There are lot of shows out there that can be considered Classic TV, but if we were forced to choose one that impacted not only the audience, but television itself, we would have to point to I Love Lucy. Created by Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz — who were armed with a trio of amazing writers — they took what could have been a typical sitcom set-up (successful husband who’s an entertainer with a wife who wants to be in show-biz) and turned it into comedic gold.

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Much of that gold was mined by Lucy herself, who was wonderful at physical comedy and brilliantly played to the live audience who attended the filming of episodes. How good was she? Let’s put it this way, if you watch certain episodes of the show and she does something funny, you can actually hear Desi’s very distinctive laugh in a scene in which he wasn’t even appearing; he was laughing right along with everyone else — and he knew the jokes.

With all of this in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back at the comic adventures of how Lucy and Ricky Ricardo — as well as their friends Fred and Ethel Mertz (William Frawley and Vivian Vance) — all came together to create some genuine TV magic.

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