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.
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Season 1 Ep.26: Jed Cuts the Family Tree
Mrs. Smith Standish is spending more time with the Clampetts, desperate to find out if the Clampetts did in fact precede the ‘Mayflower.’ And Mrs. Drysdale is continuously tortured, with old-fashioned chores and with a goat, which eats her hat, causing her to get very sad, making` Jane and Drysdale think she has been drinking. With this happening, Pearl is trying to prepare the family for high society. She buys them all gifts in town: a polo outfit for Jed, safari outfit for Granny, and tou-tous for Elly and Jethro. Mrs. Smith Standish finally gets the call on the family, and says if Jed’s Great Grandfather’s name was Ezekiel, then they will be famous and treated to the social graces, including meeting the President. But Jed says his name was Jeremiah. When Granny asks him why he lied, he said he enjoyed the simple life and wouldn’t know what to say to the President.
Reason of the public domain status: Never registered in the Library of Congress
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 the OK Oil Company for $25 Million, Cousin Pearl convinces Jed he should move his family to Beverly Hills. So Jed, along with his gorgeous daughter Elly May, feisty mother-in-law Granny, and half-witted nephew Jethro, all head to this new land inhabited by movie stars and the well-off. Jed and his family get to Beverly Hills, and their money goes into the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills, with President Mr. Drysdale. For the nine years the clan is in Beverly Hills, all kinds of things happen. They try to get their beautiful daughter Elly May married. Their nephew Jethro gets a high education, highest in the family – he completes school through the sixth grade. Granny has her fights with Mrs. Drysdale and gets romanced by various men. And Jed takes hold of a movie studio. They travel to New York, Washington, and England. They make silent movies. And they make a few good friends.
Cast and Crew:
Director: Ralph Levy
Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Irene Ryan
Original Air Date: 1962
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