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