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The Beverly Hillbillies


The Beverly Hillbillies Cast

Series Description

The Beverly Hillbillies TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a dreadfully poor hillbilly family named the Clampetts who find oil on their property and become rich overnight. They move into a Beverly Hills mansion where everything is strange to them. The best part of the show was the contrast between the unworldly but very decent Clampetts (and Jethro) versus the cultured but "devilish" people of the big city. Luckily, the hillbillies usually came out on top of their run-ins with >the upper-crusters!

Beverly Hillbillies Cast

Buddy Ebsen ............... Jed Clampett
Irene Ryan ................ Daisy May "Granny" Moses
Max Baer Jr. .............. Jethro Bodine
Donna Douglas ............. Elly May Clampett
Raymond Bailey ............ Milburn Drysdale
Nancy Kulp ................ Miss Jane Hathaway
Harriet E. MacGibbon ...... Mrs. Margaret Drysdale
Bea Benaderet ............. Cousin Pearl Bodine

Beverly Hillbillies Trivia

    

Nancy Kulp originally spelled her last name with a "C". She changed it to avoid any potential confusion with "I Spy" star Robert Culp.

The show was filmed in black & white for the first three seasons and in color thereafter.

Max Baer Jr. (Jethro) was no idiot in real life. In fact, he had a degree in Business Administration. Also, his father, Max Baer Sr. was at one time the heavyweight boxing champion of the world!

At the beginning of the series it was stated that Jed Clampett got $25 Million for the oil on his property. By the end of the series his net worth was mentioned as being $95 Million!

You may have known that Bea Benaderet (Cousin Pearl) also appeared on "Green Acres (1965)" and "Petticoat Junction (1963)" but she also was on the "George Burns & Gracie Allen Show (1950)" as early as 1950!. Even before that she was a star on the radio with Lucille Ball on "My Favorite Husband", on "Fibber McGee & Molly", the "Jack Benny Program" and many others. She also did many cartoon voices ... the best-known being "Betty Rubble" on "The Flintstones (1960)".

"The Ballad of Jed Clampett" climbed to #44 on the hit parade chart in the first season (1962). Not bad for a TV show theme song!

The Beverly Hillbillies was the #1 show (highest rating) during 1962 & 1963! In fact, it went to the #1 position within its first three weeks on the air ... faster than any other series ever had! Episodes #10-17 were the most-watched episodes of all time, probably because of the assasination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy on November 22, 1963. The nation needed a reason to laugh again after that terrible tradgedy!

Beverly Hillbillies Theme Song

Title: "The Ballad of Jed Clampett"

By: "Paul Henning"


Opening Theme:

Come and listen to a story about a man named Jed
A poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed,
Then one day he was shootin at some food,
And up through the ground came a bubblin crude.

Oil that is, black gold, Texas tea.

Well the first thing you know ol Jed's a millionaire,
Kinfolk said "Jed move away from there"
Said "Californy is the place you ought to be"
So they loaded up the truck and moved to Beverly.

Hills, that is. Swimmin pools, movie stars.

Closing Theme:

Well now its time to say goodbye to Jed and all his kin.
And they would like to thank you folks fer kindly droppin in.
You're all invited back a gain to this locality
To have a heapin helpin of their hospitality

Hillybilly that is. Set a spell, Take your shoes off.

Y'all come back now, y'hear?.

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

1. The Clampetts Strike Oil (9/26/1962)
2. Getting Settled (10/3/1962)
3. Meanwhile, Back at the Cabin (10/10/1962)
4. The Clampetts Meet Mrs. Drysdale (10/17/1962)
5. Jed Buys Stock (10/24/1962)
6. Trick or Treat (10/31/1962)
7. The Servants (11/7/1962)
8. Jethro Goes to School (11/14/1962)
9. Elly's First Date (11/21/1962)
10. Pygmalion and Elly (11/28/1962)
11. Elly Races Jethrine (12/5/1962)
12. The Great Feud (12/12/1962)
13. Home for Christmas (12/19/1962)
14. No Place Like Home (12/26/1962)
15. Jed Rescues Pearl (1/2/1963)
16. Back to Californy (1/9/1963)
17. Jed's Dilemma (1/16/1963)
18. Jed Saves Drysdale's Marriage (1/23/1963)
19. Elly's Animals (1/30/1963)
20. Jed Throws a Wingding (2/6/1963)
21. Jed Plays Solomon (2/13/1963)
22. Duke Steals a Wife (2/20/1963)
23. Jed Buys the Freeway (2/27/1963)
24. Jed Becomes a Banker (3/6/1963)
25. The Family Tree (3/13/1963)
26. Jed Cuts the Family Tree (3/20/1963)
27. Granny's Spring Tonic (3/27/1963)
28. Jed Pays His Income Tax (4/3/1963)
29. The Clampetts and the Dodgers (4/10/1963)
30. Duke Becomes a Father (4/17/1963)
31. The Clampetts Entertain (4/24/1963)
32. The Clampetts in Court (5/1/1963)
33. The Clampetts Get Psychoanalyzed (5/8/1963)
34. The Psychiatrist Gets Clampetted (5/15/1963)
35. Elly Becomes a Secretary (5/22/1963)
36. Jethro's Friend (5/29/1963)

