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Background: Desilu Productions was a production company founded in 1950 by then-husband-and-wife comedy duo,
Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball (hence the name of the company), producing very successful TV shows and films between the 1950s and 1960s. In 1960, Desi Arnaz sold the pre-1960 shows to CBS since Ball and Arnaz couldn't work with each other anymore. They later divorced the same year. Until 1962, Arnaz sold his holdings of Desilu to Ball. In 1967, she sold Desilu to Gulf+Western Industries, which merged Desilu with Paramount Pictures, the company became the television arm of Paramount in July renaming it to "Paramount Television" (now "CBS Television Studios") months later, while she formed her then-new company "Lucille Ball Productions, Inc." and Desi Arnaz formed his own company named "Desi Arnaz Productions". Currently, all of the Desilu Productions television library is owned by CBS Corporation through CBS Television Distribution.

1st Logo
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Logo: Desilu did not use a logo until 1952. As superimposed or scrolling on the end credits, we see the text:


From 1951-1952, the copyright stamp fades-in below. From 1952-1963, this would fade to the "script" logo.

FX/SFX: None.

Music/Sounds: The closing theme from any show.

Availability: Seen intact on all I Love Lucy episodes on Hallmark Channel and DVD. This was also seen on The Untouchables and The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour.

Scare Factor: None.

2nd Logo

(1952-March 11, 1968)
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Desilu-The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour-1958Desilu-Lucy-Desi: 1959-bDesilu  Productions (1952-1968)Desilu Presents: 1959Desilu Productions (1959)
Desilu Productions (1959)Desilu-Untouchables: 1960Desilu-The  Untouchables: 1962Desilu-The Lucy  Show-1962Desilu Sales  Inc.
Desilu Productions (1950's)Desilu Productions (1982-1968)A Desilu  Production (Lucy Show): 1964Desilu-Lucy  Show: 1964Desilu-Star  Trek: 1964
Desilu-The Lucy Show-1965Desilu-Star Trek 1966 ADesilu-Star  Trek: 1966Desilu-Star Trek: 1966 BDesilu-Star Trek: 1966-b

Nickname: "Desilu Script"

Logo: Over a specialty backdrop, we see the words "FILMED IN HOLLYWOOD BY" ("Filmed in HOLLYWOOD and MEXICO by" on The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour). The word "Desilu" is written in a cursive font, either in black, white, or in a 3D-ish appearance. Then, a round ball dots the "i". The copyright information appears at the bottom. This phrase was shortened to "FILMED BY DESILU" in 1957.

  • There is a still in-credit variant appeared on filmed location shows.
  • Another in-credit logo has the Desilu script name between "A" and "PRODUCTION"
  • At the beginning of some programs, the word "Presents" is seen below.
  • For Desilu Sales, Desilu's distribution arm starting in 1962, the text "Distributed by Desilu Sales, Inc." is seen in a script font on a gray background.

FX/SFX: The "drawing effect".

Cheesy Factor: Animation was very primitive.

Music/Sounds/Voice-over: Music played during the end of the show. Some I Love Lucy episodes have an announcer saying I Love Lucy is a Desilu Production". Even some with that have "Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz will return next week at the same time".

Availability: Found superimposed on shows like I Love Lucy on Hallmark Channel, the Star Trek pilot episode "Where No Man Has Gone Before", The Lucy Show, and The Untouchables (1950s version). The in-credit variant was seen intact on some filmed on locations shows, such as The Andy Griffith Show, I Spy, The Dick Van Dy ke Show, and That Girl, among others.

Scare Factor: Depending on the logo variant:
  • None to low. The '50s-style script could give some the shakes.
  • None for the in-credit variant, though high for the Star Trek b variant!

Final Notes: This logo was used on the final two seasons of The Lucy Show, which used the 1966 Desilu logo and the 1968 Paramount Television logo at the end.

3rd Logo
(1966-December 1967)
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Desilu Productions (with 1978 copyright)
Desilu Productions (1966)Desilu (With CBS Studios, Inc. copyright)

Nicknames: "Merging Circles", "Multi-Colored Circles", "Color Desilu Logo"

ogo: On a black background six multicolored (red, pink, and orange) circles surround a white one and then merge together with it to form a blue circle, which backs away upward as the word "Desilu" is written in a yellow cursive font. As the circle takes its place over the "i," it turns white.

  • When Desilu merged with Paramount Pictures in 1966, the Paramount copyright stamp and print logos would appear under it.
  • On Star Trek reruns from 1978, the Paramount copyright is chyroned in. Then they would cut to the then-current Paramount Television logo or the 2006 CBS Paramount Domestic Television "Eye in the Sky" logo afterward. Some older prints will have the logo with the chyroned Paramount copyright, but will not be followed by any Paramount logo. This has been seen on the 1980 Paramount Home Video releases of Star Trek: Television Classics, Volumes 1-5. A version with a pink tint, due to film quality, can be found on the 1984 Laserdisc release of The Menagerie: Parts I & II under the Television Classics collection.
  • There was a red Desilu logo seen on Mission: Impossible.
  • There's another variant where the year reads as "1967" appears instead of reading in Roman numeral style.
  • There is another version of the previously described variant where the copyright notice is partially on the Desilu text. This oddity is known to have been on original prints (and also Sci-Fi Channel airings) of the Star Trek episode "Who Mourns for Adonais?" Home media releases by CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution will have this variant replaced by the standard version of the logo (with the Paramount Pictures and Norway Corporation copyrights).

: The circles merging in a kaleidoscope fashion, moving, and changing colors, the "drawing" effect.

Cheesy Factor: Animation was very primitive.

Music/Sounds: A five-note horn fanfare; starts on a light note as the circle forms. Would later be used on Paramount Television's 1st logo. Sometimes this music would play faster. All were composed by Wilbur Hatch.

Music/Sounds Variants:
  • 1966-1967 season episodes of Mission: Impossible would sometimes have "bump" music (the basis for the "M:I" theme) as the fanfare.
  • Some 1967-1968 season episodes of Mission: Impossible episodes had a battling loud rendition of the fanfare. This would later be used on Paramount Television's first logo in early 1968.
  • In other cases, it's silent.
  • In the remastered Season Three Star Trek episode "The Paradise Syndrome", the 1968-69 Paramount Television fanfare plays underneath the Desilu logo, which inexplicably appears at the end of this episode as the result of botched logo plastering.

Availability: Uncommon. It was last seen on Star Trek reruns on TV Land and in local syndication and some Mission: Impossible episodes on the former ALN (now "YouToo TV"). Also intact on early episodes of Mannix, as well as The Lucy Show. When Star Trek is shown on Canada's Space: The Imagination Station, this logo is presumably kept with the Paramount copyright while Paramount's logo is cut. Currently DVD releases of the first season of Mission: Impossible retain this logo with the Paramount copyright byline, but do not follow this with any Paramount logo. Seasons 1 & 2 of the original Star Trek on Blu-ray have retained this logo (followed by the 2006 CBS Paramount Television logo), with this logo strangely replacing the January-September 1968 Paramount Television logo.

Scare Factor: Low to medium for the original variant, and medium for the battling loud M:I series variant. The fanfare might scare some, although the Mission: Impossible music was funny to this logo.

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