i love lucy

Love Cuban food and cocktails? Try The I Love Lucy Cookbook by Jenn Fujikawa.

By Michelle Darrisaw

Ever felt hungry when watching Lucy Ricardo (Lucille Ball) bribe her husband Ricky (Desi Arnaz) with his favorite chicken and rice dish on I Love Lucy? What about those Sunday family dinner scenes from Blue Bloods or the Vulcan and Romulan cuisine featured on Star Trek? Of course, we'd be remiss not to include the Winchester brothers' diner favorites from Supernatural or the envy-inducing Krabby Patties that draw lines of ravenous sea creatures to the Krusty Krab in SpongeBob SquarePants.

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By Nate Millado

Congratulations, Watchers: We survived 2020! And because we made it through a year that rivals Stephen King's The Stand, we could all use a good laugh. We're talking the gut-busting, rolling-on-the-floor, so-hilarious-it-hurts kind of ha-has.

Luckily, CBS All Access features some of the funniest episodes ever—just in time for Global Belly Laugh Day on Jan. 24!

The Unicorn —"Three Men Out"

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Rob Corddry as Forrest, Walton Goggins as Wade, Omar Miller as Ben in The Unicorn.

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When Wade (Walton Goggins) ditches the dating app to meet women the old-fashioned way (at a bar), Forrest (Rob Corddry) and Ben (Omar Miller) tag along. This standout episode from Season 1 of The Unicorn mines many, many laughs out of the middle-aged "wing men" trying to relive their heyday.

WATCH: Stream "Three Men Out" On CBS All Access

The Unicorn airs Thursdays at 9:30/8:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

B Positive —"Foreign Bodies"

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Annaleigh Ashford as Gina in B Positive.

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The cat's outta the bag in the third episode of B Positive, when Drew's (Thomas Middleditch) daughter and ex discover his dire diagnosis—and meet his kooky kidney donor (Annaleigh Ashford). "Foreign Bodies'" ends with this belly-laugh moment: Gina and Drew's ridiculously awkward TikTok dance!

WATCH: Stream "Foreign Bodies" On CBS All Access

B Positive airs Thursdays 8:30/7:30c on CBS and streams on CBS All Access.

Inside Amy Schumer —"Last F**kable Day"

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Amy Schumer in her Comedy Central sketch series, Inside Amy Schumer.

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The most inspired episode from Amy Schumer's Comedy Central sketch series is "Last F**kable Day," a send-up on how Hollywood treats actresses of a certain age. Schumer stumbles upon an idyllic picnic of iconic trio Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, and Patricia Arquette, who ad-lib such hilarious lines as, "Are you that girl from the television who talks about her p— all the time?" Flattered, Schumer gushes, "Yes, yes, thank you!" "Well, come talk about your p— over here," beckons Louis-Dreyfus, who's celebrating her final effable day.

You don't have to wait long for a belly laugh: The episode opens with music video spoof, "Milk, Milk, Lemonade," with Schumer satirizing men's obsession with derrieres.

WATCH: Stream "Last F**kable Day" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Inside Amy Schumer on CBS All Access.

Cheers —"Homicidal Ham"

Andy tries to rob Sam's bar

Derek McGrath as Andy Schroeder with Ted Danson as Sam Malone in an episode of Cheers.

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This Season 2 classic brings back borderline psycho Andy (Cheers fans will remember him from Season 1, when Sam set him up with Diane on a date). Diane believes she can reform the ex-con—and wannabe actor—by staging a performance of Othello at the bar. And yes, that setup is as funny as it sounds.

WATCH: Stream "Homicidal Ham" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Cheers on CBS All Access.

The Brady Bunch —"The Personality Kid"

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From left: Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Eve Plumb, Maureen McCormick, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland in The Brady Bunch.

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Here's the story: When Peter is ridiculed for having zero personality, he goes overboard to create a unique persona. The blended-family sitcom spawned memorable catchphrases—including "Marcia, Marcia, Marcia" and "Oh, my nose!"—and this Season 3 installment features "Pork chops and applesauce" in Peter's totally random Humphrey Bogart impersonation!

WATCH: Stream "The Personality Kid" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of The Brady Bunch on CBS All Access.

Happy Days —"Kiss Me Sickly"

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Fonzie (Henry Winkler) with the guys in Happy Days.

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Fonzie (Henry Winkler) tasks Richie (Ron Howard) with looking after his girl while he's away at a demolition derby. Annoyed by The Fonz acting like he owns her, Denise coerces Richie to make out with her. But when Denise ends up with mono (a.k.a. "the kissing disease"), Richie debates whether it was worth choosing lips over loyalty.

WATCH: Stream "Kiss Me Sickly" On CBS All Access

Steam full episodes of Happy Days on CBS All Access.

Chappelle's Show —"True Hollywood Stories: Prince & Red Balls Energy Drink"

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Dave Chappelle as Prince in Chappelle's Show.

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Comedian Dave Chappelle is known for his searing stand-up but also his iconic Comedy Central variety show. It's hard to single out just one belly-laugh-worthy episode from Chappelle's Show, but we'll go with "True Hollywood Story: Prince," when Chappelle channeled The Purple One in a slam-dunk sketch.

WATCH: Stream "True Hollywood Stories: Prince & Red Balls Energy Drink" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Chappelle's Show on CBS All Access.

I Love Lucy —"Job Switching"

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

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Arguably the most memorable I Love Lucy installment: the infamous chocolate episode! Lucy and Ethel take on factory jobs. All hell breaks loose when the conveyor belt speeds up, forcing the overwhelmed besties to stuff candy in their blouses and mouths.

WATCH: Stream "Job Switching" on CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

Key and Peele —"The End"

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Jordan Peele and Keegan-Michael Key of Key and Peele.

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Before Jordan Peele was taking home an Oscar and rebooting The Twilight Zone, the multi-hyphenate teamed with fellow funnyman Keegan-Michael Key for a Comedy Central sketch series that made you think long after the laughter died down.

After five seasons, the duo decided to drop the mic—but the series ender proved that they were going out on top. The send-off's central sketch was a full-on Busby Berkeley musical number on a sprawling soundstage, with Peele belting out the pleasures of living in "Negrotown."

WATCH: Stream "The End" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Key and Peele on CBS All Access.

Hot in Cleveland —"Canoga Falls"

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Carol Burnett reunites with Betty White in an episode of Hot in Cleveland.

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In this Season 4 episode of Hot in Cleveland, Betty White reunites with her former Mama's Family co-star, Carol Burnett. The ear-tugging comedienne plays Victoria's (Wendie Malick) mama Penny, a house hoarder and children's program puppeteer. It's worth a view just to witness two TV legends take center stage!

WATCH: Stream "Canoga Falls" On CBS All Access

Stream all seasons of Hot in Cleveland 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.


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"

Ethel and Lucy stuff chocolates into their mouths

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


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).


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.


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.


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).


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.

Stream full episodes of I Love Lucy on CBS All Access.

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By Nate Millado

We've singled out some of TV's most memorable manes—long and short, curly and straight, outrageous and outlandish—for National Hair Day on Oct. 1. Did your favorite make the cut?

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