The original tv sitcom about "nothing" turns 60 today.

  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 03, 2012 11:21 PM GMT
    60 years ago today, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" premiered on the fledgling ABC television network. This show would go on to run for 14 years and held the record up until 2004 as the longest running tv sitcom. That record was broken by "The Simpsons". It still holds the record as the longest running live-action American sitcom. Hunky Ricky Nelson, of course, went on to have a successful music career. It makes for great escapist television, and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.
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    Oct 04, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    And "Leave It to Beaver" just turned 55.icon_biggrin.gif
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 04, 2012 11:20 AM GMT
    Yes! and even the Beaver made an appearance on Ozzie and Harriet. He was in one of their first episodes, "The Halloween Party". Jerry Mathers had to be about three or four years old here. Look him for at 15:22.
  • beaujangle

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    Oct 04, 2012 11:34 AM GMT
    NJVetteGuy77 said60 years ago today, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" premiered on the fledgling ABC television network. This show would go on to run for 14 years and held the record up until 2004 as the longest running tv sitcom. That record was broken by "The Simpsons". It still holds the record as the longest running live-action American sitcom. Hunky Ricky Nelson, of course, went on to have a successful music career. It makes for great escapist television, and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.


    Wow, I must say that I have a crush on him after watching this. Hollywood sure has a fine collection of handsome men all these decades.
  • rnch

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    Oct 04, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    My mother worked in a drug store at the time. She still mentions the HUGE run the store had on "tutti-fruiti" ice cream after it was discussed in a episode on this show.

    "Seinfeld" had nothing on this ground-breaking sitcom.
  • rnch

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    Oct 04, 2012 2:51 PM GMT
    beaujangle said
    NJVetteGuy77 said60 years ago today, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" premiered on the fledgling ABC television network. This show would go on to run for 14 years and held the record up until 2004 as the longest running tv sitcom. That record was broken by "The Simpsons". It still holds the record as the longest running live-action American sitcom. Hunky Ricky Nelson, of course, went on to have a successful music career. It makes for great escapist television, and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.


    Wow, I must say that I have a crush on him after watching this. Hollywood sure has a fine collection of handsome men all these decades.




    David went slightly downhill as he matured; but Ricky Nelson was a MAJOR HUNK until the day he died.



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  • rnch

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    Oct 04, 2012 2:53 PM GMT
    This sitcom is often credited with featuring the very first music video. (Ricky Nelson doing "Traveling Man.")




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  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 04, 2012 5:15 PM GMT
    I love the Tutti Frutti episode! Ozzie goes on an all-night search with his neighbor for Tutti Frutti Ice Cream. Joseph Kearns, who later went on to play Mr. Wilson in "Dennis the Menace" appears in this episode as a drugstore owner. This was one of the Nelson family's favorite episodes and was included in a 2006 DVD release of several episodes.
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    Oct 04, 2012 6:30 PM GMT
    NJVetteGuy77 saidI love the Tutti Frutti episode! Ozzie goes on an all-night search with his neighbor for Tutti Frutti Ice Cream. Joseph Kearns, who later went on to play Mr. Wilson in "Dennis the Menace" appears in this episode as a drugstore owner. This was one of the Nelson family's favorite episodes and was included in a 2006 DVD release of several episodes.


    Yes, the Tutti Fruiti ice cream episode is delish. Only Ricky Nelson could look that cool singing "That's a lot of tutti fruiti, but I'll try to do my duty for you ..."

    Ricky was my first celebrity crush. He starred in my first homoerotic dream (I was five years old, mind you).
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 05, 2012 12:29 AM GMT
    I bet Ricky was a lot of people's first crush, both male and female. In the later years of the show, it was really Rick that carried the show. Look at him singing "Everloving" in this 1962 episode..so handsome!
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    Oct 05, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    NJVetteGuy77 said...and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.

    You were born when... 1977?

    Who are you to be preaching about what life was like in the 1950s? I was born in the 1940s, and know the 1950s from actual experience.

