The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
(1952 - 1966)
23 to 26 minutes each show.
Television / Series / Situation Comedy
Cast: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard Nelson, David Nelson and Ricky Nelson.
Very long running family saga, based largely on the actual actors involved. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet starred the real-life Nelson family as themselves. All of the problems of a family are shown as the two young boys grow up before the TV audience's eyes. As the sons age we go through their teenage dating problems, then marriage, and their careers. Ricky became a rock and roll star. David joined a law firm.
Fall Guy (03/06/1952)
Ozzie quickly regrets getting David to stand up for his rights after an argument with a friend.
The Rivals (10/02/1952)
15 year-old David has a rival to date a girl.
The Diet Pills (10/17/1952)
Ozzie takes pills to win a weight losing contest with Thorny.
Halloween Party (10/31/1952)
Halloween with the Nelsons.
The Ladder (11/27/1952)
Ozzie and Thorny end up getting stuck on the roof without a ladder to get down.
The Late Christmas Gift (12/26/1952)
Ozzie and David are recipients of belated Christmas gifts from Grandma Nelson.
Seperate Rooms (02/06/1953)
When Ozzie advocates for Seperate bedrooms for the boys Harriet thinks that he is hinting for his own Seperate bedroom.
The Speech (03/06/1953)
Ozzie is upset after he was supposed to make a big speech, but an Army officer makes one before him and it runs long and his speech is bumped.
The Pancake Mix (03/10/1953)
Ricky plans to make his first million by exploiting the “double your money back” guarantee on a box of pancake mix.
Orchid and the Violet (04/03/1953)
Ozzie is upset when Orville the florist mistakenly identifies Ozzie as a homeless man, and sends Harriet orchids instead of the requested violets, as a gesture of good will.
Fish Story (04/24/1953)
Ozzie starts a rumor about a hot fishing spot, and then falls prey to the rumor himself.
Boxing Matches (05/15/1953)
Novice boxer Thorny ends up beating an experienced Ozzie.
The Play's the Thing (05/29/1953)
Ozzie and Thorny find themselves a part of the Women's Club play.
A Cruise for Harriet (06/11/1953)
Harriet cons Ozzie into taking her on a cruise instead of fishing.
The New Chairs (09/18/1953)
All Ozzie wants are two new chairs for the living room, but the department store gets the order a little wrong.
Boy's Paper Route (10/02/1953)
David and Ricky try to earn more money by taking paper routes, but Ozzie ends up doing it and making a mess of things.
Window Pane (10/09/1953)
Harriet decides it's finally time for Ozzie to fix the broken window.
David's 17th Birthday (10/23/1953)
David invites an “older” girl to his 17th birthday party. While he tries to keep his age a secret Harriet shows the girl home movies of David as a baby.
Suggestion Box (11/20/1953)
Ozzie builds a suggestion box so each of the family can write down how they feel about the others.
Parental Guidance (12/04/1953)
Ozzie lets Ricky stay up late to watch TV, and lets David use bar bells.
The Miracle (12/25/1953)
At Christmas, Ozzie recalls the special childhood he wishes he had.
The Initiation (03/05/1954)
Thorny gets worried when his son is nearing his initiation into the guys club.
Ping Pong Tournament (03/19/1954)
Ozzie must decide which son to enter the tournament with.
An Evening with Hamlet (04/23/1954)
Ozzie reads Hamlet to the family and before long various strangers and neighbors put on a production in the Nelson's living room.
The Bird's Nest (05/07/1954)
A robin builds a nest in the Nelson's broken rain gutter.
The Odd Bolt (12/10/1954)
Ozzie finds an odd bolt while cleaning out a chest of drawers and drives himself, and everyone else, crazy trying to find out where it came from.
A Matter of Inches (12/17/1954)
Ozzie promises David he will give him $50 when he reaches the same height as Ozzie.
The Fruitcake (01/07/1955)
Ozzie is unhappy with the fruitcake that Thorny gave him for Christmas.
The Pajama Game (04/01/1955)
Ozzie and Thorny both get locked out of their house in their pajamas.
A Ball of Tin Foil (11/25/1955)
Ozzie rents a trailer to clear the garage of all the junk, but the small job quickly turns into something bigger.
