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Petticoat Junction

CBS (ended 1970)



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Petticoat Junction

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Petticoat Junction centered around Kate Bradley, who ran the Shady Rest Hotel, located directly between the farming valley of Hooterville and its only slightly more "evolved" neighbor of Pixley. The only way to reach the place was by the Hooterville Cannonball, an old train which made regular stops along the way, though never adhered to a strict schedule so as to better assist those living along the rail line. Kate, an expert cook and ever hospitable, had three beautiful daughters, Billie Jo (the eldest, blonde and generally boy-crazy), Bobbie Jo (the brunette, astute and literate) and Betty Jo (the redheaded, a tomboy). Also living at the hotel was Uncle Joe Carson, a genial old gentleman who fancied himself the hotel's "General Manager", though when work was to be done, would find any way of getting out of it. In 1965, the series was changed to color and also marked the change to a different actress playing Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo. A year later, another actress took over the role of Billie Jo. Then in 1967, Bea Benaderet fell ill from cancer complications, and Kate Bradley was then seen only occasionally until her death in 1968. At that point, Uncle Joe took over running the Shady Rest (though still managed to get out of work) and June Lockhart was introduced as a lady doctor whose office was located right in the lobby. Other characters included Charlie & Floyd who were the engineer and conductor of the Cannonball. Steve was the former Air Force pilot turned crop duster who eventually won the heart of Betty Jo in 1967. They eventually wed and had a daughter, Kathy Jo. Sam Drucker ran the General Store in town. Homer Bedloe was the recurring "villain", who worked for the C&FW Railroad, and incessively attempted to shutdown the Cannonball. Petticoat Junction was one of a number of rural comedies to emerge in the 1960's. It came about due to Paul Henning's success with The Beverly Hillbillies. He was essentially given carte blanche with making a "sister" series for the show, not even needing to shoot a pilot. Paul intended to make the series a vehicle for Bea Benaderet, who had been playing the recurring role of Cousin Pearl on "Hillbillies". He also loosely based it upon his wife's youth living in a hotel in the midwest. First Telecast: September 24, 1963 Last Telecast: September 12, 1970 Episodes: 222 Episodes (74 B&W and 148 Color) Spinoff: Green Acres CBS Broadcast History September 1963-September 1964----Tuesdays----9:00 p.m. September 1964-August 1967----Tuesdays----9:30 p.m. September 1967-September 1970----Saturdays----9:30 p.m. Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) #4 in the 1963-1964 Season #15 in the 1964-1965 Season #21 in the 1965-1966 Season #23 in the 1966-1967 Season

Frank Cady

Frank Cady

Sam Drucker

Bea Benaderet

Bea Benaderet

Kate Bradley (1963-1968)

Edgar Buchanan

Edgar Buchanan

Joseph P. "Uncle Joe" Carson

Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Billie Jo Bradley (1966-1970)

Linda Henning

Linda Henning

Betty Jo Bradley Elliott

June Lockhart

June Lockhart

Dr. Janet Craig (1968-1970)

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  • Great classic sitcom

    As a 23 year old who normally doesn't watch any TV at all, I love Petticoat Junction! Uncle Joe's schemes for wealth are hilariously written, and Kate's incredible level headedness are what keep me coming back. I also value the show for its look into life in the 1960s. I tried to get my sisters into it, but lost them when one asked, "Doesn't Kate have her kid's numbers?" I think the biggest reason why I like the show is Kate Bradley and her amazing work as a provider and businesswoman, and her constant smiles when her life is difficult. As the theme song says, I can "forget about my cares, 'cause it's time to relax at themoreless
  • "Petticoat Junction" - a folksy slice of Americana

