Green Acres: Season 1
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Head back to Hooterville with the complete first season of this TV favorite! Oliver (Eddie Albert), Lisa (Eva Gabor), Arnold the Pig and a hilarious assortment of oddballs and bumpkins are back and ready to deliver a bumper crop of laughs!
The Catalog of Cool describes Green Acres this way:
To be truly cool, one must genuinely understand the uselessness of logic and reason in a world gone mad.... Eddie Albert (ostensibly sane) spent six seasons appealing to the whacked out citizens of Hooterville to behave in a rational and orderly manner. Naturally, he got just what he deserved--the gradual erosion of his own mental stability. Aficionados of this show like to call it surreal. I call it real life.All one can add to that, to paraphrase the classic title song, is that DVD is the place for Green Acres to be. Hooterville may have been condemned by critics as a vast wasteland, but as the first season demonstrates, it provides fertile ground for bizarre behavior for a gallery of classic characters who rival the residents of Twin Peaks. "Oliver Buys a Farm," the series pilot, is a comparatively tame episode that gives little hint of the weirdness to come. Lawyer Oliver Wendell Douglas (Albert), weary of life in New York ("It's a rat race, and the rats are winning!" he declares), buys the Haney place to the horror of his socialite wife Lisa (Eva Gabor), whose ditziness has yet to be established. Look for appearances by Petticoat Junction denizens Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchannan), Sam Drucker (Frank Cady), Hooterville Cannonball engineer Floyd Smoot (Rufe Davis), and everyone's favorite wonder pig, Arnold Ziffel.
Among the season's other episodes, in "The Day of Decision," all of Hooterville wonders whether "she will" or "she won't" as Lisa chooses between life on the farm or returning to New York. In "Never Look a Gift Tractor in the Mouth," Hooterville is beginning to look like Peyton Place when Doris Ziffel (Barbara Pepper) becomes convinced that her husband Fred (Hank Patterson) and Lisa are having an affair. "Lisa Bakes a Cake," in which Lisa lists Oliver in the phone book as an attorney, is about as flat and heavy as one of Lisa's infamous creations. --Donald Liebenson
- All 32 episodes of the first season
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But by far my biggest complaint is that the discs themselves have problems. Again, I have three seasons on disc and virtually every single disc has playback errors. It isn't every episode. It isn't even most episodes, but it is multiple episodes on both sides of almost every disc. And it happens in both my PS3 and my laptop, so it isn't the player. That is inexcusable, and the only reason I haven't demanded my money back is that I discovered these problems too long after I purchased the discs.
So buyer beware. You may think you have finally purchased your favorite show on DVD, but you're only getting part of it.
Eddie Albert, a very, highly talented actor,who could play any role,comedic,serious,cowardly or menacing to perfection,plays Oliver Wendell Douglas who dreams of leaving the rat race of the big city and owning his own farm.Eva Gabor played his feather-brained wife Lisa,who seemed to fit in well with the Hooterville locals but yearned to be back in the big city with all it's stores.I have only seen Ms Gabor act on this show but,she is cast perfectly.The actors on the show are also perfectly cast.You believe that they are really like the characters they portray. There are the Ralph and Alf Monroe brothers.One is a woman.But it sounds better on their carpentry business.Husband and wife Fred and Doris Ziffel and their son Arnold.A pig. Then there is Mr Haney the country con-man that will sell you anything only to have it break down two seconds after you buy it. Eb Dawson is the help on the farm and is like an adopted son.He see's himself as just that and calls the Douglas's Dad and Mom,which Oliver objects to.Sam Drucker is the local store owner played by Frank Cady and whose character also shows up on "Petticoat Junction" as this is like a companion piece to that show.Hank Kimbell is the bumbling county agent.Last but not least is Arnold the pig.Arnold loves watching TV especially westerns,can write and goes to school.I said this was a kooky show.It also has a great theme song by Vic Mizzy.
Their are some ingenious ways the credits appear on screen in some episodes.It has to be seen to be believed.They appear on Lisa's hot cakes,bath robes,towels,even distracting the actors in which one scene Mr Ziffel says let's stop until the credits have rolled as nobody is paying attention to us.There are loads of great wise-cracks in the show like the one where Arnold the pig brings a boy home from the orphanage.Mr Ziffel asks the boy his name in which the boy replies "Pretty Boy Floyd", to which Mr Ziffel replies "We're used to Arnold bringing oddballs home.That's how I met Mrs Ziffel".
This show plays like Oliver Wendell Douglas in Wonderland with out of this world plot lines.Watch this with your kids or grand kids.They will love it.
They have only released the first three seasons on DVD.It does not look like they will release the final three.Which is a great shame.
I think this is one of the greatest shows of all time.
And I am in love with a pig named Arnold.