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3 October 1957 (USA) See more »
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 97)

Walter Brennan ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (224 episodes, 1957-1963)

Richard Crenna ... Luke McCoy (224 episodes, 1957-1963)
Kathleen Nolan ... Kate McCoy (178 episodes, 1957-1962)
Tony Martinez ... Pepino (153 episodes, 1957-1963)
Michael Winkelman ... Little Luke (145 episodes, 1957-1963)
Lydia Reed ... Hassie (132 episodes, 1957-1963)

Series Directed by
Hy Averback (101 episodes, 1957-1960)
David Alexander (52 episodes, 1960-1963)
Richard Crenna (11 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sidney Miller (9 episodes, 1961-1963)
Charles Barton (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sheldon Leonard (6 episodes, 1957)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1961)
Robert Gordon (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Writing credits
Irving Pincus (166 episodes, 1957-1963)
John L. Greene (32 episodes, 1958-1963)
James Fritzell (31 episodes, 1957-1963)
Jack Elinson (31 episodes, 1957-1960)
Charles Stewart (31 episodes, 1957-1960)
Everett Greenbaum (28 episodes, 1958-1963)
Phil Shuken (23 episodes, 1958-1962)
Irving Elinson (20 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bill Manhoff (19 episodes, 1957-1959)
Fred S. Fox (13 episodes, 1960-1963)
Seaman Jacobs (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ed James (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Paul David (9 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bob Ross (8 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bob White (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Henry Sharp (7 episodes, 1957-1959)
Ben Gershman (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Harvey Bullock (6 episodes, 1961)
Paul West (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bill Davenport (4 episodes, 1957-1961)
Frank Tarloff (4 episodes, 1958-1961)
Leonard Burns (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Norman Paul (3 episodes, 1959)
Paul Henning (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
Dick Wesson (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
George W. George (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Howard Dimsdale (2 episodes, 1958)
Maurice Richlin (2 episodes, 1958)
Stanley Shapiro (2 episodes, 1958)
Danny Arnold (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Elon Packard (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harry Winkler (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Phil Sharp (2 episodes, 1961)
Ray Brenner (2 episodes, 1962-1963)

Series Produced by
Irving Pincus .... producer / executive producer (199 episodes, 1957-1963)
Norman Pincus .... associate producer (140 episodes, 1957-1962)
Danny Thomas .... executive producer (51 episodes, 1957-1963)
Danny Arnold .... producer (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
Charles Isaacs .... producer (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Andy Brennan .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Original Music by
Jack Cookerly (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
William Loose (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Cinematography by
Lothrop B. Worth (137 episodes, 1958-1963)
William V. Skall (29 episodes, 1957-1958)
Charles Burke (13 episodes, 1958)
Series Film Editing by
Frank Capacchione (37 episodes, 1960-1963)
Joseph Gluck (35 episodes, 1957-1959)
Bud S. Isaacs (30 episodes, 1957-1959)
Bert Jordan (19 episodes, 1959-1962)
Elmo Veron (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harold White (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Marshall Neilan Jr. (6 episodes, 1961)
Bud Molin (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Art Direction by
Ralph Berger (90 episodes, 1957-1960)
Rolland M. Brooks (71 episodes, 1961-1963)
James Hulsey (56 episodes, 1961-1963)
Howard Hollander (40 episodes, 1958-1961)
Series Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz (30 episodes, 1958-1959)
John MacNeil (17 episodes, 1957-1959)
Ross Dowd (13 episodes, 1959-1962)
Glenn P. Thompson (4 episodes, 1958)
Harry Gordon (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Wade (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
William Stevens (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ted Offenbecker (2 episodes, 1958)
Frank Tuttle (2 episodes, 1962)
Stuart A. Reiss (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist (96 episodes, 1957-1962)
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (81 episodes, 1957-1959)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1960-1962)
Irene Beshon .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1962)
Larry Butterworth .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1963)
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Production Management
Edward Donahue .... production manager (146 episodes, 1957-1962)
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor / production manager (141 episodes, 1957-1962)
Norman Pincus .... executive in charge of production (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bob Lewis .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 1963)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Evans .... assistant director (129 episodes, 1957-1963)
Paul Helmick .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Nate D. Slott .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Art Department
Gene Gossert .... property master (86 episodes, 1957-1963)
Series Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound engineer (104 episodes, 1958-1963)
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor (79 episodes, 1957-1961)
James Thomson .... sound engineer (36 episodes, 1957-1958)
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects (34 episodes, 1960-1961)
Earl Cooper .... sound effects (28 episodes, 1961-1963)
Cam McCulloch .... sound engineer (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Lossman .... costumer (77 episodes, 1958-1963)
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor (43 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Music Department
Harry Ruby .... composer: theme music (203 episodes, 1957-1963)
E.C. Norton .... music supervisor / music editor (118 episodes, 1957-1963)
Jimmie Rodgers .... singer: theme song (23 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Other crew
Gloria Morgan .... script supervisor / script continuity (122 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bob Ross .... script editor / script consultant (37 episodes, 1959-1962)
Danny Arnold .... script consultant (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul West .... script editor (14 episodes, 1959)
Norman Paul .... script consultant (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
Charles Isaacs .... script consultant (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ronald Jacobs .... assistant to producer (6 episodes, 1957)
Jack Elinson .... script editor (5 episodes, 1958)
Charles Stewart .... script editor (5 episodes, 1958)
Bill Manhoff .... script editor (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Seaman Jacobs .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1963)
Ed James .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1963)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The McCoys" - , USA (rerun title)
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30 min (224 episodes)
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Lyrics for the show's theme song: Want you to meet the family that's known as the real McCoys / From West Vir-gi-nee they came to stay in sunny Cal-i-for-ni-ay / 'Ole Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / What a housekeepr Kate is, she's doin' what she enjoys / No gal can beat her when it come to looks and the same can be said 'bout the way she cooks for / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / Livin' as good folks should live and happy as kids with toys / 'Ole Grandpappy Amos is the head of the clan, he roars like a lion but he's gentle as a lamb / His grandson Luke keeps a beamin' with joy since he made Miss Kate Missus Luke Mccoy / Sharing each other's sorrows, enjoyin' each others joys / Like all other families they quarrel and fuss but it a'int never serious with / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoysSee more »
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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Set A Sitcom Trend, 5 March 2008
Author: aimless-46 from Kentucky

