October 13: 1951 Debut of the Television Series I Love Lucy "Lucy, you got some splainin' to do!" Well, it's easy to understand, Desi! Lucille Ball appeared on My Favorite Husband radio show . An adaptation of the popular radio show moved to television. On radio, Richard Denning starred as Lucille Ball 's husband but he was replaced with Lucille Ball's real husband, Desi Arnaz, as the TV husband -- and the rest is history. I Love Lucy debuted 62 years ago today in 1951. Many thanks to My Favorite Husband on the radio for making I Love Lucy possible!