In my English program at the IELC, I took an integrated skill class about the sit comedy show of I Love Lucy. This sitcom show is very old; it started in the 1950s. It was so hilarious, I really enjoyed watching it. When we were introduced to I Love Lucy, it gave us an overview about history of American Television Sitcom.
I love Lucy was a sitcom television show about Lucy (Lucille Ball) and her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz). The show was a black and white series that started on October 15, 1951 to May 6, 1957 on CBS. Lucille Ball was an American actress and Desi Arnaz was a Cuban-American actor. In real life, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were a married couple. Moreover, other casts from I Love Lucy were Ethel, played by Vivian Vance and Fred, played by William Frawley.
I Love Lucy was the first TV show program shot on 35 mm film in front of a real studio audience. The show received numerous nominations and won five Emmy Awards. It was the number one show in United States between 1951-1957. It was aired and translated to many different languages across the world such as Arabic, and even after its termination the show remained popular to this day. In fact it some film critics called it “the Mona Lisa of television, a work of art whose fame transcends its origins and its medium.”
The Story of the Show was about Ricky Ricardo and his wife Lucy, living in a Brownstone apartment building in New York City. The beautiful and crazy Lucy always wanted to be more than a housewife. She enters herself into all kind of troublesome situations. Ricky and his best friends neighbors Fred and Ethel always find themselves in the middle of Lucy’s bizarre adventures problems. such as her dream of becoming an actress, her determination on writing a novel, and so many other funny strange situations that Americans audience found humorous.
In the integrated skill class we had a survey assignment about which was the best favorite episode of I Love Lucy. We had to ask 30 American students and most of them said the “chocolate factory” Episode. The episode was about switching jobs between Lucy and Ethel’s husband. Ricky and Fred had to work on doing house chores such as cooking and cleaning the house, while Lucy and Ethel go for a real job. The episode was so hilarious, especially the part of Lucy and Ethel covering the chocolate.
Another people’s favorite episode was “Lucy Does a TV Commercial”. Even this episode was so funny; it was about Lucy tricks on Ricky and go for auditioning a TV commercial. In this TV commercial Lucy practice to say this script:
“Hello friends. I’m your Vitameatavegamin girl.
Are you tired, run-down, listless?
Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular?
The answer to all your problems is in this little bottle. Vitameatavegamin.
Yes, Vitameatavegamin contains Vitamins, Meat, Vegetables, and Minerals.
Yes, with Vitameatavegamin, you can spoon your way to health.
All you do is take a great big tablespoonful after every meal.
Mmmmmmm….. It’s so tasty, too!
Tastes just like candy!
So why don’t you join all the thousands of happy peppy people and get a great big bottle of Vitameatavegamin tomorrow!
That’s Vita-meata-vegamin! (Wink)”
The funny part is that we had to make an audition on the same script in front of other students, and they had to evaluate which student from the integrated skill class should have the part. Imagine having to say “Vitameatavegamin” for many times, especially if your English is not perfect, it will be so funny.
By the way I won out the part!!
Now the class is ended it was only a three weeks class but I’m planning to buy I Love Lucy the complete series on DVD and take it home with me on summer so I can show it to my family.
Now, which episode of I Love Lucy you liked?