In Australia, we grew up watching the Beverley Hillbillies series. It brings back memories of coming in from climbing trees and using fallen trees to cross creeks to sit down and watch this show with the family or with friends, probably while hoeing into some of Mum’s home baked cake.
The show touched our hearts and made us laugh with the story of this family who struck it rich in oil and moved to the highfalutin’ Beverley Hills area full of, “movie stars; swimming pools”. Their wide-eyed amazement at the way the other half lived was balanced with the way that the family did not change who they were just because they had more money now. Their trousers were still held up by rope and Granny still ran an unqualified doctor’s room out of the parlour. They retained their simple ways and family values.
I remember when Mr Drysdale, their banker and neighbour, was going to make a fortune out of Granny’s cure for the common cold. After many stories of proven healing the cure boiled down to taking Granny’s concoction and then drinking plenty of fluids and getting bed rest and the cold will be gone in a 10 days. Miracle!!! You often saw Granny making lye soap out by the cement pond (swimming pool) and the acrid fumes raised the ire of the neighbours.
Jethro Bodine, a veteran of primary school education, amazed with his nieve solutions but the family looked up to him as he was the most educated.
Elly May was always cooking lovely cakes. Well they looked lovely, but the cakes were always solid and inedible. She seemed to have no idea that she was pretty and she could throw anyone over her shoulder if they got out of line.
Uncle Jed was a real gentleman and he always had a huge wad of cash in his pocket. That was his, “walking around” money. I remember one episode where a conman sold him all the iconic buildings, etc. Each cheque that he needed to write was made out to a different long-winded company name and all could be abbreviated to C.A.S.H. You could always see Jed on the front stoop wittlin’ wood.
Here’s is the theme song and the closing song for each episode. Who knows the words?
What else do you remember from this series?
Do you have a favourite show that you remember from your childhood?