Plot & Details
Ollie Hopnoodle's Haven of Bliss was first telecast in the Summer of 1988--appropriately enough, since its plot deals with a disaster-laden summer vacation. The "Haven of Bliss" is a ramshackle summer house where a bullheaded father insists that his family spend a few of their vacation weeks. If the slightly exaggerated goings-on resemble the 1982 theatrical feature A Christmas Story, it's not without reason. Both Ollie Hopnoodle and Christmas Story were written and narrated by humorist/raconteur Jean Shepherd. James B. Sikking plays "The Old Man" in this 2-hour nostalgiafest, originally produced for the Disney Channel cable service.