Before the Cleavers painted an idyllic picture of the American family for TV viewers, there were the Nelsons, who spent more than a decade playing the perfect '50s family. Ozzie and Harriet Nelson's iconic TV show was a true family affair, with their real-life sons starring with them. Take our quiz to see how much you remember about the onscreen adventures of this famous showbiz family!
How many children did the Nelsons have on the show?
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson brought their two sons, David and Ricky, to star with them when they switched from radio to television. David was 16 when the show premiered, while Ricky was 12. Many of the family's real-life adventures are reflected on the show.
Which of Ricky's Christmas gifts got delivered to the wrong house?
In one very special Christmas episode in season three, called "The Lost Christmas Gift," Ricky's catcher's mitt was nowhere to be found under the tree. The family tracked the gift down to a very poor family across town and decided to let them keep the glove as a celebration of the spirit of the season.
Who did Ozzie rescue when he became a volunteer firefighter in season three?
Ozzie was proud to join the Volunteer Fire Department, but he ended up sleeping through his first big blaze. When he finally got a chance to show off his training, he got to make a big rescue -- of a kitten.
What instrument did Ozzie want to play in Ricky's band?
When Ricky's band got the chance to play a sorority dance -- their first big gig -- in season five, Ozzie was determined to join in with his banjo. While it was rarely mentioned on the show, Ozzie and Harriet were big-time music and radio stars before they moved to television.
What is the first song that Ricky Nelson performed on the show?
"Hello Mary Lou"
Ricky Nelson became a huge teen idol in the early '60s, and the Nelsons gave him plenty of chances to show off his musical talent on the show. The first song he ever performed on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was "I'm Walkin'," in a season five episode, "Ricky, the Drummer."
About midway through the series, the Nelsons started spending more time with their neighbors, Joe and Clara Randolph. At one point, Joe borrowed the Nelsons' lawnmower for so long that Ozzie was forced to break into the Randolphs' garage to get it back.
True or false: The show got a spin-off in the '70s.
Ozzie and Harriet Nelson returned to TV in 1973 with "Ozzie's Girls." In the show, which lasted only a single season, the couple rented out rooms in the house to a pair of college students named Susan and Brenda.