Why was "The Beverly Hillbillies" one of the most popular shows in the 1960s? Maybe it was because the basic premise of the show involved being a fish out of water, which is easy to relate to for most people. Or maybe it was because it made us laugh at societal values. The fact is, the Clampetts may not have been the smartest family, but they were certainly one of the sweetest. They clearly contrasted with the Drysdales, who were more educated, but greedy and short-sighted. The show even took a shot at our fashion sense, when a couple of Beverly Hills residents dress like the Clampetts in one episode because they think Elly is so trendy.
But the main reason this show was beloved is because it made us guffaw, giggle and be very amused for a half hour each week. From all the crazy critters that Elly May would bring home to the possum pie and vittles that Granny would cook up, the Clampetts gave us a whole new Hillbilly vocabulary. Like, well, shut my mouth! We’d be grinnin’ too, if we had the brains you got! So take this little 'ol quiz and then y'all come back now, y'hear?
What did the Clampetts call their pool?
One of the best things about the show is how they make fun of the unnecessary things that rich people have and think are important. If you were really rich you could have a real pond, instead of building a cement one on your property.
What is the name of the banker who is only interested in the Clampetts for their money?
This brown-noser needs to keep the Clampetts happy, otherwise they might move their money to another bank. Also, Milburn Drysdale tries to keep them from spending their newfound wealth foolishly (as it needs to stay in the bank), while trying to "civilize" them.
The Clampetts gave us a whole new way to look at a billiard table. Such juxtapositions were a large part of the show's humor. However Buddy Ebsen didn't want to be portrayed as being stupid, so he requested that Jed be portrayed as “much more savvy than he seemed."
Which one of Jethro's accomplishments was frequently mentioned by his proud family?
He made his own rope belt.
He has a sixth-grade education.
Although all of these are truly amazing accomplishments, the Clampetts are most proud of Jethro's sixth-grade education. Especially Jethro, since he figures he's twice as smart as everyone else because it took him twice as long to get through the sixth grade.
What is the name of the actor who played Jed Clampett?
Max Baer, Jr.
Buddy Ebsen was a dancer and actor. He gained fame from theater and movies such as "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" and "Breakfast at Tiffany's," as well as from his television series, "Barnaby Jones."
What was the name of Mr. Drysdale’s scholarly and stuffy executive assistant, who had a crush on Jethro?
On the show she had a crush on Jethro, but In real life she didn't get along with the actor who played Jethro's father. Their arguments were mostly about politics, with Nancy (Miss Hathaway) and Buddy (Jed) on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Duke is an old bloodhound that Jed bought when it was a puppy. In some of the early episodes, Jethro tried to teach Duke to fetch sticks, but to Jed it looked like Jethro was doing most of the retrieving.
Which seat was at the highest point of the Clampetts' truck?
The driver's seat
The back seat
Granny's rocking chair
What really made the truck complete was Granny sitting higher than everyone else in the rocking chair. Although in many of the scenes she sat in the back seat with her vittles when they went out a'visiting.
The two towns that were mentioned were Bugtussle and Silver Dollar City, the latter of which is in the Missouri Ozarks, so most people think it's the Ozarks. However, it was never confirmed on the show.
How did Milburn Drysdale calm down when he had anxiety attacks?
He took pills.
He drank vodka.
He sniffed a stack of money.
Milburn Drysdale, president of Commerce Bank, sniffed a stack of money to calm himself from anxiety attacks. He forced others, especially his secretary, to appease the Clampetts by granting their unorthodox requests so that they would leave Jed's money in his bank.
The show took place in the Kirkeby Mansion, which cost $2 million dollars to construct in the 1930s (that's Great Depression money). Kirkeby rented out his home to the "Beverly Hillbillies" production for $500 per day.
What was one of the actual names of Elly May's critters?
Cecil the Beetle
Jasper the Jaguar
Gertrude the Duck
All of the above
And let's not forget Herman the Turkey, Sidney the Kangaroo and many others. It was always a source of comedy to see what Elly May brought home. Plus some of these animals were very talented - like Cecil the Beetle, who could predict the weather.
In the episode "The Giant Jackrabbit," what exactly is the giant jackrabbit?
Granny encounters a kangaroo and thinks she's found a giant jackrabbit, but no one will believe her. One of our favorite quotes from the episode is when Granny says, "Come back here you hairy little varmint! Get your paw-paw-pickin' paws off of my pickled paw paws!"
It was the most-watched program on television after being on the air for six weeks.
The show averaged 57 million viewers at the height of its run.
One of the episodes ranks as the second-most-watched show of the '60s.
They are all true.
If there's something good to note about this show, then it's true. Between the years 1962 and 1964, the show averaged 57 million viewers. "The Giant Jackrabbit" episode that aired in 1964 is the second-most-watched television episode of the entire decade.
What is the name of Elly May's friend she meets when she goes to school?
Cynthia Fenwick is the name of the friend Elly May meets in school. In a satirical commentary on fashion, Cynthia and her mother dress like the Clampetts in one episode, because they think Elly is so trendy.
Whenever someone rings the doorbell, they have no idea where the sound is coming from, and they attempt to search for its source. Their search is always then interrupted by someone knocking on the door.
Which of these legendary Hollywood stars appeared on the show and as payment only requested with a fifth of bourbon?
In the episode "The Indians Are Coming," representatives of the Crowfoot Indians come to Beverly Hills to discuss a boundary dispute at the Clampett oil field. Granny prepares for war, not realizing it's a verbal discussion.
This bank is the focus of an episode called "The Clampetts vs. Automation," when a longtime employee of the Commerce Bank is being forcibly retired to make way for a new computer system. A chance meeting with the Clampetts helps him deal with Mr. Drysdale.
Jed mentioned in one episode that Jethro was the only baby he knew born with a full set of teeth, "just like a beaver." Max Baer, Jr. claimed he only auditioned for the role of Jethro for fun and that he never expected to get the part - maybe it was his full set of choppers that did it!
In the episode "Hoe Down A-Go-Go," what was the real rock & roll band that appeared and played on the show?
Jed and Granny are concerned the young 'uns aren't meeting anyone, so they decide to throw a wing ding. Miss Hathaway hires a rock band and they end up with a combo square dance and rockfest. Cory Wells of the Enemys was also with Three Dog Night.
What kind of day does Mr. Drysdale arrange so the Clampetts won't go back to the hills?
A Beauty Pageant for Elly May
Possum Day for Granny
Desperate times call for desperate measures, and when Granny wants to move back home, Mr. Drysdale does what is necessary to make them happy in Beverly Hills. Granny is elected Possum Queen, and Possum Day is a success.