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The Beverly Hillbillies 

A nouveau riche hillbilly family moves to Beverly Hills and shakes up the privileged society with their hayseed ways.

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Paul Henning
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Buddy Ebsen ...  Jed Clampett 274 episodes, 1962-1971
Irene Ryan ...  Daisy Moses 274 episodes, 1962-1971
Donna Douglas ...  Elly May Clampett / ... 274 episodes, 1962-1971
Max Baer Jr. ...  Jethro Bodine / ... 274 episodes, 1962-1971
Raymond Bailey ...  Milburn Drysdale 247 episodes, 1962-1971
Nancy Kulp ...  Jane Hathaway 246 episodes, 1962-1971
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Meet the Clampett clan - There's Jed; the kind and intelligent patriarch (although lacking formal education) turned into an overnight millionaire through a stroke of luck. While he appears to be in a state of retirement, he is still frequently kept busy by trying to keep his family out of trouble and make peace with his neighbors. Then there is Granny; the matriarch of the clan who is mature, highly opinionated, paranoid of new-fangled ways and things. She considers herself to be highly educated (a self proclaimed Doctor of Hillbilly Medicine) and has difficulty understanding why anyone doubts her wisdom. Then there is Elly May; beauiful, but awkwardly naive. Apparently in her late teens or early twenties, she is considered an 'Old Maid' by the standards of her culture back in the mountains of her childhood. Last but not least, there is Jethro Bodine, the somewhat slow-witted nephew of Jed. He is constantly attempting to find a girlfriend by impressing them with his education (... Written by Lord Farqua

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Fun fills swanky Beverly Hills as the Clampetts take the polish off the city slickers. In color. (season five) See more »

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mornin' Beverly Hillbillies See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(274 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Black and White | Black and White (1962-1965)| Color (1965-1971)

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Jed Clampett was originally written as an extremely naive hick, but Buddy Ebsen would only agree to take the role if it was re-written; Jed might be uneducated, but he wasn't foolish. The character of Jethro was written as someone to give a majority of the "dumb" lines. See more »

Goofs

In a majority of season one and season two episodes, location/establisher footage showed Jane Hathaway's first car, a 1962 Plymouth convertible, but in some cases the scene would immediate cut to a close up of her arriving in a 1963 or 1964 Dodge. See more »

Quotes

Milburn Drysdale: [dictating a letter to Miss Jane] ... and furthermore, if you are late on your mortgage payment one more time you will be thrown out into the street...
Jane Hathaway: Chief, she's eighty-five years old and in a wheelchair!
Milburn Drysdale: Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't know... change that to read, you will be wheeled out into the street.
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Connections

Referenced in Parker Lewis Can't Lose: The Human Grace (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Jed Clampett
Written by Paul Henning
Performed by Flatt & Scruggs
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Hilarious Show!!
28 November 2004 | by dquickSee all my reviews

I remember The Beverly Hillbillies from when I was a little kid, and then when I was 12 years old we had cable TV for the first time and I was able to catch it three times a day! That's when one of the stations decided to run all the episodes in their original sequence, starting from the first episode. Now Walmart has been selling Beverly Hillbillies' DVD's of 16 episodes at a time for around $10. It's a great deal, but the only drawback is that whoever puts out these DVD's didn't get the rights to use any of the opening and closing theme songs. There's plenty of good banjo playing, but no narration by Jerry Scoggins and no closing tune. Still the episodes are extremely enjoyable.

Of course some of it is cornball and dated, but this sitcom beats the pants off any current shows I've seen. Contrary to what some reviewers here have said, the Clampetts always seem to come out on top of every situation by simply being themselves. If that means they're stupid and backwards, then I'd rather be that than something else. By being themselves, decent and simple, they unintentionally expose everyone else's agenda's, phoniness, and crookedness, whether it's Mr. Drysdale's love affair with Clampett money or just some interloper trying to seduce Elly Mae, or whatever. I also find their unabashed Southern pride to be refreshing in today's stifled and overly-militant PC world. Again, they're simply being themselves. Maybe it helped that Irene Ryan was from Texas, Donna Douglas was from Louisiana, and Buddy Ebsen was from rural Illinois. I guess Max Baer was just a natural as Jethro, and he later dwelt on mainly Southern themes in his post-Jethro life as a film producer. PC or not, the show is funny!!


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