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|I Love Lucy, a CBS television sitcom that aired in the 1950s, was the most popular American show ever produced. In its second season, for example, its average ratings were a never-surpassed record of nearly seventy percent of all viewers, compared to about 30 percent for the top-rated show of today — it is still considered by viewers and experts alike to be one of the greatest television series of all time.|
The cast consisted of actress Lucille Ball, her actor/orchestra leader husband Desi Arnaz, stage actress Vivian Vance, and movie character actor William Frawley. The series ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS (181 episodes, including the "lost" Christmas episode and pilot). This show was ranked #2 on TV Guide's top 50 greatest shows of all time in 2002, behind Seinfeld and ahead of The Honeymooners. Episodes of "I Love Lucy" are still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world. The show was heavily based on a radio show from a few years before, My Favorite Husband about Liz and George Cooper and many of the scripts were rewritten for I Love Lucy using the same writers (Madelyn Pugh and Bob Carroll, Jr.). On this radio show, Lucy had played "Liz" and actor Richard Denning had played "George".
Love Lucy is the first of only three shows to end its run as the #1 TV show in America (the other two being The Andy Griffith Show in 1968 and Seinfeld in 1998), and it has since had a significant impact on popular culture. Most of the cast have since died. Ball was the last main cast member to die, on April 26, 1989. The only living member of the non-guest cast is Keith Thibodeaux (credited as "Richard Keith") who played Lucy and Ricky's young son "Little Ricky" in the last season and on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour until 1960.
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