Who they are: Lucy (Lucille Ball), the always-scheming classic TV housewife, is married to Cuban bandleader Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz). When Ricky says no to something, Lucy always comes up with a plan to get around Ricky's declaration with the help of her neighbor and best friend Ethel Mertz (Vivian Vance), whose curmudgeonly husband Fred (William Frawley) is even more difficult to please. But really, Lucy just wants to get into show biz. What the kids like: Lucille Ball's slapstick -- eating chocolates off an assembly line, wearing a barrel or reciting the benefits of Vitameatavegamin -- is bound to get a laugh. What the parents can't get enough of: Lucy's harebrained schemes never get boring, especially when they always, and sometimes literally, blow up in her face. Even though Ball and Arnaz's marriage didn't work out in real life, the sweet and chaste presentation of their marriage is a throwback that both parents and kids can appreciate today.
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