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I Love Lucy

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I Love Lucy
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Written byJess Oppenheimer
Madelyn Davis
Bob Carroll, Jr.
Bob Schiller
Bob Weiskopf
StarringLucille Ball
Desi Arnaz
Vivian Vance
William Frawley
Richard Keith
Theme music composerEliot Daniel
Harold Adamson
Composer(s)Eliot Daniel
Wilbur Hatch
Marco Rizo
Country of originUnited States
Originallanguage(s)English
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes181 (including the "lost" Christmas episode and original pilot) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)Jess Oppenheimer
Desi Arnaz (executive)
Location(s)Desilu Studios
Los Angeles, California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time23–26.5 minutes unedited, including opening and closing credits
Productioncompany(s)Desilu Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Black-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original runOctober 15, 1951 – May 6, 1957[1]
Chronology
Followed byThe Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

I Love Lucy is an American television sitcom starring Lucille BallDesi ArnazVivian Vance, and William Frawley. The black-and-white series originally ran from October 15, 1951, to May 6, 1957, on CBS. After the series ended in 1957, however, a modified version continued for three more seasons with 13 one-hour specials, running from 1957 to 1960, known first as The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show and later in reruns as The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour.

The show, which was the first scripted television program to be shot on 35 mm film in front of a studio audience, won five Emmy Awards and received numerous nominations. Another award that the show won was the coveted George Foster Peabody Award for "recognition of distinguished achievement in television."[2]

I Love Lucy was the most watched show in the United States in four of its six seasons, and was the first to end its run at the top of the Nielsen ratings (an accomplishment later matched by The Andy Griffith Show and Seinfeld). The show is still syndicated in dozens of languages across the world, and remains popular, with an American audience of 40 million each year.[3] A colorized version of its Christmas episode attracted more than eight million viewers when CBS aired it in prime time in 2013 – 62 years after the show premiered.[4]

I Love Lucy is often regarded as one of the greatest and most influential sitcoms in history. In 2012 it was voted the 'Best TV Show of All Time' in a survey conducted by ABC News and People Magazine.[5]