“I Love Lucy” aired from October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 and during that time the TV series changed the face of scripted television forever. By the time it ended its incredibly popular run, the show had won five Emmy Awards, became the first scripted TV series to be filmed with 35mm film in front of a live studio audience, and was the first show to use the three-camera format. Amazingly, those firsts were not even the most impressive parts of the show.
From business deals that were precedent-setting in the industry, to on-screen feuds that would last until death, the show was full of drama, romance, and even a near death experience. We have collected some crazy and fun facts about “I Love Lucy,” and its incredible cast, that will make you love the show even more.
The Show Was Filmed Live In Front Of An Audience Of 300
It was impressive enough that the show was shot from start to finish with very few reshoots, but it was also done in front of a live audience that included 300 viewers. Desi Arnaz would later claim that Lucille Ball did her best work when she was in front of real people who were watching her perform. The real truth is that Desi had a special talent that made this kind of acting natural for him… we’ll find out more about his unique knack just a bit later.
There were a lot of “one take” scenes because every line was rehearsed repeatedly before filming. With that many people in attendance, the next fact makes a ton of sense.