My 15 Favorite I Love Lucy Episodes

In honor of Lucille Ball’s birthday I figured I’d showcase my fifteen favorite episodes of I Love Lucy.  I’ve tried to include clips and/or full episodes.  If nothing is provided in terms of video I’ve discussed why I love the episode.  Happy birthday Lucy!

Episodes in order of air date

The Diet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a4k6wh-UTM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iwOFoSVfbU

Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/watch/lucy-thinks-ricky-is-trying-to-murder-her-13726/

The Freezer

Sadly I couldn’t find any significant clips or the full episode but this one is one of my favorite “Lucy and Ethel try to create a business” episodes. The girls end up with 700 pounds of beef and take it selling it at the bank.  Lucy’s pitch with quick talking and rhyming “rump” and “stump” never ceases to make me chuckle.  I wish I could perfect a sales pitch like that.

Lucy Does a TV Commercial

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/watch/lucy-does-a-tv-commercial-15110/

Job Switching

http://www.cbs.com/classics/i_love_lucy/video/?pid=q0FZUzqPt0C3l1dRlaSC2Cy_H_lep65j&vs=Default&play=true

The Saxophone

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdFxg_LYkXc

I do love the clip but I wish I could have actually found the clip of Lucy dressed up playing the sax.  “Be bop, be bop, be bop.  Yeah man!”

The Courtroom

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/watch/the-courtroom-15122/

Lucy is Enciente

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UPbOtpM5OQ

One of the most beautiful clips in film history.  My mother always bawls when she sees this part.  You can truly see the love between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in this clip.

Lucy Goes to the Hospital

Continuing the arc of Lucy having her baby, this is the one where she actually has the baby.  There’s so many wacky hijinks in an episode where Lucy isn’t necessarily the main focus.  You have Ricky dressed up as a crazy witch doctor and I love the man in the waiting room who has six girls.  “One more and you could start a softball team.”

Lucy is Envious

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/watch/lucy-is-envious-17126/

Hollywood At Last

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/watch/l-a-at-last-1592138/

Yes I had to include this as it’s the episode with William Holden.

Lucy Visits Grauman’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xc0WHNzsvZ0

The Passports

http://www.tv.com/shows/i-love-lucy/passports-1592164/

Lucy and the Loving Cup

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XI0OFLZza6M

Lucy and Superman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkwGo4GLEtc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mF5iBawhji4

This one holds a personal connection for me as my grandfather was a devoted Superman fan and adored George Reeves.  I think what I love about this episode as well is that Reeves wasn’t allowed to be “George Reeves as Superman” but Superman the person.

What are your favorite episodes?

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