A Day in Bed (03/23/1956)
Ozzie decides to stay in bed for one whole day to relax.
The Kappa Sigma Party (10/03/1956)
David tries to hold a rush party for his fraternity at the Nelson home, without his family getting in the way.
The Banjo Players (10/31/1956)
Rick and his band get their first engagement to play at a sorority dance. Ozzie and his friend think they might be able to play their banjos at the dance too.
David Picks Up the Tab (11/21/1956)
David invites the family out for dinner at a nightclub.
A Busy Christmas (12/19/1956)
Ozzie is talked into acting as Santa for the Men's Club and also as Scrooge in a short play. He is also asked to sing Christmas Carols, with all three performances happening on the same night. He tries hard to get a Christmas tree and put up decorations on the house.
A Hairstyle for Harriet (01/09/1957)
Ozzie does his best to keep Harriet from changing her hairstyle.
The Duenna (02/06/1957)
When David dates a Spanish girl Ozzie goes along to accompany her guardian: who happens to be a knock-out and very amorous.
The Reading Room (02/20/1957)
Ozzie tries to get Harriet, David, and Rick to do more reading.
The Jet Pilot (03/13/1957)
Ozzie is chosen as the first civilian to fly in a new jet plane.
The Editor (03/27/1957)
Harriet becomes the editor of the Women's Club Newsletter.
Ricky the Drummer (04/10/1957)
Ricky starts playing drums for the school dance, but aspires to more.
The Puppy (04/16/1957)
Trouble starts when the puppy that Ozzie and boys gave to Harriet runs away.
Treasurer's Report (10/16/1957)
Ozzie uses Rick's tape recorder to give his report at the Men's Club.
Ozzie's Triple Banana Surprise (11/20/1957)
Ozzie has a restless night and dreams after eating two huge Triple Banana Surprise Sundaes.
The Fourteen Mile Hike (12/04/1957)
Ozzie's nature hike with a group of boys will prevent him from playing in the golf tournament.
Tutti-Frutti Ice Cream (12/11/1957)
After reading an article about a policeman finding a lost boy and giving him tutti-frutti ice cream the Nelson's go on a madcap search all over town to find that particular flavor, and eventually get lost.
The Christmas Tree Lot (12/18/1957)
Rick and David sell Christmas trees to raise money to buy Ozzie a present. Ozzie sings and plays the guitar.
Road Race (01/08/1958)
Ozzie pits his jalopy against David and Ricky's hot-rod.
Old Band Pavilion (02/26/1958)
Ozzie tries to start a band at the Men's Club to give a concert in the park.
The Bachelor (04/16/1958)
The story of how Ozzie, Harriet, and Darby get a long-time bachelor friend married.
The Magic of Three (05/21/1958)
Ozzie and his friends become waiters at the Woman's Club Banquet.
The Bridge Group (06/04/1958)
Ozzie tries to change his routine but then feels left out when the new neighbor takes his place with the guys.
Ozzie's Daughters (11/05/1958)
Ozzie becomes a temporary father to two teenage girl house-guests.
Rick's Riding Lessons (11/19/1958)
Rick gives guitar lessons to a beautiful girl in exchange for riding lessons.
The Motorcycle (12/10/1958)
Ozzie and Harriet try to talk David out of buying a motorcycle.
Rick's Dinner Guest (01/21/1959)
Rick invites his girlfriend's family over for dinner on the night of Ozzie's big poker game.
Ozzie and the Space Age (01/28/1959)
To win a contest at the local bijou Ozzie tries to fake a photo of a flying saucer.
Jealous Joe Randolph (02/04/1959)
When Ozzie helps Clara pick out a fishing pole for Joe's birthday Joe begins to suspect that Ozzie is running around with his wife.
The Exploding Book (03/14/1959)
David and Rick plan revenge on Wally, who gave David a gag gift to give to David's girlfriend.
The Little Black Box (05/13/1959)
After explaining why women are more curious than men Ozzie is challenged by Harriet and Clara. They bet that he cannot keep from opening a little black box before Saturday.
Sea Captain (10/07/1959)
A sea captain, who is an old buddy of Ozzie's from Rutgers, comes to visit the Nelsons.
