Season 1, Episode 1 The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub
TV's first great sitcom---and the standard by which all others are measured---debuted (on Oct. 15, 1951) with this madcap mix-up involving the Mertzes' wedding anniversary. The problem: Fred (William Frawley) wants to go to the fights while Ethel (Vivian Vance) wants to go the Copa. She enlists Lucy (Lucille Ball) as her ally, he enlists Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and zaniness ensues.
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- Premise: TV's first great sitcom centered on a zany New York housewife who wants desperately to get into showbiz and her Cuban bandleader husband who has his hands full trying to dissuade her. Also getting caught up in their shenanigans were the Mertzes, their land… (more)