    "Petticoat Junction" was in a category all its own, possessing a folksy charm - particularly in the first couple of seasons - which aimed not for big laughs or broad humor, but which mirrored small-town and rural values, recognizable characters, and quaint situations. Bea Benaderet, long-time radio and television character player popular on numerous vintage shows, stepped into the starring role of "Kate Bradley," a widow whose grandfather had stubbornly built a small inn situated off the beaten path - and accessible only by a delightfully antiquated train. Smiley Burnette, voted by exhibitors as one of the biggest money-makers at the box office in "B" movies made between the mid-1930s and early 1950s, brought enormous charm to the role of the jovial railroad engineer who is "like a father" to Kate's youngest daughter, Betty Jo (Linda Kaye Henning). Edgar Buchanan, Rufe Davis, Frank Cady, and other solid performers who specialized in doing rural American characters gave the program an air of authenticity. Some early episodes, written by producer Paul Henning and with input from radio legend Don Quinn, are exceptionally charming to view today. While the writing of others was not always of such high caliber, the program - produced on a modest budget - invariably presented a view of rural life which was nostalgic and humorous, in which certain contemporary conditions co-existed with long-outmoded traces of a bygone era. Conflicts arose through the appearances of the comic villain, Homer Bedloe (Chatles Lane), misunderstandings developing between the other lead characters, and the awkward "get-rich-quick" schemes of Kate's grumbling Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan). There were other programs set in rural areas or small towns, or featuring characters from such places - until the networks suddenly canceled every series in which the sun shone - but "Petticoat Junction" was unique in its approach: that of presenting characters and situations which were quaint, gently amusing, neither farcical nor serious, and wishing only to share with viewers vignettes of small-town life which reflected a world largely gone by the early 1960s. Such a concept cannot be dated, and the programs are as pleasant to view today as they were at the time of their original popularity on the CBS network.moreless
  • An amusing, classic television show whose ambeince is highly missed in these days of television.

    Don't get me wrong- I have nothing against television these days, in fact I love it- yet there is something to be said about Petticoat Junction and such shows of the past. Petticat Junction is- in my mind at least- a great example of the original shows. Infused with great characters, humorous plot lines and lots of laughs, Petticoat Junction is not only funny back then but also today. The characters- particularly Kate's girls were so steryotyped it was funny. There was Billie Jo the total flirt, Bobby Jo the bookworm, and Betty Jo the jock. However, I think the most humorous character in the show was Uncle Jo- after who the girls are all named. A great show, it was ended far too soon after its decline that resulted from the untimely death of Bea (the actress who played Kate). All together one of my favorite older shows, Petticoat Junction is definitley worth picking up an old dvd set.moreless
  • A Family Show For All Ages

    Watching early episodes of Petticoat Junction now after 40 years have passed it's hard to imagine that Hollywood actually produced a sweet, homey program like that. What's more, the show had a Nielsen, (comparable) rating of over put in perspective Seinfeld only garnered an 18 in their best season. We still laugh at the gentle humor and enjoy everything about the show. Being from West Virginia I grew up with people exactly like Uncle Joe, Kate, Charlie and Floyd, and Sam Drucker. The scenery and even the railroad and hotel had identical counterparts in our area of the country. I encourage all youngsters to watch shows like Petticoat Junction because, though campy, they do give a glimpse of our recent past. This generation doesn't know what it's like to hear a steam whistle moan on a clear night from a freight train on a crossing. Many don't know how it is to grow up with loyal friends who stop by anytime for a meal or chat. So watch Petticoat Junction and enjoy seeing our country as it once was; free from government regulation, fascist politicians and secret police watching our every move. "Forget about your cares, it is time to relax at the Junction!"moreless
  • A Classic TV Sitcome of the 1960's.

    I watched this show when I was a child. I remember Sam Drucker\\\'s General store (who can forget the Voluteer Fire Department Band)in Hooterville, the Cannanball, and the family singing around the piano. Kate Bradley had her hands full, with running a little hotel called the Shady Rest. The easiest way to get to the hotel, was on a small train called the Cannonball. The Shady Rest was between the towns of Hooterville and Pixley. Kate was the mother of three girls (Billie Joe, Bobby Joe and Betty Joe). Then there was their Uncle Joe Carson. He was a man with many dreams, but little skill to help around the hotel. I would like to see this show come back into syndication, and release more dvd\\\'s.moreless

    December 16, 2008 DVD Releases

    • Sam and Kate
      I remember an episode where an old boyfriend of Kate's came to Hooterville and she kept talking about him around Sam. Suddenly, Sa...
    • Kate's Fate
      Bea Benaderet sadly died of cancer in 1968, and June Lockhart was added to the cast, probably to maintain a maternal influence. It...
    • Worst Episode(s) Of Petticoat Junction ever
      What would you pick for worst episodes of the entire series? Here Are Mine: THE GLENN TINKER CAPER-A weak and outright putrid at...
    • Green acres cross plots
      Can you remember an Green Acres cross plots, or even cameos? How about in the other direction?
    • A Cutting Edge Series
      Cutting edge? A rural comedy like Petticoat Junction? Yes, because it was perhaps the first to feature a woman raising children wi...

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