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The Best Episodes of I Love Lucy

Every episode of I Love Lucy ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of I Love Lucy!

Cuban Bandleader Ricky Ricardo would be happy if his wife Lucy would just be a housewife. Instead she tries constantly to perform at the Tropicana where he works, and make life comically frantic in the apartment building they share with landlords Fred and Ethel Mertz, who also happen to be their best friends.

Genres:ComedyFamily
Network:CBS

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "I Love Lucy" is "Lucy Does a TV Commercial", rated 9.5/10 from 1051 user votes. It was directed by Marc Daniels and written by Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.. "Lucy Does a TV Commercial" aired on 5/5/1952 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "L.A. At Last".

  • Lucy Does a TV Commercial
    9.5/10 1,051 votes

    #1 - Lucy Does a TV Commercial

    Season 1 Episode 30 - Aired 1952-05-05

    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 product over-and-over, a vitamin syrup called Vitametavegimin, which is 25% alcohol.

    Director: Marc Daniels

    Writer: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • L.A. At Last
    9.5/10 663 votes

    #2 - L.A. At Last

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 1955-02-07

    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 custard pie in the face. Hollywood legends William Holden and Eve Arden guest-star as themselves.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Job Switching
    9.4/10 794 votes

    #3 - Job Switching

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1952-09-15

    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 stuffing chocolates in their mouths, blouses, and hats.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • Harpo Marx
    9.1/10 497 votes

    #4 - Harpo Marx

    Season 4 Episode 28 - Aired 1955-05-09

    Lucy promised Carolyn Appleby she'd produce some real Hollywood celebrities. Now she's got to deliver. Dressing up as Clark Gable, Gary Cooper and other celebrities, she manages to fool the near-sighted Carolyn. However, the real Harpo Marx shows up only to discover Lucy dressed up as him.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy and John Wayne
    9.1/10 479 votes

    #5 - Lucy and John Wayne

    Season 5 Episode 2 - Aired 1955-10-10

    Lucy is spotted while attempting to "collect" a cement block with John Wayne's footprints from Grauman's Chinese Theater. To avoid publicity and keep Lucy out of jail, Ricky enlists John Wayne's help in replacing the block. One mishap leads to another, and the plot thickens -- as does the cement. John Wayne guest-stars.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Great Train Robbery
    9.1/10 492 votes

    #6 - The Great Train Robbery

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 1955-10-31

    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 pulling the emergency-brake cord.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy's Italian Movie
    9.1/10 517 votes

    #7 - Lucy's Italian Movie

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 1956-04-16

    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 nonchalantly wanders into a vineyard inhabited by a motley assortment of Italian-speaking women, she is dispatched to the wine-making area to crush grapes with her feet.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • The Freezer
    9.0/10 536 votes

    #8 - The Freezer

    Season 1 Episode 29 - Aired 1952-04-28

    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 meat company won't take it back, and they can't sell it to customers waiting in the local butcher shop, so they're stuck with it. And speaking of stuck, Lucy gets herself locked in the freezer!

    Director: Marc Daniels

    Writer: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • Lucy is Enceinte
    8.9/10 486 votes

    #9 - Lucy is Enceinte

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 1952-12-08

    Lucy is delighted to learn she is pregnant-but how to tell Ricky? At lunch, he's too preoccupied with work to listen to her, then it's off to the club-where Lucy finds the right moment and just the right way to tell him.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • First Stop
    8.9/10 439 votes

    #10 - First Stop

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 1955-01-17

    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 dollar apiece. Hoping to find something better elsewhere, Ricky pays the check. The couples leave -- only to return several hours later, fooled by some purposely misleading road signs.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Return Home from Europe
    8.9/10 364 votes

    #11 - Return Home from Europe

    Season 5 Episode 26 - Aired 1956-05-14

    The Ricardos and Mertzes need to return to the U.S. by plane instead of ship. The 60-pound-per-person baggage limit taxes Lucy's ingenuity: she has bought lots of clothes and souvenirs, including a 30-pound cheese. She boards the plane wearing all the clothes at once and carrying the cheese as a "baby."