The Second Season

37. Jed Gets the Misery (9/25/1963)
38. Hair-Raising Holiday (10/2/1963)
39. Granny's Garden (10/9/1963)
40. Elly Starts to School (10/16/1963)
41. The Clampett Look (10/23/1963)
42. Jethro's First Love (10/30/1963)
43. Chickadee Returns (11/6/1963)
44. The Clampetts Are Overdrawn (11/13/1963)
45. The Clampetts Go Hollywood (11/20/1963)
46. Turkey Day (11/27/1963)
47. The Garden Party (12/4/1963)
48. Elly Needs a Maw (12/11/1963)
49. The Clampetts Get Culture (12/18/1963)
50. Christmas at the Clampetts (12/25/1963)
51. A Man for Elly (1/1/1964)
52. The Giant Jackrabbit (1/8/1964)
53. The Girl from Home (1/15/1964)
54. Lafe Lingers On (1/22/1964)
55. The Race for Queen (2/5/1964)
56. Lafe Returns (2/12/1964)
57. Son of Lafe Returns (2/19/1964)
58. The Clampetts Go Fishing (2/26/1964)
59. The Critter Doctor (3/11/1964)
60. A Bride for Jed (3/18/1964)
61. Granny Versus the Weather Bureau 3(/25/1964)
62. Another Neighbor (4/1/1964)
63. The Bank Raising (4/8/1964)
64. The Great Crawdad Hunt (4/15/1964)
65. The Dress Shop (4/22/1964)
66. The House of Granny (4/29/1964)
67. The Continental Touch (5/6/1964)
68. Jed, Incorporated (5/13/1964)
69. Granny Learns to Drive (5/20/1964)
70. Cabin in Beverly Hills (5/27/1964)
71. Jed Foils a Home Wrecker (6/3/1964)
72. Jethro's Graduation (6/10/1964)

The Third Season

73. Jed Becomes a Movie Mogul (9/23/1964)
74. Clampett City (9/20/1964)
75. Clampett City General Store (10/7/1964)
76. Hedda Hopper's Hollywood (10/14/1964)
77. Doctor Jed Clampett (10/21/1964)
78. Jed the Heartbreaker (10/28/1964)
79. Back to Marineland (11/4/1964)
80. Teenage Idol (11/11/1964)
81. The Widow Poke Arrives (11/18/1964)
82. The Ballet (11/25/1964)
83. The Boarder (12/9/1964)
84. The Boarder Stays (12/16/1964)
85. Start the New Year Right (12/30/1964)
86. Clampett General Hospital (1/6/1965)
87. The Movie Starlet (1/13/1965)
88. Elly in the Movies (1/20/1965)
89. Dash Riprock, You Cad (1/27/1965)
90. Clampett A-Go-Go (2/3/1965)
91. Granny's Romance (2/17/1965)
92. Jed's Temptation (2/24/1965)
93. Double Naught Jethro (3/3/1965)
94. Clampett's Millions (3/10/1965)
95. Drysdale's Dog Days (3/17/1965)
96. Brewster's Honeymoon (3/24/1965)
97. Flatt, Clampett, and Scruggs (3/31/1965)
98. Jed and the Countess (4/14/1965)
99. Big Daddy, Jed (4/21/1965)
100. Cool School is Out (4/28/1965)
101. The Big Bank Battle (5/5/1965)
102. The Clampetts Versus Automation (5/12/1965)
103. Luke's Boy (5/26/1965)
104. The Brewsters Return (6/2/1965)
105. Jed, the Bachelor (6/9/1965)
106. The Art Center (6/16/1965)

