The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
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The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet

Year:
Duration:
30 min (435 episodes)
Genres:
Comedy | Family
IMDB rate:
7.5
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1952-10-03
Filming Locations: Selznick International Studios - 9336 Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
Cast
Actor
Character
Ozzie Nelson
Ozzie
Harriet Hilliard
Harriet / ... (436 episodes, 1952-2014)
David Nelson
David Nelson
Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson
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Trivia
On 11 August 2009 the US Postal Service issued a pane of twenty 44¢ commemorative postage stamps honoring early USA television programs. A booklet with 20 picture postal cards was also issued. The stamp honoring "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" pictured stars Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard Nelson. Other shows honored in the Early TV Memories issue were: Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), The Dinah Shore Show (1951), Dragnet (1951), "The Ed Sullivan Show" (originally titled The Ed Sullivan Show (1948)), The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950), Hopalong Cassidy (1952), The Honeymooners (1955), "The Howdy Doody Show" (original title: The Howdy Doody Show (1947)), I Love Lucy (1951), Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947), Lassie (1954), The Lone Ranger (1949), Perry Mason (1957), The Phil Silvers Show (1955), The Red Skelton Hour (1951), "Texaco Star Theater" (titled Texaco Star Theatre (1948), 1954-1956), The Tonight Show (which began as Tonight! (1953)), Twilight Zone (1959), and You Bet Your Life (1950).
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The show began as a radio series in 1944. David Nelson and Ricky Nelson were played by professional actors, because the Nelsons' sons were too young, but by 1949 the real David and Ricky were part of the show. In 1952 the show became a television series.
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Ricky Nelson's launch as a rock star on this series is an interesting tale. He was already musically talented, having inherited his ability from his parents. As rock-n-roll was starting to grow and Ricky's interest in the music grew, he kept asking father Ozzie Nelson to let him play on the show. Initially, Ozzie resisted until he realized that it was an opportunity to take advantage of Ricky's growth as a "teen idol" and would thereby help the show's popularity. Ricky first sang a cover of Fats Domino's "I'm Walking" on the episode "Ricky the Drummer" and soon afterward more episodes were tailored around showcasing Ricky's talents. However, not everyone was pleased with his foray into Rock-n-Roll. Most parents in America were still concerned that rock would be a bad influence on their children and many wrote letters to Ozzie and Harriet Hilliard protesting their allowing their son to take part in the music. The Nelsons dealt with the furor by injecting moments in the episodes in which Ozzie and/or Harriet would offer a sound and practical reasoning for supporting their son's music. With that, the furor died down and Ricky went on to become a major rocker with hits like "It's Late", "Traveling Man" and "Hello, Mary Lou".
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Watch Ozzie and Harriet promote Coca-Cola
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Watch Ozzie and Harriet promote Coca-Cola here on YouTube.
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Photos from cast
Sally Kellerman Mimsy Farmer Gertrude Astor June Blair Edgar Buchanan King Donovan Penny Edwards Darby Hinton