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24 Interesting Tidbits You May Not Have Known About "I Love Lucy"

"Lucy, you got some 'splaning to do."

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4. According to Lucille Ball, nothing on the show was ever ad-libbed. "We never ad-libbed. We never ad-libbed on the set when we were putting it together. It was there."

5. The opening titles of "I Love Lucy" were based on the diamond-encrusted, heart-shaped lapel Desi Arnaz gave Lucille Ball on her 29th birthday.

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However, this title slide was not actually used until the show went into syndication. The original episodes opened with animated matchstick figures of Lucy and Desi referencing the particular episode's sponsor.

7. Fortunately both Arnaz and Ball felt that the audience wouldn't find their celebrity lives relatable, and instead chose to center the plot around an average family.


9. Ricky Ricardo's name was originally supposed to be Larry Lopez, but the producers apparently didn't like the alliteration of Larry and Lucy.


16. Additionally, each episode about Lucy's pregnancy had to be reviewed by a minister, priest and rabbi in order to ensure that they weren’t offensive to the television audience.


20. The words to the I Love Lucy theme song can be heard in the episode, "Lucy's Last Birthday."

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The lyrics are as follows: "I love Lucy and she loves me. We’re as happy as two can be. Sometimes we quarrel but then. How we love making up again. Lucy kisses like no one can. She’s my missus and I’m her man. And life is heaven you see. ‘Cause I love Lucy, Yes I love Lucy and Lucy loves me."

21. Lucille Ball was on the very first cover of TV Guide. Eventually, she would appear on the cover more times than any other celebrity, a total of 39 covers.

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