Beverly Hillbillies, The (1962-71)

The Beverly Hillbillies series starts when Jed Clampett, an impoverished mountaineer, discovers oil on his swamp land while hunting for dinner. The OK Oil Company pays him a fortune to acquire the rights to drill on his land. Patriarch Jed moves with his family into a mansion next door to his banker (Milburn Drysdale, of the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills), in the wealthy Beverly Hills, California, where he brings a moral, unsophisticated, and minimalistic lifestyle to the swanky, sometimes self-obsessed and superficial community. The theme song introduces the viewer to the world’s most fortunate hunting accident, whereby Jed shoots at game but instead hits “black gold, Texas tea”: he had discovered oil. Double entendres and cultural misconceptions were the core of the sitcom’s humor. Frequently, plots involved the outlandish efforts taken by Drysdale to keep the Clampetts in Beverly Hills and their money in his bank. The family’s periodic attempts to return to the mountains were often prompted by Granny due to a perceived slight she received from one of the “city-folk.” The Beverly Hillbillies accumulated seven Emmy nominations during its run. Over a half century since its premiere, the series remains in syndication on MeTV. wiki

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