With their bold move from the boondocks to Beverly Hills, the Clampetts quickly became a big hit with American families in the TV sitcom, The Beverly Hillbillies.
Viewers fell in love with Jed, Granny, Elly May, and Jethro, watching them make their way through hilarious situations in every single episode. The breakthrough show rewarded audiences with some southern charm and a ton of comic relief.
Although theshow is well-known and adored byseveral generations, there are still a few facts that not every fan knows.
There were behind-the-scenesrelationship issues, late career struggles, and even some financial shockersthat happened within the program’s nine seasons that will definitely surprise the most avid viewer.
Scroll through these little-known facts below, and if you thinkwe missed anything about the famous rural family, let us know in the comments!
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The show wasn’t always supposed to take place in Beverly Hills. When Paulfirst thought of the idea for his sitcom, his mind went straight to New York for the proposed location. It eventually changedto the Beverly Hills setting we all know and love.
Imagine how different the show would have been if they had followed through with the Big Apple!
There was a bit of a feud going on in Beverly Hills. Nancy, who played Miss Jane Hathaway (Mr. Drysdale’s secretary), never seemed to get along with Buddy, who was the man behind Jed Clampett. Their behind-the-scenes arguments were mostly surrounded politics, with Nancy and Buddy on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Their relationship issues carried on past the show. When Nancyran for office at 62 years old, Buddybashed her in a radio interview and supposedly caused her to lose the election, something for which she never forgave him.
The Clampett Family struck oil and moved to Beverly Hills with $25 million. Today, that would be around $195 million. What’s even more shocking is that the rural family ended the series with $100 million. That’s over $538 million in today’s money!
Max had a tough time acting after The Beverly Hillbillies ended for good. He was continually typecastbecause of his well-known portrayal of Jethro. To turn things around, he moved behind the camera to directing and producing feature films.
You can still cook up some old-fashioned vittles that would make Granny proud! Creating cookbookswas a smart and useful merchandise move for the show because it allowed fans to connect and create at the same time.
The program was actually doing really well when executives decided to cancel it. The show ended mostly because of a saturation of “rural” programsrunning on CBS at the time. Although it was sad to let go ofthe beloved show, it’s nice to remember that it ended on a high note.
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