Why I Love Lucy

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A funny thing happened last night. I found myself with that rare thing they call "free time." It's that moment that is rarely seen, when children have been bathed and put to bed, dishes and laundry have been cleaned and there is nothing more to do but...relax.

With a husband, two kids and pets, you can imagine that doesn't happen very often for me. I don't see completely free moments very much at all so I was excited to have a chance to prop myself up in my big comfy bed and flip on the TV. I thought for sure I would find something interesting on at least one of the one hundred and twenty channels we have at our disposal. I honestly assumed I would find more than a few options that would catch my eye and draw me in. Not so.

What I discovered was a lot of well...garbage. Shows marketed at teens that advertised sex and drugs, violent death filled dramas and way more than enough so-called reality trash. I found myself looking around in confusion wondering, where is all the good stuff?

Some of the great sitcoms of the past. The Odd Couple, The Munsters and Taxi.
Some of the great sitcoms of the past. The Odd Couple, The Munsters and Taxi.

Dyno-mite!

Growing up, I remember very vividly watching re-reuns of some of the great television shows before bed. I got to fall asleep to the sounds of some of the greatest comedians and hilarious actors. I may not have been around to see sitcoms like The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Bob Newhart Show or Bewitched when they originally aired but I ate them up when they reappeared decades later on Nick at Nite.

As a kid, what had surprised me most when I'd first happened upon many of these classics was that they were so darn funny! I was laughing out loud at grown men falling over footstools, psychiatrists and their crazy patients, high school students with their hands in the air saying "Ooh, ooh ooh."

And, amid those greats, tucked in with all the talking horses and cooped up genies, was one especially perfect (and perfectly hilarious) pearl that I still love just as much as I did then. I Love Lucy.

Not just funny but smart and beautiful, too!
Not just funny but smart and beautiful, too!
Lucy and Vivien Vance.
Lucy and Vivien Vance.

"Awww, Ricky"

To wrap back around to the beginning, to that "funny thing" that happened last night...as I was searching through those satellite channels, when I was sure all hope of television watching was dashed, I saw it. One long, seemingly unending block of I Love Lucy on the Hallmark Channel.

A huge smile covered my face as I clicked it on and snuggled in to watch Lucy do her thing. I giggled when I noticed the information on the menu for the episode said "Lucy tries to get a part in Ricky's show." HA! Lucy fans can attest that there was rarely a time when she wasn't trying to get a part in one of Ricky's shows.

I watched Lucy and Ethel, Ricky and Fred in their black and white perfection, making faces and hamming it up. The whole experience reminded me just how much I miss those sitcoms of the sixties and seventies that I (though slightly later) grew up with. No one cursed or smoked anything more dangerous than a cigarette (although that wasn't the greatest message either LOL) and life wasn't pictured as difficult. They were a way to get away from the toil and trials of every day, not a medium for reminding us of what we face in 'real' life time and time again, as much of today's television shows tend to do. The sitcoms of years ago were and still are an escape.

I find that I often long for the past. In ltelevision, apparently, as well as life. Of course, there are things currently on the ole boob tube that I do enjoy. But I still miss the oldies. And even some of the not-so-oldies that held those same ideals. For instance, I can't help but miss the subtle wisdom of an OB/GYN that also happens to be a father of five and wear great sweaters or the inviting atmosphere of an underground bar where everybody knows my name. I will forever wonder why we turned our backs on the little Ingalls girls and embraced the Kardashian sisters or when we decided that watching other people's fake reality was better than living our own.

I can't help but wonder what kind of a world we would be living in if life on television was still portrayed as it used to be. If we didn't air our dirty laundry for the world to see or pride ourselves when we act a fool in front of God and everybody. So, I am here to say that I do, in fact, love Lucy and I miss her. I'm sure I always will.

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mckbirdbks 5 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I Love Lucy, too. Your Hub was an excellent five minute escape.


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

Thanks mckbirds!! :) She is hard not to love!


Justine 5 years ago

My hubby and I love Bonanza and The Andy Griffith Show for the very same reasons. Hubby says "they are the best shows, somehow, they make me feel safe."

oh, and lucky you, free time!! What a rare delight. I am glad you were able to enjoy it after all.


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

Thanks Justine! My husband loves Andy too. There are so many older sitcoms out there that, if we're lucky, we can catch on reruns. I remember my dad watching MASH all the time when I was a kid and now he still watches the reruns when he can. I'm glad some of the greats are still around in one way or another. :)


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Genna East 5 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I was raised on Lucy-like sitcoms as well. I do miss the wholesome quality and feelings of security of those days. Was life simpler then? Perhaps for us, it was. Kudos on this rich and well written hub.


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

Thank you Genna! I miss those feelings too and I know life was certainly simpler for me then!! :) thanks for reading!!


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Kosmo 5 years ago from California

Everybody loves Lucy! That show is still on TV and probably will stay there until the world ends - next year?!... Of course, "I Love Lucy," is the same as sitcom 101. "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is a classic too. Fortunately lots of those shows are still shown on basic cable, which is all I can afford these days. Later!


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

Love the Dick Van Dyke Show, Kosmo!! Such a goodie :)


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tnderhrt23 5 years ago

I Love Lucy, The Honeymooners, The Carol Burnett Show are some of my favorites...Lucille Ball was truly one of the greatest talents of all time, in my humble opinion...Most enjoyable hub, TSA!


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

thanks tndrheart! Carol Burnett is such a good one too!! That show always makes me crack up! :)


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

I love this . . . funny, informative, well written and TRUE! I went through a period of time when I could not fall asleep until watching some sort of "oldies" show that made me forget about the crap of that day. I would stumble upon Lucy and it would make me laugh. A show that seemed to be on a lot then was Golden Girls and I would search for it every night. I envy the writers of shows like that. Lately, when I am looking for something funny to deter my mind, I look for Everybody Loves Raymond. I know this show isn't that old, but again, I envy the writers. Thanks for writing this - truly enjoyed it!

Sharyn


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

thanks Sharyn! The Golden Girls is a great classic too. I used to watch Designing Women also. It's a good natured funny one. I miss the ease of those days!


Sarah 5 years ago

I totally agree with you about old TV shows. I'm in my twenties and I still love all the old shows from the 60's,70's and 80's. My favorite decade is the 70's, Mary Tyler Moore, The Jeffersons, Sanford and Son, MASH, Rhoda, All in the Family, The Walton's, the list just goes on. One of my favorites from the 60's is That Girl. Today's shows just don't measure up! Thanks again for such a great article!


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To Start Again 5 years ago Author

Thanks Sarah! That Girl is a great one too. Everything (well maybe not everything LOL) from the eighties and earlier seems to be an a whole different league :)


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Trish89 3 years ago

I loved reading this and watching the videos. The chocolate factory one is my absolute favorite :-)


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To Start Again 3 years ago Author

Thanks Trish! I really appreciate your stopping by and reading~glad you enjoyed it! :) The chocolate factory is definitely one of my faves too. Along with Vitameatavegamin.

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