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

Fri, December 20, 2013 8:50pm EDT by Andy Swift 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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