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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1962! The Beverly Hillbillies opening screenshot
In 1962, The Beverly Hillbillies premiered and began its 247-show run until its final episode in 1971. With a unique cast, vibrant characters, lots of guest stars, and great locations, the show became a tremendous success with a huge following.

The show is still available in reruns on TVLand and other cable stations. The show has also been released in a series of DVDs by season.

The Beverly Hillbillies opening cast shot
Click here to listen to the opening sequence from The Beverly Hillbillies. (File is in .wav format)
Main Characters:
  • Buddy Ebsen as Jed Clampett
  • Irene Ryan as Daisy "Granny" Moses
  • Donna Douglas as Ellie May Clampett
  • Max Baer Jr. as Jethro Bodine
  • Raymond Bailey as banker Milburn Drysdale
  • Nancy Culp as banker secretary Jane Hathaway

Show Concept:

  • The series was built around the misadventures of a hillbilly family transplated to Beverly Hills after finding oil on their Appalachian property. Their magnificent home, replete with a "cement pond," formed the backdrop for most episodes, although many were shot on location all around the posh neighboring communities.

Hosts or Guests:

  • Max Baer Jr. as Jethrene Bodine
  • Bea Benaderet as Pearl Bodine, Jethro's mother
  • Frank Wilcox as John Brewster, president of OK Oil Company
  • Wally Cox as Professor Biddle
  • Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs as themselves
  • Joi Lansing as Gladys Flatt, Lester's wife
  • Midge Ware as Louise Scruggs, Earl's wife
  • Paul Winchell as Homer Winch
  • Phil Gordon as Jasper DePew, Jethrene's boyfriend
  • Arthur Gould Porter as Ravenswood, Drysdale's butler
  • Shirry Steffin as Marie, Drysdale's maid
  • Larry Pennell as Dash Riprock
  • Roger Torrey as Mark Templeton, Ellie Mae's boyfriend
  • Percy Helton as Homer Cratchet, the bank bookkeeper
  • Elvira Allman as Elverna Bradshaw, Granny's nemesis
  • Louis Nye as Sonny Drysdale
  • Milton Frome as Harry Chapman, movie producer
  • Roy Roberts as John Cushing
  • Sharon Tate as Janet Trago

Writers or Producers:

  • Produced by Buddy Atkinson, Herb Brower, Joseph Depew, Paul Henning, Martin Ransohoff, Mark Tuttle, and Al Simon
  • Written by Eric Freiwald, Paul Henning, Sharmagne Leland St.John, Herman Miller, Ronny Pearlman, Myron Shenova, Gene Thompson, Mark Tuttle, and Dick Wesson

Sponsors:

  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • unknown

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered in 1962
  • Final episode in 1971
  • 247 episodes released
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