I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season
I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season

 
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Here's how it all began-the classic episodes that started America's long-running love affair with everyone's favorite madcap redhead Lucille Ball. Plus the rarely seen pilot episode that sold the I Love Lucy series. By the end of its initial season I Love Lucy was TV's first bona fide smash-hit-the very first program seen in more than 10 million homes. America just couldn't get enough of this stunning new comedy talent-Lucy as a less-than-poised would-be ballerina in "The Ballet" Lucy battling the world's longest loaf of bread in "Pioneer Women" and Lucy in her greatest performance as the health tonic-guzzling TV pitchwoman for "Vitameatavegamin" in "Lucy Does a TV Commercial." ("And it's so tasty too!") Fall in love all over again with the wild and wacky series that changed TV forever!DVD Special Features:Full Screen FormatDolby Digital: English Mono Spanish MonoSpanish Subtitles7-disc setIncludes 36 episodes from Season OneOriginal Series OpeningsLost ScenesProduction NotesDeleted FootageGuest Cast InformationBehind-The-Scenes Audio FeaturettePhoto GalleriesScript ExcerptsRestored MusicSystem Requirements:Starring: Desi Arnaz Lucille Ball William Frawley Vivian Vance Running Time: 907 Min. Copyright Paramount Pictures 2005Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: TELEVISION/CLASSICS Rating: NR UPC: 097360274547 Manufacturer No: 027454

Customer Reviews:

  • This version is much better
    I purchased the first version eagerly when it was released. Since then I've purchased the rest of the seasons and was relieved when they started making the slim more compact packaging. I also noticed there were some flaws in the first set of DVD's like no intro music and some other glitches that didn't match the others. The first version has 9 full size DVD boxes and only 4 episodes per DVD. It's like they had to work out the kinks. It took me a long time to decide to purchase the "new" First season because I already paid $95.00 for it the first time, but I am glad I did. They added in a colorized intro section with Ricky singing "I Love Lucy" that I just love. Not to mention it's smaller and matches my collection. If your're trying to decide which First season to buy, this is the one. It has the same great first season eposides and extras, smaller, more episodes per DVD and the price is so right! ...more info
  • Kris' "I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season" Review
    I am a big "I Love Lucy" Fan and I think that buying this DVD here at Amazon was the best decision that I could have made. Buying this product was fast and easy. I hope that any I Love Lucy fan would do the same and buy this DVD or any I Love Lucy DVD here at Amazon.com! Thanks Amazon!!...more info
  • how can you go wrong
    my mother is a big fag and loves the show, labeling on the box is off with episode list but disks work fine and good quality. She will be getting the rest of this fine series...more info
  • Rough Start to Timeless Classic
    I like the idea of season-by-season releases. But in the case of "I Love Lucy" and a few other series ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "All in the Family" spring to mind), this may not be the way to go. Some of the greatest sitcoms in history had a rough start and took some time in the beginning to find their groove, but then really took off. "I Love Lucy" is the perfect example. This pioneer sitcom virtually invented the television sitcom genre. When it started, they were doing things that are now standard in the industry, but had never done before: most notably, developing the three-camera technique for filming sitcoms in front of a live studio audience; before "I Love Lucy," other comedies were either aired live from New York or, as in the case of "Amos 'n Andy," shot on film with one camera (like a movie) without an audience. So at the same time the crew behind this show (including star Desi Arnaz) were trying to invent and perfect the techniques for shooting a sitcom, the writers, director, and cast were trying to figure out how to create and develop sitcom plotlines and characters. It was a daunting challenge because they really had nothing to go by. They were entering unchartered territory. And in the early episodes from the first season, this is evident. The plots are often absurd, and the characters are roughly drawn and seem very cartoonish.

    One issue with the plots is that the writers came straight over to "I Love Lucy" from Lucille Ball's 1948-1951 radio series, "My Favorite Husband." They were inexperienced in television and apparently assumed that what worked on radio (like a wife half-heartedly disguising herself and fooling her husband) would work on television. Often it didn't. But they would soon learn their lesson.

    By the time "I Love Lucy" returned for its second season, it seemed that all the creative talent behind the show -- the writers, the actors, the director -- had had some sort of epiphany. The Ricardos, the Mertzes, even the minor players on the show, all played like real people, whereas they usually played like cartoons in the first season. And the scripts had some basis in reality and no longer required viewers to completely suspend their disbelief: there were no more six-foot loafs of bread popping out of the oven, no more icicles allowed to develop all over Lucy's body without a trip to the hospital, no more instances of Ricky deliberately electrocuting his wife. The stories were now real. The relationships were real. You got the feeling the Ricardos and Mertzes truly did have a deep friendship extending back more than a decade. The two marriages portrayed on this show seemed authentic. With this believability underlying the comic brilliance of Lucille Ball; and the incredible chemistry between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, between Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance, and between Vivian Vance and William Frawley; plus the wonderfully inventive scripts, this show from the second season on was pure magic.

