Sep. 15, 1965
30 min.
CBS TV Network

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Green Acres

Oliver Wendell Douglas and wife Lisa move from a penthouse in Manhattan to a run-down shack to become farmers. Lisa is not used to running a household and can only cook rubbery hotcakes. Mr. Haney who sold them their new home is a con man. Their neighbors the Ziffle's have a "son" called Arnold who loves to watch TV and is a pig! Their handyman Eb lives in the barn and calls them mom and dad.

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  • Jay Sommers adapted Green Acres from his radio show, "Granby's Green Acres", which aired as a summer replacement for Lucille Ball's "My Favorite Husband," the radio predecessor to I Love Lucy. "Granby's Green Acres" starred Gale Gordon and Petticoat Junction star Bea Benaderet, who played the Mertz equivalents on Lucy's radio show during the regular season. Benaderet guest-starred in six first-season episodes for the TV version of her former radio show.
  • Creator Jay Sommers wrote extensively for Petticoat Junction during its second season (1964-65), and these unsyndicated shows feature the first appearances of Doris (then "Ruthie"), Fred, Newt, plus Arnold the Piggy the year before Green Acres originally debuted & went on the air, on Wednesday evening, September 15th, 1965, with "Green Acres" (1965) {Oliver Buys a Farm (#1.1)}.
  • The first pig, (aka "Arnold, the Piggy") was a male. The three others were two to four year old female sow pigs.
  • Though Eleanor Audley played Eunice Douglas, Oliver's mother, in reality she was just only five months older than Eddie Albert.
  • Took place in the same fictional universe as The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction. Characters from the latter series often appeared on this show and vice-versa.
  • During the final season, the Douglas' got a pet duck named Drobney. He was the son of a duck (also named Drobney) that helped Lisa during World War II.
  • At the Douglas' family barn, their Jersey cow was named Eleanor, their rooster was named Bertram and their hen was named Alice.
  • During the first season, the Douglas family had a dog named "Mignon", (as if in fish meal, filet mignon). Mignon was still "present" in season 2's Opening Credits & Closing Credits, although he didn't have a lot of screen time, mostly cameos.
  • Lisa Douglas' maiden name was Granietz.
  • Mr. Haney had a basset hound named Cynthia who had a crush on Mr. Ziffel's Arnold the Piggy. {Cynthia had "Piggy Love"!}
  • The name of the towns in the vicinity of Hooterville were Pixley, Crabwell Corners and Stankwell Falls.
  • The name of the state that Hooterville was located in was never mentioned, but in the first episode, Oliver told Lisa he had to fly to Chicago and change planes a few times to get to Hooterville. In another episode he mentions the state capital (Springfield, Illinois) was only a four-hour drive. Since the area was created in Petticoat Junction, and that show was based on the stories told to Paul Henning by his wife, who had spent summers in Eldon, Missouri, at a small hotel located near the train station, the most likely state of locale would be Sourthern Missouri. The windy, twisty, hilly roads of the Ozarks could easily make a trip to Springfield, Illinois a four hour drive.
  • The manufacturer of Oliver's lemon of a tractor that Mr. Haney sold him was Hoyt-Clagwell.
  • Hooterville's newspaper was the World Guardian.
  • During the final season, Eb got a steady girlfriend in the person of Darlene Wheeler. However, in many of the early episodes it was revealed that he had a crush on Betty Jo Bradley. In several episodes he dated a girl named Lorelei.
  • The governor of the state that Hooterville was based on then California governor (and future president) Ronald Reagan. He was a former actor who ran festivals of his films to help generate revenue for the state. In "Green Acres" (1965) {The Road (#5.6)} Oliver meets Hooterville's representative in the state legislature, who introduces himself as a former actor named Lyle Talbot. He was played by Lyle Talbot.
  • In the episode "Green Acres" (1965) {The Deputy (#1.24)}, Mr. Haney's first name is said to be Charlton. A couple of other episodes referred to his first name as being the Eustace.
  • Eddie Albert revealed in a January 1966 "TV Guide" article that as part of his deal he was given a 10% interest in the show. He also mentions that he was offered the part after Don Ameche turned it down, and that Marsha Hunt and Janet Blair had screen-tested with him before Paul Henning had the idea to cast Eva Gabor (over CBS' objections that no one would understand her because of her Hungarian accent).
  • Arnold the Piggy was the only cast member to win an award for a performance in a sitcom. He won the coveted "Patsy" Award in 1967, given to the best performance by an animal.
  • The major sponsors were General Foods (now Kraft Foods), makers of Maxwell House Coffee and Post Cereals.
  • Green Acres was one of NBC TV's eight "sudden death victims", from the extremely famous rural purge, in 1971. The other seven were The Beverly Hillbillies. "Hee Haw" (1969). The Ed Sullivan Show, (aka "The Ed Sullivan Show"). Hogan's Heroes & Mayberry R.F.D.. "Hogan's Heroes" (1965)_ debuted two evenings (on CBS TV CHANNELS, nationwide) after Green Acres debuted on Wednesday, September 15th, 1965, with "Green Acres" (1965) {Oliver Buys a Farm (#1.1)}, & Hogan's Heroes started two evenings later, on Friday, September 17th, 1965, with "Hogan's Heroes" (1965) {The Informer (#1.1)} At the time, close analysis of demographics came into vogue & these shows were perceived by longtime CBS executive, Fred Silverman, to appeal only to those who lived in rural areas and older people, so he decided to cancel them Immediately, even though they were all still hugely popular. The often told joke which passed into legend is: "CBS canceled every show with a tree in it".
  • This is the first television sitcom in which the theme song soundtrack lyrics were sung by the leading actor & actress of the show, (beating The Monkees, by just one season). The background musical melody soundtrack was "Shave and a Hair-cut: Six Bits". The first lyrics were sang by Eddie Albert sang the first lyric & Eva Gabor sang the second lyric. No consecutive lyrics were sang by either. They shared them: a 50% 50% split.
  • Pat Buttram based his portrayal of Mr. Haney on Tom Parker (XI) - aka "Colonel, Tom Parker", Elvis Presley's manager - whom he met nine years, or a decade+ earlier when Parker was a carnival barker.
  • During the first half of the 1967-68 season, Tom Lester missed several episodes due to he had mononucleosis. Leading the CBS' producers to decide do a storyline in which Eb eloped & left the farm.
  • Oliver Windell Douglas almost always wore business attire with a tie & vest, even when working out in the field.
  • Oliver Windell Douglas drove five gold convertibles during the series run. The first three were Lincoln Continentals (1965, 1966 & 1967 models, {Oliver WIndell Douglas drove the same model, in seasons three & four}). The last two were 1969 & 1970 Mercury Marquis, because Lincoln Continental stopped making convertibles in 1968.
  • The red, open-cab truck driven by county agent Hank Kimball, was a Ford Bronco Roadster. It was updated yearly through the run of the series, (1965 - 1971), as soon as a new model became available.
  • Gary Abrams was the show's very first & original associate producer in 1965. He had to leave the show due to weak health issues, and was replaced by Guy Scarpitta.
  • There was a false rumor going around that the cast had a luau on the final day of filming and Arnold the Piggy was eaten. Years later, in an interview for a TV Land Special, Tom Lester admitted that he made up the story, because he was tired of people asking him almost continuously, whatever had happened to Arnold the Piggy.
  • The title of the series, and the earlier radio show, was taken from "Green Acres" the name of Harold Lloyd's home which was the largest of the Hollywood homes located in Beverly Hills.

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