Sunday, November 26, 2006

The Ricardos Are One of TV's Best Couples

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has named Ricky and Lucy Ricardo one of TV's best couples.

Real-life spouses Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz set a typical-for-its-time marriage (he worked, she was a housewife) against an atypical showbiz backdrop and were No. 1 for four years. Even her funniest schemes to get out of the house never felt demeaning to either spouse — maybe because the couple worked together off-screen as well, creating a powerful TV production empire. (See also: "The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show" CBS, 1950-58, and "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," starring Ozzie and Harriet Nelson on CBS, 1952-66).

Other couples on the unnumbered list include Darrin and Samantha Stephens, Cliff and Clair Huxtable, Homer and Marge Simpson and Jim and Margaret Anderson.