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Release Date:
3 October 1952 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
As the sons age, we go through their teenage dating problems, marriage and careers.
Awards:
Nominated for 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
A Little Closer Look at an Iconic Series See more (12 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 234)
Ozzie Nelson ... Ozzie / ... (437 episodes, 1952-2014)

Harriet Hilliard ... Harriet / ... (436 episodes, 1952-2014)

David Nelson ... David Nelson / ... (432 episodes, 1952-1966)

Ricky Nelson ... Ricky Nelson / ... (432 episodes, 1952-1966)
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Series Directed by
Ozzie Nelson (280 episodes, 1952-1966)
David Nelson (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Writing credits
Don Nelson (220 episodes, 1952-1966)
Dick Bensfield (191 episodes, 1952-1966)
Perry Grant (191 episodes, 1952-1966)
Ozzie Nelson (176 episodes, 1952-1962)
Jay Sommers (94 episodes, 1953-1961)
Bill Davenport (44 episodes, 1952-1955)
Ben Gershman (43 episodes, 1952-1955)
John L. Greene (12 episodes, 1953-1957)
Alfred Nelson (2 episodes, 1956-1957)

Series Produced by
Ozzie Nelson .... producer / executive producer (264 episodes, 1952-1966)
Leo Pepin .... associate producer (244 episodes, 1952-1966)
Robert Angus .... producer (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
Bill Lewis .... producer (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
James Bank .... executive producer (15 episodes, 1952-1953)
Cecil Barker .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Original Music by
Basil Adlam (152 episodes, 1952-1961)
 
Series Cinematography by
Robert C. Moreno (75 episodes, 1961-1966)
Neal Beckner (65 episodes, 1955-1959)
William C. Mellor (42 episodes, 1952-1955)
Harold Lipstein (25 episodes, 1959-1961)
Frederick Gately (18 episodes, 1952-1953)
Richard Batcheller (6 episodes, 1966)
Lionel Lindon (3 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Film Editing by
Newell P. Kimlin (50 episodes, 1957-1966)
Jim Faris (21 episodes, 1955-1959)
Robert Moore (20 episodes, 1955-1961)
Bill Wiard (14 episodes, 1959-1961)
Cotton Warburton (12 episodes, 1953-1955)
Frank Tessena (7 episodes, 1952-1953)
Hal Gordon (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Gerard Wilson (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Edward Mann (5 episodes, 1953)
Chester W. Schaeffer (5 episodes, 1956-1957)
Sherman A. Rose (4 episodes, 1953)
George Jay Nicholson (4 episodes, 1956-1957)
Tom Biggart (3 episodes, 1952-1955)
Bill Murphy (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Archie Dattelbaum (2 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Production Design by
Jim Roth (40 episodes, 1957-1960)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jim Roth (90 episodes, 1958-1966)
Frank Durlauf (51 episodes, 1952-1957)
William Glasgow (16 episodes, 1952-1953)
Gabriel Scognamillo (8 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore (153 episodes, 1956-1966)
Tony Montenaro Sr. (34 episodes, 1952-1955)
Al Orenbach (9 episodes, 1955-1956)
Fred M. MacLean (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Jack Mills (4 episodes, 1955-1956)
 
Series Costume Design by
Constance Edney (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist (109 episodes, 1956-1962)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (96 episodes, 1958-1966)
Barbara Lampson .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 1962-1966)
Billie Southern .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1964)
Charlene Johnson .... hair stylist / department head hair stylist (5 episodes, 1965-1966)
Nick Marcellino .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Production Management
Frank McKelvey .... post-production supervisor (24 episodes, 1952-1956)
Leo Pepin .... production supervisor / production manager (19 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Bremerkamp .... assistant director (169 episodes, 1952-1963)
Robert Agnew .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1952-1953)
James Myers .... assistant director (14 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Roe .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
William D. Faralla .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1956)
Christopher N. Seiter .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Art Department
Jack Iannarelli .... property master (147 episodes, 1956-1966)
Josef Bernay .... property master (16 episodes, 1952-1953)
Jim Roth .... set designer (5 episodes, 1957)
 
