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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The guests at the hotel have all they can do to keep up with those three lovely girls. In color. (season four) See more »







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24 September 1963 (USA)  »

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Dern Tootin'  »

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Set in the same town as Green Acres (1965). Characters from that series often appeared on this one. The series was also linked to The Beverly Hillbillies (1962) and the two shows occasionally crossed over. It should be noted that up until Kate Bradley's last few appearances at the beginning of season six, not once was there ever a connection to The Beverly Hillbillies even though Bea Benaderet had played Cousin Pearl Bodine during the latter's first and sixth seasons. Despite this, in a 1968 episode of Petticoat (#175 'Granny, the Baby Expert'), Granny comes to Hooterville to tend to Betty Jo and Steve's baby. Prior to her visit, she reminds Jed that he is related to Kate through Pearl and then later when she arrives at the Shady Rest she mistakes Uncle Joe for Kate and says "They's right about you Kate, you and Cousin Pearl are lookalikes." 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 »

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Show Started Stronger Than It Finished
9 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This show centered around a hotel known as the junction near a small country town called Hooterville. It started very strong as veteran folks Edgar Bucanan & Bea Benedaret (Uncle Joe & Kate Bradley) ran the hotel.

Then there were the 3 Bradley girls. Bobbie-Jo, Billie-Jo & Betty-Jo. I met a lot of kids from the era of this show named after these girls. They were wholesome American teen girls who were every boys dream.

Then there was the Cannonball, the train that served the Hooterville. It was one of the charms of the show with the engineers. One of the charming holiday shows of this involved having the Cannonball all decorated for Christmas.

When Bea, the actress died in real life, they tried to bring on June Lockhart as a replacement. That was OK, but the scripts seemed to lose their comic energy. It still ran until 1970 anyway. The show had its charm.

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