The Best of the Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
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Bandleader Ozzie, singer Harriet (nee Hilliard), and sons David and Ricky had already been on the radio for several years before the television show appeared; there had also been a feature film, Here Come the Nelsons (with Rock Hudson). The TV series, likely the only one ever to feature an entire family portraying themselves, continued where the radio show had left off, with Ozzie (who directed, produced, and co-wrote the vast majority of the episodes) as the well-meaning but sometimes confused, bumbling patriarch, Harriet his sensible but gentle foil, David the dutiful, self-effacing older son, and Ricky the mischievous youngster. Things naturally changed over the next decade and a half, as the boys grew up, went to college, and got married, but the dynamic remained essentially the same. Ozzie and Harriet was nothing if not wholesome. The parents were decent, honest folks; never dictatorial or authoritarian, they guided their sons but gave them enough space to make their own decisions, and David and Ricky were as clean-cut as they come. Of course, there was also Ricky's emergence as a singing star. Broadcast in 1957, "Ricky, the Drummer" was his musical debut (he sings and plays the skins with surprising skill), and the boxed set does a decent job of charting his growth from a somewhat wooden 16-year-old into a legitimate musician with a great band (featuring James Burton on guitar) and undeniable charisma; Rick Nelson was no Elvis Presley, but he had far more substance than other teen idols of the era.
Fourteen years is a long run for any TV show (only The Simpsons has surpassed it in the sitcom category), and by the time The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet started airing episodes in color in the '65-66 season, it had run out steam. Still, this is a classic bit of Americana that will find favor with old and new viewers alike. Bonus features include commentary on four episodes by David (the only living member from the original show) and Sam (son of Rick) Nelson, along with a 1949 radio broadcast, home movies, and more. --Sam Graham
- The story of Ozzie & Harriet
- Nelson Family Home Movies
- Commentaries with David Nelson and Ricky's son, Sam Nelson
- Original radio episode (1949)
- Nelson family trivia quiz
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DVD CONTENTS : DISC ONE
The Fall Guy - Season One, 10/24/1952
Oz advises David to stand up for his rights and not to let people take advantage of him, but the advice backfires.
David's Birthday - Season Two, 10/23/1953
David Nelson has an unexpected visitor at his seventeenth birthday party.
Optional Audio Commentary with David & Sam Nelson
David's Engagement - Season Three, 9/23/1955
David has matrimonial plans with his steady. Ozzie and Harriet realize that David will get married someday, but think that he is too young to tie the knot.
A Ball Of Tinfoil - Season Four, 11/25/1955
Harriet decides there is too much junk accumulated in the Nelson garage, attic and cellar. Ozzie rents a trailer to haul the stuff away to the junkyard but discovers this is only the beginning of his problem.
Captain Salty And The Submarine - Season Five, 10/10/1956
Ozzie finds out that a kiddie program, Captain Salty and the Submarine, holds a great deal of interest for adults as well. It is not at all surprising that several other fathers in the neighborhood share his enthusiasm.
Ricky, The Drummer - Season Five, 4/10/1957
This is Ricky's night. He gets to play drums in a name band, do a bop dance with a party girl, and sing a rhythm and blues recording to an enthusiastic audience. Ricky performs for his first time on the show.Read more ›
Perhaps this is why Gunnar and Matthew and Tracy aren't involved? A huge disappointment and from a company that normally does better. Still worth owning (at half the price) for what's there...but a shame to represent such a legendary series with such a half *@#sed production.
The 4 DVD's in this compiliation provide some nice features including "The Story Of Ozzie and Harriet, plus home movies of David and Rick on the trapeze. At the time Rick was second only to Elvis and was "Flying Through The Air With The Greatest Of Ease." I don't think you'll see Justin Timberlake doing that today. Also commentaries by David and Sam Nelson on selected episodes.
The reason for a Four Star and not a Five Star is simple. Songs that Rick performed on several of these episodes have been eliminated. We are getting the syndicated versions of the show. Especially missing is "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It" (My favorite Rick Nelson song)from the "Closed Circuit" episode.
Goldmine magazine had it right in their current issue announcing this release. When will we get a Two Hour DVD of Rick performing with James Burton from the show on DVD?
What "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" represent is simple. Entertainment. That's it. Were there lessons to be learned? Sure. Were times simpler "back then?" Maybe. But how many people reading this held a potato sack race to settle an argument in the family after watching the Brady's doing it and successfully thwarting a problem while having mindless fun? I'm betting not many.
Ozzie (Oswald), Harriet (Peggy), David, and Ricky (Eric) were characters on a television show that were also real people with problems just like the rest of us. Sometimes a sitcom is just a sitcom. I don't watch O&H to learn about what it was like to grow up in a big house in California or how it was to raise a family in the 1950's any more than I'd watch an episode of 7th Heaven to get advice on how to talk to my children today. Just sit back and allow yourself to be a friend of the Nelson's. What's the matter with that? Simplistic?Read more ›
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In our current world which runs at a blazing pace, it is an absolute pleasure to take a vacation from the stress by watching this CHARMING and RIDICULOUSLY PRECIOUS series!! Read morePublished 19 days ago by susan hooks
i am in my thirties and i love Ozzie and Harriet. i just like some good honest storytelling that has a good moral tale of family values behind it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by crystal paprock
Wonderful old classic show. I just love this! Ricky Nelson's performances make this even better. Another good one by shout factory is The adventures of Ozzie and Harriet the best... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Glenda
Love the commentary's by David Nelson and Rick's son as well as the documentary on the Nelson family.Published 5 months ago by CLFAN
I always liked Ozzie and Harriet. I hate the idea of just The Best of Ozzie and Harriet. Since the TV series started in 1952 and ended in 1965, 14 seasons. Read morePublished 7 months ago by jackiepapertracer
Much better quality than many of the Ozzie & Harriet discs. Same quality as the Best of Dave & Ricky collection.Published 9 months ago by afdad