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Common Sense Media: All-American TV Shows

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'I Love Lucy'

Ages: 6+

Why We Love It: Classic clowning from comic genius; for all ages.

What Parents Should Know: Parents need to know that this still-hilarious (and ubiquitous) 1950s comedy classic is entirely tame by contemporary standards, though some episodes do show the characters smoking or drinking. In one famous episode, Lucy gets more and more drunk as she films a commercial for Vegameatavitamin, showing alcohol consumption in a funny light. Also, old-fashioned family stereotypes (like the clueless housewife and the patronizing husband) form the basis of the show's narrative structure, and some racial stereotyping occurs, with Ricky's Cuban accent often becoming the butt of jokes. —Common Sense Media (AP Photo/file)

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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