The Law Clerk (10/21/1959)
David wants to get a job as a law clerk based on his own merit, but finds that everyone is out to help him.
David the Sleuth (11/18/1959)
David plays detective to follow a sinister character.
Fathers' Night at the Fraternity (12/02/1959)
David, Rick, and Wally plan a Dad's Night at the fraternity to hit their fathers up for money towards a new pool for the house.
Rick Gets Even (12/16/1959)
Rick borrows David's car just in time for a pretty girl to smash up the fender. She facetiously offers to be Rick's “slave” to pay off the debt, and Rick accepts.
Dave Goofs Off (03/09/1960)
David attempts to impress a senior partner at the law firm.
No News for Harriet (06/08/1960)
Harriet is disappointed because Ozzie forgets to tell her anything that happens during his day. Enter Joe Randolph with a suggestion: Make stuff up.
His Brother's Girl (10/19/1960)
Big trouble when David falls for Rick's new girlfriend.
The Table and the Painting (11/02/1960)
Joe gives the Nelsons a dreadful table that he just made. To get back at him the Nelsons give Joe an equally bad painting that Ozzie did.
A Friend in Need (11/16/1960)
After Rick lends his buddy $100 Ozzie begins to wonder if he has any real friends.
A Sweater for Rick (11/19/1960)
Rick's girlfriend plans to knit him a sweater as a present.
David's Almost In-Laws (11/23/1960)
Ozzie and Harriet think David is getting married when they are invited to dinner at a girl's house.
David Hires a Secretary (11/30/1960)
David needs a temp while his secretary is on vacation.
A Lawnmower for Ozzie (12/07/1960)
It's been a long time since Joe borrowed Ozzie's lawnmower and Ozzie is finally fed up. With a hacksaw, Ozzie and Rick try to break into Joe's garage to get it back.
The Girl in the Emporium (12/14/1960)
Rick and Wally spend all their Christmas shopping money trying to impress a cute girl at the emporium.
Piano for the Fraternity (12/21/1960)
The fraternity needs a piano for their Christmas party.
Rick Counts the Ballots (12/28/1960)
Rick has a hard time keeping the results of the prom queen election a secret.
The Girl Who Loses Things (01/04/1961)
Everywhere Rick goes he keeps bumping into “The girl who loses things”. Wally bails him out with his girlfriend.
Two Small Boys and a Dog (02/15/1961)
David has a problem when their little friends Steve and Barry find a dog and insist that David be the one to decide which of them can keep it.
Kelly's Important Papers (03/01/1961)
Ozzie and Harriet need to deliver papers to David's boss.
Dave's Golf Story (03/08/1961)
David hits a hole-in-one while golfing with Wally, who decides to write an article about it in the school newspaper, using Wally as the hero.
Rick's Broken Arm (03/15/1961)
Rick pretends to have a broken arm to help Wally out. Now all the girls are so concerned and helpful that he keeps the cast.
The Little House Guest (03/22/1961)
The neighbor's son wants a baby boy to play with but gets a sister.
The Manly Arts (03/29/1961)
David and Ricky do some menial tasks for a private investigator, and Ozzie and Harriet begin to worry that they will be hurt.
A Question of Suits and Ties (04/05/1961)
The girl's sorority vows that they will have nothing more to do with David and Ricky's fraternity until they begin to dress nicer.
Selling Rick's Drums (04/19/1961)
David schemes to sell Rick's drums so that he can meet a girl first.
Joe and Ozzie fool the girls into thinking they have E.S.P.
Built-In TV Set (05/10/1961)
Ozzie gets nothing but trouble when Joe gives him an old TV set.
The Dancing Lesson (09/28/1961)
To surprise the girls at the Woman's Club Dance Night, Ozzie and Joe secretly take dancing lessons from two beautiful instructors.
The Fraternity Rents Out a Room (10/19/1961)
Rick and Wally move into an empty room in the fraternity house.
David Goes Back to Work (10/26/1961)
It is David's first day back to the office after getting married to June. He keeps trying to phone her and even meet for lunch but work keeps getting in the way.
The Barking Dog (11/16/1961)
The neighbor's dog keeps Ozzie awake the night before his fishing trip.
