QUIZ: How Much Do You Actually Know About ‘I Love Lucy?’

I Love Lucy was an iconic ’50s sitcom starring the feisty red-headed Lucille Ball as Lucy, a trouble-making housewife who gets herself into wacky situations much to the annoyance of her husband. Audiences just couldn’t get enough of Lucy’s on-screen antics and I Love Lucy was the most-watched in the United States in four of its six seasons. And while the show may have ended in 1957, it is frequently replayed on modern TV networks, even today. The show is loved by many, but how much do you actually know about I Love Lucy?

Before I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball starred in a radio sitcom. What was it called?

Retry Correct Incorrect In My Favorite Husband, Lucille Ball played the wife of a bank vice president. The writers on this show went on to write I Love Lucy and based a number of episodes on the radio show’s script.

Before I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball starred in a radio sitcom. What was it called?

  • Fred and Lucy
  • The Lucille Ball Show
  • My Favorite Husband
  • The Housewife
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During an iconic episode, Lucy and Ethel got jobs at a chocolate factory? Why did they want to get jobs?

Retry Correct Incorrect Ethel and Lucy bet their husbands that housework was harder than having a job.

During an iconic episode, Lucy and Ethel got jobs at a chocolate factory? Why did they want to get jobs?

  • It was a bet
  • They really loved chocolate
  • They wanted independence
  • They needed money to go shopping
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Who was the first choice actress to play Ethel Mertz?

Retry Correct Incorrect Bea Benederet co-starred on Lucille Ball’s radio series but couldn’t play Ethel because she was busy with The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.

Who was the first choice actress to play Ethel Mertz?

  • Jayne Mansfield
  • Vivian Vance
  • Ruby Dee
  • Bea Benaderet
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Where does Ricky Ricardo, Lucy’s Husband, work?

Retry Correct Incorrect Ricky is a bandleader at the Tropicana, where Lucy constantly tries to perform.

Where does Ricky Ricardo, Lucy’s Husband, work?

  • The Ceasar
  • The Sands
  • The Bellagio
  • The Tropicana
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Which character coined the phrase “Lucy, I’m home?”

Retry Correct Incorrect Ricky Ricardo! This phrase became a hallmark of the series.

Which character coined the phrase “Lucy, I’m home?”

  • Lucy Ricardo
  • Ethel Mertz
  • Fred Mertz
  • Ricky Ricardo
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In one episode, Lucy wears a fake nose. Why?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucy wore a fake nose because she didn’t want William Holden to spot her!

In one episode, Lucy wears a fake nose. Why?

  • It was a disguise
  • She was mocking Ricky
  • She was chasing away Ricky’s agent
  • She was playing a joke
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In the episode where Lucy stomps grapes, how did her fight start with her grape-smashing partner?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucy shoved grapes in her face, starting an all-out war.

In the episode where Lucy stomps grapes, how did her fight start with her grape-smashing partner?

  • Lucy shoved grapes in her face
  • Lucy tripped her
  • She talked poorly about Ethel
  • She tripped Lucy
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I Love Lucy ran for six years, but how many episodes were released?

Retry Correct Incorrect There were 179 episodes of the sitcom.

I Love Lucy ran for six years, but how many episodes were released?

  • 179
  • 187
  • 45
  • 100
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Why did Lucille Ball decide to play Lucy in the series?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucille Ball took the job because she had a dream where Carole Lombard, a dear friend of hers who died in a plane crash, recommended she give TV a shot, even if it was a risk.

Why did Lucille Ball decide to play Lucy in the series?

  • She had a dream about it
  • She had no other options for work
  • It was good money
  • She loved the script
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Which word was banned in the series by CBS network censors?

Retry Correct Incorrect When Lucy was pregnant with Little Ricky, she was not allowed to say the word “pregnant.” Instead, CBS network censors made her say “expecting.”

Which word was banned in the series by CBS network censors?

  • Pot
  • Crabapples
  • Pregnant
  • Landlord
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Which cast members hated each other in real life?

