The 'I Love Lucy' Quiz
by Staff
The show cemented Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as cultural icons for the ages. How much do you know about "I Love Lucy?"

For how many seasons did "I Love Lucy" air?

  • eight
  • six
  • four

How many episodes of the black-and-white show have been colorized?

  • six
  • 25
  • every episode

For how many years did "I Love Lucy" stop airing once the final episode ended?

  • zero
  • 12
  • 18

In total, how many episodes of the show aired on TV?

  • 181
  • 132
  • 119

What company was the first to become a major sponsor for the show?

  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Philip Morris
  • Frontier Airlines

What kind of cigarettes did Lucy prefer in real life?

  • Marlboro
  • Philip Morris
  • Chesterfield

About how many Americans watched the episode in which Lucy gave birth to Little Ricky?

  • 13 million
  • 28 million
  • 44 million

How old was Lucy when the show premiered?

  • 35
  • 40
  • 44

What was the most important ingredient in fictitious product Vitameatavegamin, which Lucy touts during a commercial?

  • iron
  • alcohol
  • vitamin B-12

Most of the episodes take place in which setting?

  • their apartment
  • Ricky's music club
  • a small house in the suburbs

What was Lucy's requirement before signing a deal to create a TV sitcom?

  • She wanted a guaranteed minimum salary of $450,000 per season.
  • She wanted Desi Arnaz to play her husband.
  • She wanted to write several scripts.

How many episodes were there in the first season?

  • 18
  • 23
  • 35

For how many of its six seasons was the show rated No. 1 on TV?

  • six
  • five
  • four

Why were network executives concerned about casting Arnaz as Lucy's husband?

  • his Cuban accent
  • his shady gambling habits
  • his womanizing behavior

During the course of the show, we find out that Lucy met Ricky where?

  • on a plane
  • on a boat cruise
  • in a coffee shop

Which network aired the show?

  • ABC
  • CBS
  • NBC

Characters' names were often taken from what?

  • Lucy's family and friends
  • Lucy's favorite books
  • Lucy's favorite films

What was one major reason that Lucy wanted Desi cast as her husband?

  • She hated the music his band made.
  • She thought they would make more money working together.
  • She wanted him closer to home.

What does Ricky do when he becomes frustrated with Lucy?

  • He slams doors repeatedly.
  • He speaks in Spanish.
  • He begins drinking heavily.

In real life, what was the name of Lucy's daughter?

  • Martha
  • Clara
  • Lucie

How many miscarriages did Lucy have before finally giving birth to Lucie?

  • two
  • three
  • five

For how much did Desilu Productions sell the rights to the show?

  • $19 million
  • $8 million
  • $4 million

While filming scenes in which Lucy is pregnant, the studio barred the usage of which word?

  • pregnant
  • placenta
  • afterbirth

What did William Frawley do every time Vivian Vance sang a song?

  • He walked away from her.
  • He covered his ears.
  • He sang along.

How did Lucy and Desi convince the network to green light the show?

  • They got married.
  • They went on tour together.
  • They promised to work for free.

In what year was an original 16-millimeter version of the pilot episode found?

  • 2000
  • 1990
  • 1980

After he retired, Desi moved to Los Angeles to do what?

  • raise thoroughbred horses
  • start a new band
  • create a line of musical instruments

How many different directors worked on the weekly series?

  • one
  • two
  • three

Why did Vivian Vance reportedly have a problem with her on-screen husband, played by William Frawley?

  • He could never remember his lines.
  • He was much older.
  • He was a heroin user.

How many cameras were used for shooting each episode?

  • three
  • two
  • one