    Whether or not life was "simple" in the 1950s as you claim, which is open to debate, it can certainly be speculated whether you are simple-minded. Not to mention totally clueless about a time over 20 years before you were even born, and 30 years before you could have any cognizant memories. Maybe next you can tell us what life was like during the Renaissance. icon_rolleyes.gif
  • melloyello

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    Oct 05, 2012 3:07 AM GMT
    I was always a big Jack Benny fan. The man had the best timing possibly *ever* in comedy and could solicit a laugh based on nothing. His "slow burn" when dealing with situations is masterful. Si Sy Sue.

    When you think about it, his show was the Seinfeld of the day. A show about a comedian playing a comedian, surrounded by wacky characters and put in wacky situations.
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 05, 2012 11:21 AM GMT
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    NJVetteGuy77 said...and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.

    You were born when... 1977?

    Who are you to be preaching about what life was like in the 1950s? I was born in the 1940s, and know the 1950s from actual experience.

    Whether or not life was "simple" in the 1950s as you claim, which is open to debate, it can certainly be speculated whether you are simple-minded. Not to mention totally clueless about a time over 20 years before you were even born, and 30 years before you could have any cognizant memories. Maybe next you can tell us what life was like during the Renaissance. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Who is preaching? I said you "wonder" if life was ever that simple. I also called it escapist television. Obviously, you must have seen the show. There is no violence, profanity, or nudity in it, unlike what you are likely to see today. Most episodes had nothing to do with anything in particular. For example, one episode dealt with David getting a new house key, another with Ozzie finding a odd bolt in a drawer and spending the whole day finding out what it belonged to. The list goes on. For twenty five or so minutes, the viewer is able to be taken back into another time. Whether anyone's childhood in the 50s was like that, who knows? I never even ventured to hazard a guess. Whether that was your childhood or not, that is not my problem, nor my concern. My parents were also born in the 1940's, and I have always enjoyed hearing stories about what life was like when they were children. You don't have to have lived during a certain era to want to learn more about it. If that were the case, there would be no need for history teachers. Speculate on whether I'm simple minded? Go right ahead.
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    Oct 05, 2012 12:19 PM GMT
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    NJVetteGuy77 said...and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.

    You were born when... 1977?

    Who are you to be preaching about what life was like in the 1950s? I was born in the 1940s, and know the 1950s from actual experience.

    Whether or not life was "simple" in the 1950s as you claim, which is open to debate, it can certainly be speculated whether you are simple-minded. Not to mention totally clueless about a time over 20 years before you were even born, and 30 years before you could have any cognizant memories. Maybe next you can tell us what life was like during the Renaissance. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Woah, woah. Get off of your high horse for a second. I don't think he was claiming that life was simple in the 1950s. I think he was pondering if life was ever as simple as Hollywood TV portrayed life in the 50s. You didn't have to live through it to ponder that thought. Simply watching Nick at Nite in the late 80s and 90s would be enough to make you wonder. Just because you lived through a certain time period doesn't give you the right to be a douche about it when others try to talk about it. I'm sure you are a good guy and all, but in this instance, you are coming off as an asshole.
  • TroyAthlete

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    Oct 05, 2012 12:36 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    NJVetteGuy77 said...and for many who did not grow up in the 1950's you wonder if life was ever that simple. One of my all-time favorites.

    You were born when... 1977?

    Who are you to be preaching about what life was like in the 1950s? I was born in the 1940s, and know the 1950s from actual experience.

    Whether or not life was "simple" in the 1950s as you claim, which is open to debate, it can certainly be speculated whether you are simple-minded. Not to mention totally clueless about a time over 20 years before you were even born, and 30 years before you could have any cognizant memories.


    Why the hostility? He's allowed to wonder what life was like before he was born without being called names.

    Never got into Ozzie & Harriet but love love love Leave It to Beaver. I've seen every episode -- the one where Beaver refuses to eat Brussel sprouts is an all-time TV classic, of course, but there's something about the values in every episode that relaxes me. Trying to collect all seasons on DVD.
  • NJVetteGuy77

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    Oct 05, 2012 5:10 PM GMT
    Thanks Redsoxfan and TroyAthlete, much appreciated. icon_smile.gif For good prices on DVD's, I always keep on eye on Amazon. I've been able to get some great classic TV season sets up to 70% discounted!