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The Best Of The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet 3 Seasons

Season 1
4.4 out of 5 stars (65) IMDb 7.5/10

When The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet premiered on ABC in 1952, the post-war suburban exodus and baby boom were well underway. More and more Americans purchased televisions, tuning in to watch as Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky grew up in our very own homes. The Adventures Of Ozzie And Harriet lasted for 435 episodes.

Starring:
Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard

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Season 1
1. The Fall Guy
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Oz advises David to stand up for his rights and not to let people take advantage of him, but the advice backfires.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 24, 1952
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2. David's Birthday

David Nelson has an unexpected visitor at his seventeenth birthday party.

TV-G Runtime: 1 minute Release date: October 23, 1953
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3. David's Engagement

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.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: September 23, 1955
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4. A Ball Of Tinfoil

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.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 25, 1955
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5. Captain Salty And The Submarine

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.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 10, 1956
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6. Ricky, The Drummer

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..

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: April 10, 1957
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7. Tutti Frutti Ice Cream

Recollections of Ozzie's high school days bring a sudden rage for tutti frutti ice cream. There is a happy scene in an old fashioned parlor where Ozzie, Harriet, David and Rick sing to the accompaniment of Ozzie's banjo and Harriet's dancing.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 11, 1957
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8. The Trophy

The Nelsons enter the family decathlon at the annual Men's Club picnic. The deciding event is the cross-country obstacle race, which Ozzie must win if he is to uphold the honor of the family and win the coveted trophy. In this episode Rick also sings, plays guitar and does a sensational dance.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 1, 1958
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9. Closed Circuit

Ricky sets up a closed circuit television studio in the basement.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 26, 1958
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10. Top Gun

Ozzie regales the neighborhood kids with his story of his great-grandfather "Six-Gun Nelson." They corner Ozzie into a shoot-out with TV Western star "Tex Barton" at a supermarket opening.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: April 2, 1958
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11. Rick's Riding Lesson

When Ricky meets a beautiful riding instructor (Venetia Stevenson) at the local stables, he decides to take some riding lessons. He makes a deal with her - he'll teach her how to play guitar if she'll teach him how to ride. There is much fun at the Chuck Wagon party where the gang sings "Cindy."

TV-G Runtime: 21 minutes Release date: November 19, 1958
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12. David, The Law Clerk

David applies for the position of clerk in a law office. However, when Ozzie, Harriet and Ricky try to be helpful, they almost cost Dave the job. In a dream-filled night, David vividly pictures a hilarious courtroom scene in which he plays all the characters.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 21, 1959
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13. The Circus

David's duties as a law clerk take him down to the circus where he becomes more than slightly interested in one of the circus glamour girls. In the flying trapeze act presented by David and Ricky, they don't use doubles but actually perform their own stunts.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 27, 1960
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14. His Brother's Girl

Fraternal bonds between David and Ricky are suddenly threatened when Dave finds himself attracted to his brother's girl. The situation is further complicated when the young lady in question shows her true feelings and the eternal triangle takes shape.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 19, 1960
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15. Rick Counts The Ballots

Rick's ability to keep a secret is put to the test when he finds himself in charge of counting the ballots for the "Campus Queen Contest" ? especially since his girlfriend, one of the leading contestants, is determined to learn the results.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: December 28, 1960
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16. The Newlyweds Get Settled

While David and his new bride June (played by his real-life new bride June Blair) are away on their honeymoon, Harriet, with Ozzie's assistance, decides to fix up their apartment for them. However, with the return of the newlyweds, Harriet suddenly becomes worried that she has overstepped her rights as mother-in-law.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 12, 1961
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17. The Fraternity Rents Out A Room

When the best room in Rick and Wally's fraternity is vacated, they vote to rent out the room to take in funds for their fast-dwindling treasury. Wally Cox guest stars as the professor who disrupts the easy-going fraternity life.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 19, 1961
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18. Making Wally Study

