It was an instant smash, to say the least. "I love Lucy" aired on US TV on this day in 1951.
It was the most popular situation comedy TV show of its day. In fact, 72% of US TV's watched the episode where Lucy went to the hospital to give birth to Little Ricky.
It was about a Cuban bandleader in New York married to one of the funniest women in the planet. Add to that Fred & Ethel and you had all of the ingredients for a very funny episode.
It lives on thanks to reruns and very funny episodes. I think that I've seen all!
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