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11 Reasons Why I Would Have Made it on The Beverly Hillbillies

Updated on March 11, 2017
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Kenneth has been a member of HubPages for five years. He is retired from a 23-year career in the weekly newspaper business.

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The Beverly Hillbillies was an American sitcom originally broadcast on CBS for nine seasons, from September 26, 1962, to March 23, 1971. The show had an ensemble cast which features Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. as a poor backwoods family who move to Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land. The show was produced by Filmways and was created by writer Paul Henning. It was followed by two other Henning-inspired country-cousin series on CBS: Petticoat Junction, and its spin-off Green Acres, which reversed the rags-to-riches model of The Beverly Hillbillies.

The Beverly Hillbillies ranked among the top 20 most-watched programs on television for eight of its nine seasons, twice ranking as the number one series of the year, with a number of episodes that remain among the most-watched television episodes of all time. The Beverly Hillbillies accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run.

The Beverly Hillbillies.
The Beverly Hillbillies. | Source

Cast of The Beverly Hillbillies

From left, Max Baer, Jr., "Jethro Bodine," Irene Ryan, "Granny," Buddy Ebsen, "Jed Clampett," Donna Douglas, "Ellie Mae," Nancy Kulp, "Jane Hathaway," and Raymond Bailey, "Milburn Drysdale."

Max Baer, Jr., "Jethro," and Donna Douglas, "Ellie Mae," wrestle on mansion floor.
Max Baer, Jr., "Jethro," and Donna Douglas, "Ellie Mae," wrestle on mansion floor. | Source
Opening scene.
Opening scene. | Source
Hillbillies make cover of TV Guide.
Hillbillies make cover of TV Guide. | Source
"Hillbillies in Washington."
"Hillbillies in Washington." | Source
Hillbillies take a tour of Beverly Hills.
Hillbillies take a tour of Beverly Hills. | Source
Irene Ryan as Granny  Clampett with Edgar Buchanan  as Uncle Joe Carson of  Pettitocat Junction.
Irene Ryan as Granny Clampett with Edgar Buchanan as Uncle Joe Carson of Pettitocat Junction. | Source

Brainchildren of producer, Paul Henning

I Loved This

CBS Television series with a devoted passion. Never missed it. Well, maybe once when I was busy talking on the phone to a very pretty girl who was in one of my classes. I wouldn't have been sad at missing the antics of Jed, Granny, Jethro and Ellie Mae, but the girl didn't go for my offer to sit with her at lunch the next day at school. Something about she had rather be run over by a truck.

As I would sit each week and get lost in the zany adventures of The Beverly Hillbillies, I would dream that I was the "fifth hillbilly" who the Clampetts was good enough to take along for the ride. And when it came to molding into the atmosphere, I was confident that I could be in the cast with no sweat.

In fact, I give you these 11 Reasons Why I Would Have Made it on The Beverly Hillbillies.

11.) Firing and using: a rifle or shotgun is an accepted part of a true hillbilly's raising. I do not want to boast, but I know how to load, fire, and perform maintenance on a pistol, rifle and a shotgun. The Beverly Hillbillies only used a rifle and shotgun on their sitcom. No pistols were ever seen. But with the information about me knowing about firearms should be proof enough that I would be no stranger to a firearm.

10.) Real hillbillies: love chewing tobacco. With the exception of the CBS Beverly Hillbillies. Shoot! These folks didn't even fire up a roll-it-yourself cigarette or corn cob pipe. But with my experience with chewing tobacco, I could have been a shew in for success on this sitcom.

9.) True hillbillies: do not have perfect grammar. Funny, the cast of The Beverly Hillbillies all spoke with perfect diction. But when I was in a scene, I would use all of the "yall's," "ain't's," and "doggone's" as I possibly could. I would have impressed Paul Henning the producer of this sitcom so much that he would have written me into Green Acres as Pat "Mr. Haney" Buttram's sidekick.

8.) Being nice: to the extra lovely Donna Douglas as "Ellie Mae," would have been child's play for me. Was I the only red blooded guy who knew that this doll was a lovely girl and not a token blond for American sitcoms?

7.) Eating hillbilly: food would have been a breeze for me. I dearly love corn pone, fried chicken, and potato salad with a hefty attraction. But The Beverly Hillbillies served pickled crow's eggs, possum shanks and other delicacies from the Ozark Mountain Range in Missouri.

6.) Getting up: at the crack of dawn like Buddy "Jed Clampett" Ebsen did, well, this one I would have had to get to bed no later than 7 p.m. But with the paycheck that Filmways was paying me, that would have been an easy task. Oh, the convertibles I could have bought and then maybe that girl who said that she had rather be run over by a truck than sit with me at lunch, would change her tune.

