The Beverly Hillbillies: A Classic American TV Show

All 9 Seasons and 274 episodes are available for you to enjoy at your leisure.

The ClampettsIf there is a person in the US who has not watched The Beverly Hillbillies at some point in their life, then they have at least heard “The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” the theme song for the show. The series is a cultural icon in America and is well-known in other countries as well. While it has been off the air for over three decades, it continues to run in syndication for all to see and was even turned into a film in 1993, 22 years after it ran it’s last episode.

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The Beverly Hillbillies takes you on a comical journey with a country family who had been extremely poor until they found oil on their land. After striking it rich, they moved to the most luxurious city in California, Beverly Hills. The series ran for 9 seasons and produced 274 episodes from 1962-1971.

It is interesting to note that this show was actually not hailed by critics when it was introduced. However, it was a ratings success during all of its Seasons, twice garnering the #1 show throughout the year. There are many of the episodes that are considered some of the best television episodes that have ever been made.

After the OK Oil company learns about Jed Clampett’s “Texas tea,” he ends up moving his family to live beside his banker, Milburn Drysdale, within the swank community of Beverly Hills. Drysdale is one of the regular characters in the show, and he is dead set on keeping the Clampetts in California so their money stays with his bank. Granny, (Irene Ryan), is another one of the main characters. She is always wanting to move the family back to the  mountains. Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen), and Milburn Drysdale (Raymond Bailey) have many comical interactions throughout the series.

Other main characters include Jed’s daughter Elly May (Donna Douglas) and Jethro (Max Baer Jnr). An interesting character named Jethrine, Jethro’s twin sister, was actually played by Max Baer as well, dressed in drag. Pearl, Jed’s cousin, is a character that is played throughout the first season by Bea Benaderet. She is the character responsible for urging Jed to move to California with his new loot. Throughout the series, there are other supporting cast members from time to time as well, including Drysdale’s wife and secretary.

It is not known which mountainous area of the South that the Beverly Hillbillies come from, as the show’s creators did not get specific about this. However, Granny talks about Tennessee, and many episodes also mention clues about nearby towns in Southwest Missouri. The producer and writer of the show, Paul Henning, is actually from Missouri. He is also the person that wrote the theme song for the show. Flatt and Scruggs topped the country charts performing the song, and it was their only #1 for the group.

It is no doubt that this show will continue to be remembered throughout history. Donna Douglas and Max Baer Jnr are the two remaining survivors of its main cast members. Buddy Ebsen being the most recent one to pass on in 2003 at the age of 95, Beverly Hillbillies will live on in American Culture for as long as there is an America.

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    1. Brent says:

      Can you tell me the episode where Jethro meets a beatnik or hippie that includes smoking crawdads. It is probably about the same time as Donovan’s hit “Mellow Yellow” when the smoking bananas craze was in full swing.

    2. Robert says:

      For quite a while I’ve been wanting to compile a list of my favorite TBH quotes. Here are a couple I’ve already added to the list:

      Jed: A fella needs a wife.
      Matchmaking Granny: Yeah!
      Jed: You can’t blame EVERYTHING on the government.

      Jed (for the millionth time about Jethro): Some day I’ve got to have a long talk with that boy.
      Granny: You’ve been saying that for years. How come you ain’t never done it?
      Jed: Because the short ones are so distressful.

      any suggestions? If you can give the episode that it’s from as well, I’d appreciate it.

    3. Steve says:

      Welllll Doggies! So happy you have done this fer us.
      Come and set a spell, you deserve it!
      Thank you!

    4. Drew says:

      Hey I’m looking for episodes that have Jethro ciphering. I can’t think of them off the top of my head. Thanks!

      • DJ says:

        When he’s going to help at the bank and Jed asks him to do some gazinta’s for Drysdale. 2 gazinta 4 twice….

      • Robert says:

        “The Great Crawdad Hunt” season 2 episode episode 28 is a good one for that. “The kid is an Einstein! He’s developed a whole new system of mathematics. Why, for him, 2 plus 2 comes out equal to 5!”

    5. Marie says:

      Hey I’m just wondering which episode has Dash Riprock going to Miss Jane and saying “I want to talk about us” and tries to kiss her? The scene’s on youtube but I don’t know what ep it’s from. Thanks!! :D

      • Robert says:

        It was probably season 3 episode 17 “Dash Riprock, You Cad!” After confusing Jane for Ellie in episode 16, his first appearance, Drysdale orders him to let Miss Jane down easy, while Ellie pines.

        • Robert says:

          now that I think about it, I believe it was episode 16 in Ellie’s trailer. He mistakes Jane for Elly after Drysdale orders him to date her.

    6. Bartley Henriques says:

      I have been looking for this for years. Can’t find this on any other site such as Netfix, Hulu, ect. I wish we still had comedy writers that could compare. I have always called them my family—-joking of course.
      SO IMPRESSED !!!!!!!!! THANK YOU.

      • Robert says:

        Although I always enjoyed Petticoat Junction, i never found it particularly hilarious. Recently, though I had the chance to watch a ton of episodes of Paul Henning’s other spin-off Green Acres and i could not STOP laughing! I had forgotten just how funny that show was!

