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I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season (1951)

Lucille Ball , Desi Arnaz , Marc Daniels , Ralph Levy  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Vivian Vance, William Frawley, Tony Michaels
  • Directors: Marc Daniels, Ralph Levy
  • Writers: Jess Oppenheimer, Bob Carroll Jr., Madelyn Davis
  • Producers: Desi Arnaz, Al Simon, Jess Oppenheimer
  • Format: Full Screen, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2003
  • Run Time: 907 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (277 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AI41Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,719 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

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Brand New Factory Sealed Complete First Season of I Love Lucy. 9 DVD's of this fantastic comedy series starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz.

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159 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Patience Rewarded June 14, 2005
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I love "I Love Lucy." Whenever I find it on TV, I watch and find myself laughing no matter how many times I've seen the episode. Naturally, it was one of the first shows I knew I wanted on DVD. I wished I'd waited for this set, however.

When season one was first released, it was huge and expensive. Knowing how much I wanted the show, I ignored the price and bought it. Now, over a year later, we get a set more in line with the other three released to date. Now there are only seven discs, and it's much thinner. This takes up a fraction of what the original did on my shelf. Yet all the extras and quality are still there. Believe me, I checked.

So what do you get? You get the 35 official season 1 episodes plus the "lost pilot" that was found and released several years ago. The episodes have been restored and they haven't looked this good in years. Picture is original full frame black and white and sound is original mono. While there is occasional dust and such in the picture, for something 50 years old, this is pretty amazing. Bonus features include behind the scenes trivia and photos, guest cast information, restored footage (some of which is a hoot), the original animated opening, and a total of thirteen episodes of Lucy's radio show "My Favorite Husband" that inspired certain episodes.

For me, I find some of the episodes near the start of season 1 to be rather slow and not as funny. This is a common complaint of mine with most TV shows. The writers and actors need time to find the characters before things really take off. Still, there are some early gems like "The Diet" and "The Fur Coat.
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152 of 154 people found the following review helpful
By M. Hart
Over 50 years ago during the early years of broadcast television, the very inspired talents of Lucille Ball (1911-1989) and her then husband Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) were showcased on their hilarious television show "I Love Lucy". TV execs had initially rejected the plausibility of the show because of Desi and because they intended to tape the shows. However, thanks to the tireless efforts of Lucille Ball and Desi's obvious talents, the show first aired in 1951 and quickly became one of the most successful TV shows during all six of its regular seasons. As Lucy and Ricky Ricardo on "I Love Lucy", Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were joined by William Frawley (1877-1966) and Viviane Vance (1909-1979) as their best-friends/apartment landlords of Fred and Ethel Mertz.

The first season of "I Love Lucy" that aired between 1951 and 1952 has 35 memorable episodes:

1. "The Girls Want To Go To the Nightclub": For the Mertzes' anniversary, Ethel & Lucy want to go a nightclub, but Fred & Ricky want to see the fights.

2. "Be A Pal": Thinking their marriage is going cold, Lucy joins Ricky for a poker game, then turns their apartment into a Cuban getaway.

3. "The Diet": To be in one of Ricky's shows, Lucy must lose 22 pounds. No steak for Lucy.

4. "Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her": Lucy's mystery-book reading makes her suspicious of Ricky.

5. "The Quiz Show": Lucy goes on a game show to win money after Ricky cuts her allowance.

6. "The Audition": Lucy sneaks into Ricky's latest show as Buffo the Clown.

7. "The Séance": Reading horoscopes & numerology, Lucy gives Ricky bad advice; but tries to fix it with a hilarious séance.

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250 of 260 people found the following review helpful
I am a huge Lucy fan and just love her shows. With the price of the other version of this set, along with all the space it took up I avoided buying it. I agree with many of the reviewers about the GREED behind the first version of the I love Lucy complete first season DVD set. It takes up so much space (9 DVD Boxes) and it is expensive. Well I guess the powers that be at CBS finally listened to the dissapointed fans. They are now releasing this Reissue of I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season in what they call a new slim pack and the best thing is that it will be under $50.00 which is almost half the price of that other version. The DVDs will also be cut down to 7 instead of 9 which gives you more episodes per DVD. The will be one box set rather than 9 individual boxes. I encourage anyone who is in the process of buying that other more expensive version to wait because on May 3, 2005 this New slim pack and more affordable version will be released and the package looks a lot more like a DVD package should look, and less like a box that holds 9 DVDs. It has all the things the other version has but it is in a space saving package and is more affordable. The pilot and all 35 season 1 episodes are included on this classic sitcom! Approx. 907 minutes of total fun on a slim 7 DVD BOX SET under 50 bucks. I hope this helps some of you. Be sure to remember Season 4 of I love Lucy is also released the same day of this new set on May 3, 2005.

Save money and save space and wait till MAY 3, 2005 to get this version which is the way it should have been done in the fist place!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really love I love lucy
Can't srop laughing I mean Lucile Ball is so far the best actress to do a comedy
Published 3 hours ago by Julio Soria
5.0 out of 5 stars WE LOVE LUCY!
Who doesn't love Lucy! Great show me and my family will love to watch!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever
This show never gets old. It was the first sit-com, and few have come close to being as good as this is. I am glad to have them on DVD now.
Published 20 days ago by Steve in Memphis
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Lucy in Blu!!
It took me several weeks to decide that it was well-worth $60 to see Lucy in 1080p. As it turns out, it was worth much more than that! Read more
Published 20 days ago by Tyson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great gift for my wife. Thank you so much!
Published 1 month ago by jeffery s cooper
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Published 1 month ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray a dream come true!!!
CBS outdid themselves on this release!! What a dream come true to be able to watch the episodes as they originally aired over 60 years ago. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 80's TV Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic To Have In My Collection
Have always wanted to have I Love Lucy series. Excellent price, ships promptly. DVDs runs perfect. No skips or bad spots.
Published 3 months ago by Mackie's Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
Having bought various copies of the DVD sets, most episodes seemed pretty cleaned up already, so the actual episode quality is on par with or slightly better than the remastered... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Anthony Chiappette
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