The Beverly Hillbillies is a classic “fish out of water” story. Jed Clampett discovers oil, “Texas Tea”, on his property and sells the rights to drill for a fortune. The suddenly wealthy Clampett clan move from their humble home to an opulent Beverly Hills mansion. Not surprisingly, the family’s simple ways clash with the sophistication and superficiality of their new community. Many of the stories center around the family’s longing to return to their simple life in the mountains and their banker, Mr. Drysdale, attempting to keep them there and their money in his bank.
Notable Guest Stars
Having run for 9 seasons and 274 episodes, The Beverly Hillbillies had more guest stars than we can list here. Here is just a sample…
Bea Benaderet as Cousin Pearl Bodine
Lester Flatt as Himself
Earl Scruggs as Himself
Sharon Tate as Janet Trego
Phil Silvers as Shifty Shafer aka Honest John
Within 3 weeks of its debut, The Beverly Hillbillies rose to number one in the ratings. That is quicker than any other tv show in history and that feat is still unmatched.
The show remained #1 for two straight years.
The entire first season and the first 19 episodes of the second season are in the public domain. CBS neglected to renew the copyrights when they purchased the rights to the series upon its cancellation.