08/07/2012 10:29 am ET

Everything I Need To Know, I Learned From 'I Love Lucy'

A long, long time ago, back before Titanic or The Simpsons or Friends or Kanye West (all of my sick obsessions), I loved a little show called I Love Lucy. I loved I Love Lucy so much that I saw every episode (EXCEPT ONE, STILL TO THIS DAY) even before it was easy to see every episode of something. I saw every episode of I Love Lucy thanks to a combination of episodes taped off the television by my mother (because Lucy is her ultimate favorite) and that beloved ol’ Nick at Nite. Thank you, Block Party Summer! I’m pretty sure Tuesday nights were the greatest because my cousin and I would stay up until I literally fell asleep (and she would wake me up—because she’s a night owl and I am so not—by sticking cookies in my mouth) watching our favorite characters—Lucy and Ethel. Nicole was so Lucy and I was so Ethel, but since I have really come into my own as an adult, I have never been called a sidekick again. Plus, Lucille Ball was a Leo, and I don’t know if you guys know this, but I am, as well. A proud, feisty Leonine woman. Hear us roar, baby. But seriously, I Love Lucy paved the way for the wonderful world of public television. It was a lot of Firsts, and a lot of Lasts, as well. Never again could we replicate such a dynamic television program, and never again would we even really want to. With no further ado:


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