A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

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 Oliver Wendell Douglas / ... (170 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Lisa Douglas / ... (170 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Eb Dawson / ... (150 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Mr. Haney / ... (143 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Sam Drucker / ... (142 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Hank Kimball / ... (138 episodes, 1965-1971)
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 Fred Ziffel (82 episodes, 1965-1971)
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Manhattan lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas, who has dreamed to become a farmer, buys a rundown farm sight unseen from con man Eustice Haney. Upon his return to New York, he drags his protesting socialite wife Lisa and her finery to the rural backwash of the farm outside Hooterville. There, along with their hired hand, they attempt to build the farm into a useful venture to start over. Meanwhile, Lisa becomes acclimated to her surroundings and attempts to bring some form of civility to the backwood neighbors. Farmer Fred Ziffel's pig Arnold watches television and is in many ways smarter than the locals. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Poor Eddie Albert hasn't made a farmer's wife out of Eva Gabor yet. But he keeps trying. And trying. And trying. (season 6)

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Of the nine regular actors on the series, all of them lived longer than 3/4 of a century. The oldest, Hank Patterson (Fred Ziffel) was already 76 when the show began and lived to be 86 when he died in 1975, the first cast member to pass away. The next oldest was Eddie Albert (Oliver Douglas)who was 59 at the show's beginning and had the greatest longevity of any of the actors when he died at age 99 in 2005. Alvy Moore (Hank Kimball) had the shortest longevity of any of the actors where he lived to be five months past 75, second to Eva Gabor (Lisa Douglas), who died at age 76. Pat Buttram (Mr. Haney) died at 78, where all three died within a three year period from 1994 to 1997. The other cast members lived long lives and well into the next millennium, Frank Cady (Sam Drucker) lived to be 96, Sid Melton (Alf Monroe) lived to be 94 and his "sister" Mary Grace Canfield (Ralph Monroe) lived to 89. This shows farm living is the path to longevity. See more »

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In the opening song when Oliver sings "You are my wife," he reaches for Lisa with his left hand. As Lisa sings "Goodbye city life," Oliver reaches in and grabs her with his right hand. See more »

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Oliver Douglas: But he couldn't be dead.
Fred Ziffel: Oh, yes he could, I personally attended his funeral.
Oliver Douglas: Are you sure?
Fred Ziffel: I don't know what you do in New York, but around here we don't give a man a funeral unless we're pretty sure he needs one.
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In some episodes, the opening credits appear in unusual locations (e.g.: chicken eggs, towels, writing on walls, newspaper headlines). In other episodes, the characters - particularly Lisa - react to the appearance of the credits. See more »

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Green Acres
Written by Vic Mizzy
Sung by Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor
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14 December 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been a fan of GREEN ACRES as long as it's been on the air. When my wife says "how can you watch that? " I'm not worried because she just doesn't get it. This show is not for everyone but for the ones who do "get it" it's a ball to watch.

Eddie Albert was great as the lawyer turned gentleman farmer who seems to be the only one not affected by whatever was in the water in that strange place called Hooterville. A wonderful actor, the veteran of dozens of movies he played the straight man in a company of wacky characters that could have come from the mind of Rod Serling. Probably the only show on American television with this particular kind of absurdist humor, landing in Hooterville was like going through a tunnel and coming out in TOONTOWN where people understand pigs, can leave a written egg order for a hen and predict the weather with a coo coo clock.

The beautiful Eva Gab or was perfect as the Hungarian airhead who for a city girl had no trouble communicating with chickens, cows, pigs and all the off the wall locals. She made a name for herself in movies as the two timing, suicide prone mistress Liane d'Exelmans in the multiple Oscar winning GiGi. She was a good sport about all the humor involving her accent. I remember an interview where the reporter asked her why she still had such a heavy accent after living in the United States for so long and she replied without a seconds thought, "what are you trying to do, blow my act?" She was a class act all the way and although this show took place late in her career she was never more beautiful. Who can forget the situation where Lisa was determined to ruin the Governor's deer hunting party by flying over in a crop dusting plane shouting from a megaphone "RUN FOR YOUR LIVES, THE HUNTERS ARE GOING TO SHOOST YOU!"

For all the other fans out there who "get it" it's good to know we can get our Green Acres every day thanks to cable television. I predict that this show along with THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, and I LOVE LUCY will still be on the air and people will still be laughing in the year 2050.


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