Rare color footage of “I Love Lucy” taken by fan’s smuggled camera

We may be experiencing a golden age of television right now, but the original golden age of TV is still pretty mesmerizing. And fewer shows captured audiences quite like I Love Lucy.

In a recently recirculated video, we get a color glimpse at the iconic program. How? Someone snuck in a 8mm color video camera to the October 12, 1951 taping! How very clandestine.

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The taping that night on Soundstage #2 of Desilu Studios in Hollywood was for the 6th episode of season one — “The Audition.”

Watch below for this rare glimpse at TV history: