The misadventures of the family staff of The Shady Rest Hotel and their neighbours of Hooterville.
Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo, and Betty Jo Bradley are three sisters living with there Uncle Jo who owns the family hotel, and is always coming up with zany ideas.
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Season 7 Ep.02: The Game Warden
Uncle Joe’s sense of justice and Bobbie Jo’s budding love life are at odds with each other. On a technicality, Orrin Pike, the new game warden in the area, has issued a ticket to Uncle Joe for being over the catch limit (despite being over the limit only since he had Sam’s fish as well). Orrin also happens to be who Bobbie Jo sees as her potential new boyfriend. Uncle Joe tries to figure out a way to get out of the ticket and the resulting court appearance through killing Orrin with kindness, however to no avail. To win, Joe even asks many of his friends to vouch for his character and trustworthiness – ostensibly to lie for him under oath. When all else seems hopeless, Bobbie Jo takes over, trying to balance her want for Uncle Joe to get off while maintaining a personal relationship with Orrin. Perhaps another technicality will save the day.
One of the most underrated sitcoms in television history, “Petticoat Junction” is a fine example of character-driven comedy. Though it is overshadowed by the other rural comedies, “Andy Griffith,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” and “Green Acres,” “Petticoat Junction” had a warmth that continued throughout its 7 year run.
Petticoat Junction centered around a small farming community of Hooterville provided the setting for this highly successful rural situation comedy. Kate Bradley was the widowed owner of the only transient housing in town, the Shady Rest Hotel. Helping her run the hotel were her three beautiful daughters, Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo. Also assisting was the girls’ lazy Uncle Joe, who had assumed the title of manager.
The only way to reach the place was by the Hooterville Cannonball, an old train which made regular stops along the way, though never adhered to a strict schedule so as to better assist those living along the rail line.
The episodes before Bea Benaderet’s untimely death are perhaps the best, but “Petticoat Junction” remains one of television’s undiscovered gems.
This television classic (CBS-TV, 1963-1970) was one of the most successful and beloved situation comedies of the 1960s. Created by Paul Henning, the same mastermind behind “The Beverly Hillbillies” (also available in TVclassicshows.com), “Petticoat Junction” ranked as the fourth-highest rated series during its debut season.
Cast and Crew:
* Bea Benaderet – Kate Bradley
* Edgar Buchanan – Joseph P. ‘Uncle Joe’ Carson
* Jeannine Riley – Willimena Josephine ‘Billie Jo’ Bradley
# Creator: Paul Henning
# Director: Richard Whorf
Production Company: Filmways Television
Original Air Date: 24 September 1963 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Audio & Video: Mono – Black & White
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