Green Acres

CBS (ended 1971)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 6 : Ep 26

    The Ex-Secretary

    Aired 4/27/71

  • S 6 : Ep 25

    Hawaiian Honeymoon

    Aired 3/16/71

  • S 6 : Ep 24

    Lisa the Psychologist

    Aired 3/9/71

  • S 6 : Ep 23

    The Hole in the Porch

    Aired 3/2/71

  • S 6 : Ep 22

    The Carpenter's Ball

    Aired 2/23/71

  • Cast & Crew
  • Eddie Albert

    Oliver Wendell Douglas

  • Eva Gabor

    Lisa Douglas

  • Pat Buttram

    Mr. Eustace Haney

  • Tom Lester

    Eb Dawson

  • Frank Cady

    Sam Drucker

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  • show Description
  • Successful New York lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas gives up the rat race to fulfill his dream: living the life of the traditional American farmer. Fighting the move to rural life is his glamorous, boa-wearing, city-loving wife, Lisa. This quaint premise, however, doesn't begin to capture the screwball absurdity of Green Acres. After a few episodes that were somewhat rooted in reality, the series' true oddness started to bloom. The characters see the opening credits as they appear on screen (or on chicken eggs); they talk with baseball-playing pigs who become movie stars; fife music accompanies Oliver's patriotic speeches and is heard by everyone but him; a full-sized Eiffel tower is built on the Douglases' lawn. Hooterville is clearly operating in its own bizarre universe where Oliver is the only normal, reasonable person--and that's questionable at times. The tiny town revolves around Sam Drucker's General Store, where Sam acts as shopkeeper, postmaster, justice of the peace and publisher of the "Hooterville World Guardian". He's one of the more level-headed residents of the valley, but that's relative. The other locals are considerable more bizarre and are a constant frustration to Oliver. Hank Kimball, the county agricultural agent, is a prime example. His short-term memory is so poor he regularly forgets what he's talking about mid-sentence. Fellow farmer Fred Ziffel is an elderly overalls-wearing man who, with his wife Doris, treats their pig Arnold like an actual child. Arnold attends school, reads, writes, skates, and speaks several languages (though they all sound like oinking). Con man Eustace Haney, who sold Oliver his dump of a farm, is always trying to fleece someone out of their cash. Apparently possessing ESP, he shows up outside of Oliver's door with whatever he and Lisa have just been discussing. The Douglases' farmhand, Eb, lives in their barn and considers Oliver and Lisa to be his parents. Lisa, a stylish Hungarian woman who Oliver met during the war, is hardly cut out for domestic life. Wearing ostrich feathers and diamonds around the farm, she can only cook "hotscakes" (badly) and her mangling of the English language is impressive. Matt Groening once accurately described Green Acres as "Oliver Douglas in hell". All he wants to do is farm, but the constant interruptions from the loony locals, the endless double-talk, the ambitious pig all conspire to make it impossible. Oliver earns his reputation as a "hothead" as his face turns red and he bellows about the latest aggravation. Green Acres began when CBS handed Paul Henning, the very successful producer of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junctionmoreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (601)

    • (as Oliver and Lisa pull up at their farmhouse for the first time) Oliver: Welcome Home! Green Acres! That's what I'm going to call it! (Lisa begins crying)

    • Oliver: This is a very important document. It's the deed to the Haney place.
      Sam, Fred, Joe, Floyd
      : (shocked, in unison) The Haney place?!?!

    • John Daly: ....and that's the story of how Oliver Wendel Douglas came to own a farm. This is John Daly from New York.... (Mr Daly takes another look at the picture of the Haney place ) ... thank goodness.

    • Oliver: New York is a rat race, and the rats are winning

    • Mother Douglas: Pack your bags Lisa. You can move in with me. I warned you not to marry him. Oliver: (to Mother Douglas) Whose side are you on? Mother Douglas: HERS! Oliver: But you're MY mother!

    • (Oliver demands Haney return his sinks and tub)
      : Did you read your bill of sale?
      : I did!
      Haney: All it said was you got a house. That's what I sold you. A house.

    • Eb: Mr. Douglas, you wouldn't be needing a hired hand, would you?
      : No, no, I'm planning on farming this place myself.
      Eb: You ever done any farming?
      Oliver: (proudly) Oh, a little.
      Lisa: Dahling, don't be so modest. My husband had the biggest squash on Park Avenue!

    • Haney: Uh, huh, Mr. Douglas, that'll be a dollar...for bringing the lady out.
      Oliver: A dollar?
      Haney: (with his hand out) Well, I don't expect a tip.
      Oliver: You're not getting one! (hands Haney one of Lisa's hotcakes)
      Haney: Oh, uh, Mr. Douglas--
      Eb: Maybe you can spend it. You sure can't eat it.

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    Notes (47)

    • Eleanor Audley is best known for her voice work on Disney animated films in the 1950s such as Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty.

    • This was one of only two episodes not directed by Richard L. Bare.

