QUESTION: Which of the following shows was a "country cousin" series of Beverly Hillbillies?
A). Gilligan's Island
B). Petticoat Junction
C). The Courtship of Eddie's Father
D). Full House
The Beverly Hillbillies. One of the most memorable theme songs ever produced for one of the most popular fish-out-of-water tales ever to grace American television screens. It's all about a poor family from Texas that accidentally discovers oil on their property (bubbling crude) and becomes so rich they are compelled by their neighbors to move to Los Angeles. Between 1962 and 1971, it was one of the most popular programs on the small screen, rating in the top twenty for eight of its nine seasons, and a third season episode entitled "Hedda Hopper's Hollywood" is rated the sixty-second best television episodes ever produced for our entertainment. Although the series ended its illustrious run in 1972, it never fully disappeared. Only thirteen years later, a full-length feature film would be released in theaters dedicated to retelling the story of the Clampetts: Jed, Granny, Elly Mae, then Cousin Jethro, and their "friends" from the bank - Jane Hathaway, and Milburn and Margaret Drysdale.
The 1993 movie The Beverly Hillbillies starred none of the original actors in major roles, although original Jed Clampett, Buddy Ebsen, appeared as Barnaby Jones, another signature character he'd created for television. In his place as Jed was Jim Varney, made famous by his own signature character, Ernest. Despite being directed by Penelope Spheeris, riding high from her success with Wayne's World, and appearances by popular comedy stars including Cloris Leachman, Dabney Coleman, Lily Tomlin and Rob Schneider, the film was considered a moderate success financially, but a disaster critically. Esteemed critic Roger Ebert declared it to be one of the worst movies he'd ever seen, and he'd seen a lot of movies by 1993! But, if you like silly comedies, you should not be discouraged. Maybe he was just having a bad day.
ANSWER: B). Petticoat Junction. Green Acres was another one.