I Love Lucy is one of the most legendary and popular situation comedies of all time, maintaining its ability to charm audiences even half a century later. The show follows the life of Lucy Ricardo, a zany housewife in 1950s New York City as she attempts to break into show business, defy her husband or just keep life interesting through a series of schemes and mishaps. Showcasing the exceptional comedic talents of its star, Lucille Ball, the show has a timeless ability to entertain. In addition to its entertainment value, the show’s 1950s setting provides a rich point of cultural critique. It has been accused of reinforcing patriarchal norms and being degrading to women. In viewing the show with a contemporary perspective, these accusations have some undeniable legitimacy. Lucy and her best friend Ethel are often consumed by petty, material desires; they are frequently depicted as incompetent; their messes are usually cleaned up by their more sensible, authoritative husbands. Still, what messages in I Love Lucy speak the loudest? Do Lucy Ricardo’s never-quite-successful schemes as a housewife overshadow Lucille Ball’s professional success as a businesswoman, comedian and actress? Despite the show’s outward adherence to some of the patriarchal ideology of the times, I Love Lucy was a vehicle for Lucille Ball to empower women, both within and outside the world of the show. This website provides evidence for that argument.