A New York City attorney and his wife attempt to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.


Jay Sommers
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Complete series cast summary:
Eddie Albert ...  Oliver Wendell Douglas / ... 170 episodes, 1965-1971
Eva Gabor ...  Lisa Douglas / ... 170 episodes, 1965-1971
Tom Lester ...  Eb Dawson / ... 148 episodes, 1965-1971
Pat Buttram ...  Mr. Haney / ... 147 episodes, 1965-1971
Frank Cady ...  Sam Drucker / ... 142 episodes, 1965-1971
Alvy Moore ...  Hank Kimball / ... 141 episodes, 1965-1971
Hank Patterson ...  Fred Ziffel 85 episodes, 1965-1971


Sick of the complications of life in Manhattan, successful, wealthy attorney, Oliver Wendell Douglas buys a run down farm from con-man, Eustace Haney, much to his sophisticated Hungarian wife, Lisa's chagrin. When they arrive at the ramshackle place, Oliver and Lisa try to get used to the bizarre town of Hooterville while trying to make the shack home with the help of their humble but slightly slow hired hand, Eb. Ironically, Lisa is the one who makes friends with their cow, Eleanor, their chicken, Alice and Fred Ziffel's television-loving pet pig, Arnold who he treats like a son and seems to be smarter than the citizens in several ways. Written by PeggyLeigh McCook

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Poor Eddie Albert hasn't made a farmer's wife out of Eva Gabor yet. But he keeps trying. And trying. And trying. (season 6)


Comedy | Family


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Did You Know?


Jay Sommers adapted "Green Acres (1965)" from his 1950 radio show, "Granby's Green Acres", which aired as a summer replacement for Lucille Ball's "My Favorite Husband," the radio predecessor to I Love Lucy (1951). "Granby's Green Acres" starred Gale Gordon and "Petticoat Junction (1963)" star Bea Benaderet, who played the Mertz equivalents on Lucy's radio show during the regular season. Benaderet guest-starred in six first-season episodes for the TV version of her former radio show, as her Petticoat Junction character Kate Bradley. 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 »


Eustace Charleton Haney: [trying to hawk some worthless ceramic figurines off and claiming they're valuable] These are gen-yew-wine Siamese Catfish.
Oliver Wendell Douglass: SIAMESE CATFISH?
Eustace Charleton Haney: Well, they're still in the pussy stage.
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Crazy Credits

As the title song concludes, there is one more "Shave and a Hair Cut: Two Bits" riff without words, over the Douglases posed as Grant Wood's "American Gothic": Eddie Albert taps the ground twice with his pitchfork in sync with the last "Two bits" notes. See more »


Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Bride of the Monster (1993) See more »


Green Acres
Written by Vic Mizzy
Sung by Eddie Albert & Eva Gabor
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Vaudeville revisited
25 March 2006 | by eddiec-1See all my reviews

When I watch "Green Acres" I can't help but think that this is what Vaudeville must have been like. There's Oliver Wendell Douglas in his three-piece suit and Phi Beta Kappa key standing in front of an obviously painted backdrop with the most pathetic looking stalk of corn "growing" nearby. Then comes onstage a series of the finest comedians doing their standup routine with Mr. Douglas as the straight man: Mr. Haney (Pat Buttram) with an endless supply of wacky things to sell; Hank Kimball (Alvy Moore) as the oh-so-forgetful farm agent ("Ah, Mr. Douglas! I have a message for you." "What is it?" "What is WHAT?" "The message!" "What message?" "MY MESSAGE!" "You have a message?"); Eb the farmhand (Tom Lester); on and on and on.

Love it.

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English | Hungarian

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15 September 1965 (USA) See more »

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