The other day I used a line in a comment on lilrant’s blog that seemed second nature to me. She had some splainin’ to do about something or other.
Huh? was the basic response, and so I went on to explain to my friend LR, the 24-year-old from India who of course shouldn’t have an idea about what Ricky Ricardo said to his wife Lucy in a sitcom here in the United State in the 1950s that I watched in reruns as a kid a decade later.
Nicely, she responded, oh, yeah, her uncle loved Lucille Ball.
I wondered if my own 25-year-old daughter or anybody from that generation would catch such a reference from such an old TV show.
Then last night deep down on my DVR I came across the “I Love Lucy Superstar Special” recorded a few Sundays ago when broadcast on CBS, the network that first aired the two half-hour shows in 1956, with Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel first in Los Angeles and then back home hosting the original Superman, George Reeves, for Little Ricky’s birthday party.
While watching with my dear wife Karen, I took out my iPhone 6 for some shots of Lucy and Ricky because this show was colorized, and Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz looked so darn good.
Of course, after these little encounters of ‘splainin’, sometimes poor Lucy was left to ponder just what went wrong with buddy Ethel.
During this hour, I did not find one instance of that famous line to shoot on video.
So I had to settle for this lame-ish clip already out there.
Did you watch the latest Lucy and Ricky special, and what do you think about the colorization? Do you remember the original shows, and what are your favorite episodes if you do? What are your favorite older sitcoms, and why?