    • Eddie Albert revealed in a January 1966 "TV Guide" article that as part of his deal he was given a 10 percent interest in Green Acres. He also mentions that he was offered the part after Don Ameche turned it down, and that actresses Marsha Hunt and Janet Blair had screen-tested with him before Paul Henning had the idea to cast Eva Gabor (over CBS's objections that no one would understand her because of her accent).

    • This episode was part of the line-up on TVLand's first night of operation, along with the pilot episodes of other classic series such as Petticoat Junction, Mannix, My Mother the Car, St. Elsewhere, Hill St. Blues, and Gunsmoke.

    • On this episode Arnold is played by a male pig. All future episodes would have female pigs playing the part.

    • On February 20, 1966 Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert appeared on John Daly's What's My Line? as that night's Mystery Guest Duo. After the game, they thanked Mr Daly for appearing in the pilot of Green Acres and for his help in "getting the show off to a good start".

    • Fred Ziffel and Arnold were previously introduced on Petticoat Junction, but later became regulars on this series.

    • This episode introduces the series through a series of quick sketches to set up the various characters and their involvement. John Charles Daly narrates the episode like it was a "Sixty Minutes" type episode with various clips.

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    Trivia (580)

    • Goof: When Oliver opens his desk drawer containing the mushrooms, it is not his hand but his boss' hand. It is a sped-up shot of a scene a few seconds later in the episode when his boss opens the drawer.

    • According to this episode, the Hooterville farm, as advertised in "The Farm Gazette", is 160 acres.

    • Actor Lyle Talbot plays a character interested in the Douglases' penthouse. He would appear in two other episodes as a politician. In Season #5's "The Road", he plays actor-turned-senator Lyle Talbot. In Season #6's "King Oliver I", he's Governor Carstairs, but plays the same hammy character as in the previous episode.

    • Oliver falls through the kitchen floor and discovers the cellar underneath. However by episode #134/"Trapped", he will have completely forgotten about the cellar.

    • While showing Lisa the house, Oliver tells her it's over 100 years old.

    • Kate Bradley's big show business career, the one she gave up to be with her husband, was as a ticket-taker at the Pixley Bijou.

    • At the beginning of the episode, when Oliver pulls up to the farm, his car has a rear view mirror, but after he gets out, it doesn't.

    • This episode features Lisa's first attempt at making her infamous hotscakes (which stick to the spatula) and coffee (Eb compares to pancake syrup).

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    Allusions (70)

    • Newt Kiley tells Oliver that his protest meeting is causing him to miss Gomer Pyle on television. Several other characters also mention missing Gomer Pyle. The sitcom Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. also aired on CBS.

    • Joe Carson tells Eunice Douglas that he "ain't Vincent Lopez". Lopez was a big band leader who gained popularity starting in the 1920s.

    • The title is a reference to the song "Don't Fence Me In" written by Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher. It was popularized by both Bing Crosby and Roy Rogers in 1944 and 1945.

    • Oliver says the new cement floor in the bedroom looks like Grauman's Chinese Theatre. That's the famous movie theatre in Hollywood where the movie stars have left imprints of their hands and feet in cement.

    • As the Douglases' generator sparks and sputters, words like "Drick" flash on the screen. This is a takeoff on the then-popular ABC-TV series Batman. When the Dynamic Duo would engage in fights, words like "Pow" and "Thwack" would appear on-screen to punctuate the action.

    • Mr. Ziffel says Arnold had rather stay home and watch The Beverly Hillbillies rather than go to the Douglases' party. Later, when rushing from the Douglases' home, Mr. Ziffle says that if they hurry, they can catch the end of The Dick Van Dyke Show. Both were sitcoms airing at the time on CBS.

    • When Oliver asks Mr. Drucker for guitar picks, he tells them they're in the music department, between the Ish Kabibble kazoos and the Rudy Vallee megaphones. Ish Kabibble was a cornet player/comic relief for in Kay Kyser's big band. Rudy Vallee was one of the first popular "crooners" becoming popular on radio beginning in the 1920s.

    • Mr. Haney tries to sell Oliver a "college kit" that includes an Elliot Ness hip flash, a Ukulele Ike ukulele, a Rudy Vallee stein, and a Bill Tilden tennis racket. Rudy Vallee was a popular radio crooner during the 1920s; Elliot Ness was the prohibition agent who headed "The Untouchables" unit; Bill Tilden was the #1 tennis player of that decade; Ukulele Ike was Cliff Edwards, a vaudevillian who popularized the instrument.

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  • Fan Reviews (27)
  • A show about an upper class Manhattan family's struggle to fit in with rural farm life.

    By gwactuary, Mar 30, 2006

  • Green Acres Was Very Funny Show

    By petenv, Sep 09, 2012

  • Welcome to Hottervile...

    By frosty_ice, Feb 28, 2010

  • Rich character development make this a great show

    By revbucky, Jul 14, 2008

  • Everything about this series was great. I for one and very glad that I can have a opportunity to see farm living portrayed in such a humorous and at the same time satirize its primitiveness.

    By timrbo86, Jul 31, 2007

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