The Fourth Season

107. Admiral Jed Clampett (9/15/1965)
108. That Old Black Magic (9/22/1965)
109. The Sheik (9/29/1965)
110. The Private Eye (10/6/1965)
111. Possum Day (10/13/1965)
112. The Possum Day Parade (10/20/1965)
113. The Clampetts Play the Rams (10/27/1965)
114. The Courtship of Elly (11/3/1965)
115. A Real Nice Neighbor (11/10/1965)
116. The Poor Farmer (11/17/1965)
117. Hoe Down a-Go-Go (11/24/1965)
118. Mrs. Drysdale's Father (12/1/1965)
119. Mr. Farquhar Stays On (12/8/1965)
120. Military School (12/15/1965)
121. The Common Cold (12/29/1965)
122. The Richest Woman (1/5/1966)
123. The Trotting Horse (1/12/1966)
124. The Buggy (1/19/1966)
125. The Cat Burglar (1/26/1966)
126. The Big Chicken (2/2/1966)
127. Sonny Drysdale Returns (2/9/1966)
128. Brewster's Baby (2/16/1966)
129. The Great Jethro (2/23/1966)
130. The Old Folks Home (3/2/1966)
131. Flatt and Scruggs Return (3/16/1966)
132. The Folk Singers (3/23/1966)
133. The Beautiful Maid (3/30/1966)
134. Jethro's Pad (4/6/1966)
135. The Bird Watchers (4/13/1966)
136. Jethro Gets Engaged (4/20/1966)
137. Granny Tonics a Birdwatcher (4/27/1966)
138. Jethro Goes to College (5/18/1966)

The Fifth Season

139. The Party Line (9/14/1966)
140. The Soup Contest (9/21/1966)
141. Jethro Takes Love Lessons (9/28/1966)
142. The Badger Game (10/5/1966)
143. The Badgers Return (10/12/1966)
144. The Gorilla (10/19/1966)
145. Come Back, Little Herby (10/26/1966)
146. Jed in Politics (11/2/1966)
147. Clampett Cha Cha Cha (11/9/1966)
148. Jed Joins the Board (11/16/1966)
149. Granny Lives It Up (11/23/1966)
150. The Gloria Swanson Story (11/30/1966)
151. The Woodchucks (12/7/1966)
152. Foggy Mountain Soap (12/14/1966)
153. The Christmas Present (12/21/1966)
154. The Flying Saucer (12/28/1966)
155. The Mayor of Bug Tussle (1/4/1967)
156. Granny Retires (1/11/1967)
157. The Clampett Curse (1/18/1967)
158. The Indians Are Coming (2/1/1967)
159. The Marriage Machine (2/8/1967)
160. Elly Comes Out (2/15/1967)
161. The Matador (2/22/1967)
162. The Gypsy's Warning (3/1/1967)
163. His Royal Highness (3/8/1967)
164. Super Hawg (3/15/1967)
165. The Doctors (3/22/1967)
166. Delovely and Scruggs (3/29/1967)
167. The Little Monster (4/12/1967)
168. The Dahlia Feud (4/19/1967)

The Sixth Season

169. Jed Inherits a Castle (9/6/1967)
170. The Clampetts in London (9/13/1967)
171. Clampett Castle (9/20/1967)
172. Robin Hood of Griffith Park (9/27/1967)
173. Robin Hood and the Sheriff (10/4/1967)
174. Greetings From the President (10/11/1967)
175. The Army Game (10/18/1967)
176. Mr. Universe Muscles In (10/25/1967)
177. A Plot for Granny (11/1/1967)
178. The Social Climbers (11/8/1967)
179. Jethro's Military Career (11/15/1967)
180. The Reserve Program (11/22/1967)
181. The South Rises Again (11/29/1967)
182. Jethro in the Reserve (12/6/1967)
183. Cimarron Drip (12/13/1967)
184. Corn Pone Picassos (12/20/1967)
185. The Clampetts Play Cupid (12/27/1967)
186. The Housekeeper (1/3/1968)
187. The Diner (1/10/1968)
188. Topless Anyone? (1/17/1968)
189. The Great Snow (1/24/1968)
190. The Rass'lin' Clampetts (1/31/1968)
191. The Great Tag-Team Match (2/7/1968)
192. Jethro Proposes (2/21/1968)
193. The Clampetts Fiddle Around (2/28/1968)
194. The Soap Opera (3/6/1968)
195. Dog Days (313/1968)
196. The Crystal Gazers (3/20/1968)
197. From Rags to Riches (3/27/1968)
198. Cousin Roy (4/3/1968)

