Green Acres: Season 2
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The first season was heavily restricted to the sitcom's original premise: a reverse of "The Beverly Hillbillies" (created by Green Acres executive producer Paul Henning and also aired on CBS). The humor was supposed to be generated by the fish-out-of-water city-slicker who lands in Hooterville with delusions about his agricultural aptitude. Comedy was to accrue from the city slickers' attempts to fit into their bucolic setting.
Initially, eccentric Oliver Douglas was supposed to be the comic, and Lisa, his sophisticated wife, the "straight man" reacting to his abberant behavior and farcical farming. Oh, sure, it quickly became evident that she was a terrible cook whose gastronomic repertoir was limited to those horrible "hotscakes." But she had a one-joke routine: she made poor pancakes. (It wasn't until later that she concocted amusing variations on the theme, such as "hotscakes hash").
Gradually, the premise began to change--and the show became a lot funnier. The new humor derived from the surreal goings-on in Hooterville, to which Lisa adopted and Oliver did not, resulting in complete role reversal: Oliver was the straight man, not only for his wife but for the entire psychotic populace of Hooterville. His big stupid grin (seen almost nonstop in the pilot) was replaced by screaming, scowling and sputtering as he struggled with situations that seemed like something right out of the Twilight Zone.
The change evolved through the first season--and was complete by the second season.Read more ›
2. Water, Water Everywhere
3. I didn't Raise my Pig to be a Soldier
4. How to See South America by Bus
5. The Ugly Duckling
6. One of our Assemblymen ios Missing
7. The Good Old Days
8. Eb Discovers the Birds and Bees
9. The Hooterville Image
10. You ought to be in Pictures
11. A Home isn't built in a day
12. A Square is not Round
13. An Old Fashion Christmas
14. Never trust a Little Old Lady
15. School Days
16. His Honor
17. It's So Peaceful in the Country
18. Exodus to Bleedwell
19. It's human to be humane
20. Never take your wife to a convention
21. The Computer Age
22. Never Start Talking Unless your voice comes out
23. The Beverly Hilbillies
24. Lisa's Vegetable Garden
25. The Saucer Season
26. Getting Even With Haney
27. Kimball Gets Fired
28. The Vulgar Ring Story
29. Who's Lisa
30. Music to Milk by
Hank Kimble: Quiet. Quiet please, quiet. As you all know, I'm your County Kimble Hank Agent. I believe I am. I'm Hank Kimble, your County Agent. I guess that sounds better. Well not better. As you know, we have a serious problem on our hands; well not on our hands, but on our corn.
Oliver: Could you put crop dusting equipment on that?
Mr. Haney: Certainly.
Oliver: How much would it cost?
Mr. Haney: Mr. Douglas, the farmers of the valley are in trouble ain't they?
Oliver: Yes they are.
Mr. Haney: When my friends are standing there with their hand out askin' for help, I'm there...
Lisa: With your hand out.
Mr. Haney: Ooh that stung, like a cheap aftershave lotion on a nicked chin.
Where else but Green Acres can you find "togetherlessness" in a dishwasher, play a game of Scribble, Cabbage or Monotony, or enjoy a nice plate of raw schpaghetti?
Can't wait for season three. On the downside, MGM's new packaging stinks. Please bring back the Digipak design.
"Green Acres," at this time, solidified its format of the frustrated, supposedly-rational character becoming stark raving mad in a world full of lunatics. Every time Eddie Albert blows his stack, he gets a laugh.....and I'm saying this in the PRESENT tense because that's still how it affects viewers. They're more savvy to its subtlety than ever.
A nice little round of all-time classic episodes grace this volume; "The Ugly Duckling," for instance, begins lady-carpenter Ralph's romance with county agent Hank Kimball (a romance ultimately leading to the altar and culminating in the fifth season's classic "Ralph's Nuptials"); in the present episode, however, Lisa's attempts to doll up Ralph are engaging and endearing.
In "Getting Even With Haney," we have the CLASSIC battle royal between attorney Oliver & local con-man Mr. Haney.....a courtroom showdown in which the Ziffels sue Haney over a rigged-up washing machine. Haney ultimately gets the upper hand (OF COURSE!), but getting to that point in the episode's only 1/100th of the fun.
"It's So Peaceful In The Country" is a grand holiday.....for Oliver, as he more-or-less relinquishes his role as chief fall-guy to his mother, whose delicate (spoiled??) nerves prompt her to make a stay at her son's new farm. Only one thing: coninciding with Mrs. Douglas's visit is a takeover of the farm by a group of....er.....um.....NATIVE AMERICANS. As it turns out, it's one of Mr.Read more ›
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Eva Gabor (Zsa Zsa's sister) and Eddie Albert played Lisa and Oliver Wendell Douglas who move from Park Avenue in New York City to Hooterville in the countryside. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sylviastel
Very Funny and great writing for this all time great T.V. showPublished 2 months ago by Hoot Gibson
could never get episode 13 to play no matter what/where/how, so that ended my season by season reunion with this classic series... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jeffrey Handshaw
Full seasons of Green Acres has brought many smiles to my wife's elderly parents-- and us along with them. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ken