This holiday season is about to get a lot funnier, as CBS plans to broadcast the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, featuring two back-to-back episodes of the iconic sitcom in full color on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8/7c on CBS.
The episodes include "The Christmas Episode" (first broadcast in Dec. 1956) and the newly colorized "The Fashion Show" (Feb. 1955). Both were colorized with a nod to the series' 1950s period.
The episodes have also been seamlessly combined into one special, with no interruption between the two.
"The Christmas Episode" finds the Ricardos and Mertzes decorating Lucy and Ricky's Christmas tree and reminiscing about how their lives have changed since the arrival of the Ricardos' son, Little Ricky. Flashbacks recall the night Lucy tells Ricky she is pregnant, the time Lucy shows up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet, and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearse taking Lucy to the maternity ward.
In "The Fashion Show," Lucy's lifelong dream of appearing in a motion picture seems to have come true when Ricky arranges for her to play a showgirl in a new musical. Unfortunately, the enormous feathered headdress she is expected to wear as she descends a staircase proves to be too cumbersome. After numerous mishaps on the stairs, the musical's frustrated director decides to make a change.
The episode became an immediate favorite not only of viewers, but of Lucille Ball herself. The episode includes a few of her real-life personal friends, too: Mrs. Gordon MacRae, Mrs. William Holden, Mrs. Van Heflin, Mrs. Forrest Tucker, and Don Loper himself.
I Love Lucy Christmas specials have been an ongoing tradition on CBS for the last four years, each combining the holiday-themed episode with a different comedy classic.
Watch the new
I Love Lucy Christmas Special on Friday, Dec. 22 at 8/7c on CBS, and stream full episodes of
I Love Lucy on
CBS All Access.