The Seventh Season

199. A Bundle for Britain (9/25/1968)
200. Something for the Queen (10/2/1968)
201. War of the Roses (10/9/1968)
202. Coming Through the Rye (10/16/1968)
203. Ghost of Clampett Castle (10/23/1968)
204. Granny Goes to Hooterville (10/30/1968)
205. The Italian Cook (11/6/1968)
206. The Great Cook-Off (11/13/1968)
207. Bonnie, Flatt, and Scruggs (11/20/1968)
208. The Thanksgiving Spirit (11/27/1968)
209. The Courtship of Homer Noodleman (12/4/1968)
210. The Hot-Rod Truck (12/11/1968)
211. The Week Before Christmas (12/18/1968)
212. Christmas in Hooterville (12/25/1968)
213. Drysdale and Friend (1/1/1969)
214. Problem Bear (/8/1969)
215. Jethro the Flesh Peddler (1/22/1969)
216. Cousin Roy in Movieland (1/29/1969)
217. Jed Clampett Enterprises (2/5/1969)
218. The Phantom Fifth Floor (2/12/1969)
219. The Hired Gun (2/19/1969)
220. The Happy Bank (2/26/1969)
221. Sam Drucker's Visit (3/5/1969)
222. The Guru (3/12/1969)
223. The Jogging Clampetts (3/19/1969)
224. Collard Greens an' Fatback (3/26/1969)

The Eighth Season

225. Back to the Hills (9/24/1969)
226. The Hills of Home (10/1/1969)
227. Silver Dollar City Fair (10/8/1969)
228. Jane Finds Elly a Man (10/15/1969)
229. Wedding Plans (10/22/1969)
230. Jed Buys Central Park (10/29/1969)
231. The Clampetts in New York (11/5/1969)
232. Manhattan Hillbillies (11/12/1969)
233. Home Again (11/19/1969)
234. Shorty Kellems Moves West (11/26/1969)
235. Midnight Shorty (12/3/1969)
236. Shorty Go Home (12/10/1969)
237. The Hero (12/17/1969)
238. Our Hero the Banker (12/24/1969)
239. Buzz Bodine, Boy General (12/31/1969)
240. The Clampett-Hewes Empire (1/7/1970)
241. What Happened to Shorty? (1/14/1970)
242. Marry Me, Shorty (1/21/1970)
243. Shorty Spits the Hook (1/28/1970)
244. Three-Day Reprieve (2/4/1970)
245. The Wedding (2/11/1970)
246. Annul That Marriage (2/18/1970)
247. Hotel for Women (2/25/1970)
248. Simon Legree Drysdale (3/4/1970)
249. Honest John Returns (3/11/1970)
250. Honesty is the Best Policy (3/18/1970)

The Ninth Season

251. The Pollution Solution (9/15/1970)
252. The Clampetts in Washington (9/22/1970)
253. Jed Buys the Capitol (9/29/1970)
254. Mark Templeton Arrives (10/6/1970)
255. Don't Marry a Frogman (10/13/1970)
256. Doctor, Cure My Frog (10/27/1970)
257. Do You Elly Take This Frog? (11/10/1970)
258. The Frog Family (11/17/1970)
259. Farm in the Ocean (11/24/1970)
260. Shorty to the Rescue (12/1/1970)
261. Welcome to the Family (12/8/1970)
262. The Great Revelation (12/15/1970)
263. The Grunion Invasion (1/5/1971)
264. The Girls from Grun (1/12/1971)
265. The Grun Incident (1/19/1971)
266. Women's Lib (1/26/1971)
267. The Teahouse of Jed Clampett (2/2/1971)
268. The Palace of Clampett San (2/9/1971)
269. Lib and Let Lib (2/16/1971)
270. Elly, the Working Girl (2/23/1971)
271. Elly, the Secretary (3/2/1971)
272. Love Finds Jane Hathaway (3/9/1971)
273. The Clampetts Meet Robert Audubon Getty (3/16/1971)
274. Jethro Returns (3/23/1971)

TV Reunion Movie

The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies (10/6/1981)

Theatrical Movie

The Beverly Hillbillies (1993)

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