The Best Episodes of I Love Lucy

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2018

Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be their best friends.

Harpo Marx

#1 - Harpo Marx

Season 4 - Episode 28

Lucy decides to impersonate some Hollywood notables to impress nearsighted Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. A mixup occurs when Lucy, having introduced her friend to ""Gary Cooper,"" ""Clark Gable,"" ""Marlon Brando,"" and ""Jimmy Durante,"" decides to impersonate Harpo Marx just as the real Harpo arrives at the apartment with Ricky.

star 9.20
15 votes
Home Movies

#2 - Home Movies

Season 3 - Episode 20

Ricky's home movies move the Mertzes to walk out, and prompt Lucy, Fred and Ethel to make a movie of their own, a ""Western musical drama"" shot in the Ricardo living room. But that's not to mixed up with a TV pilot Ricky's making, is it?

star 9.00
19 votes
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First Stop

#3 - First Stop

Season 4 - Episode 14

The Ricardos and Mertzes have a hard time finding accommodations that will please everyone on their trip to California. They finally hit a greasy restaurant where stale cheese sandwiches cost them a dollar apiece. Hoping to find something better elsewhere, Ricky pays the check. The couples leave -- only to return several hours later, fooled by some purposely misleading road signs.

star 8.92
24 votes
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The Star Upstairs

#4 - The Star Upstairs

Season 4 - Episode 25

Cornel Wilde becomes the one-hundredth movie star Lucy has seen in Hollywood; he is living in the penthouse directly above the Ricardo suite. Determined to get a glimpse of the handsome actor, Lucy disguises herself as a bellboy, then hides under the star's luncheon cart to gain entry into Wilde's suite. Things go smoothly until she finds herself locked out on Cornel's terrace and must make her way down the side of the building using a few blankets as rope. Swashbuckler Cornel Wilde guest-stars as himself in this episode.

star 8.73
15 votes
The Hedda Hopper Story

#5 - The Hedda Hopper Story

Season 4 - Episode 21

Lucy takes a dive in an effort to further Ricky's career by creating a big splash in Hedda Hopper's Hollywood column. Her scheme turns out to be ""all wet"" in an adventure that could only happen to Lucy and Ethel. Hedda Hopper, the renowned Hollywood gossip columnist, guest-stars as herself.

star 8.71
14 votes
Bull Fight Dance

#6 - Bull Fight Dance

Season 4 - Episode 23

Lucy literally blackmails Ricky into getting her a part in one of his guest appearances on television. He does get her a role -- as a bull. When Lucy is displeased with the turn of events, she transforms the bull's image from that of a snarling beast to a mincing creature resembling Elsie, the Borden Cow. Look for the classic scene where Lucy upstages Ricky in this episode.

star 8.64
14 votes
Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined

#7 - Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined

Season 3 - Episode 11

Lucy finally gets her chance to be in show business, when she tricks Ricky into letting her do the ""Jitterbug"" in one of his shows. She's terrific during rehearsals, but problems occur when Lucy accompanies Ricky (who's been suffering from headaches) to the eye doctor just before the show. There, the doctor decides to examine Lucy's eyes, as well. He puts some eyedrops in Lucy's eyes which ""relaxes"" them, but Lucy's vision is blurry for the next twenty four hours. Naturally, this causes problems since Lucy has to perform that night.

star 8.57
23 votes
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The Great Train Robbery

#8 - The Great Train Robbery

Season 5 - Episode 5

Lucy gets mixed up with a jewel thief on a cross-country rail trip that marks the end of the series' Hollywood sojourn. That's not the only reason it's a bumpy ride. Another is that Lucy keeps pulling the emergency-brake cord.

star 8.55
22 votes
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The Diner

#9 - The Diner

Season 3 - Episode 27

The Ricardos and the Mertzes buy a diner, name it ""A Little Bit of Cuba"" and go to work. Well, the Mertzes go to work; the Ricardos ""greet."" Not surprisingly, relations are soon strained. Can a food fight be far behind?

star 8.53
15 votes
Directors: William Asher
Writers:
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Tennessee Bound

#10 - Tennessee Bound

Season 4 - Episode 15

The Ricardo-Mertz westward trek faces a delay — they're all thrown in jail for speeding — in Bent Fork, Tenn., home of Lucy's ""cousin"" Ernest, who'll do all he can to get them out of the pokey, even if it means marrying one of the sheriff's two daughters, Teensy and Weensy.

star 8.50
22 votes
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Ricky and Fred are TV Fans

#11 - Ricky and Fred are TV Fans

Season 2 - Episode 30

With Ricky and Fred glued to a TV fight, their wives go to the local cafe, where service is so slow that Lucy makes change for herself at the cash register and the girls are arrested. They finally prove their innocence and get home to husbands who didn't know they were gone.

