I Love Lucy: 10 Behind The Scenes Secrets
I Love Lucy was a black and white sitcom series that aired on CBS in the 1950s from 1951 to 1957. Starring Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance and William Frawley, the show broke records, won awards and was the most watched show in the United States for four of its six seasons. I Love Lucy lives on through syndication even though it’s been 60 years since the show ended, so here’s a look back at 10 behind the scenes secrets from the series!
10. Poking Fun at Ricky
Lucy was the only one who was allowed to poke fun at Ricky’s fractured English. It became an unwritten rule on set after only a few episodes of filming. When the writers tried to incorporate other characters into the teasing, it was always met with silence from the audience because it seemed “cruel” for anyone but Lucy to poke fun at her husband’s fractured pronunciation.
9. Drama Between The Mertzes
One of I Love Lucy‘s best kept secrets is the drama between Vivian Vance and her TV husband, William Frawley, who played the roles of Ethel and Fred Mertz. No one but the series writers and directors knew they despised each other off-camera. It was reported that Vance, who was 22 years younger than Frawley, didn’t like having such an “old poop” play her spouse. In response, Frawley often referred to her as “that sack of doorknobs” or “b-tch.” All of this name calling happened behind the scenes — even their co-stars had no idea!