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I Love Lucy Christmas Special Adds A Newly Colorized Episode For 2019 On CBS

Enjoy "The Christmas Episode" and "Paris At Last" on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8/7c.
Posted on Nov 26, 2019 | 10:00am
If you love Lucy, you'd better mark your calendar for the I Love Lucy Christmas Special!

Along with a traditional broadcast of the colorized "The Christmas Episode," the newly colorized "Paris at Last" will broadcast back-to-back on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access. The main titles and end credits are seamlessly combined into one set at the beginning and end of the hour, with no interruption between the episodes.

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CBS has aired I Love Lucy Christmas specials for six years, combining "The Christmas Episode" with a different comedy classic. Episodes have been shown colorized in their entirety since 2015, featuring scenes that had only been seen before in black and white.

"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 (Keith Thibodeaux). Flashbacks recall the night Lucy told Ricky she was pregnant, the time Lucy showed up unexpectedly as part of a barbershop quartet and the day Ricky and the Mertzes rehearsed taking Lucy to the maternity ward.

"The Christmas Episode" was first broadcast on CBS on Christmas Eve, 1956. The episode was not included in the series' long history of rebroadcasts, first on CBS Daytime and later in syndication. Long thought to be lost, the program was rediscovered by CBS in 1989.

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In "Paris at Last," the Ricardos and Mertzes arrive in the French capital, where Lucy encounters a sidewalk artist who sells multiple copies of the same "original" oil painting and a con man who offers a better exchange rate for her American dollars than the one offered in the banks. Later, her attempt to have a quiet lunch in an outdoor café finds her not only unwittingly ordering a plate of snails, but paying the check with counterfeit French francs. Next stop: the Bastille?

"Paris at Last" was originally broadcast on Feb. 27, 1956, and became an immediate viewer favorite.

I Love Lucy was broadcast on CBS from Oct. 15, 1951, through June 23, 1957. It was voted "The Best TV Show of All Time" in a 2012 viewer poll conducted by People magazine and ABC News. I Love Lucy stars Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo and Vivian Vance and William Frawley as the Ricardos' friends and landlords, Ethel and Fred Mertz.

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Get ready to laugh your way into the holidays and watch the I Love Lucy Christmas Special on Friday, Dec. 20 at 8/7c on CBS and CBS All Access.