5.) Helping granny: with her "spring tonic" would not have been that tough. All that I would have to do is carry the corn mash from a barrel and pour it into her still and wham-o! "Spring Tonic" for everyone.

4.) Ellie Mae's: "critters" and I would have had a ball. I loved animals from age four through now at age 63. And this love for God's creaturres has been passed down to my daughter, Angie, who is now in Heaven and her wonderful children who are all blessings to me and my wife, Pam.

3.) Hanging out: with Max Baer, Jr., "Jethro Bodine" in his various adventures such as being a ""double naught spy" 007) would have been great. Hey, with his looks and his uncle Jed's millions, we both could have been a hit with all of the lovely ladies of Beverly Hills.

2.) Wearing unflattering: hillbilly wardrobe such as blue jeans and flannel shirts would have been so easy for me that I started to leave this off of my list. Look at Jed and Jethro when you see The Beverly Hillbillies next rerun and you will see that these two guys never wore dress pants for any reason.

1.) Listening to: the iconic music made by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on The Beverly Hillbillies would not have been a challenge for me. I loved these two Country Music stars for their honest, down home, good nature and pure talent was a great pleasure for me in the great days of my youth when The Beverly HIllbillies was on CBS Television.

Thank you for reading this hub. Much obliged.

And "ya'll come back. Ye' hear?"

Good night, Ozark Mountains, Missouri. (See map below).

Beverly Hillbillies' iconic truck hangs in museum.
Beverly Hillbillies' iconic truck hangs in museum. | Source

Beverly Hillbillies' Carbon Truck Print

1921 Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster customized by George Barris, legendary auto customizer who also designed the Batmobile, The Monkees' GTO convertible, the Munsters Mobile as well as The Black Beauty, of Green Hornet Fame.

Ozark Mountains, Missouri.
Ozark Mountains, Missouri.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, MizBejabbers,

      I admire the facts you have shared about your love for The Beverly Hillbillies.

      You are a True Fan!

      Thank you for the wonderful comment and please write anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dearest Sakina :)

      You are very welcome for your comment which I loved very much.

      I don't know if there are any Beverly Hillbillies reruns anywhere, but you can go online and find out.--I promise that you will love this show.

      Peace and God bless you and everyone in your family.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Great comment! I am guilty of quoting those lines such as the Hillbillies, but when I want to aggravate my wife, all I have to do is watch any episode of The Andy Griffith Show and with a few lines, she is fuming.

      But I am still living. LOL.

      Enjoyed your support.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hello, Heidi,

      Your comment brought back a lot of great memories for yours truly.

      I have to agree with your choices of which of Paul Henning's humorous shows there were to watch.

      Write me soon.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Dreamer Meg,

      I have to agree with you watching the Beverly Hillbillies, and man, what a doll, about Ellie Mae wearing her ball gown.

      She was one gorgeous blond.

      Oh, the rest of the cast were great too.

      Thanks for your comments and write anytime.

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      Kenneth Avery 10 months ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Thank you so much for your supportive comment.

      You are one great friend.

      Keep in touch with me.

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      Faith-hope-Love 11 months ago

      I also enjoyed "Beverly Hills Hillbillies". As for being a success as part of the "Cast" well I would not have made it. Great read Kenneth.

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      MizBejabbers 11 months ago

      Hey, Kenneth, I can qualify for all the reasons except no. 10. Come to think of it, I'm not too fond of no. 6 either. But I can make up for it because I talk just like Ellie Mae, coming from the Ozarks myself. But ya know what, I don't think Hollywood would have cast either one of us because we just may be too authentic! thanks for a trip down memory lane. My family and I just loved this show.

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      Sakina Nasir 11 months ago from Kuwait

      I have never watched this TV show, but it sounds fun. I would love to watch it. Great hub Kenneth, my dear friend. :)

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      Susan Deppner 11 months ago from Arkansas USA

      I watched The Beverly Hillbillies on TV when I was a kid, then we watched the series on VHS tape with our kids and they loved it, too. In fact, our family can supply most of the lines in the first episode as well as those in the vast majority of many of our other favorite episodes. Lucky grandson - he (and future siblings) will be watching this still-excellent family show as he grows up on the DVD that I recently purchased. May Jed and Granny live forever!

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      Heidi Thorne 11 months ago from Chicago Area

      Used to watch it as a kid, too! Actually, I liked Green Acres better than the Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. But it was all corny fun. Thanks for the memories!

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      DreamerMeg 11 months ago from Northern Ireland

      I used to love watching the Beverley Hillbillies. I always remember Ellie Mae wearing a beautiful ball gown (long, full-skirted prom dress) and going out to play ball in it.