The Best Of The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet

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  • 1952
  • 3 Seasons

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is a classic American television sitcom. It ran on ABC from October 3, 1952 to March 26, 1966, thus making it the longest-running live-action sitcom in the history of American television. The most unique aspect of the show is that it starred the real-life Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their two sons, David and Eric. The show even featured external scenes of the Nelsons' real house and was filmed on a sound stage designed to resemble the interior of the real Nelson home. Like many shows of the time, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet began as a radio sitcom in 1944. Throughout its run, the show was broadcast on all three major radio networks, beginning on CBS, moving to NBC, briefly returning to CBS, and finishing out its 402-radio-episode run on ABC. The Nelsons had their first film exposure in 1952 when they starred in a feature film called Here Come the Nelsons. Produced by Ozzie to gauge how he and his family would be received on film, the movie was a huge success and served as a "pilot" to the television series. In 1952, the television version of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet became a reality after Ozzie and ABC agreed to an unprecedented 10-year contract that guaranteed Ozzie's pay regardless of the show's success. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet went on to achieve unparalleled success. This success lies in the simplicity and relatability of the show. Each episode merely featured the Nelson family dealing with typical, 1950s-American problems. As their two sons got older, newer characters were introduced to the show. When the boys married, their real-life wives became regular cast members, and the marriages were even written into the show. The program truly quintessentialized 1950s America. It allowed viewers to see themselves in the Nelson family. The show ran for 14 years and to this day is the longest-running American sitcom in history.

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The Christmas Tree Lot
4. The Christmas Tree Lot
December 18, 1957
Dave and Ricky try selling Christmas trees in the backyard to make money for presents.
The Fruitcake
3. The Fruitcake
January 7, 1955
When Harriet insists that everyone write thank you notes, Ozzie struggles to write his to Thorny.
Late Christmas Gift
2. Late Christmas Gift
December 26, 1952
Christmas gifts for Ozzie and David arrive late from Grandma Nelson, and there is some confusion as to whether that jazzy sport coat is for Oz and the scholarly book for David-- or vice versa.
The Boys' Christmas Money
1. The Boys' Christmas Money
December 19, 1952
Ricky and David decide to go to work to earn extra money for Christmas shopping, although Ozzie has a hard time seeing his boys take such a grown-up step without him.
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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is a classic American television sitcom. It ran on ABC from October 3, 1952 to March 26, 1966, thus making it the longest-running live-action sitcom in the history of American television. The most unique aspect of the show is that it starred the real-life Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their two sons, David and Eric. The show even featured external scenes of the Nelsons' real house and was filmed on a sound stage designed to resemble the interior of the real Nelson home.

Like many shows of the time, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet began as a radio sitcom in 1944. Throughout its run, the show was broadcast on all three major radio networks, beginning on CBS, moving to NBC, briefly returning to CBS, and finishing out its 402-radio-episode run on ABC. The Nelsons had their first film exposure in 1952 when they starred in a feature film called Here Come the Nelsons. Produced by Ozzie to gauge how he and his family would be received on film, the movie was a huge success and served as a "pilot" to the television series. In 1952, the television version of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet became a reality after Ozzie and ABC agreed to an unprecedented 10-year contract that guaranteed Ozzie's pay regardless of the show's success.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet went on to achieve unparalleled success. This success lies in the simplicity and relatability of the show. Each episode merely featured the Nelson family dealing with typical, 1950s-American problems. As their two sons got older, newer characters were introduced to the show. When the boys married, their real-life wives became regular cast members, and the marriages were even written into the show. The program truly quintessentialized 1950s America. It allowed viewers to see themselves in the Nelson family. The show ran for 14 years and to this day is the longest-running American sitcom in history.

  • Premiere Date
    October 24, 1952