Ricky the Milkman (12/14/1961)
Rick takes over a friend's milk delivery route as a short-term favor.
The Special Cake (01/18/1962)
One year ago David proposed to June. She thinks he has special plans. He does: A poker game with Rick, Wally, and the guys.
A Lamp for Dave and June (02/01/1962)
June just has to have a new lamp, but Dave says they don't have enough money.
Making Wally Study (02/22/1962)
Rick and the gang have trouble keeping Wally's mind on the books.
Lonesome Parents (03/15/1962)
Ozzie and Harriet haven't heard from Dave or June for two weeks and they're worried there may be some ill feelings of some kind between them, but it was only because Dave and June have been quite busy.
Little Handprints in the Sidewalk (04/19/1962)
When they re-do their sidewalk Ozzie and Harriet must try to find a place to keep the cement block that has David and Ricky's hand-prints.
Rick and the Maid of Honor (09/27/1962)
Jimmy is getting married to Roberta , but the fraternity brothers tease Jimmy about getting married.
The Tigers Go to a Dance (11/01/1962)
Harriet's Women's Club is sponsoring a dance for 7 to 10 year old girls, but cannot get any boys to attend. So, Ozzie bribes the Tigers Little League baseball team with new equipment to get them to go.
Rick Sends a Picture (11/15/1962)
Confusion over a picture Rick autographs.
An Old Friend of June's (12/13/1962)
David invites June's old boyfriend to dinner, but becomes stuck at the office with a beautiful new secretary.
June and the Great Outdoors (01/10/1963)
David takes June on her first camping trip.
David and the Teenager (02/07/1963)
A teenage girl has a crush on David.
Decorating Dave's Office (03/21/1963)
After June gets the bug to re-decorate Dave's office he tries to find a way to tell her he hired a professional, and female, decorator.
Dave and the Fraternity Lease (04/18/1963)
The lease on the fraternity house is expiring, and the landlady wants to turn it into a sorority, so Dave helps.
Ozzie, Joe and the Fashion Models (10/02/1963)
While on a fishing trip Ozzie and Joe are joined by two models doing a layout for a fashion magazine.
The Swami (01/08/1964)
Ozzie performs a mind reading act at the Women's Club Dance.
A Wife in the Office (02/05/1964)
June becomes David's secretary while his regular one is on vacation.
A Letter About Harriet (04/01/1964)
Harriet and Clara want their men to enter a newspaper contest, writing an essay on “Why I Love My Wife.”
The Pennies (10/28/1964)
Ozzie, entrusted with a jar filled with pennies that the kids in the neighborhood have collected, takes it to a poker game, unaware that the jar contains some scare and collectible coins.
Kris Plays Cupid (11/25/1964)
Kris tries to get Ginger and Wally back together.
The Petition (01/06/1965)
David and Ricky investigate a suspicious law client, and need her signature to verify she is who she claims that she is.
Rick Grows a Beard (01/20/1965)
Rick's new beard sets off a “chin reaction” among his male friends and relatives, who all decide to grow beards of their own.
The Big Dog (01/27/1965)
Rick gives Kris a Great Dane for her birthday.
Rick's Raise (02/17/1965)
David must decide whether to give a Rick a raise at work .
Breakfast for Harriet (02/24/1965)
Harriet comes down with a terrible cold and Ozzie plays nursemaid.
The Desk Photo (03/03/1965)
Kris decides that Rick should have her picture on his desk.
A Painting from the Past (03/17/1965)
An old girlfriend returns a painting that Rick did for her many years ago. The painting then becomes an object of jealousy between Kris and Rick. Wally to the rescue.
A Bedtime Story (03/31/1965)
The Dean gets Ricky and his friends to help the school set a record for staying in bed for the longest time.
A Rose a Day (09/22/1965)
Harriet tells the story of how Ozzie sent her a rose every day when he was away on a trip. But Ozzie doesn't remember doing that, and if he didn't, who did?
The Prowler (10/13/1965)
Ozzie pretends to go fishing to avoid playing bridge with Joe and Clara.
Flying Down to Lunch (11/17/1965)
Joe and Ozzie impulsively decide to take a small plane to Mexico for lunch.
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