star 8.50
18 votes
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Sentimental Anniversary

#12 - Sentimental Anniversary

Season 3 - Episode 16

Lucy and Ricky want to spend their 13th wedding anniversary alone, but the Mertzes have another idea: a surprise party.

star 8.47
17 votes
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Don Juan is Shelved

#13 - Don Juan is Shelved

Season 4 - Episode 22

Ricky's movie is shelved, so Lucy schemes to get Ricky another role. The plan: impress MGM studio boss Dore Schary by any means necessary, even if it means that Schary must impress himself. But first, there are 500 fan letters to write.

star 8.47
15 votes
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The Publicity Agent

#14 - The Publicity Agent

Season 1 - Episode 31

Lucy poses as a princess for a publicity stunt.

star 8.44
34 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr., Jess Oppenheimer
The Charm School

#15 - The Charm School

Season 3 - Episode 15

It's time for charm school for Lucy and Ethel when their men eye a pretty woman at a party. But Ricky and Fred are anything but charmed by the results.

star 8.42
19 votes
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The Freezer

#16 - The Freezer

Season 1 - Episode 29

Where's the beef? It's in Lucy and Ethel's new walk-in freezer (according to Lucy, the ""human popsicle""). Of course, Ricky and Fred have a beef with their wives, because they paid $483 for it. The meat company won't take it back, and they can't sell it to customers waiting in the local butcher shop, so they're stuck with it. And speaking of stuck, Lucy gets herself locked in the freezer!

star 8.42
36 votes
Directors: Marc Daniels
Writers: Madelyn Davis, Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll, Jr.
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Redecorating

#17 - Redecorating

Season 2 - Episode 8

Waiting to find out if she has won a home furnishing contest, Lucy won't leave the house, much to Ricky's annoyance. He tells Fred to call her and say that she's won. In her joy, Lucy sells all the old furniture, leaving Ricky with the job of buying it back.

star 8.39
38 votes
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Lucy's Last Birthday

#18 - Lucy's Last Birthday

Season 2 - Episode 25

Convinced everyone has forgotten her birthday, a forlorn Lucy sits on a park bench and meets up with a group of musical ""lost souls."" To embarrass Ricky, she brings them to the Tropicana, only to discover that a surprise birthday party awaits her.

star 8.39
23 votes
Lucy Hires an English Tutor

#19 - Lucy Hires an English Tutor

Season 2 - Episode 13

Lucy hires an English tutor so that Ricky won't give their yet-to-be-born baby bad speaking habits. The lessons are free, but Lucy does promise the tutor a payback: he'll get to sing at the Tropicana. Of course, Lucy neglects to tell Ricky this.

star 8.39
23 votes
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The Indian Show

#20 - The Indian Show

Season 2 - Episode 24

Even the arrival of the baby hasn't dampened Lucy's showbiz aspirations. Wanting to get into the new Indian act at the Tropicana, Lucy pays off one of the performers and appears herself, carrying Little Ricky papoose-style on her back.

star 8.38
21 votes
Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation

#21 - Ricky's Hawaiian Vacation

Season 3 - Episode 22

Ricky's band is to play in Hawaii-and guess who wants to go also? Lucy's plan: to go on a game show that gives away airline tickets. It calls for some trickery, and Lucy just *might* meet her match in the show's host, Freddie Fillmore, a prankster par excellence.

star 8.37
19 votes
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Lucy Goes to the Hospital

#22 - Lucy Goes to the Hospital

Season 2 - Episode 16

Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse for pregnant Lucy's trip to the hospital. It turns out to be predictably chaotic, but Lucy does deliver Little Ricky.

star 8.35
26 votes
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Job Switching

#23 - Job Switching

Season 2 - Episode 1

Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week, so she and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory, where they are totally inept-especially at wrapping chocolates-due to a speeding conveyor belt that has them stuffing chocolates in their mouths, blouses, and hats.

star 8.33
78 votes
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Lucy Wants New Furniture

#24 - Lucy Wants New Furniture

Season 2 - Episode 28

Lucy tries to hide some new furniture she bought without Ricky's permission in the kitchen. Discovering his wife's extravagant purchase, Ricky insists that Lucy pays for it from her allowance.

star 8.32
28 votes
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No Children Allowed

#25 - No Children Allowed

Season 2 - Episode 22

When a cranky tenant (Elizabeth Patterson, in her first appearance as Mrs. Trumble,) threatens to move because of Little Ricky's loud crying, Ethel makes it clear that her friendship with Lucy is more important than a rental agreement. But Ethel doesn't let the Ricardos forget her loyalty.

star 8.32
22 votes