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I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy

CBS 1951

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.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of I Love Lucy

I Love Lucy - S7E3

#1 - Lucy Hunts Uranium

6.32

Season 7 - Episode 3

The Ricardos and the Mertzes head to Las Vegas' Sands Hotel where Ricky and his orchestra are performing. Lucy and the rest of the gang (including Fred MacMurray) catch the uranium hunting bug, but it's every man for himself as the race is on to see who will be the first to claim $10,000. MacMurray's wife June Haver also guest stars.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 22 votes.

I Love Lucy - S5E17

#2 - Lucy Goes to Scotland

6.71

Season 5 - Episode 17

The Ricardos and Mertzes are on their way to Paris, but first Lucy wants to go to Scotland to seek members of the McGillicuddy family into which she was born. In a classic dream sequence, Ricky appears as Scotty MacTavish MacDougal MacCardo.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 14 votes.

I Love Lucy - S4E2

#3 - Mertz and Kurtz

7.03

Season 4 - Episode 2

Fred's globetrotting old vaudeville partner, Barney Kurtz, shows up, so Fred says he's a real-estate tycoon (with a red-headed maid to prove it). Actually, Barney's a cook in the Bronx, but his grandson is coming for a visit, so it's on with the show.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 32 votes.

I Love Lucy - S4E4

#4 - The Matchmaker

7.17

Season 4 - Episode 4

Lucy wants to nudge a shy couple to the altar. Lucy's idea: show them how wonderful her and Ricky's marriage is. Her plan: invite them to a quiet at-home dinner. A quiet dinner at the Ricardos'? Who ever heard of such a thing?

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 24 votes.

I Love Lucy - S8E5

#5 - Lucy's Summer Vacation

7.17

Season 8 - Episode 5

Harry Bailey, an agent of Ricky's, told the Ricardos that they can use his summer home for a vacation. But he also promises actors Ida Lupino and Howard Duff the same thing. Both the couples arrive at the cabin not knowing at first that the others are there. After the couples both decide to stay, the wives brew up a plan to spend more time with their husbands, who are more interesting in fishing than bonding.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 12 votes.

I Love Lucy - S6E1

#6 - Lucy and Bob Hope

7.17

Season 6 - Episode 1

Ricky is opening a new club, and he wants Bob Hope to appear at the grand opening. Lucy fears Hope won't appear because of her widespread reputation for monkey-wrench throwing, and wants to reassure him that this time she's butting out.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 23 votes.

I Love Lucy - S5E22

#7 - Lucy Gets Homesick in Italy

7.18

Season 5 - Episode 22

Fred is conscience-stricken about the expense involved when he misrouted Ricky's band. He books second-class train passage for their overnight trip to Florence and a fourth-class hotel for their stay. Lucy wants to call home to see if Little Ricky has received the birthday presents she sent him from London, but the difficulties of calling from a fourth-class room almost prove too much for her. In the end, Lucy invites an Italian shoeshine boy and his friends to celebrate Little Ricky's birthday.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 17 votes.

I Love Lucy - S5E4

#8 - Ricky Sells the Car

7.18

Season 5 - Episode 4

Ricky sells his car, and the Mertzes think they are being stranded in California. Ricky buys train tickets for everyone, but a reservations mixup puts Lucy in an apparently compromising position with Fred Mertz. Watch for Fred and Ethel decked out in motorcycle gear and riding on a Harley.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 22 votes.

I Love Lucy - S5E16

#9 - The Fox Hunt

7.20

Season 5 - Episode 16

Tally ho! In England, Lucy hounds a movie producer (Walter Kingsford) about her riding prowess and ends up on a fox hunt.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 15 votes.

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#10 - Lucy Goes to Sun Valley

7.21

Season 7 - Episode 5

Lucy and Ricky are about to go on a "second honeymoon," but it falls through when Ricky has to do a TV show. Can Ricky and Lucy put the romance back into their marriage? Fernando Lamas guest stars as himself, assuming the role as the Ricardos' unlikely marriage counselor.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 19 votes.