    I am definitely buying the DVD packages for seasons 2 through 6 (I've purchases seasons 2 through 4 so far). The episodes from the last five seasons are, for the most part, phenomenal. But I'm still hesitating on the first season. For the aforementioned reasons, I find much of the first season hard to watch and not funny. For those who have never seen this show (if it's possible that such a person exists) and are questioning whether or not to buy a DVD of this show to check it out, my advice: start with the second season. Do not even look at the first season until you have seen seasons 2 through 6.

    My three star rating is for the fine job that's being done putting together this series, and for the outstanding efforts of those involved in putting this show together starting with nothing. But for Season One, I have to make a deduction for the overall quality of the show because it had not yet become the classic we know it to be today. The other seasons all deserve five stars....more info
  • Oh, Lucy!
    These are in great shape and you never get tired of watching them. I love this set and can't wait to get the other seasons....more info
  • unbeatable classic
    This wonderful collection is an absolute must for many more than the fans of Lucy, the true Empress of television's Desperate Housewives.
    Hilariously clever and incredibly funny this unbeatable classic
    serves equally well as a very pretty reminder of the
    grand professionalism of early American television.
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  • VERY PLEASED CUSTOMER
    The item was just as described. Shipping was good. The videos themselves are wonderful. It is fun to see all those shows again! Thanks!!...more info
  • the best I Love Lucy collection out there
    I already had collected almost all of the I Love Lucy series on VHS tapes, but this was worth buying. Besides all of the episodes complete and uncut and in order, you get some great bonus material, such as My Favorite Husband radio shows (which are GREAT), the original I Love Lucy show opening, and lots of info about the actors/actresses and behind the scenes trivia. Definetly worth the investment. Buy all of them. ...more info
  • We Love Lucy
    We Love this collection of the 1st season. Our whole household (parents and young children) is enjoying this funny-as-we-remembered classic television series. We love the packaging and easy to use 2-disc sleeves, compact case. Our only complaints are that the credits appear at the beginning and end of each episode and the spanish subtitles which we can't seem to turn off....more info
  • Continuous Laughs!
    My wife and I visited Lucy's hometown in Jamstowne, NY and purchased one of the series. After that was such a BIG hit with my wife & girls we started our collection. It's hard to find such great clean T.V. for kids and adults today. You will surley enjoy this one!...more info
  • I Love Lucy Fans
    I am in the process of collecting the whole I Love Lucy series. I had found others in stored but the first year series was usually out. It was easily found and ordered on Amazon.

    One of our favorite shows in the 1st series is the skit about Vitameatavegimin. My whole family enjoys watching each show. This is truly timeless comedy at its best. ...more info
  • happy customer
    happy with my purchase. everything in great condidtion and i received it rather quickly. will purchase from buyer again :)...more info
  • I Love Lucy First Season
    I really enjoy Lucille Ball in I love Lucy it is a good clean comedy program that our whole family enjoys. I intend to purchase more of the I Love Lucy series as they become available. MO resident...more info
  • If you like "I Love Lucy"..you gotta see this...
    If you are a fan of "I love Lucy"..it means that you are over 35 years old, and you've got to have this collection..specially this first season, it will take you to the very good moments we had in the past, the imagen is excellent, you enjoy it like the first moment, I bought this for my birthday...and can't wait for the second season.I'm very pleased with this purchase....more info
  • I love lucy
    I actually gave the DVDs as a gift, so I can't rate the item except for how the recipient directed. She said it was great!...more info
  • Mom loves to watch these old videos
    I gave this series to my mom for Christmas and nearly every Sunday when I call, she's watching a new one. She goes on and on about how much fun they are to watch. I got them for her because I remember watching them with her when I was young. I highly recommend this video series....more info
  • Great Buy...
    This was a gift, and it's great. The slimline cases are so much better than the way this was originally released, and the extras are awesome!...more info
  • Lucy and Ricky
    Over 50 years ago a show previewed.The I Love Lucy show.A show that would make history.I give this season 5 stars and would give 100 if it went that high.If you want a show full of fun and laughs, and the way television used to be before the anything goes generation took over.just set back and get lost in the way we all wish life could be again....more info
  • A GREAT COLLECTION
    THIS FIRST SEASON OF A TV CLASSIC IS NOTHING SHORT OF BRILLIANT ,ALL THE EPISODES HAVE BEEN RESTORED AND ARE BETTER THAN THE FIRST TIME THEY WERE SEEN ON TV ,AND IT IS HARD TO BELIVE THAT THEY ARE 52 YEARS OLD ,AND STILL AS FUNNY .
    LUCILLE BALL IS A COMEDY GENIUS AND THIS DVD SET PROVES IT...more info
  • I Love Lucy-1st Season
    what can I say I tryly Love Lucy and am very glad to own the collection! ...more info
  • We luv I LOVE LUCY!
    Both my son and I usually spend "our time" watching the I Love Lucy shows. It has become our special not to mention, funny time together:)...more info
  • excellent
    reliable. got the item on time. no damages. i would recommend this seller. 5 *****'s....more info
  • How can you not LOVE LUCY?!?!?!?!
    Awesome, as usual!!!! What more can you say about Lucy? This set even has my most favorite episode.....Vitameatavegamin!!!!...more info
  • I Love Lucy-the Complete first season-Dvd.
    I was not even born yet, and my mom wasn't either(I was born'82) Yet I watched re-runs growing up, I love the show.. And this dvd which I gave to my Mom..I love . it is hilarious and of a Simpler time. When America and the world was really Decent. ...more info
  • Fantastic Content but condition of DVD's disappointing
    The I Love Lucy episodes are hilarious, and I will definitely be purchasing the rest of the seasons.