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy Goes to the Hospital
    8.8/10 463 votes

    #12 - Lucy Goes to the Hospital

    Season 2 Episode 16 - Aired 1953-01-19

    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.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: Jess Oppenheimer, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • Lucy Tells the Truth
    8.8/10 413 votes

    #13 - Lucy Tells the Truth

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 1953-11-09

    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 nearly gets a part on a TV show, by telling the truth, more or less.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Ethel's Home Town
    8.8/10 436 votes

    #14 - Ethel's Home Town

    Season 4 Episode 15 - Aired 1955-01-31

    The Ricardos and the Mertzes stop at Ethel's hometown: Albuquerque, New Mexico (Vivian Vance's real-life hometown). Under the impression that Ethel has been called to Hollywood and not Ricky, the townsfolk accord her a monumental ovation. When Ethel refuses to disillusion them -- and even goes so far as to put on a "celebrity act" -- Lucy takes matters into her own hands.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy Gets a Paris Gown
    8.8/10 365 votes

    #15 - Lucy Gets a Paris Gown

    Season 5 Episode 20 - Aired 1956-03-19

    Lucy decides to go on a hunger strike until Ricky agrees to buy her a designer dress. The plan works perfectly (even though Ethel has been smuggling food to Lucy) and Ricky finally gives in and buys her an expensive outfit. But when Ricky discovers what Lucy has been up to, he puts together a crazy outfit made of burlap and passes it off as a Paris original.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy and Superman
    8.8/10 466 votes

    #16 - Lucy and Superman

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 1957-01-14

    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 invites him. But when Ricky is unable to corral Superman, Lucy is left with no choice but to dress as the Man of Steel herself. George Reeves makes a special guest-star appearance in this episode.

    Director: James V. Kern

    Writer: Bob Weiskopf, Bob Schiller, Madelyn Pugh, Bob Carroll Jr.

  • The Camping Trip
    8.7/10 376 votes

    #17 - The Camping Trip

    Season 2 Episode 29 - Aired 1953-06-08

    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 summer retreat, so Ricky decides to take Lucy on a "trial run" in the woods and make her life miserable. But Lucy is wise to his plan, and guess whose life is made miserable in the end?

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Ricky and Fred are TV Fans
    8.7/10 394 votes

    #18 - Ricky and Fred are TV Fans

    Season 2 Episode 30 - Aired 1953-06-22

    With Ricky and Fred glued to a TV fight, their wives go to the local cafe, where service is so slow that Lucy makes change for herself at the cash register and the girls are arrested. They finally prove their innocence and get home to husbands who didn't know they were gone.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy Learns To Drive
    8.7/10 356 votes

    #19 - Lucy Learns To Drive

    Season 4 Episode 11 - Aired 1955-01-03

    Ricky makes the mistake of teaching Lucy to drive his brand new car. It's only after showing Ethel how the car works that she crashes into another car and has to get them unhooked and fixed in time.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • California, Here We Come!
    8.7/10 372 votes

    #20 - California, Here We Come!

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 1955-01-10

    The Ricardos and Mertzes head for California. But first, of coures, there are complications. The chief one: Lucy's mother, who shows up and wants to accompany them. Ricky objects (to put it mildly), and when Fred and Ethel overhear him complaining about too many people on the trip, they take it personally. And when the dust from that blowup finally settles, there's packing to do.

    Director: William Asher

    Writer: N/A

  • Lucy Visits Grauman's
    8.7/10 381 votes

    #21 - Lucy Visits Grauman's

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1955-10-03

    With only a week left in Hollywood, Lucy weeps about her lack of souvenirs. Her collection already includes a tin can run over by Cary Grant's rear tire, a napkin boasting Lana Turner's lip-prints, and a few other goodies. But when Lucy discovers that John Wayne's concrete block at Grauman's Chinese Theatre is loose, she decides to take home a souvenir to end all souvenirs.

    Director: James V. Kern

    Writer: N/A

  • Staten Island Ferry
    8.7/10 328 votes

    #22 - Staten Island Ferry

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 1956-01-02

    Fred's fear of becoming seasick threatens the Mertzes and Ricardos' plans for Ricky's European band tour. To prove that Fred won't get seasick, Ricky takes him down to the ship, which is anchored in the harbor. But Fred turns green and becomes more firm about his not going. Lucy and Ethel test some new, improved seasickness remedies on the Staten Island Ferry. The trial run leads to unexpected complications when Lucy gets seasick.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Bon Voyage
    8.7/10 348 votes

    #23 - Bon Voyage

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 1956-01-16

    Ricky, Ethel, and Fred are aboard their ship to Europe when Lucy rushes down the gangplank for one last goodbye to Little Ricky, who will be in Lucy's mother's care while she is in Europe. The ship heads out to sea, leaving Lucy frantically trying to catch up with it.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Paris at Last
    8.7/10 341 votes

    #24 - Paris at Last

    Season 5 Episode 18 - Aired 1956-02-27

    Equipped with an English-French dictionary, Lucy sets out to see Paris and "discover" an artist whose paintings will become very valuable -- she knows she has "the eye." Lucy's first encounter is indeed with an artist -- a con artist who changes her American money for French. Lucy's adventures land Lucy, Ethel, and Fred in jail.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Off to Florida
    8.7/10 381 votes

    #25 - Off to Florida

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 1956-11-12

    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. Grundy, who's bent on getting to Florida in record time.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A