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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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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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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

During the closing credits Granny (Irene Ryan (I)) can be seen peeking between the letters as they rolled by. 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

Granny: Elly May done popped the buttons off her shirt again.
Jed Clampett: Elly May carries herself proud with her shoulders throwed back.
Granny: It ain't her shoulders that have been poppin' these buttons.
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Alternate Versions

Some of the Public Domain episodes of the show have "The Ballad of Jed Clampett" replaced with a generic theme song for copyright reasons. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in The Barefoot Executive (1971) See more »

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The Ballad of Jed Clampett
Written by Paul Henning
Performed by Flatt & Scruggs
Courtesy of Columbia Records
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Jed Clampett - the greatest character ever created in the history of television sitcoms.
8 November 2005 | by PWNYCNYSee all my reviews

Normally I don't critique sitcoms because, frankly, it's not worth the effort and are so crassly superficial that they don't require any serious attention. But in the case of "The Beverly Hillbillies" I will make an exception. This is because of one character: Jed Clampett, played by Buddy Ebsen. Jed Clampett is one of the most endearing yet complex characters ever created by the television industry. Superficially, Jed Clamptett doesn't seem to be the type of character that warrants much serious attention. After all he's just a simple, uneducated backwoodsman from the hills who's lived in a shack all of his life, and by pure dumb luck comes into a pile of money which doesn't seem to change him one bit. Which is what makes Jed Clampett such a wonderful character. For Jed Clampett has dignity and integrity and nothing will divert Mr. Clampett from remaining true to himself or altering the way he treats everyone - with openness, honesty and a real desire to be hospitable. Further, Jed Clampett commands respect, and is respected, not only by his immediate family who are utterly devoted to him, but even by that crass and conniving banker who, despite his air of superiority, reveals, episode after episode, what a buffoon he is compared to the calm and self-assured Mr. Clampett. Also, it should be noted the Jed Clampett protects and cares for not only his daughter, but his nephew and mother-in-law, the latter two a constant challenge to Jed's patience, which he never loses. If there were more Jed Clampetts in this world, then maybe we'd all be living in shacks, but at least we'd be getting along with each other and treating each other better.


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