The Most Iconic Sitcom Photos Of The 1950s and 1960s

By | July 11, 2022

Lucille Ball Struggled with the "Vitameatavegamin" Episode of "I Love Lucy".

This collection of colorized images from classic 1950s and 1960s black and white television shows will have you reminiscing about some of your favorite series of the past. If you were a fan when these shows originally aired, you will love to learn the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, feuds, and tragedies that were not publicly known about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a blast from the past with these colorized screen stills from classic black and white television shows. 

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Who could forget this episode of I Love Lucy in which Lucy becomes a spokesperson for a new product, a medicinal elixir called “Vitameatavegamin”? In this episode, which originally aired in 1952, Lucy must reshoot the commercial over and over again, each time taking a spoonful of the medicine. Unbeknownst to her, the elixir has a high alcohol content. With each take, Lucy gets drunker and drunker, slurring her words and losing her train of thought. While this episode remains one of the most popular ones among I Love Lucy fans, Lucille Ball didn’t agree. This episode was challenging for her. Why? Because Ball, a consummate professional, had a phobia about botching her lines. To combat this, she always made sure she had all her lines perfectly memorized. For this episode, she had to memorize all the jumbled words and mispronunciations rather than try to improvise her lines.

Marriage Killed "I Dream of Jeannie". 

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Who knows? I Dream of Jeannie may still be going strong today, 52 years after it was canceled, had it not been for the one thing that totally killed the TV series … marriage. For five seasons, fans of the fantasy show tuned in to see the obvious sexual tension between Larry Hagman, the dedicated career astronaut, and Barbara Eden, the beautiful 2000-year-old genie in a bottle. In fact, it was that sexual tension that kept the show exciting. When an exec at NBC announced that the two would marry, everyone spoke out against it – Hagman, Eden, the show’s creator Sydney Sheldon. But NBC went ahead with the TV wedding anyway. As predicted, I Dream of Jeannie’s ratings plummeted afterward. Larry Hagman later said that he heard that the show had been canceled from the guy working the gate at the studio.