‘I Love Lucy’: The Three Worst-Rated Episodes of Iconic Show

by Keeli Parkey

Starring Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, “I Love Lucy” is one of the most important, influential, and popular sitcoms of all time. The show ran from 1951-1957 and won four Emmy Awards.

The real-life married couple starred as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo in the show. He is a famous musician and she a housewife with a wish to be famous. In addition to Lucy and Ricky, the show features their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz. They were played by William Frawley and Vivian Vance.

While “I Love Lucy” was responsible for some of the most iconic moments in television history. Who could forget Lucy trying to sell Vitameatavegamin, Lucy and Ethel in the chocolate factory, or when Lucy hangs out with Superman? However, not all of its episodes are classics.

According to an article on CheatSheet.com, the list of least popular episodes of the iconic television show includes its very first episode. Citing ratings on IMDb, the article states that the pilot episode only has a rating of 7.6 out of 10.

In the pilot episode, Lucy wants to audition for a television show. But, Ricky does his best to keep her from doing so. However, the lovable red-head is able to get on TV by appearing as a clown.

According to the article, two other episodes of “I Love Lucy” also have 7.6 out of 10 ratings on IMDb. One is titled “Lucy Goes to Scotland.” In this episode, Lucy learns about her family’s past during a trip to Scotland. This was the 17th episode of season five.

The other is the 14th episode of season 1, which is titled “The Amateur Hour.” In this episode, Lucy babysits a child to make extra money. She wants to buy a new dress and makes $5 an hour while keeping the boy.

Interestingly, according to the article, the highest-rated episode of “I Love Lucy” on IMDb comes from the first season. The episode, “Lucy Does a TV Commercial” was the 30th episode of the inaugural season. In it is the unforgettable “Vitameatavegamin” scene.

You can stream episodes of “I Love Lucy” on CBS All Access or Hulu. You can also rent or buy it from a digital store. Other classic television shows, such as “Bewitched,” “The Brady Bunch,” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show” are also available digitally.

Casting of ‘I Love Lucy’ Movie Draws Criticism

Debra Messing and fans are not happy that the “Will and Grace” star wasn’t cast as Lucille Ball in an upcoming “Being the Ricardos” film. Instead, the role went to Nicole Kidman. Javier Bardem will be the Desi Arnaz to Kidman’s Lucy in the Amazon movie. Aaron Sorkin is writing and directing the film.

The push for Debra Messing to play the role comes in part from her successful portrayal of Lucy during a special episode of “Will and Grace.” Some fans have also been unhappy with the casting of Bardem as Desi. Bardem was born in Las Palmas, Spain. Arnaz was born in Cuba. Fans were hoping to see a Cuba-born actor portray Arnaz in order to have a more accurate representation of him and his background.