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The story of Tammy Tarleton, an 18-year-old country girl who moves back and forth between her "country" family, who live on a bayou houseboat, and the wealthy Brent's, who own a plantation. Written by
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A Show That Could Have Been A Hit Is Still Worth A Look
Best line: "Oh mama, look at those awful people"! Pure gold in the funniest politically incorrect way. You know back when we didn't take sensitivity to absurd levels. And such was the climate that brought us The Beverly Hillbillies. It was a huge hit and naturally TV would return to the well with a slightly different wrapping. This one would meld the "fish out of water" rural lovely character previously seen in several "Tammy" films.
This show probably deserved better than the one (i.e. 26 episodes as was the time's custom) season. The cast was really good with the central character, Tammy, played by Debbie Watson. Watson might remind you of a noticeably more upwardly mobile, yet stuck in her rural verbal-isms, Ellie May Clampett (Donna Douglas). She had the ripping good looks along with the innocence for the role. Perhaps she had to try a bit too much to be "backwoods", especially compared to Donna Douglas, but she managed to overcome it with shear charisma. Great supporting cast members include Denver Pyle (Grandpa to Tammy), Frank McGrath (Uncle to Tammy), George Furth (Mr. Brent's Assistant), Dorothy Green (Socialite always chasing millionaire Brent), and Donald Woods (wise and kind millionaire Brent). The show had the "right stuff" with all of this talent no doubt.
So, the problem resulting in what would be a single season was that The Beverly Hillbillies owned the formula and the writing was never as good as that show. Call it a late entry into a pigeonhole that no longer as fresh and was consumed by a few fish out of water type superior shows. Introduced a few years earlier, and with better plot lines, this premise and cast might have carved a more memorable niche that easily could have had a five year, or so, run. Good enough however to recommend the entire single season. There is nothing like it today and in that reasoning it stands out as something fun that has some great humorous dialogue.
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