Rick and his friends decide to enforce good study habits on Wally when they realize his grades are a threat to the scholastic standing of their fraternity. However, matters become complicated when Wally hits the books and Rick is elected to take charge of Wally's girlfriend, Ginger.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: February 22, 1962
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19. Publicity For The Fraternity

Rick and his friends decide their fraternity is sadly in need of publicity go on a campaign to gain some campus recognition. When all their antics are ignored by the school press, they decide to take some drastic measures, which pay off a little differently that they had expected. Directed by David Nelson.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 28, 1963
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20. The Swami

When Rick successfully enlivens a fraternity party by disguising himself as a swami and telling fortunes, Ozzie and his friend Joe decide that the same act would prove a huge success at the Women's Club dance. However, even a swami couldn't predict the hilarious results arising from Ozzie in disguise... especially when Harriet and Clara decide to get in on the act.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: January 8, 1964
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21. Rick And Kris Go To The Mountains

When Rick, Wally and some of the fraternity members decide to hold a poker party at Kris's (Kristen Harmon, Rick's real-life wife) folks' mountain cabin over the weekend, Kris assumes the wives and girlfriends are also included - the resulting situation is a hilarious mix-up with Rick right in the middle. Directed by David Nelson.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 7, 1964
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22. The Ballerina

Rick and some of his fraternity brothers consent to put on a comedy ballet act for the Women's Club Annual Children's Show. However, when the fellows get discouraged, Kris comes to the rescue by volunteering to perform the real thing. She shows her delightful capabilities as a true ballerina. In a dream sequence, she and Rick present an expertly performed excerpt from "Swan Lake."

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: November 4, 1964
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23. The Prowler

When Ozzie tries to get out of playing bridge with his neighbors, Joe and Clara Randolph, by pretending to go on a fishing trip, his scheme backfires and an embarrassing and hilarious situation is the result.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: October 13, 1965
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24. The Game Room

When Ozzie decides to buy a new pool table and convert David and Rick's old bedroom into a game room, he meets with some opposition from Harriet. To get his way, Oz and his pal Joe come up with some sneaky strategies, including taking the girls to the Billiards-A-Go-Go. This was the last episode made in the series.

TV-G Runtime: 22 minutes Release date: March 26, 1966
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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Kids & Family
Director Ozzie Nelson
Starring Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard
Supporting actors David Nelson, Ricky Nelson, Don DeFore
Network Shout Factory
Producers Robert Angus, Cecil Barker, Bill Lewis
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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A lot of the shows I have seen on bootleg copies. Here is the line up

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.
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What a mess....truncated episodes...I can't believe we've waited all this time for the "official" release to get these chopped up episodes with the same syndication opening instead of the correct one per season/show. That was the first clue that there was something wrong...the next one was that the classic Tutti Frutti episode wasn't as long as the bloody VHS available decades ago...they even cut Ricky's singing on that one...ridiculous.

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.
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After numerous poor quality released public domain copies of Ozzie and Harriet we have an authorized release from Shout!Factory. The picture and sound quality are excellent! Providing a compilation of episodes from all 14 years the show excelled in good family entertainment. Ozzie and Harriet never really gave "big belly laughs" but good gentle chuckles and smiles.

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?
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The "Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." Even now - a full 41 years after the last episode aired on national television, people know at least a little something about the show. Some see it as pure pabulum - an unattainable fantasy all-American family that never had problems that couldn't be solved in 30 minutes (including commercials!) Others will say " . . . that's the way it used to be in America - slow and easy - and kids respected their elders!" While the rational people (like me and probably you) will say it was both of the above - plus something more. To praise or blame this show for the success or failure of the generation that followed is akin to suggesting that all families were like the Brady's in the 1970's, the Cosby's in the 1980's, the Tanner's in the 1990's, or the family in "7th Heaven" of this decade.

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?
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