    I really like the slim cases - takes up less room, and the fact the disks are single sided.

    So far I have only watched Disk 1, (and it plays well) but I can't comment on the playability of the other disks (see next paragraphs).

    All of my DVD's (on the silver side) have fingermarks on them, and there is this streaking all over them that sort of looks like milk (it's not milk, but that's what it looks like).

    It sort of looks like something was spilled or sprayed on them at one time and they weren't dried properly. (Also, when I open the case to remove a DVD, there is a sort of chemical smell present, which I haven't noticed from other plastic cases). I have tried (gently) to remove these streaks, but they won't budge. It is only an aesthetic thing (I hope), but it is disappointing that the DVDs didn't arrive in pristine condition. (I wasn't too impressed with the fingermarks).

    I only hope these streaks don't have an affect on the playability of the DVD's (or cause the DVD's to become unplayable over time).

    It makes me wonder if the set was at some time returned, (maybe the disks could have been cleaned (that would account for the streaks/fingermarks)) and then simply re-wrapped to look like new. Who knows?

    Living in Australia, I can only imagine the difficulty I would have in returning the DVD's to Amazon, so it is just one of those things I have to risk when buying from overseas.

    Reading comments re the playability of some DVD's (eg Dragnet, Adam 12 etc), somewhat deters me from purchasing such DVD's because I assume it isn't easy to organise returns (if needed).

    Anyway, regarding I Love Lucy (1st Season), I am still giving the set a 5 star rating, because the content certainly deserves it....more info
  • Great!!!!!!!!
    Great DVD! Worth every penny. For any Lucy fan, here is your pot of gold....more info
  • I Love Lucy - The Complete First Season
    I THINK IT IS GREAT CLEAN SHOW...more info
  • I Love Lucy too
    The remastering they've done makes these a joy to watch with no distractions from scratches, pops, etc.. It's interesting to hear some of the history behind some of the episodes and interesting to see how much cigarettes were pushed on TV "back in the day". I hadn't known that Phillip-Morris was the original sponsor of I Love Lucy and their ad was built into the beginning of every show early on.

