I Love Lucy- Understanding the show
I love Lucy is a great show to let kids seven and up see, because it shows a positive view of life in the 1950's. I put seven as the correct age, because younger children may not see it as intresting enough to sit down to. Love for something is built up by being exposed to it early on. There is nothing really objectionable in it. If you don't want to show your child any scenes with drinking, put on an episode without it, most do not have any drinking. In this modern world where 'independance' is valued so greatly, Lucy's role as a homemaker may not be appriciated, as Ricky often tells Lucy he does not want her to work out of the home. An important note about this is, when a woman married in the 1950's, SHE UNDERSTOOD that she was choosing marriage as a permanenant future job. I realised some consern of Ricky spanking Lucy. Yes, he is treating her like a child, BUT, if you watch the episode, Lucy was acting like a child. In Ricky's defense, Lucy is constantly buying expensive things without discusing them with him. Even today, a husband would get mad at his wife if she was constantly buying extravagant things. Ricky is also supposed to have a bad temper. But back to Lucy, she is clever smart, resourceful and beautiful. She always wears a dress, hat, gloves and high heels when she goes out of the house, except for in mabey one episode when she is wearing a coat over her slacks to take little Ricky to the park. I do love how Lucy never gives up on an idea. Even though some people may see her as controlled by her husband, the joke is, Lucy does practically whatever she wants! Example from "The Star Upstairs'' season 4.
Lucy: For once I'm not going to do what Ricky told me.
Ethel: For once? When have you ever done what Ricky told
Lucy: Well why spoil a perfect record?
Lucy may be a little thoughtless in some of the episodes, but Lucy is Lucy and you have to love her for who she is. Lucille Ball herself did a great job of acting, after all, ' I Love Lucy' was her idea. Lucille Ball will always remain my favorite actress. Overall Lucy will influence little girls to be strong while remaining Ultimately feminine. After all, a good dedicated wife shouldn't be seen as being some type of prisoner by the modern world, and who else could teach that better than Lucille Ball?