‘I Love Lucy': CBS Revives Lucille Ball Sitcom In Color With Holiday Special

Fri, December 20, 2013 8:50pm EST by 9 Comments
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What did you think of CBS’ ‘I Love Lucy’ event? Get our take, then drop a comment with your review.

I Love Lucy and “new” aren’t often uttered in the same sentence — the show ended its run in 1956 and star Lucile Ball passed away in 1989 — but lo and behold, CBS performed a Christmas miracle Dec. 20, airing two back-to-back episodes of the classic sitcom. And in color, no less!

‘I Love Lucy': CBS Airs Two Colored Episodes

Billed as the “I Love Lucy Christmas Special,” the full-hour event featured two popular installments: “The I Love Lucy Christmas Episode,” which originally aired in Dec. 1956, and “Lucy’s Italian Movie,” which originally aired in April of the same year.

And yes, that second episode featured I Love Lucy‘s iconic grape-stomping scene, which was even funnier in color. Some things just never stop being hysterical.

As for the actual Christmas episode — which was originally referred to as a “lost” episode — was full of everything you’d expect from I Love Lucy, including multiple references to Lucy being completely tone deaf. (And she seriously wonders why Ricky won’t let her sing at his club?)

The best part of the hour-long special, though, was the way CBS added color without losing the vintage feel of the original episodes. The network really went above and beyond; it was a true gift to long-time Lucy fans, as well as the perfect way to introduce new fans to the beloved classic.

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the colored I Love Lucy special? Were you a fan of the original series? Drop a comment with your review of the full-hour event below!

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 12:51 PM on December 21, 2013  

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Posted at 8:46 AM on December 21, 2013  

I thoroughly enjoyed watching it in color.

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Posted at 6:13 AM on December 21, 2013  

This was fantastic!!! They did a great job with the color. This was and is my favorite show. I want to get the DVD.

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P Huff

Posted at 11:22 PM on December 20, 2013  

I never thought i would ever see ILL in color. It is so wonderful to see the color of the furniture and their clothes. This is my favorite show.

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Posted at 11:08 PM on December 20, 2013  

I already have the newly released DVD of the colorized episodes but I still watched on CBS. How awesome is it to see television’s greatest and most timeless show back on network television in primetime.

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Posted at 9:55 PM on December 20, 2013  

Love it! But then I am a huge I Love Lucy fan!!

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Mike Harrison

Posted at 9:51 PM on December 20, 2013  

Was glad to see that the colorization artists did a good job on these episodes. Meanwhile, as a former high school counselor, I can say upfront that young people, for the most part, barely have any idea of who Lucy is. So, if colorizing this show will keep this fab series from fading into oblivion, I’m all for it.

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Posted at 9:08 PM on December 20, 2013  

Loved it! I never get tired of Lucy. The color was done in such a way it looked vintage. Kudos CBS :-)

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Tristan Banfi

Posted at 8:14 AM on December 21, 2013  

Loved it and I would love to see all of the I Love Lucy episodes in color.
Two unfortunate negatives: First, none of the “flashback” scenes from the Christmas episode were in color, so that was a bit jarring, although it is not an uncommon technique for flashbacks to be in black and white to suggest they are “older”. Second, scenes were cut from these shows to make room for more commercials. This was most evident in the Italian episode, where the bellboy never even explains to Lucy where she might go to see grapes still being pressed into wine the old fashioned way. If you are going to show Lucy in primetime, don’t cut out scenes. Each is too precious.

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