Early Television Memories
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“I watched it because it was a family show and one my Mother would allow us to watch. And my sisters would watch it because they loved Ricky Nelson. The mom was always home, baking cookies or something, and would be there waiting for the kids as they got home from school. My mother was a working mom trying to raise three children on her own, so I didn’t have that, but it was always something I aspired to.” – Kathy R.
The show was about a family of entertainers played by the real-life family members. This included the father, the mother, and their two sons. The youngest son played music on the show to impress a girlfriend, and it was very popular. He went on to have a successful pop music career. America watched the boys grow during the course of the series, and when they got married in real life, their wives joined the show. The focus on daily events created an image of the ideal American family.