    It's all the Lucy you love, plus more, just a little better than before. :)...more info
  • Just Plain Wonderful!
    This is such a wonderful show I can't put how wonderful it is in words! You can forget about Lucy with so much TV programming out there, but hopefully you don't miss it altogether. The show is still the most brilliant situation comedy ever and even in it's first season was just amazing. I couldn't leave my TV for several days in the evening watching these shows. They are too good and really, really funny. This seasons contained the classic Vegametavitamin commercial and the gigantic loaf of bread that pops out of the oven when Lucy puts too much yeast in it. I had forgotten The Freezer but that was very funny too. It was great to see what wonderful performers Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz were. They gave themselves wonderful opportunities to enjoy their talents and showcase them to the world. I am learning more about TV history too. What a wonderful show. The radio show My Favorite Husband, Lucy's radio show in the late 40s is pretty great too. I am glad that was included. I've wanted to learn more about radio shows and hope that podcasting will provide more incentives to restore these great shows. ...more info
  • A Real Funny Classic
    This set is great and here is why:
    - If you're a fan of golden age classic comedy shows, then this is a great treat for you.
    - The sound and video quality of the DVD was amazing. I have watched old episodes on tv of I Love Lucy and the difference is huge! You would enjoy a the clear voice even if sometimes you can't figure out some of Ricky Recardo words :)
    The bonus material were not much, but you don't really buy the DVD for the bonus material do you? the DVD's include some never-seen footage, and some other related material....more info
  • lesia's veiws
    I used to watch I love lucy as a child, it was one of my favorites and I love having part of the collection. I will buy more....more info
  • Lucy's The Best
    Lucille Ball is the best comedic actress i've seen And she doesn't make many mistakes. That's saying something for that point in time that this show was first on the air....more info
  • "I love Lucy" I do!
    I Love Lucy Season 1 was a great season, this will also include the Pilot episode and a lot of bonuses. I am very pleased that they started to make these sets in the slim line cases and I decided that I would go ahead and purchase this one because I allready had the bulky dvd version and it was taking up a lot of space. I am glad that I decided to go ahead and spend the extra money on this set because it has saved me a whole lot of space for more dvd's. The other set I will auction off or give away to a friend! If you have the bulkier version of the Season 1 of "I Love Lucy" I highly recommend going ahead and purchasing this one, there is no differance in the quality but it matches the rest of the seasons and is a big space saver as well. ...more info
  • Very funny
    I bought this as a gift for my mother-in-law. She loves Lucy, so that was easy. We watched most of the DVDs with her, and they are funny - my 9 and 16 year old sons were even laughing hysterically. It's not like these shows are in HD, so the video quality isn't the greatest, but it looks like it did back in the old days on our TV in the 70s....more info
  • Loved it!
    I got this for my dad for Christmas. The whole family watched the "Vitameatavegamin" episode and just cracked up! I wish I had gotten a set for myself...
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  • Radio to television
    Just a great package, and a great show...not sure if it's even on cable any more. Guess there isn't a 'market' for it. Don't care now, even if it were one no longer has to suffer through the ads or on-screen promos, not to mention scrunched credits at the end (or drowned-out ones...remember, here an announcer read the guests' names out). The radio shows included really add perspective. If you grew up with it you'll never settle for less than a series like this, even though the earliest episodes are feeling their way in the new medium. ...more info
  • Infinite classic
    I'm an all time fan of "I love Lucy" and for those of you who are too, you will appreciate the classic tv show that has made millions of people laugh. I cannot get enough of this show and am ever so grateful that this was restored onto DVD's because of the excellent quality and there are no edited parts. ...more info
  • The season that started it all.
    The first season of "I Love Lucy," contains some of the most hilarious episodes the series had. In the middle of the first season, "I Love Lucy," was the first television series to reach ten million viewers, and by the third season "I Love Lucy," reached over 45 million viewers. The sound and picture quality on this DVD is great. Some of my favorite episodes of this season are: The Amateur hour, Lucy fakes illness, the Ballet, The young fans, Pioneer Women, Lucy does a TV commercial, The publicity agent, Ricky thinks he is getting bald, and Ricky asks for a raise. If you are a "Lucy" fan this DVD is a must. ...more info
  • The Start of The Sitcom
    I laughed so hard I nearly choked! I've watched "I Love Lucy" countless times (people of a certain age were practically weaned on this show). As I watched these early episodes, I saw how the actors and writers slowly created genius. Here are the famous Vitameatavegime and Freezer shows. But here are also some unique and odd gems that I truly don't remember (Lucy thinks she isn't married to Ricky! The gang hold a s?ance.) Simple, brilliant, classic, American humor. Get and watch - just be prepared to laugh your head off....more info
  • fast and easy
    received the item I purchased in less than half the time I was told. Got in in perfect conditions. Thanks...more info
  • 9 MILLION STARS..BRILLIANT
    I OWN EVERY SEASON OF I LOVE LUCY. THIS IS A BRILLIANT, TIMELESS COMEDY ..I WILL OWN THESE DISKS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE...more info
  • Great product
    The quality of the shows is great. Having them collected by season is great. We're really enjoying them....more info
  • Do you love Lucy?
    I love Lucy. This set is wonderful. I'm so glad that they've lowered the prices on these sets now. This is a first-rate set of dvds, clear episodes, looking just like they did when I watced them as a little girl...and even funnier now. A must-have for Lucy lovers....more info
  • i love lucy but they are horrible lip synchers
    i love lucy very much and after spending the money for the first season as it originally came out i was hesitant on buying this but i like the smaller package so i bought it in the hopes of not seeing lucy ricky fred and ethel lip synching so badly either and it's the same i can hardly watch this set the tapes are better they are so off from the words they are saying....if anyone else notices this let me know maybe paramount will get us a fix...more info
  • I really LOVE Lucy!
    I am 7 years old and me and my family got this from Santa.I LOVE her jokes.I LOVE the ballet one,because I am learning ballet too.She is so funny in the ballet one! I think she dances terrible!My favorite one is when she is doing the commercial for Vitameatavegamin.I like that one because she is drunk and acts silly! ...more info
  • I Love Lucy ....complete 1st season.
    I have always loved the Lucy episodes . She is one of my favorite comedienes. If you love her as I do, then you really need to purchase this DVD as well as all of them as they are released....more info
  • I Love Lucy The Complete Fist Season
    This is probably one of the best Paramount releases out there. I first got an I Love Lucy on Christmas of 2004 and it was the second season set. About two years later, I was at Best Buy and got the slim packet of the first season. It was even better than season two! The episodes are clean and crisp and I wouldn't be suprised if they look better than they did when they first aired on CBS. That brings me to another point, each episode starts with a title card saying the name of the episode and when it first came out; brilliant!
    This release has a total of 36 episodes, including the pilot. All 36 are put in 7 DVDs. Each disc has bonus features including flubs, some of which are very interesting to see, guest cast information, special features ( usually restored music or dialouge ),original openings, complete episodes of Lucy's radio series, and production notes. Here are a list of episodes:
    Disc 1

    Pilot : Lucy tries to get in the act when Ricky's band auditions for a televison show.

