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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 Hooterville volunteer Fire Department marching band only know one song, that being "It's a Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight", this is a running gag as its the only song they play during any parade. It is interesting to note that the only person in the band (other than Oliver) who can read music and play another instrument is Ralph Munroe who plays cymbals (she is shown in an early episode also playing the bugle). 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 »


Oliver Wendell Douglass: [after watching a "conversation" between Lisa and an oinking Arnold] How can you carry on a conversation with him? I can't understand a thing he's saying!
Lisa Douglas: That's because you don't LISTEN!
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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 Pioneers of Television: Sitcoms (2008) See more »


Green Acres
Written by Vic Mizzy
Sung by Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor
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Zany 60's comedy that may have inspired "Scrubs"
21 May 2006 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"Green Acres" was one of the trio of "rural comedies" created and produced by Paul Henning (the other two being "The Beverly Hillbillies" and "Petticoat Junction"). The premise was built around a big city lawyer (Eddie Albert) and his fashionable wife (Eva Gabor) that abandon their affluent and hectic life for the rustic and more "civil" world of farming in the fictional Midwestern town of Hooterville.

Though Oliver Wendell Douglas (Albert) is happy to make the transition to farm life, his wife Lisa (Gabor) is less enthusiastic, though she adapts the best as she can. One of the running gags throughout the series involves her inability to prepare anything other than "hotcakes," and even those leave much to be desired. Another running gag centers around the frequent visits by Douglas's mother (Eleanor Audley) who sides with her daughter-in-law in regards to her own son's desire to live the simple live. Audley is best known for her vocal work as the wicked stepmother in Disney's "Cinderella," as well as Malificent in the studio's "Sleeping Beauty". Her occasional appearances on "Green Acres" show the comedic side of the actress.

By having the series set in the same locale as Henning's "Petticoat Junction" allowed frequent crossover appearances by Edgar Buchanan ("Uncle Joe") and Frank Cady ("Sam Drucker") who would become a regular on "Green Acres".

The other cast members were a mixed bag of crazies unlike anything else on television at the time. Farmhand Eb (Tom Lester) was like "The Beverly Hillbillies" Jethro, a doofus without the muscles. The Monroe "Brothers" (Sid Melton and an androgynous Mary Beth Canfield) were the carpenters from hell, forever starting construction on the Douglas's farmhouse but never quite finishing a project. Traveling salesman Mr. Haney (veteran cowboy sidekick Pat Butram) was forever plying his wares at a significant and unreasonable price.

And who can forget Fred and Doris Ziffel's "son," Arnold the pig. The porcine star had his own fan base the perhaps accounted for much of the show's success during its six-year run.

Though Eddie Albert's character was the most "serious" of the bunch, there were bits of lunacy centered around him, also. One ongoing bit involved his frequent monologues on the greatness of the American farm, while a patriotic fife plays in the background, for no apparent reason to the audience, as well as the listeners to his speeches.

Another inspired bit was during the opening credits of one installment. As Lisa was gathering eggs from the hen house, she discovered writing on the eggs: the names of the episode's writer, creator, and director.

One could best describe "Green Acres" as being the flip-side of "The Beverly Hillbillies" or "The Andy Griffith Show" on acid.

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