#11 - Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums
7.24
Season 6 - Episode 2

Little Ricky gets drums โ€” and the Mertzes get headaches. So do Lucy and Ricky, but they're not about to evict themselves.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 17 votes.

#12 - Little Ricky Gets Stage Fright
7.26
Season 6 - Episode 4

Little Ricky is scheduled to play the drums in a children's orchestra. Although his parents and their friends the Mertzes are overcome with nervousness, Little Ricky seems calm until his big moment arrives; then he goes to pieces. His next performance is six months away, but Lucy feels she must do something about his stage fright now. Howard McNear, who played Floyd the barber in "The Andy Griffith Show," guest-stars.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 19 votes.

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#13 - Oil Wells
7.27
Season 3 - Episode 18

The Ricardos and Mertzes as oil millionaires? Lucy and Ethel get a hot stock tip from their new neighbors from Texas. But Ricky and Fred say no. At first, anyhow. But are these neighbors swindlers? Lucy and the gang eventually think so, so they come up with a plan to find out.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 22 votes.

#14 - Lucy and the Loving Cup
7.28
Season 6 - Episode 12

Ricky's disapproval of Lucy's new hat leads to her trying on a loving cup which Ricky has planned to present to jockey Johnny Longden at a National Turf Association dinner. The problem is that Lucy can't get the trophy off her head.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 18 votes.

#15 - The Club Election
7.32
Season 2 - Episode 19

Because they both want to be president of the Wednesday Afternoon Fine Arts League, Lucy and Ethel both engage in cut-throat competition. Prior to the elections, Lucy and Ethel independently engage in a little "spywork." It seems that half the club plans on voting for Lucy and the other half plans to vote for Ethel. But there is one undecided vote--that of the new member, Ruth Knickerbocker. So Lucy and Ethel both go to extremes to sway Knickerbocker's vote.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 19 votes.

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#16 - Bonus Bucks
7.32
Season 3 - Episode 21

A dollar bill takes a zany trip-with the Ricardos and Mertzes in hot pursuit. It's a winning bill (worth $300) in a newspaper contest. It belongs to Ricky, but he gallantly slips it into Lucy's purse. Gallant isn't necessarily smart: Lucy unthinkingly gives the bill to the grocery delivery boy-who gives it to Ethel in change. The wild ride has only begun!

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 19 votes.

#17 - Ricky's Contract
7.32
Season 4 - Episode 10

As Ricky paces the floor awaiting word from Hollywood about his screen test, Lucy enlists the Mertzes to distract him. The drastic steps taken by the trio to alleviate Ricky's tension boomerang into a king-sized headache for them all.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 22 votes.

#18 - Desert Island
7.35
Season 6 - Episode 8

Lucy and Ethel will do anything to keep Ricky and Fred from judging a Miami Beach beauty contest (and end up being menaced on a seemingly deserted island as a result).

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 23 votes.

#19 - Lucy's Night in Town
7.37
Season 6 - Episode 22

After spending six whole weeks in their new Connecticut home, Lucy dreams of a night in New York City and it turns into a nightmare. Four carefully hoarded tickets to the Broadway musical hit "The Most Happy Fella" are supposed to get the Ricardos and the Mertzes in to see the sold-out show. But difficulties arise when Fred Mertz gets nervous about pickpockets because he's carrying $500 in cash in his pockets.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 19 votes.

#20 - Lucy Wins a Race Horse
7.39
Season 7 - Episode 4

Lucy pesters Ricky about getting a horse for Little Ricky but he refuses because a horse is too expensive. She ends up winning a horse after entering a contest and there's a lot of horsing around as she now has to figure out a way for Little Ricky to keep the horse without sending the family to the poor house. Harry James and Betty Grable guest star.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of I Love Lucy from 18 votes.

Last updated: nov 18, 2020

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