I Love Lucy (1951-1957)
The Village Voice classifieds from the 1950s show a number of one-bedroom apartments in Manhattan for a price similar to what Lucy and Ricky Ricardo paid. Ricky’s bout with fame probably provided the family with a nice financial cushion, given that Lucy was a housewife. But then they gave up their 99-year lease and moved to Connecticut. Waaaaaah.
Location: 623 E. 68th St. (technically the East River)
Characters: Ricky and Lucy Ricardo
Job: Musician (Ricky); housewife (Lucy)
Show’s claimed cost: $125 per month
Real-life cost: $150 per month for a one-bedroom near the East River at the time