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Have A Ball: It's National I Love Lucy Day!

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Celebrate the sitcom's special day by streaming these eight classic episodes on CBS All Access.

By Nate Millado

How much do we love Lucy? So much that she gets her own day! In honor of the beloved sitcom premiering on this date in 1951, Oct. 15 is National I Love Lucy Day.

Starring the inimitable Lucille Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, the Emmy-winning hit also featured William Frawley and Vivian Vance as neighbors and best friends Fred and Ethel Mertz. For six slapstick-filled seasons, TV's famous redhead gifted us with 180 episodes of sidesplitting hijinks.

Fall in love with Lucy again by streaming these eight fan favorites of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Does A TV Commercial"

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Lucille Ball as Lucy in the classic Vitameatavegamin episode.

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Lucy begs her husband to let her star in a sponsor's commercial on a show he's hosting, but Ricky refuses. Undeterred, she goes to the set anyway and ends up hawking the fictional Vitameatavegamin health tonic. Her speech becomes more and more comically slurred with each take—because the tonic is 23% alcohol!

Watch the "Lucy Does A TV Commercial" episode on CBS All Access.

"Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald"

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Lucy (Lucille Ball) uses an electric scalp massage contraption on Ricky (Desi Arnaz).

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When Ricky obsesses about his potentially receding hairline, Lucy goes to great lengths to mitigate his mane fears. First she invites a bunch of bald-headed men to the apartment—"I want this place looking like a sea of honeydew melons!"—to show Ricky how better off, follicly, he actually is. But that plot falls flat when Ricky phones from work and says he won't be home for hours. So Lucy resorts to some hair-raising measures involving torturous techniques to get to the root of Ricky's problem.

Watch the "Ricky Thinks He's Getting Bald" episode on CBS All Access.

"Job Switching"

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Ethel (Vivian Vance) and Lucy (Lucille Ball) hard at work at the chocolate factory.

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It's the infamous chocolate episode! The couples switch roles: Lucy and Ethel take on factory jobs, while Ricky and Fred attempt to keep house. All hell breaks loose when the conveyor belt speeds up, forcing the overwhelmed besties to stuff candy in their blouses and mouths. (BTW: The men don't fare much better with the household chores.)

Watch the "Job Switching" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Goes To The Hospital"

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A very nervous Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and a comparatively calm Lucy (Lucille Ball).

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Art imitated life when Lucille Ball's real-life pregnancy was written into the show. Ricky, Fred, and Ethel hilariously rehearse for Lucy's big day, and the run-throughs go off without a hitch. That is, until Lucy emerges from the bedroom to say "it's time"—which sets off a chaotic sequence of events for the frenzied father-to-be. Fun facts: A whopping 72% of all households with a TV tuned in to I Love Lucy to see Little Ricky's birth; the episode aired 12 hours after Ball's baby, Desi Jr., was delivered via C-section; and newborn Desi Jr. was featured on the inaugural issue (April 3, 1953) of TV Guide.

Watch the "Lucy Goes to the Hospital" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Wants New Furniture"

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Ricky (Desi Arnaz) and Lucy (Lucille Ball) fight over furniture.

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Lucy desperately wants to get rid of her "ratty old couch" and "nasty-looking coffee table." But when she splurges on pricey replacements without discussing it first with Ricky, she's forced to pay for her impulse buys out of her own allowance. Her penny-pinching solutions include making her own clothes and perming her own hair.

Watch the "Lucy Wants New Furniture" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy Tells The Truth"

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Showbiz-crazed Lucy (Lucille Ball) winds up working with an Italian knife-thrower.

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Ricky wagers $100 that Lucy can't go an entire day without lying. She finds telling the truth a little too freeing, however, as she ends up insulting friends with her brutal honesty. Later in the ep, Ricky invites her to audition for a role on his show—knowing his inexperienced wife will have to fib to snag the part. Lucy lies about speaking Italian and finds herself in a precarious situation involving knives!

Watch the "Lucy Tells the Truth" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy's Italian Movie"

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Lucy (Lucille Ball) has grape expectations for her Italian film career.

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When in Rome, Lucy stumbles upon yet another star-making opportunity. She jumps at the chance for a role in a movie called Bitter Grapes. Literal-minded Lucy figures she should soak up some local color for research. She takes a job at a vineyard stomping grapes and gets into a full-on fight in the vat. Lucy soaks up some color, all right—a head-to-toe grape color, which ultimately costs her the film role.

Watch the "Lucy's Italian Movie" episode on CBS All Access.

"Lucy And Superman"

Lucy dressed like Superman stands on a ledge

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Super—scratch that, it's Lucy (Lucille Ball).

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TV's Superman (George Reeves) happens to be in town for meet-and-greets at Macy's. Since Little Ricky is such a big fan, Lucy asks her husband if he can get Reeves to make a cameo at their son's birthday party since Ricky met him once in Hollywood. But after Ricky breaks the news that the Man of Steel is MIA, Lucy hatches a plan to dress up as the superhero herself to fool the kids. In the end, Superman shows up after all—and Lucy somehow ends up on a ledge!

Watch the "Lucy And Superman" episode on CBS All Access.

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