Retry Correct Incorrect Vivian Vance and William Frawley deeply hated each other and were forced to show affection on screen.

Which cast members hated each other in real life?

  • Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball
  • Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance
  • Vivian Vance and William Frawley
  • Jerry Hausner and Desi Arnaz
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Which episode has the longest recorded laugh?

Retry Correct Incorrect In “Lucy Does the Tango,” Lucy is doing the tango with eggs in her shirt. This 65-second laugh sequence is the largest prolonged laugh on the whole show.

Which episode has the longest recorded laugh?

  • “Little Ricky Learns to Play the Drums”
  • “Job Switching”
  • “Lucy Does a TV Commercial”
  • “Lucy Does the Tango”
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What was the name of Ricky’s Hollywood movie?

Retry Correct Incorrect The title was never revealed. Ricky went to Hollywood to make Don Juan, but the project was cancelled. Instead, he worked on a different project, which remained nameless.

What was the name of Ricky’s Hollywood movie?

  • Two If By Sea
  • Don Juan
  • Blood Alley
  • The title wasn’t revealed
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Why did William Frawley and Vivian Vance never get a spin off like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz?

Retry Correct Incorrect Frawley and Vance hated each other so much, that when plans to make a Mertz spin-off was presented by the network, both parties declined.

Why did William Frawley and Vivian Vance never get a spin off like Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz?

  • Frawley and Vance hated each other
  • Ethel and Fred Mertz weren’t deemed funny enough
  • The network ran out of money
  • Contract disputes
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Which TV series beat out I Love Lucy for the title of TV Guide’s Greatest TV Show of All Time?

Retry Correct Incorrect Seinfeld was the only TV show to beat out I Love Lucy. Seinfeld came in first place, and I Love Lucy was second.

Which TV series beat out I Love Lucy for the title of TV Guide’s Greatest TV Show of All Time?

  • None. It was number one.
  • All in the Family
  • Friends
  • Seinfeld
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What was Ethel’s full name?

Retry Correct Incorrect Ethel had the very lengthy name of Ethel Louise Roberta Mae Potter Mertz.

What was Ethel’s full name?

  • Ethel Louise Roberta Mae Potter Mertz
  • Ethel Rose Mertz
  • Ethel Miriam Mertz
  • Ethel Rose Potter Mertz
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What did Vivian Vance say was the strangest part of her contract with I Love Lucy?

Retry Correct Incorrect Vivian Vance claimed her contract said she had to always weigh 10 lbs more than Lucille Ball. It was never confirmed, but both Vance and Ball joked about it on talk shows.

What did Vivian Vance say was the strangest part of her contract with I Love Lucy?

  • Her cash advance upon signing
  • She had to weigh 10 lbs more than Lucille Ball
  • She would have to share a dressing room with Lucy
  • She must lose 10 lbs
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What type of bed did Lucy and Ricky sleep in during most of the show?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucy and Ricky slept in separated twin-sized beds for most of the series. After little Ricky was born, CBS suggested pulling the two beds apart (which were originally pushed together on the same box spring) to avoid any saucy connotations.

What type of bed did Lucy and Ricky sleep in during most of the show?

  • Separated twin-sized beds
  • A California king
  • Two twin-sized beds pushed together
  • A water bed
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Who was the first choice to play Fred Mertz?

Retry Correct Incorrect Gale Gordon was the first choice, but he was not available. The second choice, James Gleason, was also unavailable, so they settled on William Frawley.

Who was the first choice to play Fred Mertz?

  • William Frawley
  • Marlon Brando
  • Gale Gordon
  • James Gleason
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How many times does Frank Nelson appear on I Love Lucy?

Retry Correct Incorrect Frank Nelson had worked with Lucille Ball on her radio series and appeared in 11 episodes of I Love Lucy. He played quizmaster Freddie Fillmore, the Train Conductor, a Connecticut neighbor, and more.

How many times does Frank Nelson appear on I Love Lucy?

  • 10 times
  • 11 times
  • 5 times
  • 6 times
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Why didn’t CBS want Lucille Ball’s real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, to play her husband on the show?

