62 years ago, on October 15, 1951 the powerhouse couple known as Desilu aired their hit television show I Love Lucy for the first time. From the beginning the show was a hit, gaining most of the ratings. In fact the episode in which Lucy gives birth brought in over 40% ratings, which was more than the presidential inauguration that previous night. With 62 years in the passing the show still proves to be a hit. With reruns spawning new generations of fans each year it is easy to see that Lucy isn't going anywhere. Perhaps the secret to the show lies within the chemistry of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball. It is said that their relationship was in shambles at the time of the show, and the show was an attempt to fix their marriage. However it is clear to any viewer that their love was still deeply routed. No other show has managed to obtain the success and following that I Love Lucy has managed to gain and hold for 62 years. Children as young as 2 years old adore the show. This may seem odd for a generation where 3D television is normal, but most viewers find the black and white appearance to hold a charm other shows simply don't have. The secret to the success of this show lies within the stars. Perhaps it is the combination of lovable characters and blatantly attractive actors. Perhaps it is the humor and silly antics which keeps this show afloat. Whatever the reason, the show simply can't be beat. Desi Arnaz once commented that "I Love Lucy was never just a title." How true he is.
Finding ways to celebrate a tv show can be somewhat tricky. However there are plenty great ways to celebrate this one, including marathons, and a visit to the Desilu museum in NY. This show is groundbreaking in more than one way. The show had a rocky start, until Desi decided they would produce it themselves and tape it for the networks. This was the first time a show had been taped with a live audience. Desilu Studios proved to be successful and was even responsible for Stargate years later. Another challenge the dynamic duo faced was the fact that Desi was Cuban, which wasn't easily accepted at the time. Many people viewed him as a dirty Cuban who stole one of America's sweethearts. What they didn't realize is that Desi was extremely grateful for his chances in which America gave him, coming from a poor family. It is also widely known that Desi and Lucy were madly in love, and were not afraid to show it. Desi commented on their relationship " Lucy and I would love furiously and fight furiously." One of the couples coworkers and friends commented on how they were very much in love and didn't care who saw it or knew it. Though the couple did have their troubles, as any do, and ended with divorce, their love seemed to stay prominent. Their daughter Lucy Jr commented on their last phone call, just hours before Desi's death stating that "I love you" was all that could be heard. It seems that loving Lucy is easy, and many people will continue to do so. This is why the show is still airing 62 years after it's release. We love Lucy! Here is to 62 years of humorous, heartbreaking, romantic, tear jerking, side splitting television. May I Love Lucy see 62 years more!