Oliver's tax refund check motivates the farmers of Hooterville to request their refunds, too. Not understanding that you have to actually pay taxes first, they write in and state their losses for the...
Oliver gets the usual runaround from Haney when he complains about the ancient tractor he'd bought. But suddenly, it's a new, honest Haney who offers to buy back the tractor and the "dump" of a farm ...
Widower Steve Douglas raises three sons with the help of his father-in-law, and is later aided by the boys' great-uncle. An adopted son, a stepdaughter, wives, and another generation of sons join the loving family in later seasons.
Widower Sheriff Andy Taylor, and his son Opie, live with Andy's Aunt Bee in Mayberry, North Carolina. With virtually no crimes to solve, most of Andy's time is spent philosophizing and calming down his cousin Deputy Barney Fife.
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
Hank Patterson, who played Fred Ziffel, was in his late 70's and almost completely deaf when the show began. However, he was so popular with the cast, the producers and fans that, in order to keep him on the show, when his scenes were shot a dialogue coach would be lying on the floor, out of sight, and tap him on the leg with a yardstick to let him know when to speak his lines. 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!
That's because you don't LISTEN!
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After the closing credits, the Filmways logo appears, and Eva Gabor's [off screen] voice is heard (in Lisa Douglas' character role in an Engilsh Park Avenue style) saying, "This has been a Filmways presentation, dahling." See more »
I always thought that if Salvador Dali wanted to do a TV sitcom, he'd come up with something like "Green Acres".
This show was a lot of fun, and thank God it never took itself seriously. It was also one of the first to really break the "fourth wall", making self-referential remarks, such as the characters pointing to the credits as they rolled, or having the characters refer to background music being played--I don't think any sitcom had ever done that before! Anyway, Eddie Albert did a great job as perennial straight man to the lunacy around him, with everyone else in on the strangeness. I watched this show as a kid and never really appreciated Oliver's predicament, but now, as a middle-aged man, I know exactly how he feels.
Forty years after its heyday, the show holds up very well. Give it a look.
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