In October 1951, the very first episode of American television sitcom, I Love Lucy, landed on TV screens. The black-and-white, half-hour comedy show, about a middle-class housewife and her bandleader husband, starred real-life married couple, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and was an instant hit with audiences.

Due to the success of the show, I Love Lucy remained on air for another 34 episodes beyond that first instalment, and then it spawned multiple seasons after that. The show was also sold around the world, popping up on countless TV screens outside of the US, and all these years on, I Love Lucy is still adored by millions of viewers to this day.

But how long did the show originally run for and how many episodes of I Love Lucy were produced?

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I Love Lucy ran for a total of six seasons, beginning in 1951 and ending in 1957. Within this time, a total of 180 episodes aired, with the first being ‘The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub’, and the last being ‘The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue’.

Outside of the 180 broadcast episodes, an additional episode of the show was produced in the form of an unaired pilot. This pilot was not broadcast during the show’s original run, so is not counted as a regular episode, but can be found on the DVD/Blu-ray home video releases of I Love Lucy, existing as a ‘bonus’ extra instalment of the show.

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With the conclusion of I Love Lucy in 1957, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz didn’t move away from television and instead got to work on a follow-up show called The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (aka The Lucille Ball-Desi Arnaz Show). This show – which is sometimes viewed as an extension of I Love Lucy – ran for a further three seasons and a total of 13 episodes.

Despite its success, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour came to an end rather abruptly in April 1960. The reason for the show’s cancellation? Lucy and Desi divorced in real life, putting the brakes on what had been a very successful TV partnership.

If you’ve never watched a single episode of I Love Lucy, be sure to check it out. There’s a reason it was so popular back in the day!

Oh, and should you want a list of all the episodes of I Love Lucy then keep on reading. Below is a list of every episode from Seasons One to Six, as well as every episode of The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

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List of I Love Lucy episodes

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Season One

  • – ) Unaired pilot
  • 1) The Girls Want to Go to a Nightclub
  • 2) Be a Pal
  • 3) The Diet
  • 4) Lucy Thinks Ricky is Trying to Murder Her
  • 5) The Quiz Show
  • 6) The Audition
  • 7) The Séance
  • 8) Men Are Messy
  • 9) The Fur Coat
  • 10) Lucy is Jealous of Girl Singer
  • 11) Drafted
  • 12) The Adagio
  • 13) The Benefit
  • 14) The Amateur Hour
  • 15) Lucy Plays Cupid
  • 16) Lucy Fakes Illness
  • 17) Lucy Writes a Play
  • 18) Breaking the Lease
  • 19) The Ballet
  • 20) The Young Fans
  • 21) New Neighbors
  • 22) Fred and Ethel Fight
  • 23) The Moustache
  • 24) The Gossip
  • 25) Pioneer Women
  • 26) The Marriage License
  • 27) The Kleptomaniac
  • 28) Cuban Pals
  • 29) The Freezer
  • 30) Lucy Does a TV Commercial
  • 31) The Publicity Agent
  • 32) Lucy Gets Ricky on the Radio
  • 33) Lucy’s Schedule
  • 34) Ricky Thinks He’s Getting Bald
  • 35) Ricky Asks for a Raise

Season Two

  • 36) Job Switching
  • 37) The Saxophone
  • 38) The Anniversary Present
  • 39) The Handcuffs
  • 40) The Operetta
  • 41) Vacation from Marriage
  • 42) The Courtroom
  • 43) Redecorating
  • 44) Ricky Loses His Voice
  • 45) Lucy is Enceinte
  • 46) Pregnant Women Are Unpredictable
  • 47) Lucy’s Show Biz Swan Song
  • 48) Lucy Hires an English Tutor
  • 49) Ricky Has Labor Pains
  • 50) Lucy Becomes a Sculptress
  • 51) Lucy Goes to the Hospital
  • 52) Sales Resistance
  • 53) Inferiority Complex
  • 54) The Club Election
  • 55) The Black Eye
  • 56) Lucy Changes Her Mind
  • 57) No Children Allowed
  • 58) Lucy Hires a Maid
  • 59) The Indian Show
  • 60) Lucy’s Last Birthday
  • 61) The Ricardos Change Apartments
  • 62) Lucy is Matchmaker
  • 63) Lucy Wants New Furniture
  • 64) The Camping Trip
  • 65) Ricky and Fred Are TV Fans
  • 66) Never Do Business with Friends

