Colorful ‘Lucy’ & ‘Dick’

This Friday, December 14, CBS will present its annual colorized salute to two of its classic black-and-white sitcoms: I Love Lucy and The Dick Van Dyke Show.

The I Love Lucy Christmas Special, 8-9 pm ET/PT

“The Christmas Episode,” which originally aired Christmas Eve, 1956, is largely a final-season highlights clip show as the Ricardos (Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz) and the Mertzes (Vivian Vance, William Frawley) reminisce while decorating a Christmas tree. Be prepared for such legendary moments as Lucy telling Ricky she’s pregnant.

Then, in “Pioneer Women,” Lucy and Ethel bet their husbands over which sex had it harder living in a bygone era. So, the women start baking bread and churning butter, and the men take up straight-blade shaving and riding home from work on horseback.

The Dick Van Dyke Show – Now in Living Color!, 9-10 pm ET/PT

Series creator and co-star Carl Reiner was asked to choose the night’s episodes. “After seeing only two seconds of 92-year-old Dick dancing in the new Mary Poppins movie,” he said, “I picked shows that featured Dick’s physical comedy.”

Reiner also wrote both episodes:

In “Where Did I Come From,” Rob (Van Dyke) and Laura (Mary Tyler Moore) recall the days before their son’s birth after the now-six-year-old asks the title question.

Then, in “Never Bathe on Saturday,” Laura gets her toe caught in a bathtub faucet, spoiling the couple’s try at a second honeymoon.

The Black-and-White Episodes

Prefer to watch Lucy and Dick in their original black-and-white?

I Love Lucy runs weekday mornings at 9 am and 9:30 on Decades. “Pioneer Women,” in fact, will run Monday, December 17, at 9:30. You can also stream all six seasons (180 episodes) of the 1951-1957 series on Hulu and CBS All Access, or watch many episodes for free at

The Dick Van Dyke Show runs Tuesday through Saturday mornings at 4 am and 4:30 am on Cozi TV. You can also stream all five seasons (159 episodes) of the 1961-1966 series on Amazon Prime and Hulu, or watch them free – with ads – on Yahoo View.

Both Decades and Cozi TV can be seen free over the air via an antenna hooked up to your TV set. For local channel numbers, visit Decades’ “Where to Watch” and “Get Cozi TV.”

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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