The success of The Beverly Hillbillies led CBS to commission another rural sitcom from writer-producer-creator Paul Henning. The end result was the launch of Petticoat Junction in 1963.
Petticoat was set at the Shady Rest Hotel, situated on a railroad line between Hooterville & Pixley. What you may not know is that there really is a town of Pixley, but it's in California, a long ways away from its fictional counterpart. The Shady Rest is owned & operated by Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet, The Flintstones, ex-The Burns & Allen Show), aided by Uncle Joe Carson (Edgar Buchanan, ex-Judge Roy Bean). Uncle Joe wasn't exactly the sharpest tool in the drawer, but he was a father figure to Kate's three daughters, Billie Jo, Betty Jo, & Bobbie Jo, who used the water tower as a swimming pool, as you would see in the open.
Currently, the series airs on Me-TV, weekday mornings, but if you're looking for the early black & white episodes, forget it. Me-TV only has the color seasons (seasons 4-7). Bea Benaderet left The Flintstones to commit full time to Petticoat, but I am not sure if it was at the start of the series (Flintstones began its 4th season in 1963). Subsequently, Petticoat begat a spinoff series, Green Acres, which amazingly has become a more popular show in reruns, probably because it was available in a lot more markets in syndication.
Here is the series premiere, "Spur Run to Shady Rest".
The last two seasons saw Uncle Joe take charge of the hotel, as Kate had gone on a long vacation. In truth, Bea Benaderet was in ill health, and left the series. She passed away in April 1969, just before the end of season 6. Ultimately, June Lockhart, fresh from Lost In Space, was brought on as Dr. Janet Craig to fill the void. Petticoat Junction was the first series to fall victim to what ultimately became the infamous "Rural Purge", ending in 1970, its timeslot filled with another TV classic, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Musical director Curt Massey co-wrote and sings the theme song, in case you wonder.