25 beloved television shows we really miss

Cast members of NBC's comedy series "Friends." (Photo by Warner Bros. Television)
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I LOVE LUCY CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Friday, Dec. 14: (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) Featuring two back-to-back episodes of the classic series, the colorized “Christmas Episode” (first presented in black and white on Christmas Eve, 1956) is paired with the newly colorized “The Fashion Show.” In this episode (first presented on Feb. 28, 1955), Lucy convinces Ricky to allow her to spend up to $100 on a dress at the fashionable Don Loper Salon in Beverly Hills. However, when an opportunity arises for Lucy to participate in a Loper fashion show featuring glamorous movie star wives, Lucy winds up spending five times that! Lucy hopes that if she gets a mild sunburn, Ricky will feel sorry for her and forgive her for spending so much, though, as always, she goes a bit too far! ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved /

I Love Lucy

Let’s be completely clear here: we don’t want a reboot of I Love Lucy. Without Desi Arnaz or Lucille Ball, it just wouldn’t work. We miss it for an entirely different reason. I Love Lucy, for a lot of us, reminds us of growing up. Whenever you would turn on the television set, a rerun of the show would be playing somewhere.

Featuring six seasons (and a movie), the show was the first in a lot of ways. It gave us a glimpse into the bedroom of Lucy and Ricky, won five Emmys throughout its run, and, at the end, finished the series on top of the ratings charts.

From generation to generation, we pass on the show in little ways. Whether it is showing Lucy and Ethel trying to eat all the chocolates, watching Lucy dressed as Superman on the outside of her apartment, or even telling someone they’ve got some “‘splainin’ to do,” there are so many cultural references in the show that are still relevant in today’s world.

Ball had a talent that cannot be replaced. While we miss her, we miss I Love Lucy just as deeply. Time to dust off the DVDs and watch Lucy get in trouble while Ricky comes in to yell, right?