Ozzie Nelson’s orchestra, where Ozzie* and Harriet* met, first gained national network radio exposure in the early 1930s. The couple married in 1935 and continued their musical careers in radio together, building their portfolios on shows such as The Red Skeleton Show, The Fred Allen Show, and Suspense. In March 1944, Red Skeleton was drafted, and Ozzie Nelson was prompted to create his own situation family comedy. Thus, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was born, first as a radio show (1944 – 1955) and later a television series (1952 – 1966), which included their sons, David and Ricky*. The series strove for realism and featured exterior shots of the Nelsons’ real southern California home, and in 1962 became the first primetime scripted series on American television to reach the 10-year milestone. Having run for fourteen seasons, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, which averaged 29–30 episodes per season, remains among the longest-running live-action American television sitcom.
The Nelson FamilyRaymond Steinbacher2022-02-06T17:12:02-05:00