Skip to comments.The 'Beverly Hillbillies' at 50 -- how would Jethro vote in 2012?
Posted on 09/26/2012 8:17:21 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
Fifty years ago today CBS introduced a new TV series that sharply divided American cultural opinion. Critics and intellectuals hated it, and it became for them a symbol of how far television had fallen since the so-called golden age of live, New York-based programs in the early days of the medium. Most everybody else felt differently, however.
The show became an instant hit of mammoth proportions. It spent its first two seasons at the very top of the Nielsen ratings. At its peak, it was being watched by 60 million viewers per week. As late as 1982, eleven years after it had left the air at the end of its ninth season, nine of this shows episodes could still be found on the list of the top fifty highest-rated broadcasts of all time, alongside Super Bowls, blockbuster miniseries, and special event programming. "The Beverly Hillbillies" was, without question, one of the most popular television series in the history of American television.
In the first episode, aired on September 26, 1962, we were introduced to Jed Clampett, his mother-in-law Granny, his daughter Elly May, and cousin Jethro, all poor mountaineers scraping out a happy but subsistence living in some remote location in the Ozarks.
The now-classic opening theme song elegantly sums up the premise of the show. Jed shoots at what he hopes will be the evenings meal, but misses. His errant bullet pricks the surface of the rich American soil, and oil (black gold, Texas tea) commences gushing out of the ground. With his new found riches, his cousin Pearl convinces him that Californy is the place you oughta be (in the pithiest phrasing of American Manifest Destiny since Go West, Young Man), so he loads up three generations of his family and moves to Beverly Hills...
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Can you imagine what CNN would do for 60 million viewers a week? MSNBHeeHaw? CBS Evening News?
He changed his name to Methro and married a stripper.
Ok, time to confess... how many of you can still sing the entire theme song?
Jethro the educated tho stupid one would have voted for Obama because he thinks he is going to give him a new car.
The rest would vote for Romney.
Are you kidding?
Elly May helped my voice change.
Double-Naught spy just might go for the Double Naught Dumb@ss
Please correct me if I'm wrong but I'd have more faith
in these folk in DC rather than either political party.
As a double-naught spy, Jethro would naturally be appalled at Obama’s foreign policy ineptness, and cast his lot with Mr. Drys...I mean Mr. Romney.
Ellie May, on the other hand, still donates to PETA, but otherwise remains a staunch conservative after the incident when femi-Nazis mistook her use of the double-barreled slingshot as a sign of support.
Ellie Mae would eventually move in with Miss Hathaway, while Jethro would become a substitute NFL referee.
Jed votes for Romney over the Negro, and Granny, well........
It makes me sick to my stomach just to think about it.
I was a little younger than you, I guess. It was “I dream of Jeanie” for me...
I do remember watching the Beverly Hillbillies, but when it came out, I was in 3rd grade.
The Beverly Hillbillies was an awesome show, and is still better than anything made today. And not to mention, the music was great. See Flatt and Scruggs in this video at 2:20.
I know this is all in fun, but it is a symptom of where our nation is today too. Freepers are informed. But the fact that Fox has to have an article like this is pretty sad.
The best TV show ever made of course.
And, the dreck of "reality TV" had not come to life. Now, we TRULY know how far television has fallen!
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