The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 13 [DVD]
The matriculation of ABC from a regional to a national network in 1953 did a world of good for the network's best sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet. Although the series did not crack the Top Ten or even the Top 20 during its second season on the air, it was extremely popular in those cities serviced by an ABC affiliate -- and even in other cities where ABC had to share a station with CBS or NBC. The season's first episode couldn't be more typical for the Nelson family, with confusing reigning supreme as Ozzie (Ozzie Nelson) and Harriet (Harriet Nelson) purchase new chairs for the living room. With the Nelsons' sons David Nelson and Ricky Nelson still very young, their characters ("David" and "Ricky," naturally) continue taking a back seat to the grownups. However, the boys are given quite a few opportunities to shine, notably in the unforgettable (and frequently rebroadcast) Christmas episode "The Miracle," featuring a lengthy flashback in which Ricky Nelson plays his dad Ozzie and David Nelson is seen as Ozzie's older brother Al. Also worth noting is the episode in which David celebrates his 17th birthday, allowing Ozzie to trot out his family's home movies for the first (but definitely not the last!) time. Since the Nelsons remain center-stage in all of the episodes, the series' colorful cast of supporting characters has not yet been fully formed. Still, Don DeFore is prominently featured as Ozzie's pal Thorny Thornwell; and in "New Neighbor," Frank Cady (years before his Sam Drucker turns on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) is introduced in the role of Doc Williams. ~ Hal Erickson
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