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Series / The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

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From left to right: Ozzie, David, Harriet, and Ricky.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1952 to 1966, and starred the real-life Nelson family: Bandleader Ozzie Nelson; his wife, singer Harriet Nelson, and their sons, David and Eric "Ricky" Nelson.

Notable for being the longest-running live-action American sitcom, until It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia surpassed it in 2019.

This series features examples of:

  • Aftershow: The show had one in Ozzie's Girls, which was an attempt to do the show without the Nelson Brothers.
  • Happily Married: Ozzie and Harriet (or at least the fictional versions thereof), are arguably the ultimate TV version of this trope, being a caring couple who was very understandable of each other, in a Standard '50s Parents sort of way.
  • Obliquely Obfuscated Occupation: Ozzie's job involved hanging around the house a lot, although he was, nominally, a bandleader, as he was in real life.
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  • Sound-to-Screen Adaptation: The show actually began on radio in 1944 before moving to the small screen in 1952.
  • Standard '50s Father: Ozzie is probably one of the best known examples on television. Happily Married, loves his children, upstanding citizen...
  • Teen Idol: Ricky Nelson parlayed his TV fame into a legitimate music career, and carried on his family's tradition (Ozzie was also a huge star, but as a bandleader in the 1930s and 1940s).


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