    The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub: Fred and Ricky want to see a prize fight...but Lucy and Ethel have something else in mind.

    Be A Pal: Lucy tries to rekindle romance with Ricky.

    The Diet: Lucy goes on a diet to get in Ricky's act.

    Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Muder Her: Lucy reads a murder book and thinks Ricky's going to murder her.

    The Quiz Show: In Order to get $1,000 for her household accounts, Lucy has to pretend she was previously married.


    Disc 2

    The Audition: Remake of the pilot.

    The Seance: Lucy and Ethel get into supernatural powers.

    Men Are Messy: Lucy teaches Ricky a lesson by messying up the house for a magazine interview, so she thinks.

    The Fur Coat: Lucy thinks Ricky has given her a mink.

    Lucy Is Jealous Of Girl Singer: Lucy thinks Ricky is fooling around at the nightclub.

    Drafted: Lucy and Ethel think Ricky and Fred have been drafted while Ricky and Fred think their wives are pregnant.

    Disc 3

    The Adagio: Lucy takes dance lessons to get in the act, but her teacher has other things on his mind.

    The Benefit: Ricky agrees to do a vaudiville act for Lucy's club, but when she finds who gets all the punchlines, she makes drastic changes to the act.

    The Amateur Hour: Lucy agrees to babysit in order to get a new dress.

    Lucy Plays Cupid: Lucy delivers a romantic note ffrom a friend to a grocer, but the grocer thinks Lucy is the one who wrote it.

    Disc 4

    Lucy Fakes Illness: Ricky brings home ana actor playing a doctor to teach Lucy a lesson about faking illness.

    Lucy Writes A Play: Lucy writes an English play.

    Breaking The Lease: The Ricardos fight with the Mertzes which forces them to move out of the building.

    The Ballet: Lucy uses ballet to get into Ricky's act.

    The Young Fans: Lucy teaches a school boy how to dance.

    New Neighbors: Lucy overhears what she thinks is a plot against her and Ricky.

    Disc 5

    Fred And Ethel Fight: Lucy tries to fix a fight against Fred and Ethel.

    The Moustache: Lucy put on a beard to get Ricky to shave his upper lip.

    The Gossip: The boys bet the girls that they can't stop gossiping.

    Pioneer Woman: Lucy battles against the ultimate loaf of bread.

    The Marriage Licesne: Lucy thinks that she and Ricky aren't married thanks to a marriage license error.

    The Kleptomaniac: Lucy is accused of stealing other people's valuables.

    Disc 6

    Cuban Pals: Jealous of Ricky's Cuban dance partner, she tries to take her place in the show.

    The Freezer: After ordering too much meat for a walk in freezer, Lucy gets locked in.

    Lucy Does A TV Commercial: Lucy become drunk doing a commercial. * All time favorite episode #1.

    The Publicity Agent: To increase Ricky's publicity, Lucy dresses up as the Maharincess of Franistan.

    Disc 7

    Lucy Gets Ricky On The Radio: Lucy is convinced that Ricky is a mastermind.

    Lucy's Schedule: Lucy serves a fast meal to teach Ricky a lesson.

    Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald: Lucy gives Ricky a scalp treatment.

    Ricky Asks For A Raise: Lucy convinces Ricky to ask for a raise, now he no longer has a job.

    This is the ultimate Lucy collection and I recconmend it for all fans. It will keep you laughing for hours and hours.

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  • Glad I kept it for myself
    I actually bought the first year of I Love Lucy for my 20 year old who LOVES Lucy, not knowing her boyfriend had already bought it. Talked it over with my husband and we kept it for ourselves. We have been watching it and can't stop laughing. I forgot some of the funny things Lucy has done. I bought second year for my daughter and am thinking about getting it for myself. ...more info
  • Greatest Female Comedian of All Time
    As if this series needs any introduction or praises from anyone. It's simply the most watched, most hilarious sitcom to ever grace the television! Whether you watch the first season or the final season, you will not be disappointed. Feeling sad? Wanting a good laugh? Just pop in I Love Lucy and you're on your way to laughter...leaving your troubles behind...even if only for a brief moment in time....more info
  • Great!
    I received the item promptly and is was in perfect condition. My family and I are enjoying the Lucy episodes and I will most likely purchase additional series....more info
  • Amazing First Season of a Classic
    Lucille Ball was and is a true legend. There has not been another comedienne with her rare, sharp comedic skills and expert timing since. A lot of times with a series, even the best in history, it takes a season or two to hit its groove. Not with I LOVE LUCY. Many of the most classic episodes are here in the 1st season. Years ago when the 1st season was first released on dvd it was for an outrageous price. Other seasons followed at very amazing deals and now at last season 1 is at a price that is just unbeatable.

