In the early episodes the stories revolved mainly around the four Nelsons, with only a few friends and neighbors, most notably Thorny Thornberry, who regularly offered Ozzie bits of ill-timed advice. Later, as the boys began to date, a succession of girlfriends began to appear. In time both David and Ricky were married, and both real-life wives (June and Kris) appeared on the show.
Cast & Characters
Ozzie Nelson as Himself
Harriet Nelsom as Herself
David Nelson as Himself
Eric "Ricky" Nelson as Himself
Don DeFore as "Thorny" Thornberry (1952-1958)
Parley Baer as Darby (1955-1961)
Lyle Talbot as Joe Randolph (1956-1966)
Mary Jane Croft as Clara Randolph (1965-1966)
Frank Cady as Doc Williams (1954-1965)
Skip Young as Wally (1957-166)
Gordon Jones as Butch Burton (1958-1960)
June Blair as June (Mrs. David Nelson)
Kristin Harmon as Kris (Mrs. Rick Nelson)
James Stacey as Fred (1958-1964)
Joe Flynn as Mr. Kelley (1960-1962)
Constance Harper as Connie Edwards (1960-1966)
Jack Wagner as Jack (1961-1966)
Charlene Salerno as Ginger (1962-1965)
Ivan Bonar as Dean Hopkins (1964-1966)
Greg Dawson as Greg (1965-1966)
Sean Morgan as Sean (1965-1966)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: October 3, 1952
Last Telecast: September 3, 1966
Original Network: ABC
Number of Season: 14
Number of Episodes: 435
The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet Episode Guide
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
October 1952- June 1956, ABC, Friday 8:00-8:30pm
October 1956- September 1958, ABC, Wednesday 9:00-9:30pm
September 1958- September 1961, ABC, Wednesday 8:30-9:00pm
September 1961- September 1963, ABC, Thursday 7:30-8:00pm
September 1963- January 1966, ABC, Wednesday 7:30-8:00pm
January 1966- September 1966, ABC, Saturday 7:30-8:00
Theme Song & Opening Credits
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The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet TriviaThe Nelsons' home on television was modeled after their actual home in Hollywood.
Like many other family comedies, Ozzie's (the father's) occupation was never clearly defined. In the episode #160, "Rick, The Drummer", however, it was stated that Ozzie had at one time been an orchestra leader with his wife Harriet as the vocalist. That was actually also true during the 1930s in their real lives.
Before the TV show, there was an Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet radio show that aired from October 8, 1944 through June 8, 1954!. The radio and television programs were on the air simultaneously for two of those years! The boys were portrayed by professional actors in the beginning but were replaced by real life Ricky and David in 1949.
In the mid 1950s, Ricky Nelson had a very successful music career which also boosted the ratings of the TV show dramatically. All of his songs were either included during an episode or he would sing at the end of an episode.
For a very short time in 1960, the title of the series was changed to, "The Adventures of the Nelson Family".
When eventually both David and Ricky got married, their new brides joined the show.
In 1973 Ozzie and Harriet appeared on another short-lived TV show titled, "Ozzie's Girls" which appeared in syndication. The Nelsons took in two college girls as boarders in their home. The main plot-lines on the series were the differences involved in dealing with "daughters" rather than sons.
One of the sponsors for the series was the "Hotpoint Appliances" company. Some of their commercials featured an elf named "Happy Hotpoint". A very pretty young woman played the part of "Happy Hotpoint". In fact, it was her first role onscreen. Her name was "Mary Tyler Moore" who would later star on the "Dick Van Dyke Show (1961)" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970)"!
The final episode of the series, "Ozzie's Game Room", dealt with the feelings that parents experience when there last child has left their home. Ozzie decided to remodel Ricky and David's room into a game room with a pool table but Harriet wouldn't hear of it. She wanted to leave it as their bedroom in some subconscious desire for them to never leave.