Desi Arnaz: How a Cuban invented American television

Desi Arnaz, seen in 1955, was one of the first characters to speak Spanish on English-language television.

NPR discusses how Desi Arnaz, a Cuban American, forever revolutionized television with I Love Lucy.

How Desi Invented Television

I Love Lucy made television history when it first aired in 1951. Lucille Ball is the godmother of the situational comedy or “sitcom,” and with her husband and co-star, Desi Arnaz, made a show that still makes viewers young and old laugh today.

But as revolutionary as Lucille was on the screen, Desi was just as revolutionary off of it. In Lucy, he saw not only laughs, but dollar signs. On today’s show, we look at how television became the financial powerhouse it is today, and how a Cuban refugee made it all happen.

1 thought on “Desi Arnaz: How a Cuban invented American television”

  1. Cubans were way ahead of the curve, certainly by “Latin” standards, but of course somebody had to “normalize” them and put them where they belonged–as Latrines. Lord, the waste.

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