Set a spell and enjoy the country charm and humorous appeal of the Clampett clan, stars of the highest-rated half-hour show in TV history.
Premiering in 1962, “The Beverly Hillbillies” sprang onto the American landscape like bubblin’ crude, turning into television’s number one show faster than any sitcom in history. A supreme television classic, this CBS-TV folklore favorite ran for nine years and still holds the record for TV’s highest-rated half hour.
The Beverly Hillbillies
Episode 16: Back to Californy
The Clampetts are heading back to Beverly Hills, taking Pearl and Jethrine with them. But Jethrine isn’t too excited about it because she has to leave her boyfriend behind. He tells her he can’t go with her, but after seeing Elly May, rethinks it. Back in Beverly Hills, Drysdale and Jane are preparing for the bank’s largest depositor’s return. When the family gets back, Jane tries to attract Jethro with a seductive-gypsy appearance and succeeds, and Pearl sees all the modern technology in the airport, an escalator and automatic doors. But when the family, minus Jethro, gets home, Pearl starts taking charge of the housework, upsetting Granny. When Jethro and Jane return, the family decides to have supper. However, Granny and Pearl sabotage each other’s dishes, so Jed takes the family out to eat, thinking he may have to just buy a restaurant with the way Granny and Pearl are acting.
Jed Clampett and kin, a poor Ozark Hillbilly family, were barely surviving until one lucky day. Jed while hunting for food in his swamp missed his target and struck the ground with his shot. Up through the ground came a bubblin’ crude, Oil that is, Black Gold, Texas Tea. After selling his swamp to… More the OK Oil Company for $25 Million, Cousin Pearl convinces Jed he should move his family to Beverly Hills.
Uncle Jed, Elly May, Granny, and Jethro bring their outrageous backwoods antics to Southern Californny in this hilarious CBS comedy series from 1962-71. As the oil-rich Clampetts struggle to make sense of modern city living, Milburn Drysdale lives in constant fear of these simple mountain folk withdrawing their $25 million from his Beverly Hills bank.
Cast and Crew:
* Buddy Ebsen – Jed Clampett
* Irene Ryan – Granny
* Donna Douglas – Elly May Clampett
* Max Baer Jr – Jethro Bodine
# Writers: Paul Henning
# Director: Ralph Levy
Production Company: Filmways Television
Original Air Date: 26 September 1962
Audio & Video: Mono – Black and White
Additional details in: IMDB
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