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The Best I Love Lucy Episodes

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List of the best I Love Lucy episodes, as determined by voters like you. With all the amazing episodes of the show that exist, it's hard to trust just one person's opinion of what the top I Love Lucy episodes of all time are. Fans of I Love Lucy are very passionate about the show, and there are often debates over which episodes are the greatest. That's why this list exists- so you can vote for your favorites and we can find out once and for all what everyone thinks the best episode is.

List features "Lucy Writes a Novel," "Lucy and Superman," and of course the infamous chocolate factory episode called job Switching. What is the best I Love Lucy episode of all time? Look below and find out. Once you've made your voice heard, make sure to check out these other shows like I Love Lucy.

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    Job Switching

    Sep 15 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number1

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Ricky wants Lucy to try working for a week, so she and Ethel get jobs at a candy factory, where they are totally inept-especially at wrapping chocolates-due to a speeding conveyor belt that has them...
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    Lucy Does a TV Commercial

    May 05 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number30

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Desperate to be in Ricky's new television commercial, Lucy makes every attempt to get her way; which eventually pays off. But her one-and-only chance flops when she is forced to test the sponsor's...  more
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    Hollywood at Last!

    Feb 07 1955

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 4

    Episode Number17

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy arrives in Hollywood with stars in her eyes. She heads for The Brown Derby, a celebrity hangout, where she encounters Eve Arden and William Holden -- and inadvertently presents Holden with a...
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    Lucy's Italian Movie

    Apr 16 1956

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 5

    Episode Number23

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    En route to Rome by train, Lucy is spotted by a famous Italian cinema director and chosen to play a part in his new movie ""Bitter Grapes."" Lucy sets out to immerse herself in the role. When she...
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    Lucy's Schedule

    May 26 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number33

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Ricky puts Lucy on a rigid time schedule....
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    The Million Dollar Idea

    Jan 11 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 3

    Episode Number13

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    The Ricardo household budget is in shambles (as usual) after Lucy decides to put her salad dressing on the market. Her plan? To market it on a TV morning show on the station her friend Caroline...
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    The Great Train Robbery

    Oct 31 1955

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 5

    Episode Number5

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy gets mixed up with a jewel thief on a cross-country rail trip that marks the end of the series' Hollywood sojourn. That's not the only reason it's a bumpy ride. Another is that Lucy keeps...
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    Lucy Tells the Truth

    Nov 09 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 3

    Episode Number6

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Ricky and the Mertzes bet Lucy that she can't go twenty-four hours without telling a lie. The outcome? Lucy insults all her friends and has to admit her real age, weight, and hair color. But she...
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    Off to Florida

    Nov 12 1956

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 6

    Episode Number6

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    When Lucy misplaces two train tickets to Florida, she and Ethel consult the classified section, hoping to share a ride with someone driving south. They team up with a peculiar middle-aged woman, Mrs....
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    Building a B.B.Q.

    Apr 08 1957

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 6

    Episode Number23

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy has a problem deciding what to do to get her vacationing husband, Ricky, out of her hair so she can do her housework. She and Ethel solve the problem by putting their husbands to work building a...
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    Harpo Marx

    May 09 1955

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 4

    Episode Number28

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy decides to impersonate some Hollywood notables to impress nearsighted Caroline Appleby, who is visiting from New York. A mixup occurs when Lucy, having introduced her friend to ""Gary Cooper,""...
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    Lucy Wants New Furniture

    Jun 01 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number28

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy tries to hide some new furniture she bought without Ricky's permission in the kitchen. Discovering his wife's extravagant purchase, Ricky insists that Lucy pays for it from her allowance....
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    The Camping Trip

    Jun 08 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number29

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy fears that she and Ricky don't have enough in common, so she decides to pursue one of his interests: camping. Ricky and Fred don't want her (or Ethel, for that matter,) horning in on their...
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    Never Do Business with Friends

    Jun 29 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number31

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    The Ricardos sell their old washing machine to the Mertzes for $35. When it breaks down the next day, the Mertzes want out of the deal. A tug-of-war ensues, however, when the Mertzes want the machine...
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    Lucy Goes to the Hospital

    Jan 19 1953

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number16

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse for pregnant Lucy's trip to the hospital. It turns out to be predictably chaotic, but Lucy does deliver Little Ricky....  more
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    Lucy is Enceinte

    Dec 08 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 2

    Episode Number10

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy tells Ricky she thinks that their child should learn all about being an artist. So Lucy then goes to the local art store where the ever-so-helpful clerk urges her to shape something out of a...
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    First Stop

    Jan 17 1955

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 4

    Episode Number14

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    The Ricardos and Mertzes have a hard time finding accommodations that will please everyone on their trip to California. They finally hit a greasy restaurant where stale cheese sandwiches cost them a...
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    Ricky Thinks He is Going Bald

    Jun 02 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number34

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Ricky fears that he is going bald, so Lucy takes it into her head to help him: she stages a "bald people's party" to show him that he's not so bad, after all. But when that doesn't work, she resorts...
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    Lucy Thinks Ricky Is Trying to Murder Her

    Nov 05 1951

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number4

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Lucy is deeply engrossed in a brand-new whodunit, called ""The Mockingbird Mystery,"" and is, understandably, a nail-biting wreck. Making matters worse, Ethel's amateur attempts at fortune telling...
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    SeasonThe Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour - Season 2

    Episode Number3

    SeriesThe Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour

    In perhaps the worst show of a rather long list of contenders for LDCH, Lucy Goes to Alaska runs away with the honor. The gang, this time on the road to inspect land purchased by Ricky and Fred, end...  more
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    Lucy Fakes Illness

    Jan 28 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number16

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    After all this time, Lucy has finally found what she believes to be the perfect solution for getting into show business. After Ethel gives her a book about diseases, Lucy decides that she will...
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    Pioneer Women

    Mar 31 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number25

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Having been bet by their husbands that they can't do without modern conveniences, Lucy and Ethel churn butter and bake bread from scratch-an eighteen foot loaf! But then Lucy demands that Ricky live...
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    The Freezer

    Apr 28 1952

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 1

    Episode Number29

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    Where's the beef? It's in Lucy and Ethel's new walk-in freezer (according to Lucy, the ""human popsicle""). Of course, Ricky and Fred have a beef with their wives, because they paid $483 for it. The...
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    Lucy and Superman

    Jan 14 1957

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 6

    Episode Number13

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    When Stevie Appleby, Caroline's son, has a birthday party the same day as Little Ricky's, Lucy looks for unusual entertainment to lure the children. Ricky remembers that Superman is in town, and he...  more
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    Deep Sea Fishing

    Nov 19 1956

    SeasonI Love Lucy - Season 6

    Episode Number7

    SeriesI Love Lucy

    It's Lucy and Ethel vs. Ricky and Fred in a fishing contest while they're on a Florida vacation. The wager: $150 (about what Lucy and Ethel had spent in hotel boutiques), so both sides do a little...