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"I Love Lucy" Voted the Best TV Show of All Time

CBS Photo Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than 60 years after it premiered, the iconic television sitcom I Love Lucy nabbed top honors with TV fans in a survey conducted by ABC News and People magazine for Best in TV, a special edition of 20/20 that aired Tuesday night.

Lucy was voted the best show of all time, beating out finalists Seinfeld, M*A*S*H, All in the Family and Cheers. All five finalists were comedies.

"We were not surprised Americans chose comedies as their favorites of all time," said ABC News' Barbara Walters, who hosted the special. "We all like to laugh and these shows still make us laugh today."

During a rare interview in 1977, I Love Lucy star Lucille Ball told Barbara Walters that she didn't think she was funny.

In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Ball's now-adult children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz Jr., explained that their mother had a dry sense of humor.

She was witty, with "a Will Rogers kind of sense of humor ... great humor, but not like Lucy (on the show)," Desi Arnaz Jr. said.

"My mother was a clown, and she could turn funny, brilliantly funny written things into magic ... But she didn't think funny," Lucie Arnaz said.

Best in TV featured a countdown of winners in a number of other categories, from Favorite TV Reality Show to Favorite TV Drama to Favorite TV Mom. In addition to the categories featured on the TV Special, ABC News and People also polled Americans in several other categories like Favorite TV Soap Opera, Favorite TV Game Show, and Most Memorable TV Moment of All Time. See the finalists in these categories online at

Nominees in all categories were determined by an all-star panel of television writers, producers, actors and directors. And from the list of nominees, Americans registered more than one million online votes earlier this summer at

Here are the some of Best in TV's top winners and finalists:

Best TV Comedy
WINNER: I Love Lucy

Other finalists:
The Cosby Show
All in the Family

Best TV Drama

Other finalists:
The Twilight Zone
The Sopranos
The West Wing
Mad Men

Best Legal or Cop Show
WINNER: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Other finalists:
Law & Order
Hill Street Blues

Best Reality Show
WINNER: Dancing with the Stars

Other finalists:
American Idol
The Amazing Race
The Deadliest Catch

Favorite TV Mom
WINNER: Phylicia Rashad as "Clair Huxtable"

Other finalists:
Florence Henderson as "Carol Brady"
Doris Roberts as "Marie Barone"
Marion Ross as "Marion Cunningham"
Barbara Billingsley as "June Cleaver"

Best TV Host
WINNER: Johnny Carson

Other finalists:
Ellen DeGeneres
Oprah Winfrey
Carol Burnett
David Letterman

Best Non-Human Character
WINNER: Kermit the Frog

Other finalists:
Miss Piggy

Best Variety Show
WINNER: Saturday Night Live

Other finalists:
The Carol Burnett Show
American Bandstand
In Living Color
The Ed Sullivan Show

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'I Love Lucy' Marks 60th Anniversary

CBS Photo Archive/Courtesy of Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The classic TV series I Love Lucy celebrates its 60th anniversary on Saturday.  The show made its debut on Oct. 15, 1951.

I Love Lucy aired a total of 179 half-hour episodes in six seasons on CBS, followed by three years of occasional hour-long specials.  The series then aired on CBS daytime before moving into worldwide syndication.

The half-hour sitcom never ranked lower than third in the Nielsen ratings during its run, and a 1953 episode in which Lucille Ball's Lucy Ricardo has a baby still ranks as Nielsen's highest-rated episode in television history.

Jess Oppenheimer was the creator, head writer, and producer of the show, and his son Gregg grew up around the set.  Gregg tells ABC News Radio today’s shows use 15 writers and as many as eight producers to create 22 episodes a year, but I Love Lucy was able to churn out 40 episodes in 40 weeks with three writers and just one producer.

The comedy starred Ball and real-life husband Desi Arnaz as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo.  Vivian Vance and William Frawley portrayed their neighbors, Fred and Ethel Mertz.

Oppenheimer says the show worked for many reasons, but the main one was Ball, because she was a beautiful actress who was willing to do zany slapstick comedy, including putting chocolate all over her face and stomping grapes in a vat.

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Lucille Ball Remembered on 100th Birthday

CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lucille Ball, the beloved star of the comedy "I Love Lucy" would have celebrated her 100th birthday Saturday, if she were alive.

Ball became one of the biggest stars of the small screen in the 1950s with the popularity of "I Love Lucy." She co-starred on the series with her husband, Desi Arnaz, who played Ricky Ricardo.

Ball and Arnaz divorced in 1960, but the show lived on in subsequent forms, including "The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour," "The Lucy Show" and finally "Here's Lucy." The last episodes aired in 1974.

Ball died in 1989 of an aneurysm. She was 77, and was survived by her second husband, Gary Morton, and two children, Lucie Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr.

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'I Love Lucy' Writer Dead at 90

CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Madelyn Pugh Davis, a TV writer for Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz's classic 1950s sitcom I Love Lucy, has died, reports the Los Angeles Times. According to her son, Davis died Wednesday at her Bel-Air, Calif., home following a brief illness. She was 90 years old.

Davis and her writing partner, Bob Carroll Jr., first worked with Ball in the late 1940s on her CBS Radio comedy My Favorite Husband. From 1951 to 1957, they wrote many episodes -- including the pilot episode -- of I Love Lucy, a show that still airs in syndication today. Davis went on to write for other Lucille Ball TV series such as The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show, Here's Lucy and Life with Lucy.

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