The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was the first and longest-running family situational comedy in television history. The Nelsons came to represent the idealized American family of the 1950s - where mom was a content homemaker, dad’s biggest decision was whether to give his sons the keys to the car, and the boys’ biggest problem was getting a date to the high school prom.
In reality, the Nelsons were anything but a typical American family. With remarkable candor, Nelsons talk about the Nelsons - both the on-camera version and the real-life family. David Nelson talks about his childhood stress trying to live up to his father’s expectations. Kris Tinker Nelson talks about her and Rick’s free-fall from “perfect couple” to a drug-addled marriage gone awry. All four of their children - Tracy, twins Gunnar and Matthew, and Sam - discuss the pros and cons of growing up in a family whose image and reality are at odds.
When it premiered, Ozzie & Harriet: The Adventures of America’s Favorite Family was the highest-rated documentary in A&E’s history.
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