The 224 half-hour episodes (all in B&W) of the situation comedy "The Real McCoys" ran from 1957-1963 on ABC and CBS. The show's creators/producers were Irving and Norman Pincus, a pair of brothers with little other claims to fame.

But they left quite a legacy with "The Real McCoys" as the series literally changed the direction of network situation comedy. Early sitcoms like "I Love Lucy", "The Honeymooners", "Make Room for Daddy", and "The Goldbergs" were urban in tone and set in downtown apartments in big east coast cities; urban families were the first buyers of televisions. By the mid-fifties suburbia was getting a lot play ("Life of Riley", "Leave It to Beaver") as Americans began moving out to the suburbs. But network executives were resistant to the idea of rural characters in rural setting. Rural families were unlikely to own televisions (or have television stations within broadcast range) and urban sophisticates could not be expected to tune into a show featuring rural rubes.

When "The Real McCoys" proved the suits wrong it set the stage for Andy of Mayberry, Jed in Beverly Hills, Kate and the Shady Rest, and Oliver and Lisa in Hooterville. Danny Thomas and Paul Henning who would launch those shows were both involved in "The Real McCoys".

The premise of the show is the move of the legendary West Virginia McCoys to a farm in the San Fernando Valley they inherit from their uncle. Given the current value of valley real estate it is amusing that one of the central conflicts of the series is the family's precarious financial position (insert lack of money here).

The McCoy family is a bit usual as it skips an entire generation. Grandpa Amos (Walter Brennan) lives with his grandson Luke (Richard Crenna), Luke's new wife Kate (Kathy Nolan), and Luke's little brother and sister (Michael Winkleman and Lydia Reed). Apparently Luke's parents mysteriously died.

Like "The Beverly Hillbillies", the comedy comes from watching the family adapt to their new environment and seeing things we take for granted from a fresh perspective. And like Granny on that series, Amos is stubborn and irascible. The beauty of the series is that it finds satirical humor in the unsophisticated way of country folk while demonstrating that their backwoods wisdom often puts them ahead of the curve.

Luke and Kate join Oliver and Lisa Douglas of "Green Acres" as television's all-time most "in- love" couples and this dynamic is the shows underlying strength. Crenna and Nolan deliver fine performances throughout the series. Brennan is likewise excellent, managing to make a basically annoying character lovable. Amos is nicely overplayed as a cantankerous old coot full of rural aphorisms and blustering exasperations yet fully repentant when he goes too far.

Also notable is Tony Martinez as Pepino Garcia, a Mexican farmhand who just came with the farm. Pepino is a frequent foil for Grandpa, as his more laid-back approach to life often riles up the old guy. They do a nice job of avoiding what could have been a negative stereotype as Pepino is the best adjusted character on the series and second only to Kate in the wisdom department. Kate left the cast after the 5th season, she was missed.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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