In vintage black and white, the zany adventures of housewife Lucy Ricardo, her Cuban entertainer-husband Ricky Ricardo (portrayed by real-life spouse Desi Arnaz), and their neighbors, the Mertzes, entertained viewers as a weekly sitcom for six seasons.*
For the show’s stars and their audience, “I Love Lucy” became a genuine case of art imitating life.
In the 1953 episode titled “Lucy Goes To The Hospital,” ** Lucy-the-TV-character gives birth to “Little Ricky,” who would later be portrayed by a child actor. The pregnancy was written into the show due to the real-life pregnancy of its star, Lucille Ball.
The show and the dual pregnancies so captivated the country that newspapers including the Middletown Journal kept readers apprised of Lucille Ball’s condition. ***