I Love Lucy (1951-1957)

The Washington Post Sunday - - ARTS & STYLE -

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


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