Retry Correct Incorrect CBS initially thought that American viewers would accept the average housewife being married to a “foreign” man.

Why didn’t CBS want Lucille Ball’s real-life husband, Desi Arnaz, to play her husband on the show?

  • They wanted someone more famous.
  • He demanded too much money.
  • It wasn’t believable.
  • They couldn’t understand him.
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What was one of the reasons Ball insisted that Arnaz be cast?

Retry Correct Incorrect Arnaz already had a career touring the country with his rhumba band, so Ball wanted him on the show so he could stay home more often.

What was one of the reasons Ball insisted that Arnaz be cast?

  • She wouldn’t kiss someone that wasn’t her husband.
  • She wanted to keep him off the road.
  • She was feuding with other male actors.
  • She secretly wanted his salary from the show.
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Most TV shows in the ’50s were broadcast in New York, but how did Arnaz convince sponsor Philip Morris to let them film in Los Angeles?

Retry Correct Incorrect Arnaz told Morris that he and Ball would take pay cuts and own the footage that was sent to New York so long as they got to film in LA.

Most TV shows in the ’50s were broadcast in New York, but how did Arnaz convince sponsor Philip Morris to let them film in Los Angeles?

  • He gave Morris an offer he couldn’t refuse.
  • He flew Morris to LA and showed him the time of his life.
  • He insisted the weather was better in LA.
  • He never did. They just did what they wanted.
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Wait, who was Philip Morris?

Retry Correct Incorrect Because tobacco giant Philip Morris was the sponsor, his name was worked into the dialogue and there was a lot of smoking on the show.

Wait, who was Philip Morris?

  • Tobacco king from the East Coast
  • An actor
  • The owner of CBS
  • A studio executive
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How tall was Desi Arnaz?

Retry Correct Incorrect In real life Arnaz was actually 5’9″ but he wore four-inch lifts so he could be taller than Ball when she wore heels. There was even extra padding on their loveseat so he could sit taller than her.

How tall was Desi Arnaz?

  • 6’0″
  • 5’9″
  • 5’11”
  • 5’7″
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Who sat in on every taping of the episodes where Ball is pregnant?

Retry Correct Incorrect Arnaz hired a Catholic priest, a minister, and a rabbi to sit in on tapings to determine if there was anything objectionable.

Who sat in on every taping of the episodes where Ball is pregnant?

  • All of these
  • Catholic priest
  • Rabbi
  • Minister
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When she was pregnant, what word(s) did they never say on the show?

Retry Correct Incorrect CBS thought that “pregnant” was too vulgar so whenever they referred to it on the show, they said “expecting” instead.

When she was pregnant, what word(s) did they never say on the show?

  • With child
  • Fat
  • Expecting
  • Pregnant
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In “Ricky has Labor Pains,” what food does Lucy send Ricky out to get?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucy ends up mixing the two together which makes Ricky sick, but he can’t get enough of it after he tastes it.

In “Ricky has Labor Pains,” what food does Lucy send Ricky out to get?

  • Chips and Salsa
  • Sardines and Ice Cream
  • Potato Chips and Ice Cream
  • Peanut Butter and Pickles
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In “Lucy Goes to the Hospital,” what does everyone forget after Lucy says “It’s time”?

Retry Correct Incorrect Although they were prepared for the birth, everyone scrambled when Lucy was actually going into labor, so much so that they left her behind in the apartment.

In “Lucy Goes to the Hospital,” what does everyone forget after Lucy says “It’s time”?

  • Their coats
  • Lucy
  • Where the hospital is
  • The hospital bag
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The show wrote in plots to go along with Ball’s pregnancy, but what was the one thing nobody knew until she gave birth?

Retry Correct Incorrect The Arnazes did not know the gender of the baby until Desi Arnaz Jr. was born. Coincidentally, one of the writers had rightly predicted it and already wrote it into the show.

The show wrote in plots to go along with Ball’s pregnancy, but what was the one thing nobody knew until she gave birth?