    7. Don Johnson says:

      Thanks for doing this !
      I did buy all 274 episodes on DVD but it’s great to have the option of watching them on my IPad.
      I actually watch B H every night of my life at bedtime. I get to watch a few episodes before I fall asleep and it plays all night long. Nothing in this world is more relaxing and entertaining as watching The Beverly Hillbillies.
      Thanks Again,
      Don J
      Atlantic Beach, NC

    8. Sherry says:

      Which episode(s) has/have Jethro eating a big bowl of cereal?

    9. Jason says:

      Does anyone know which episode has a beatnik named Mr. Epps staying with the Clampetts after crashing his car into their wall? It’s seasons 1,2, or 3 because it’s b & w. Thanks.

    10. Jack says:

      Could you tell me which episode has Jethro installing Pearl’s telephone for Granny in her kitchen & it blows up in her face because Jethro hooked it up to the electrical lines? Thanks for uploading all of these episodes!

    11. Jim M. says:

      Why did you upload these episodes of “The Beverly Hillbillies” without the opening title sequence that includes the iconic theme song :The Ballad of Jed Clampett,” as well without the closing credits which would show the guest star and production credits of each episode?

      I also noticed some public domain DVD releases of this series have substituted “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” in their opening sequence with a generic bluegrass instrumental theme.

      There are just some TV series’ theme songs so significant as to almost be as important as a character of the series, because they tell the main theme of their respective series’ in a short musical segment. These would include the theme songs of “The Addams Family,” “All In The Family,” “The Brady Bunch,” “F-Troop,” “Gilligan’s Island,” “Green Acres,” “It’s About Time,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” “My Mother The Car,” “The Nanny,” “The Odd Couple,” “The Patty Duke Show,” and “Petticoat Junction,” along with some others.

      And even though they don’t tell the stories of their series’, the theme songs of these series’ are also quite memorable, by their imagery and melodies–”Adam-12,” “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet,” “The Adventures of Superman,” “Alfred Hitchcock Presents/The Alfred Hitchcock Hour,” “Alice,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Batman,” “Bewitched,” “Bonanza,” “Car 54, Where Are You?,” “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” “Dennis The Menace,” “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Dragnet,” “Dr. Kildare,” “Family Affair,” “The Flintstones,” “Flipper,” “Get Smart,” “The Golden Girls,” “Happy Days,” “Hawaii Five-O,” “Hogan’s Heroes,” “I Dream Of Jeannie,” “I Love Lucy,” “The Jetsons,” “Lassie,” “Laverne & Shirley,” “Leave It To Beaver,” “Lost In Space,” “The Lone Ranger,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “McHale’s Navy,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Mod Squad,” “The Monkees,” “The Munsters,” “My Three Sons,” “One Day At A Time,” “Perry Mason,” “Rhoda,” “The Rifleman,” “Room 222,” “Route 66,” “77 Sunset Strip,” “Star Trek,” “Surfside Six,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Waltons,” and “The Wild, Wild West.”

      I am sure visitors here may also think of a dozen or more, memorable TV themes songs.

      • Hillbilly says:

        Hey Jim

        The reason they do not have the classic “Ballad of Jed Clampett” is because of copyright issues.
        And wow, that is some list of TV shows. All classics in their own right. I hope the lack of theme song has not spoilt your enjoyment of The Beverly Hillbillies.

        All the best


    12. Mark says:

      Can you tell me the episode in which Jethro wanted a car phone so he took the house phone and put it in the truck with a really long cord? I’ve looked for it but haven’t found it yet.

      • Hillbilly says:

        Hi Andy

        I have watched every episode, but there are 274 and it has been a while so i am sorry i could not tell you the exact episode.

        Hopefully someone will come forward and tell you. If i find it i will post back here.

        All the best


    13. Majel says:

      I remember a scene in which Jethro, who has decided to become a sculptor, is told by Miss Jane that being an artist requires suffering. At that point, a slab of marble is dropped on his foot and Jethro utters the line (often quoted in my family)…”I believe I’ve commenced to suffering.” It should have been in Season 3, Episode 34 but it’s not in there. Is it possible it was edited out?

      • Diane says:

        I remember the episode Majel is talking about but don’t know which one it was. I have seen every episode all more than once. I do remember Jethro having a line pretty close to what Majel’s quote is. I wonder if it was in a different episode? I remember the slab falling on Jethro’s foot.

      • Hillbilly says:

        Hey Majel,
        I wish i could give you an answer to that one. I do not remember a scene like that. As you say it could have been edited out but i doubt it. If i find it, will let you know. Thanks for watching and all the best …

    14. Rick Godwin says:

      I am trying to find out which episode that Jethro put the propeller on the truck to try to fly over traffic. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks very much!!!!!!!!!

    15. James says:

      I can not thank you enough for putting these episodes up, truly you know quality entertainment, bless you.

    16. Jim Bob says:

      Double Click the player window to go “Fullscreen”

    17. J. Bodine says:

      GREAT !!!!

      You are a hero for resurrecting this iconic show.

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