I Love Lucy Marathon on FOX Classics


This Easter Saturday Andrew Mercado will present an I Love Lucy Marathon on FOX Classics.

Classic episodes will air from 6am with the film The Long, Long Trailer to air from 7pm.

As Mr. Mercado will no doubt tell you, it was Desi Arnaz who is attributed with pioneering the 3 camera system of recording comedy. He wanted to grab every reaction shot of Lucy which in turn gave rise to syndication. Although there are suggestions it existed before this time too.

Either way DesiLu were brilliant at business -and comedy.

Starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz I Love Lucy is the iconic and much-loved series that ran from 1951 to 1957 screening 180 episodes over six seasons. The television series was pioneering in its comedy and content being the first to show an interracial couple on air – Lucille Ball and husband Desi Arnaz were married in real life and depicted a comical version of their marriage on the show. I Love Lucy was also the first to feature an actual pregnant woman playing a pregnant woman, which was ground-breaking for its time.

Following the marathon, FOX Classics will finish the day with the screening of the hilariously funny feature film, The Long, Long Trailer that’s sure to get everyone loving Lucy. The 1953 film stars Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz, Majorie Main, Keenan Wynn, Bert Freed, Oliver Blake and more. Nick (Arnaz) and Tracy (Ball) are two newlyweds travelling across the United States in an overloaded trailer trying to celebrate their honeymoon, however everything that can go wrong, does go wrong, with riotous results.

I Love Lucy Marathon
Saturday April 4 from 6am to 7pm on FOX Classics

The Long, Long Trailer
Saturday April 4 at 7pm on FOX Classics


  1. It was the first live audience show. it was such a phenomena and so popular that department stores closed early. I so enjoyed IIL as a child because she was both glamorous and yet willing to be completely comedic and in the moment. Vivian Vance and William Frawley were also so loved. Yes, the adult coding was a sign of the times and that’s for sure. Reminds me of the Honeymooners too. That would have had to be one of the simplest sets ever designed I think but it spoke to the socio-economic strugglers and was so popular.

  2. Andrew Mercado

    Oh yes Mr Knox you are correct
    More surprising is the revelation that it was once considered “adult entertainment” here in Australia, given it screened at 10pm the night TV started in 1956

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