  • That Ball would have the baby on the show
  • That Ball would need a C-section
  • The gender
  • The due date
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Why did Fred frequently have his hands in his pockets?

Retry Correct Incorrect William Frawley struggled with alcoholism and was told to stay sober or get fired. He hid his hand in his pockets so no one could see him suffering from withdrawals.

Why did Fred frequently have his hands in his pockets?

  • He had a skin condition
  • His hands were cold
  • He didn’t know what to do with them
  • He was hiding the fact that he was trembling
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Who played Litte Ricky on I Love Lucy?

Retry Correct Incorrect Many people think that Little Ricky on the show was Lucy and Desi’s son in real life, but he wasn’t. However, Keith was really good friends with Desi Jr.

Who played Litte Ricky on I Love Lucy?

  • Ron Howard
  • Richard Keith
  • Jerry Mathers
  • Desi Arnaz Jr.
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What rumor would Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball joke about often?

Retry Correct Incorrect There’s a rumor surrounding Vance’s contract that says she was required to maintain a weight that was ten pounds heavier than Ball.

What rumor would Vivian Vance and Lucille Ball joke about often?

  • Vance was actually married to Arnaz
  • Vance had to be ten pounds heavier than Ball
  • Vance was Ball’s older sister
  • They hated each other in real life
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Who does Lucy dress up as for one of Little Ricky’s birthday parties?

Retry Correct Incorrect When Lucy is unable to hire a Superman for the party, she dresses up as him herself but ends up stuck on a ledge.

Who does Lucy dress up as for one of Little Ricky’s birthday parties?

  • Superman
  • Ed Sullivan
  • Racecar Driver
  • Batman
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In Season 1, when Ricky and Fred are trying to be discreet about an upcoming show, what do the girls think is going on with them?

Retry Correct Incorrect Never mind the fact that Desi and Fred would’ve been too old to get drafted…

In Season 1, when Ricky and Fred are trying to be discreet about an upcoming show, what do the girls think is going on with them?

  • They are cheating with other women
  • They are drafted into the military
  • Fred is terminally ill
  • They are having an affair with each other
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In “Building a Bar-B-Q,” where does Lucy find her lost wedding ring?

Retry Correct Incorrect Ricky actually took the ring to teach Lucy a lesson and ended up losing the ring in the raw burger meat.

In “Building a Bar-B-Q,” where does Lucy find her lost wedding ring?

  • In the cement used to build the barbecue
  • In a cake
  • In the trash
  • In a hamburger
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In Season 6, what does Lucy get her head stuck in?

Retry Correct Incorrect Lucy put the trophy on her head to spite Ricky after he expressed that he didn’t like her new hat.

In Season 6, what does Lucy get her head stuck in?

  • A turkey
  • A hole in the wall
  • A trophy
  • A fish bowl
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In Season 4, the gang visits Ethel’s hometown, which is where?

Retry Correct Incorrect Vivian Vance actually moved to Albuquerque in her younger years to find work as an actress.

In Season 4, the gang visits Ethel’s hometown, which is where?

  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • Omaha, Nebraska
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What kind of animal does Lucy try to raise in Season 6?

Retry Correct Incorrect When a baby chick is loose in the house, Lucy acts like its mother to get it to come out of hiding.

What kind of animal does Lucy try to raise in Season 6?

  • A Hamster
  • Pigs
  • Chickens
  • Puppies
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In Season 1’s “Lucy Plays Cupid,” who is Lucy trying to set up?

Retry Correct Incorrect The grocer mistakenly thinks that Lucy is the one that likes him and she gets herself into some trouble, of course.

In Season 1’s “Lucy Plays Cupid,” who is Lucy trying to set up?

  • Fred and Ethel
  • Ricky’s manager and her neighbor
  • Her neighbor and the grocer
  • Two old college friends
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Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Congrats, you finished! Here are your results:

Retry Better get a time machine and study up. It’s back to the chocolate factory for you! Not bad. Ricky approves. Hoorah! You’ve made I Love Lucy fans proud.
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