Season Three

  • 67) Ricky’s Life Story
  • 68) The Girls Go Into Business
  • 69) Lucy and Ethel Buy the Same Dress
  • 70) Equal Rights
  • 71) Baby Pictures
  • 72) Lucy Tells the Truth
  • 73) The French Revue
  • 74) Redecorating the Mertzes’ Apartment
  • 75) Too Many Crooks
  • 76) Changing the Boy’s Wardrobe
  • 77) Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined
  • 78) Ricky’s Old Girlfriend
  • 79) The Million Dollar Idea
  • 80) Ricky Minds the Baby
  • 81) The Charm School
  • 82) Sentimental Anniversary
  • 83) Fan Magazine Interview
  • 84) Oil Wells
  • 85) Ricky Loses His Temper
  • 86) Home Movies
  • 87) Bonus Bucks
  • 88) Ricky’s Hawaiian Vacation
  • 89) Lucy is Envious
  • 90) Lucy Writes a Novel
  • 91) Lucy’s Club Dance
  • 92) The Black Wig
  • 93) The Diner
  • 94) Tennessee Ernie Visits
  • 95) Tennessee Ernie Hangs On
  • 96) The Golf Game
  • 97) The Sublease

Season Four

  • 98) The Business Manager
  • 99) Mertz and Kurtz
  • 100) Lucy Cries Wolf
  • 101) The Matchmaker
  • 102) Mr. and Mrs. TV Show
  • 103) Ricky’s Movie Offer
  • 104) Ricky’s Screen Test
  • 105) Lucy’s Mother-in-Law
  • 106) Ethel’s Birthday
  • 107) Ricky’s Contract
  • 108) Getting Ready
  • 109) Lucy Learns to Drive
  • 110) California, Here We Come!
  • 111) First Stop
  • 112) Tennessee Bound
  • 113) Ethel’s Home Town
  • 114) L.A., at Last
  • 115) Don Juan and the Starlets
  • 116) Lucy Gets Into Pictures
  • 117) The Fashion Show
  • 118) The Hedda Hopper Story
  • 119) Don Juan is Shelved
  • 120) Bull Fight Dance
  • 121) Hollywood Anniversary
  • 122) The Star Upstairs
  • 123) In Palm Springs
  • 124) The Dancing Star
  • 125) Harpo Marx
  • 126) Ricky Needs an Agent
  • 127) The Tour

Season Five

  • 128) Lucy Visits Grauman’s
  • 129) Lucy and John Wayne
  • 130) Lucy and the Dummy
  • 131) Ricky Sells the Car
  • 132) The Great Train Robbery
  • 133) Homecoming
  • 134) Face to Face
  • 135) Lucy Goes to Rodeo
  • 136) Nursery School
  • 137) Ricky’s European Booking
  • 138) The Passports
  • 139) Staten Island Ferry
  • 140) Bon Voyage
  • 141) Second Honeymoon
  • 142) Lucy Meets the Queen
  • 143) The Fox Hunt
  • 144) Lucy Goes to Scotland
  • 145) Paris at Last
  • 146) Lucy Meets Charles Boyer
  • 147) Lucy Gets a Paris Gown
  • 148) Lucy in the Swiss Alps
  • 149) Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy
  • 150) Lucy’s Italian Movie
  • 151) Lucy’s Bicycle Trip
  • 152) Lucy Goes to Monte Carlo
  • 153) Return Home from Europe

Season Six

  • 154) Lucy and Bob Hope
  • 155) Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums
  • 156) Lucy Meets Orson Welles
  • 157) Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright
  • 158) Visitor from Italy
  • 159) Off to Florida
  • 160) Deep-Sea Fishing
  • 161) Desert Island
  • 162) The Ricardos Visit Cuba
  • 163) Little Ricky’s School Pageant
  • 164) I Love Lucy Christmas Show
  • 165) Lucy and the Loving Cup
  • 166) Lucy and Superman
  • 167) Little Ricky Gets a Dog
  • 168) Lucy Wants to Move to the Country
  • 169) Lucy Hates to Leave
  • 170) Lucy Misses the Mertzes
  • 171) Lucy Gets Chummy with the Neighbors
  • 172) Lucy Raises Chickens
  • 173) Lucy Does the Tango
  • 174) Ragtime Band
  • 175) Lucy’s Night in Town
  • 176) Housewarming
  • 177) Building a B-B-Q
  • 178) Country Club Dance
  • 179) Lucy Raises Tulips
  • 180) The Ricardos Dedicate a Statue

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The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour

Season One

  • 1) Lucy Takes a Cruise to Havana
  • 2) The Celebrity Next Door
  • 3) Lucy Hunts Uranium
  • 4) Lucy Wins a Racehorse
  • 5) Lucy Goes to Sun Valley

Season Two

  • 6) Lucy Goes to Mexico
  • 7) Lucy Makes Room for Danny
  • 8) Lucy Goes to Alaska
  • 9) Lucy Wants a Career
  • 10) Lucy’s Summer Vacation

Season Three

  • 11) Milton Berle Hides Out at the Ricardos
  • 12) The Ricardos Go to Japan
  • 13) Lucy Meets the Mustache

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If you’re a fan of I Love Lucy, you may be interested to know that all of the episodes of I Love Lucy are currently available to own on DVD in one collection.

I Love Lucy – The Complete Series DVD Box Set includes every episode of the original series – that’s all 180 episodes!

I Love Lucy – The Complete Series DVD Box Set is available from all good entertainment stockists, including Amazon US and Amazon UK.

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