Series Sound Department
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects (132 episodes, 1957-1966)
Jack F. Lilly .... sound mixer (85 episodes, 1959-1965)
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound mixer (57 episodes, 1956-1959)
Thomas Ashton .... sound (22 episodes, 1952-1953)
Harry Bekkar .... sound supervisor (14 episodes, 1956-1957)
Jerry Kosloff .... sound mixer (9 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph Edesa .... chief electrician (78 episodes, 1957-1961)
Joe Smith .... chief electrician (59 episodes, 1961-1966)
Irv McClellan .... master grip (37 episodes, 1962-1966)
William A. Fraker .... camera operator (20 episodes, 1961-1964)
Charles Rosher Jr. .... camera operator (14 episodes, 1964-1965)
Homer Plannette .... chief electrician (11 episodes, 1956-1957)
Edward E. Nugent .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
James Sherrill .... lighting supervisor (3 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
George Sedilla .... wardrobe (128 episodes, 1956-1965)
Dorothy Beal .... clothes: Harriet Nelson / costumes: Harriet Nelson (18 episodes, 1952-1953)
Helga .... clothes: Harriet Nelson (15 episodes, 1958-1959)
Gene Martin .... wardrobe (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
Ronnie Ross .... wardrobe (5 episodes, 1964)
Shirley Brewton .... wardrobe (3 episodes, 1965)
Wally Harton .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Editorial Department
Bill Murphy .... supervising editor (301 episodes, 1955-1966)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor (25 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Music Department
Robert Bain .... musician: guitar (349 episodes, 1952-1966)
Frank McKelvey .... music editor (136 episodes, 1957-1966)
Jimmie Haskell .... music arranged and conducted by / conductor / ... (34 episodes, 1955-1966)
George Brand .... music editor (26 episodes, 1955-1957)
 
Series Other crew
Dorothy Aldrin .... script supervisor (141 episodes, 1952-1963)
Joe Byrne .... script supervisor (30 episodes, 1962-1966)
Verne Smith .... announcer (21 episodes, 1953-1956)
William J. Hole Jr. .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 1953)
Don McDougall .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1952)
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor (7 episodes, 1962-1963)
Amalia Wade .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 1960)
Mai Santacroce .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 1961)
Jean Downing .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 1963)
Joseph Gannon .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1956)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (435 episodes)
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Trivia:
The character 'Ozzie Nelson' was ranked #21 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in The Movie Orgy (1968)See more »

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A Little Closer Look at an Iconic Series, 6 May 2014
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

On screen, Ozzie may have been something of a good-natured fuddle, but off he had to be one sharp cookie. Lawyer, band-leader, producer, director, writer, actor, plus 13-year old Eagle Scout, that perpetual grin hid one talented guy. Then too, those Eagle Scout ideals fit in perfectly with the post-war period. From 1952-66, the show came into a ton of homes, mine included. It was a time when families were getting back together after a bad economy, a big war in Europe, plus a little one in Korea. Family life was treasured, and with any luck it gathered around a new-fangled TV in an expanding suburb. A very different time from now, one of expanding prosperity and opportunity.

One thing you knew when you tuned in, it would be a "wholesome" half-hour. Nothing controversial or serious. For better or worse, never anything about politics, sexual innuendo, or the outside world. Typically, it might be Oz trying to get his lawn-mower back from neighbor Thorny (DeFore) who doesn't want to move his car. True, it was a series basically about nothing. But the entries were nearly always amusing. Maybe not hilarious, but always worth a few head- nodding chuckles. Yes, life's trivial little problems could be entertaining if you were a gifted Ozzie Nelson.

Of course, Harriet was a big part of the humorous situations, always a voice of calm and good sense. Maybe vaguely amused by Oz's latest half-digested scheme. Wisely, I think, the show reserved any ditsy elements for neighbors or friends, a proved formula over the decades. That way the characters could drop in or out as needed. Importantly, however, characters like Clara Randolph (Croft) may be on the ditsy side but they were never exaggerated or mocked. Then too, except for sinister types, it looks like about every supporting player in Hollywood was on the show at one time or another.

At first, the boys-- a reliable David and a wise-cracking Ricky, oops! I mean Rick (as he preferred)-- blended in and out as junior members. But as they grew, the boys became more central, proving adept at the series low-key style. Then, of course, Rick became a teen R&R idol, a real risk for the show, given R&R's controversial influence on teens. Still, Oz proved as adept at handling that touchy phase as any other. In fact, many of us sort of grew up with Dave and Rick. But, I agree with others. Once the boys married, the show had outlived its appeal. Then too, times were changing. By 1966, Vietnam was heating up and so was the youth counter-culture, while a groundbreaking "All In The Family" (1971-79) and a very different kind of TV dad were only a few years off. An era had indeed ended.

Sure, in our own lid-is-off times, the show would likely never fly. For better or worse, it was very much an idealized reflection of its time. I recall even reading about folks who were unhappy because their family was not at all like the Nelsons. In a sense, as entertaining as they were, the TV Nelsons did exist in a societal vacuum, an ideal embodiment of that era. Still, I'm not at all sure that we're better off without it. I do regret, however, that Ozzie never appeared to get the industry recognition his low-key talent deserved. But then that sort of thing never does have a time limit.

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