Ozzie wanted to conceal the fact that Ricky and Kristin were getting married so quickly due to her being pregnant. Six months after their wedding, Kristin gave birth to their baby girl, Tracy Kristine Nelson. Ozzie was very adamant about his decision to announce that the baby was born premature.
He took this so far that he convinced the hospital to forge the baby’s weight on the birth certificate. He even had the full-term infant photographed in an incubator. Ozzie was fully committed to his family’s image and the public’s perception of them.
David Gets Married
In 1961, 25-year-old David married actress, June Blair. Their wedding ceremony was at the Forest Lawn Cemetery’s Church of the Hills. Naturally, Ricky served as his brother's best man. Because a lot of the scenes in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet were taken from the Nelsons’ real-life, June Blair was soon written into the show and became a regular cast member.
At that point in the show, David Nelson was attending law school and him and June moved into an apartment together. The lovebirds had their first child the next year, a son whom they named Daniel Blair Nelson. They had their second son, Jamie Eric Nelson, in 1966.
Kristin Was Already Pregnant
While David was off getting married, his younger brother Ricky began dating Kristin Harmon. Kristin was the daughter of Tom Harmon, a football-legend-turned-actor and actress Elyse Knox. There was no need for Ricky to ask for Kristin's parents' approval, as the Harmons and the Nelsons were family friends.
Prior to Kristin, Harriet had never approved of any of his girlfriends. Two years after dating, at the urging of Ozzie, the two wed on April 20, 1963. But, there was one particular reason why Ozzie was so eager for the pair to tie the knot so quickly and that's because Kristin was pregnant.
By the ‘60s, American television started undergoing a major change along with the country's social climate. As writer and director, Ozzie needed to modify the show so as to keep appealing to its audience. Although Ricky was still introducing new songs on the show, Ozzie was no longer including this in every episode.
By 1965, Ricky's record sales even began to drop. The country was experiencing a major upheaval and Ricky's fresh-faced image was starting to impact the show negatively. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was no longer fitting with the ideals and values of the current era.
A Record-Breaking Show
On April 23, 1966, after a successful 22-year-run of broadcast, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet aired their last episode. For a long time, the show held the position as the longest American television sitcom which ran consistently. In 2016, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia tied with it after being renewed for a 13th and 14th season. The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet held the record for the longest-running sitcom, but that ended with 'The Simpsons' in 2003.
The Nelsons made an extraordinary 435 episodes together. In comparison, there are 180 episodes of "Seinfeld." Peter Jones, the writer and director of a two-hour documentary. ''Ozzie and Harriet: The Adventures of America's Favorite Family" said that the Nelson's show "may have endured far longer because the Nelson family blurred the line between fiction and reality."