    Imagine, all the 35 episodes from the 1st season shown uncut and digitally remastered. The pilot episode is here as well as three complete episodes of Lucy's radio show MY FAVORITE HUSBAND on which I LOVE LUCTY was based. Of course she refused to do it without her hubby Desi. There is deleted footage, original opening sequences (they changed the intro to the famous heart when the show went into syndication). There are also behind the scenes featurettes. The list of extra goes on and on.

    Of course these episodes are glorious for with this series Desi invented the three camera filming process as well as recording on film which preserved them for eternity. The character of Lucy was inventive, original and also very believable from the very first episode. Lucille Ball managed to do some hilarious slapstick and be in outrageous situations while remaing a beautiful lady with class and purpose. All the antics had a reason that she managed to make very believable. Of the classic episodes here we have THE BALLET, LUCY'S SCHEDULE, THE FREEZER, PIONEER WOMEN as well as the infamous LUCY DOES A TV COMMERCIAL which introduced us forever to Vitameatavegamin.

    Need I say more. The show is the most famous, best written and best acted comedy of all time. If you love Lucy you must have this 1st season. If you have lived under a rock and have not seen all these episodes you must invest in this to see a true comedic legend use her craft to exemplary results. This show never appears dated. It can be enjoyed as much today as when it first aired. That is the true testament of a true classic.

    Long live Lucy....more info
  • If You Love Lucy, You'll Love This DVD!
    I treated myself to this long-desired DVD set as an early college graduation present, and it's one of the best presents anyone ever got me! ;-)

    Included is every single episode of the first season, including the Lost Pilot, filmed on a single stage in 16MM (they had to keep cutting to change the sets). EVERY SINGLE DISC has extras, and they are AMAZING. Every single disc has a great line-up of "flubs" in various episodes, detailed production notes, stills, and details about how various musical bridges and footage cut out for syndication were restored to match the original broadcasts. (The restoration is such a thing of beauty that I bet it actually looks & sounds BETTER than the original broadcasts!) Some of the best extras are the footage that hasn't been seen on television since the show's original broadcast days, including openings for the shows that re-ran when Lucille Ball was given time off to have a baby, Christmas greetings and summer goodbyes to the audience. These are all fun and diverting, but the BEST EXTRA BY FAR are the ORIGINAL RADIO BROADCASTS of "My Favorite Husband" which starred Lucille Ball, and which many episodes of "I Love Lucy" were based on. I can't even BELIEVE that these were included -- I feel *incredibly* lucky to have them. They provide almost as many hours of entertainment and laughs as the episodes themselves do, and I would have gladly paid a separate fee to own them, but they're included at no extra cost! It's like buying a great house and having someone throw in a free luxury car with the purchase. Even when you've watched all the episodes, these will keep you rolling the aisles for weeks afterward! *EVERY CENT* of the price is justified just by the inclusion of these shows!

    As someone who wasn't even born before most of this show's major players passed away, I grew up watching re-runs, and it's wonderful to be able to see every episode fully restored to the way it was originally aired! (Minus the original opening credits -- they stuck with the "heart on satin" that didn't officially get added until the re-runs in the late 50s, but I'm elated it's here, since it adds to my childhood nostalgia.) My mother never had to worry about me when I was watching "Lucy" -- this was truly a Golden Era of television, when you never had to worry about bared breasts or foul language, or images so grisly they belong in an R-rated film. No, the only "unwholesome" thing in these DVDs is the frequent plugging for Phillip Morris cigarettes, which sponsored the show, and constant images of characters smoking. Nowadays, such shameless advertisement would be seen as selling-out, and advertising cigarettes to kids would be even more hidously evil, but back then it was par for the course.

    The best part about these DVDs are the surprises. There are funny quotes from the show hidden behind some of the discs, the songs played in each episode are listed on the menu for that episode, and when you select the "play all" option on a disc, you get treated to a rendition of "I Love Lucy" (the song version Desi sings; true fans know exactly what I'm talking about) over a montage of colorized images from the show before the episodes begin. The color is interesting, but it would have been better if they'd left well enough alone, as it looks entirely too fake. But it's a nice surprise anyhow. Nice also is the 35 (!!!!!) episodes you get! Modern shows only have 22 at max, which is a shame -- especially for really funny comedies like "Arrested Development". When it's good, the more the better! I had no idea Lucy came out of the gate this funny. In fact, I almost bought season 2, since I figured most TV shows got better after the bumpy first season, and was certain that all the classic Lucy episodes I had come to love from TV re-runs would be on the later seasons. But when I saw the "Vitametavegamin" picture on the back of this box, I went for it, and I am so glad I did. This show came in with a bang, and it's just as hilarious as I remember.

