The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Vol. 5 [DVD]

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Halfway through its eighth season on ABC, the popular domestic sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet briefly underwent a title change -- at least in the on-screen credits -- to The Adventures of the Nelson Family. This was a reflection of the fact that fewer and fewer episodes are devoted to the "adventures" of paterfamilias Ozzie Nelson and his wife Harriet Nelson, and that more and more time is afforded to the exploits of sons David Nelson and especially Ricky Nelson -- "especially" inasmuch as college-boy Ricky is by now a bona fide pop music idol, with more people listening to his records than tuning in to his TV show. Meanwhile, David has graduated college and become a law clerk, after briefly considering a life on the high seas. (This, of course, occurs on-camera; in real life David was pursuing a career as a dramatic actor in such films as The Big Circus, and preparing to follow in dad Ozzie's footsteps by becoming a director.) Memorable episodes this season include "David the Sleuth," an especially funny takeoff of the private eye series Peter Gunn; "Rick Gets Even," in which Rick (he's seldom billed as "Ricky" anymore) performs "It's You" and romances a very young Tuesday Weld; and "The Circus," in which both Nelson boys show off their remarkable acrobatic skills. ~ Hal Erickson

Cast & Crew

  • Ozzie Nelson - Himself
  • Harriet Nelson - Herself
  • David Nelson - Himself
  • Ricky Nelson - Himself
  • Lyle Talbot - Joe Randolph
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