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

 Lucille Ball struggles with the "Witmetwegmin" episode of "I Love Lucy".

This collection of color illustrations from classic black and white television shows from the 1950s and 1960s will remind you of some of your favorite series from the past. If you were a fan of these shows as they originally aired, you'll love learning the behind-the-scenes secrets, fun facts, fights, and tragedies that the public didn't know about these classic shows at the time. Sit back, relax and enjoy a blast from the past with these color screen stills of classic black and white television shows.

Who can forget this episode of I Love Lucy in which Lucy becomes the spokesperson for a new product, a medicinal elixir called "Vitmetavegamine"? In this episode, which originally aired in 1952, Lucy would have to restart the ad over and over again, taking a spoonful of the drug each time. Unbeknownst to him, nectar has a high alcohol content. With each take, Lucy becomes drunk and drunken, slurring her words and losing her train of thought. Although this episode is one of the most popular among I Love Lucy fans, Lucille Ball did not agree. This episode was challenging for him. Why? Because Ball, a consummate professional, feared sabotaging his lines. To deal with this, she always made sure that all her lines were memorized perfectly. For this episode, he had to memorize all the messy words and misspellings instead of trying to improvise his lines.

Marriage Killed "I Dream of Jenny"

Who knows? I Dream of Jenny is still going strong today, 52 years after it was canceled, wasn't it for one thing that totally killed the TV series... Wedding. For five seasons, fans of the fantasy show lined up to witness the apparent sexual tension between Larry Hagman, the devoted career astronaut, and Barbara Eden, the beautiful 2000-year-old genie in a bottle. In fact, it was the sexual tension that kept the show exciting. When an NBC executive announced that the two would marry, everyone raised their voices against it – the show's producers Sidney Sheldon, Hagman, Eden. But NBC went ahead with TV Wedding anyway. As anticipated, I Dream of Jenny's ratings subsequently fell. Larry Hagman later said that he heard that the show had been canceled from the man who worked at the gate in the studio.

Gee whiz! "Dennis the Menace" star Jay North worked with juvenile delinquents.

Jay North was just seven years old when he earned the role of the flamboyant and mischievous Dennis in the TV series, Dennis the Menace, which was based on the comic strip of the same name. The title of the show might lead you to believe that young Denise was a rotten brat who always caused trouble. In reality, aside from the pilot episode of the series, in which Dennis cheats on his babysitter, sneaks out at night, and goes to the movies, Denise never misbehaves. All the actions are the result of his very hard effort and overzealousness. You may find it ironic that Jay North, the precocious child actor who played Denise, left show business and, as an adult, he worked as a corrections officer and administrator for the Florida juvenile justice system, ending his career Dedicated to troubled youth.

June Lockhart didn't have the original Ruth in TV's "Lassie."

Before June Lockhart assumed the role of Ruth Martin on the long-running TV series, Lassie, actress Cloris Leachman had the role. She appeared in 28 episodes of Lassi in 1957 and 1958, but she was not a good fit on the sets. According to reports, she did not like her role and felt suppressed to play the role of a farm wife. In fact, Leachman refused to sign his contract because he refused to promote the sponsor's products, as was customary in the 1950s. One of the sponsors of the lassi was Campbell's Soup. Leachman reportedly told Campbell's exec, "I make my own soup. I don't eat yours." On screen, audiences found Leachman to be harsh and unattractive. After the 1958 season, he was fired and was replaced by June Lockhart.

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