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Green Acres (1965–1971)

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


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Complete series cast summary:
 Oliver Wendell Douglas / ... (170 episodes, 1965-1971)
 Lisa Douglas / ... (170 episodes, 1965-1971)
 Eb Dawson / ... (150 episodes, 1965-1971)
 Mr. Haney / ... (142 episodes, 1965-1971)
 Sam Drucker / ... (142 episodes, 1965-1971)
Alvy Moore ...
 Hank Kimball / ... (138 episodes, 1965-1971)
 Fred Ziffel (82 episodes, 1965-1971)


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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15 September 1965 (USA)  »

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The name of the state that Hooterville was located in was never mentioned, but in the first episode, Oliver told Lisa he had to fly to Chicago and change planes a few times to get to Hooterville. In another episode he mentions the state capital (Springfield) was only a four hour drive. This could make it somewhere in very rural Illinois. See more »


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 »


TV Kiddie Show Host: Sure, I remember that kid, he had on the most realistic looking pig costume I've ever seen. He won first prize!
Oliver Douglas: No, you don't understand, Arnold is a REAL PIG!
TV Kiddie Show Host: I'll say he is! We had five gallons of ice cream for those kids, and he ate every bit of it himself!
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Crazy Credits

After the closing credits, the Filmways logo appears, and Eva Gabor's voice is heard (in Lisa Douglas's posh Park Avenue style) saying, "This has been a Filmways presentation, Darling." See more »


Referenced in Thralls (2005) See more »


Green Acres
Written by Vic Mizzy
Sung by Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor
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One of the Funniest
26 October 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Many in my generation (too young to be a boomer and too old to be an "X"er) think this is one of the funniest shows ever. It doesn't have any deeper meanings or ramifications or redeeming social importance. It's funny, and for the sake of being funny. This show proves that humor rises from character. Too often a show gets by on a series of insults, or double entendres, or one-liners. "Green Acres" had characters who were rich and diverse, who might be funny by what they say, or by the fact that they're saying it, or just because they show up at a certain moment. "Hooterville" could, I suppose, be construed as a Kafkaesque construct where even the woman who doesn't want to live there understands what's going on there, and only the man who wants to live there can't comprehend what's going on, or understand what the pig is saying. But why bother with such interpretation? This show is funny, well-written, and performed by fine actors. Shot on a sound-stage, "Green Acres" nevertheless opens out where most shows seem claustrophobic -- there are fields, roads, houses, barns, cows, jeeps, tractors, and all the great outdoors. I'm a country boy myself, and I appreciate that, unlike most shows written by high-handed cityfolk that show country folk as either ignorant bumpkins whose foolishness is the basis of laughs, or makes them more sagely inscrutable than smugly-superior urbanites, "Green Acres" gives the people of Hooterville thier own mindset that is neither better nor worse, just different. And the show itself is different from anything else on television until the arrival of "Newhart" which, for all its humor, nevertheless remained stagey and claustrophobic. "Green Acres" is funny. Enjoy it.

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