    If I have to be nit-picky, the one thing I'll quibble about is the sound. It's in mono, which I know is just like the original show, but come on, they could've mondernized SOMETHING. I need my stereo sound!! :-D But the packaging is great -- all 35 episodes take up only a little more space than my other comedy DVD collections. Every episode is preceded by its original air-date when you play it, and the original episode number is given along with its title & air date. They never explain why the episodes weren't aired in what is supposedly the order, but hey, nothing's perfect.

    However, this DVD is as close to perfect as they come. After seeing this, I'm hungry for more. Especially for the "Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour" DVD; that show was hilarious. No one these days has the guts to make an hour-long comedy show, and that's too bad. When did the rules get made that things could only be funny for 22 minutes? Sheesh. (Oh, another good point -- these episodes are longer than modern TV episodes. Fewer commercials back then! Then again, what did they need with commercials when the products were right there on the show?) But I'll just have to be patient until it's available, and keep my fingers crossed that the package and the price are as good a value. EVERY NICKEL was worth it for this set! (And I bought it in a retail store, where it wasn't even remotely on sale.) In the meantime, I can't wait till I actually graduate -- then someone ELSE can get me the next-best present: Season 2!...more info
  • Excellent product & service
    I requested these DVD, and the delivery time was super...as promised. The product is great and funny. good thing is that the product is worth the money....very good episodes of I Love Lucy....more info
  • A timeless classic
    I was lucky enough to get this set and the second season set in an Amazon 1 day sale but even at full price this is a must have. There's a reason that 'I Love Lucy' is still being shown around the world on tv some 57 years after it was first shown and that's because the scripts, comic timing and performances are timeless. Pick any modern sitcom (even the ones we consider classics like Seinfeld or Frazier) and try to imagine them being shown 57 years from now. Maybe they will be, who knows, but I'm pretty sure 'I Love Lucy' will still be there, making our great grandchildren laugh just like it made our grandparents laugh. Pure tv gold....more info
  • I Love Lucy The Complete Fist Season
    This is probably one of the best Paramount releases out there. I first got an I Love Lucy on Christmas of 2004 and it was the second season set. About two years later, I was at Best Buy and got the slim packet of the first season. It was even better than season two! The episodes are clean and crisp and I wouldn't be suprised if they look better than they did when they first aired on CBS. That brings me to another point, each episode starts with a title card saying the name of the episode and when it first came out; brilliant!
    This release has a total of 36 episodes, including the pilot. All 36 are put in 7 DVDs. Each disc has bonus features including flubs, some of which are very interesting to see, guest cast information, special features ( usually restored music or dialouge ),original openings, complete episodes of Lucy's radio series, and production notes. Here are a list of episodes:
    Disc 1

    Pilot : Lucy tries to get in the act when Ricky's band auditions for a televison show.

    The Girls Want To Go To A Nightclub: Fred and Ricky want to see a prize fight...but Lucy and Ethel have something else in mind.

    Be A Pal: Lucy tries to rekindle romance with Ricky.

    The Diet: Lucy goes on a diet to get in Ricky's act.

    Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Muder Her: Lucy reads a murder book and thinks Ricky's going to murder her.

    The Quiz Show: In Order to get $1,000 for her household accounts, Lucy has to pretend she was previously married.


    Disc 2

    The Audition: Remake of the pilot.

    The Seance: Lucy and Ethel get into supernatural powers.

    Men Are Messy: Lucy teaches Ricky a lesson by messying up the house for a magazine interview, so she thinks.

    The Fur Coat: Lucy thinks Ricky has given her a mink.

    Lucy Is Jealous Of Girl Singer: Lucy thinks Ricky is fooling around at the nightclub.

    Drafted: Lucy and Ethel think Ricky and Fred have been drafted while Ricky and Fred think their wives are pregnant.

    Disc 3

    The Adagio: Lucy takes dance lessons to get in the act, but her teacher has other things on his mind.

    The Benefit: Ricky agrees to do a vaudiville act for Lucy's club, but when she finds who gets all the punchlines, she makes drastic changes to the act.

    The Amateur Hour: Lucy agrees to babysit in order to get a new dress.

    Lucy Plays Cupid: Lucy delivers a romantic note ffrom a friend to a grocer, but the grocer thinks Lucy is the one who wrote it.

    Disc 4

    Lucy Fakes Illness: Ricky brings home ana actor playing a doctor to teach Lucy a lesson about faking illness.

    Lucy Writes A Play: Lucy writes an English play.

    Breaking The Lease: The Ricardos fight with the Mertzes which forces them to move out of the building.

    The Ballet: Lucy uses ballet to get into Ricky's act.

    The Young Fans: Lucy teaches a school boy how to dance.

    New Neighbors: Lucy overhears what she thinks is a plot against her and Ricky.

    Disc 5

    Fred And Ethel Fight: Lucy tries to fix a fight against Fred and Ethel.

