We always Loved Lucy in our house when I was a kid. And, obviously, we are not alone.
Today would have been Lucille Ball's 100th birthday and in her honor Google has made a wonderful Google Doodle, complete with seven video clips from some of the most popular TV episodes.
The original series ran from 1951 to 1957 and even though I'm old, I'm not old enough to remember the show during the first runs. During the 1960s, we lived on reruns just like we watch old Law & Order episodes today.
Former model, actress, comedienne Lucile Ball played Lucille Esmeralda "Lucy" McGillicuddy Ricardo. Her real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, played Enrique Albert "Ricky" Ricardo. Now we didn't know Lucy, but it was our impression that Lucy and Ricky just played themselves.
They played characters who were also a married couple and the husband was a band leader. Lucy's character was naive and ambitious and her overactive imagination and curiosity often got her and her buddy, Ethel, into trouble. Even thought the show was filmed in black and white, we knew Lucy had fiery red hair.
And in my childhood home, we had something we called "a Lucy kiss." I don't remember ever seeing the actress do it, but a big hug and a kiss (usually accompanied by the sound "mmmmm...") in our house was a Lucy kiss. It was a big kiss, one worth giving a name.
I Love Lucy was groundbreakng in many ways, including the fact that it was the first scripted show shot in front of a live studio audience. Wikipedia's I Love Lucy page is interesting reading.
Happy birthday, Lucy! Here's a big fat Lucy Kiss to you!