The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbors of Hooterville.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Uncle Joe Carson (222 episodes, 1963-1970)
 Betty Jo Bradley (222 episodes, 1963-1970)
 Kate Bradley (179 episodes, 1963-1969)
 Sam Drucker (168 episodes, 1963-1970)
 Bobbie Jo Bradley (148 episodes, 1965-1970)
 Floyd Smoot (131 episodes, 1963-1970)
 Billie Jo Bradley (114 episodes, 1966-1970)
Mike Minor ...
 Steve Elliott / ... (112 episodes, 1964-1970)
 Charley Pratt (110 episodes, 1963-1967)


Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo, and Betty Jo Bradley are three sisters living with their Uncle Joe who owns the family hotel, and is always coming up with zany ideas. Their whole town revolves around the train "The Cannon Ball". The show also includes Kate (the mother), Steve (Betty Jo's boyfriend) and Sam Drucker (Store Keeper) who is also in "Green Acres". Written by Katie <>

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Comedy starts when the train stops at the small hotel run by Bea Benadaret and her three gorgeous daughters. (season 1) See more »







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24 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Dern Tootin'  »

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The town of Pixley, at one end of the Cannonball's route, was named for Pixley, California. A number of location shots were filmed in the real Pixley. See more »


With the Shady Rest miles from any town, and the only road a badly rutted fire road, the Cannonball was supposedly the only way to get to the Hotel. As the years unwind, however, the writers ignored this fact more and more and have characters arriving without any regard to when, or from where, the Cannonball arrived. Sometimes, person(s) A would enter the hotel immediately after the train gets in, and then a few minutes later person(s) B would enter, but person(s) A never saw them on the train. Other times, people arrive at the hotel, and then a few minutes later the train arrives. See more »


Referenced in The Beverly Hillbillies: The Week Before Christmas (1968) See more »

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22 April 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

When this show first premiered its biggest attraction were the three Bradley daughters. However, you really got to see a great comedy and the real stars were the late great Bea Benederet as Kate and the late and equally great Edgar Buchanan as Uncle Joe, who was always looking to get rich quick. The girls themselves were pretty well fleshed out characters themselves. Billie Jo was the ambitious star-struck one, Bobbie Jo was the somewhat dim bulb and Betty Jo was the tomboy. Betty Jo became the most evolved character as you saw her grow up from being a girl who was pretty much pre-occupied with sports into a beautiful young woman who eventually settled down and married the man of her dreams. Too bad Bea Benederet passed away. When that happened the wind seemed to go out of the show and within two years it was gone. Perhaps it was a precursor of things to come becuase within a year after it had gone off the air all the great rural television shows were virtually wiped out in the infamous purge of 1971.

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