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10 things you should know about 'I Married Joan'

When it comes to classic 1950s television, I Married Joan tends to fade into the background. We don't understand why, though! In some cases, people think of the show as a rip-off of I Love Lucy, due to it being another show about a quirky housewife who gets herself into wacky situations. However, many of the episodes were directed by Marc Daniels, who directed I Love Lucy's pilot and a number of other episodes. This isn't the only fun fact about I Married Joan, though.

Read on for all you ever needed to know about the show, and tune in every weekday at 10:30am ET.

1

'I Married Joan' was produced by Joan Davis Enterprises, headed by Davis herself.

She earned $7,500 per week which is almost $70,000 by today’s standard. No wonder the show claimed she was “America’s queen of comedy.”

2

'I Married Joan' and 'I Love Lucy' had a lot in common.

They shared director Marc Daniels, the same studio at General Service Studios, and even the same premiere date of October 15. One thing they didn’t share – the Emmy that Ball won in 1952.

3

Davis was envious of Lucy’s success.

When Ball’s The Long, Long Trailer got press, Davis had a big, big trailer installed as her dressing room.

4

Davis' daughter was in the show.

Davis’ daughter, Beverly Wills, played her sister, Beverly Grossman, on the series.

5

Davis took the jokes seriously.

According to The Brady Bunch creator Sherwood Schwartz, Joan Davis kept a writer present at run-throughs in case she wanted a better joke.

6

'I Married Joan' aired on Wednesday nights opposite 'Disneyland.'

After it was canceled, Joan Davis quipped, “Imagine that. Killed by a mouse”.

7

Jim Backus wrote his dialogue on the set when practicing.

When sets were re-used, they found Backus’ handwritten lines.

8

The series used a laugh track because it didn’t film live.

It also filmed with three cameras because of Davis’ physical comedy.

9

Davis was known for playing practical jokes.

She would trick directors into demonstrating physical gags for her.

10

It wasn't all monkeying around.

While filming an episode called “Monkeyshines”, a monkey bite Joan Davis, and it died the next day. That is, after it’s tooth was pulled.

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