Television's love affair with the credit card began long before most Americans had actual plastic in their pocket.
Ricky Ricardo (Desi Arnaz) gave Lucy (Lucille Ball) his card to shop for a Florida vacation in a 1956 "I Love Lucy" episode that featured Orson Welles. Chief Dan Mathews (Broderick Crawford) tracked down a pair of credit card thieves in a 1958 episode of "Highway Patrol." And Ward Cleaver (Hugh Beaumont) put the brakes on Wally's (Tony Dow) card envy after Eddie Haskell (Ken Osmond) bragged about his in a 1963 episode of "Leave It to Beaver."
Since then, credit cards have popped up in supporting roles on the small screen, usually in sitcoms, often in the hands of minors or childlike adults (think Joey on "Friends," Sam on "Cheers", George on "Seinfeld") unfamiliar with the hilarious consequences of impulse buying.
Here's our list of the Top 10 television episodes in which credit cards take a star turn.
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