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The Beverly Hillbillies
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TV Series
    (September 26, 1962-May 23, 1971)
    Aired on CBS
    Premise: A hillbilly strikes oil and moves his family to Beverly Hills
    Buddy Ebsen as Jedidiah 'Jed' Clampett
    Irene Ryan as Daisy Mae Moses 'Granny'
    Donna Douglas as Elly May Clampett
    Max Baer, Jr. as Jethro Bodine (as Max Baer)
    Raymond Bailey as Milburn Drysdale
    Nancy Kulp as Jane Hathaway
    Harriet E. MacGibbon as Mrs. Margaret Drysdale (1962-1969)
    Bea Benaderet as Cousin Pearl Bodine (1962-1963)
    Theme song written and performed by Flatt and Scruggs
    The premise is implausible.
    There were allusions to incestuous relationships.
    Buddy Ebsen initially refused to do the series unless Jed was written as a smarter character.
    It switched to color in the middle of the series run.
    It was almost universally panned by critics when it debuted.
    It was full of malaprops and colloquial expressions.
    It mocked rural American families.
    It was remade into a terrible Jim Varney movie (1993).
    Their was an agreement that the address of the mansion would never be revealed to the public.
    Eventually people figured out where it was anyway, and a flood of tourists came looking for Granny and Jed.
    The mansion owners then banned the studio from filming there.
    John Wayne requested a fifth of bourbon for doing the show.
    Ralph Nader would consider the buggy they rode around in 'unsafe at any speeds' for its lack of seat belts.
    It was to be set in New York (the New Yorkbillies didn't ring a bell).
    It was cancelled when CBS purged itself of most of its rural programming.
    It was immediately a ratings smash.
    It rose to #1, three weeks after it's pilot aired, a record that still stands.
    It remained in the top ten rated shows its entire run.
    It rivalled the Super Bowl in ratings.
    The eight episodes that aired after the JFK assassination became the most watched half-hour programs ever.
    It was cancelled while it was still drawing a huge audience.
    The theme song hit number #44 on the Billboard Charts (1962).
    It spun off Green Acres (which was a reverse of its premise) and Petticoat Junction.
    'Weird' Al Yankovic wrote and performed 'Beverly Hillbillies' in tribute to the show.
    It is the most popular sitcom in television history.

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