    The Moustache: Lucy put on a beard to get Ricky to shave his upper lip.

    The Gossip: The boys bet the girls that they can't stop gossiping.

    Pioneer Woman: Lucy battles against the ultimate loaf of bread.

    The Marriage Licesne: Lucy thinks that she and Ricky aren't married thanks to a marriage license error.

    The Kleptomaniac: Lucy is accused of stealing other people's valuables.

    Disc 6

    Cuban Pals: Jealous of Ricky's Cuban dance partner, she tries to take her place in the show.

    The Freezer: After ordering too much meat for a walk in freezer, Lucy gets locked in.

    Lucy Does A TV Commercial: Lucy become drunk doing a commercial. * All time favorite episode #1.

    The Publicity Agent: To increase Ricky's publicity, Lucy dresses up as the Maharincess of Franistan.

    Disc 7

    Lucy Gets Ricky On The Radio: Lucy is convinced that Ricky is a mastermind.

    Lucy's Schedule: Lucy serves a fast meal to teach Ricky a lesson.

    Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald: Lucy gives Ricky a scalp treatment.

    Ricky Asks For A Raise: Lucy convinces Ricky to ask for a raise, now he no longer has a job.

    This is the ultimate Lucy collection and I recconmend it for all fans. It will keep you laughing for hours and hours.

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  • Episode List
    1. The Girls Want to Go to the Nightclub

    2. Be a Pal

    3. The Diet

    4. Lucy thinks Ricky is trying to murder her

    5. The Quiz Show

    6. The Audition

    7. The Seance

    8. Men are Messy

    9. Drafted

    10. The Fur Coat

    11. Lucy is Jealous of a girl singer

    12. The Adagio

    13. The Benefit

    14. The Amatuer Hour

    15. Lucy Plays Cupid

    16. Lucy Fakes Illness

    17. Lucy Writes a play

    18. Breaking the lease

    19. The Ballet

    20. The Young Fans

    21. New Neighbors

    22. Fred and Ethel Fight

    23. The Moustache

    24. The Gossip

    25. Pioneer Woemen

    26. The Marriage License

    27. The Kleptomaniac

    28. Cuban Pals

    29. The Freezer

    30. Lucy Does a tv Commercial

    31. The Publicity Agent

    32. Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio

    33. Lucys Schedule

    34. Ricku thinks he's getting bald

    35. Ricky asks for a raise...more info
  • Keep Lucy Coming!!
    I own this dvd collection and am really happy with it.
    I just hope that this release prompts season set releases.
    Please vote for ALL of Lucy's remaining shows to be released as season set dvds. We now have complete sets of I Love Lucy and The Lucy Desi Comedy Hour. We just need The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy, and Life with Lucy.
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  • A sublime and immortal comedy series
    I have only watched seasons one and two of I LOVE LUCY on DVD, but I must say that both the show and the DVD packaging are labors of love and well worth investing in. The series has hysterically funny dialogue and inspired plotting from genius writers Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, and Bob Carroll, Jr. Season one (1951-1952) has a special place in my heart because it was created when I was an infant; I was born in January 1951.

    Some of the most famous episodes in the entire history of I LOVE LUCY are in Season One, which has finally been manufactured right--seven thin disks selling for about $50, not $100, and in very nice packaging. The vitamin commercial is from season one. And season two (1952-1953), also very nostalgic for me at age 1 or 2, is highlighted by the chocolate factory as season premiere and the birth of Little Ricky--seemingly the same day that Lucille Ball gave birth to Desi Arnaz, Jr. I am told that the audience ratings have never topped that episode, which interestingly has reliable character actor Charles Lane in it.

    The bonuses on these sets are labors of love--long-unseen and chilling Philip Morris cigarette commercials and animated cigarette opening credits; the "hearts on velvet" credits did not come in until syndication, when five minutes were cut from each episode for time. They are finally uncut and non-commercial here--and remastered to look and sound brand new. There are radio program tie-ins, behind-the-scenes production notes, bloopers and deleted scenes, everything you could want as a Lucy junkie. Now I finally know why Lucy and Desi were smoking so much during the show--it was the blasted sponsor wanting to get its money worth, even at the expense of two actors who both died prematurely of lung cancer.

    But this is all bonus material you do not have to watch if you do not want to. The important thing is that the greatest situation comedy in TV history is on reasonably priced DVD in beautiful packaging, uncut and non-commercial, for a whole season. Lucy fans, this is heaven! Dig in and buy big so that the whole series hits DVD in packaging this lovely.


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  • I Love Lucy - First Season
    Quality of production is simply amazing. The stories are as memorable now as they were when I was a kid. I loved the whole first series and I am looking forward to seeing the next five years of episodes that my husband purchased for me. It was my anniversary gift for this year....more info
  • I should have waited
    but i got the expensive box set. I am getting this anyway because it will take up half the space and look good with the other box sets....more info

 

 
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