Petticoat Junction (1963–1970)
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The Great Buffalo Hunt 

Uncle Joe has a new scheme to make money. Get a buffalo, take it to the Shady Rest, and sportsmen will follow.


Richard L. Bare


Paul Henning (created by), Jay Sommers


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Episode complete credited cast:
Bea Benaderet ... Kate Bradley
Edgar Buchanan ... Uncle Joe Carson
Jeannine Riley ... Billie Jo Bradley
Pat Woodell ... Bobbie Jo Bradley
Linda Henning ... Betty Jo Bradley (as Linda Kaye)
Smiley Burnette ... Charley Pratt
Rufe Davis ... Floyd Smoot
Reginald Gardiner ... Lord Harold Faversham


When Kate sends Uncle Joe to the grocery store to buy some meat for the stew she's making for dinner, she expects he may forget. What she doesn't expect is the type of meat he comes home with: a real live buffalo he purchased from the government, all sales final. He did so when he read that Lord Harold D. Faversham, who has just returned from Africa, has hunted for every type of big game worldwide except for the great American buffalo. So Uncle Joe wrote to him extolling the greatness of the wild buffalo hunting at the Shady Rest "Hunting Lodge", he who has made a $50 down payment for a $175 week stay at the Shady Rest complete with hunting guide i.e. Uncle Joe. The problem may be that the buffalo is as wild as Dog is, with the girls wanting to keep him as a pet. A further problem arises when Uncle Joe spooks the buffalo, who runs off, leaving Lord Faversham nothing to hunt for. So Uncle Joe has to try to stall Lord Faversham's want to hunt, while making him think he really is in the ... Written by Huggo

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17 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Petticoat Junction
Written by Curt Massey & Paul Henning
Performed by Curt Massey
[Series theme song played during the opening titles and credits]
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One of the worst
16 December 2016 | by BigSkyMaxSee all my reviews

Normally our corn-pone sitcom is tolerable in its chauvinisms, but this one cannonballs too far off the track of decency. Of all the cultural insensitivities, 60s Hollywood's take on Native Americans dates the most. The girls dress up as "Indians" to fool a back lot Englishman who wants to shoot a buffalo because, well, that's what rich jerks did to kill time back then (and now). While the girls look fetching in their sexy Indian princess outfits, especially Pat Woodell, they're still embarrassing. Mix that in with ridiculous stock footage of a bison and you have a head-slappingly bad episode. Edgar Buchanan was a gifted comic actor, and this was meant to be a vehicle for him, but this turkey is no sportin' matter.

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