Oliver's tax refund check motivates the farmers of Hooterville to request their refunds, too. Not understanding that you have to actually pay taxes first, they write in and state their losses for the...
Fred Ziffel objects to Arnold's love affair with shifty Mr. Haney's basset hound Cynthia. Realizing that their relationship can never work, Arnold breaks off their relationship. When Cynthia performs...
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
Widower Sheriff Andy and his son Opie live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry NC. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney.
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
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During the final scene & ten seconds, as the Opening Credits conclude, Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor appear as a live scene of artist, Grant Wood's most popular drawing: "An American Gothic". The final scene, of the Opening Credits, & "Shave & a Hair Cut, Six Bits" musical melody, Eddie Albert holds a shovel, upside down & quickly taps the ground twice, with the wooden round end bar of conclusion of the musical theme, "Six Bits". 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 »
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. These occurred as Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor', were singing their comical solo lyrics. See more »
This programme was traditionally thought of as just another of the cornpone country comedies that CBS used to be noted for, like "Petticoat Junction" or "The Beverly Hillbillies". But with its button-down straight man, Eddie Albert, surrounded by a wild assortment of extraordinary oddballs, "Green Acres" looks both backwards to the screwball comedies of the '30s and ahead to the Bob Newhart series of shows which followed a similar premise.
I am a fan of the British absurdist tradition, as exemplified both by university humour, like "Monty Python" and "Fawlty Towers", with its basis in the antics of the Goons (and Alfred Jarry), and by John Lennon's disassociated imagery, with its basis, probably, in Edward Lear (and Hilaire Belloc), but I personally happen to believe that this particular show belongs to a distinct comedy continuum, one that's entirely American. But I do agree completely that where these two styles are concerned, fans of one are bound to appreciate the other.
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