The Beverly Hillbillies: A Classic American TV Show
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If 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.