Love Lucy turns 70 this year, let's take a look at the best episodes of the iconic show.
"Lucy’s Italian Movie"
Throughout the series, Lucille Ball's iconic character, Lucy Ricardo, always wanted to become a big star, just like her famed husband, singer Ricky Ricardo. In "Lucy's Italian Movie," she gets the chance! While in Rome, Lucy earns a role as an American tourist in an upcoming Italian movie. Unfortunately, as you might expect, Lucy's ideas get the better of her!
After Lucy finds out the film's name, Bitter Grapes, she decides to research the role - literally. The grape-smashing scene that follows is one of the funniest moments in television history. And, by the end of the episode, Lucy learns an important lesson about friendship. Like the best I Love Lucy episodes, "Lucy's Italian Movie" has equal parts hilarity and heart.
"Lucy Is Enceinte"
As stated, the most fantastic I Love Lucy episodes have that perfect combo of humor and heart. Well, no questions asked, "Lucy Is Enceinte," ranks among the sweetest episodes ever. In the episode, Lucy desperately wants to tell Ricky she's pregnant. Sadly, he's just too busy for a sit-down conversation! So, as per usual, Lucy dons a disguise. In disguise, she heads to his show and requests him to sing a song titled "We're Having a Baby." When Lucy reveals herself, Ricky bursts into tears - and so did the viewers!
Still considered one of the best episodes of T.V. ever, "Job Switching" always has fans in hysterics. In the classic episode, Rick and Fred feel like their wives spend way too much cash, while they work all day. Meanwhile, Lucy and Ethel want to prove that they can hold down a job, just like the men. Plus, they say, house chores are not as easy as they look! So the men and women decided to swamp places for a week.
Ethel and Lucy pick up jobs at the local chocolate factory, while Fred and Ricky try and keep their houses in order. As you can probably guess, before the week even ends, everyone wants for things to go back to normal!
"Lucy Does A TV Commercial"
Often ranked the best I Love Lucy episode ever, "Lucy Does A TV Commercial" sees Lucy trying to land a commercial, despite Ricky's skepticism. In the end, like in "Lucy's Italian Movie," Lucy finds a way - behind Ricky's back, of course! Hysterically, Lucy starts regretting everything when she needs to promote a health tonic she cannot even pronounce: Vitameatavegamin. Many fans consider the commercial itself the funniest moment of I Love Lucy.
Does this list make you want to turn on some I Love Lucy? Well, there's good news: it's streaming on both Hulu and Paramount Plus!