Family Affair. 1966-1971.Currently, all seasons on Hulu. Buffy is the first one that shows up on Uncle Bill's doorstep. Jody's the next, then finally Cissy. Uncle Bill is a single guy with a man-servant, and is on a date with a different girl every night. Then, his sisters dump his nieces and nephew on him in New York and flee. They all are learning to live together as a family, with Mr. French now acting as a surrogate mother. I loved this show as a kid, and I'm enjoying it now, though I'm seeing a few things through adult eyes. Like, in the second episode, Uncle Bill says the stuffed tiger head on the wall (so completely fake) is one he shot on safari. My first thought is the dentist guy that shot Cecil the Lion and the backlash.
Currently, Season 1 on Hulu. I have 2 or 3 seasons on DVD and it's been one of my favorite shows for years. I used to watch it on TV Land with my grandmother. I love it so much, I wrote a whole post on it a year or two ago. Kate is a widowed mom raising three girls in Hooterville, USA with the help of her/their Uncle Joe Carson. I've always wondered how she managed to have three girls, all with different colored hair.
Petticoat Junction. 1963-1970.
Green Acres. 1965-1971.Currently, all seasons on Hulu. A spinoff of Petticoat Junction about Oliver Wendall Douglas and his wife, Lisa (Eva Gabor), who have just bought a farm and moved to Hooterville.
The Beverly Hillbillies. 1962-1971.Currently, Seasons 1 & 2 on Hulu. Rounding out the trifecta of rural comedies, The Beverly Hillbillies started it all. All three shows (Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres) crossed over at one point or another, as they were all created by Paul Henning. Also, there were some seasons that Frank Cady (a regular on Petticoat Junction and Green Acres) was appearing each of the three shows! Join the Clampetts as they move away from Bug Tussell to Hollywood. Their house may be bigger, but they don't let go of their roots.
Currently, Seasons 1 & 2 on Hulu. I can still sing the majority of this theme song. Wilbur is an architect that has a horse. A horse that talks. But only to him. So pretty much, everyone overhears him talking and thinks he's crazy. I loved how Mr. Ed used to dial the phone with a pencil on Wilbur's desk.
Mr. Ed. 1961-1966.
What's your favorite tv show from long, long ago? Stay tuned, I'm planning on sharing my favorites from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and '00s!
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