I Love Lucy

1951, TV Show

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Honeymooners Star Sheila MacRae Dead at 93

Sheila MacRae

Sheila MacRae, who starred on The Honeymooners as part of Jackie Gleason's variety show, has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. She was 93.

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I Love Lucy Gets Colorized For Christmas and Finally Goes Blu-ray

I Love Lucy

If you've been dreaming of a red Christmas, then Santa — or, rather, CBS — is about to make your holiday wish come true. The network celebrates the holiday with the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, pairing newly colorized versions of the series' seldom-seen Yuletide installment and the classic ...
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Last Surviving Adult I Love Lucy Cast Member Shirley Mitchell Dies at 94

Shirley Mitchell

Shirley Mitchell, who is believed to have been the last surviving adult cast member of I Love Lucy, has died,... read more

Exclusive: TV Writers Choose the 101 Best-Written Shows Ever; What Was No. 1?

The Sopranos

Bada bing! The Writers Guild of America has named HBO's The Sopranos, created by David Chase, the best-written TV series of all time. Members of the WGA's West and East coast chapters — folks who obviously know a thing or two about writing TV shows — evaluated hundreds of dramas, comedies, miniseries (six hours or more), daytime serials, animation, variety series, talk shows and kids' programs to come up with an unprecedented, exhaustive list of TV's top 101.

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No Joke: The Greatest Comedies of All time

Jerry Seinfeld and Julia Louis-Dreyfus

In honor of TV Guide Magazine's 60th anniversary, senior critic Matt Roush names the 60 greatest comedies of all time. Here are the top 10, and pick up the new issue (on sale now) to see numbers 11 through 60.

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TV Guide Magazine's 60th Anniversary: How Desi Arnaz Jr. Became Our First Cover Star

Desi Arnaz Jr.

He helped make TV Guide Magazine a hit right out of the box. And we, in turn, helped make his life utterly confusing! On April 3, 1953, a chubby-­cheeked newborn named Desiderio Alberto Arnaz IV — eventually known as Desi Arnaz Jr. — graced the cover of our very first issue with a cover line touting him as "Lucy's $50,000,000 Baby." Lucy, of course, was Lucille Ball, the madcap, flame-tressed star of America's most adored sitcom at the time, I Love Lucy, while Dad was Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz — and both of them knew the value of publicity... read more

Thanksgiving Weekend TV: Your Guide to the Marathons, Specials and Sports Games

Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion

Stuffed with Thanksgiving turkey? Tired of flag football with your family? Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to stay put on the couch all weekend long. Check out our roundup of all the parades, specials, marathons and sports on tap. (All times ET)

Network Parades and Specials
Thursday:
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, NBC)
Thanksgiving Day Parade (9 a.m.- Noon, CBS)
The National Dog Show (Noon-2 p.m., NBC)
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (8 -9 p.m., ABC)

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Hulu Plus to Begin Streaming CBS Content

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Hulu will begin streaming archival content from CBS in January, the two companies announced Monday.

As part of the arrangement, Hulu Plus subscribers will have access to more than 2,600 shows from the network's library for the first time, Additional titles will be announced later, but for now the shows that will be available are FrasierFamily Ties, MacGyverMedium, Numb3rsCSI: MiamiStar Trek, Sabrina, the Teenage WitchTwin PeaksThe TudorsThe Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy, according to Hulu. As of now, no current scripted shows will be available.

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The New Normal and a Return to Old-School Comedy

Andrew Rannells and Justin Bartha

The New Normal is American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy's first attempt at a sitcom — but not just any sitcom, a "gay sitcom" (at least according to all the various media outlets that label the series as "gay TV," "NBC's gay comedy," etc.). But while David (Justin Bartha) and Bryan's (Andrew Rannells) sexuality might establish The New Normal as progressive, the series is heavily grounded in TV storytelling tradition. Once you look past the same-sex aspect, it's easy to see how The New Normal  has more in common with classic sitcoms like... read more

Fourth of July Marathon Roundup

Mark Harmon

Who needs barbecue and fireworks when you've got TV to watch this Fourth of July? Check out a roundup of the day's best marathons below.

(All times are ET/PT)

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Premiered: October 15, 1951, on CBS
Rating: TV-G
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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 landlords and best friends. A pioneer for being filmed before a studio audience with multiple cameras, the top-rated series racked up 180 episodes before ending in 1957. Several specials aired from '57 to '60 as 'The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.'

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