Some people tire of the city and aspire to move to the countryside. But what happens when it goes the other way?
You all know the story of The Beverly Hillbillies. On a hunting trip, Jed Clampett (Buddy Ebsen) uncovers a spot of oil while "shooting at some food", as the song goes. Once it dawns on him that he's become a very rich man, Clampett packs up Granny (Irene Ryan), niece Elly May (Donna Douglas), and dumber than a bag of hammers nephew Jethro (Max Baer, Jr.), along with a host of pets, and makes the cross-country trek to Beverly Hills. In the course of 9 seasons, the Clampetts' rural savvy befuddles the big city folks, including banker Milburn Drysdale (Raymond Bailey), their next door neighbor.
Despite his lack of education, Jethro is ambitious enough----or is he just too naive to understand---to try just about anything to make a living, including a run as a Navy frogman. Elly was being courted by just about every Tom, Dick, & Harry that came along, including Drysdale's nephew, Sonny (Louis Nye). Granny was feisty, paranoid, and just plain suspicious of everything.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the series, and you'd think that the cable networks that share the rights, like TV Land, for example, would do something to mark the occasion. However, as of this writing, they're not, and that's a shame.
Blastfromtheepast uploaded the color version of the iconic theme song.
After the series ended, Buddy Ebsen took a couple of years off, then returned with another hit series, Barnaby Jones, which would prove significant in that the theme from that show was heard in the 1981 Hillbillies reunion movie. Of course, both shows aired on the same network (CBS).
A later feature film with Jim Varney & Diedrich Bader didn't exactly win over critics and fans, and there had been talk of a---gulp----reality series based on the show, but after a reality-show remake of Gilligan's Island tanked, well.....!