The Beverly Hillbillies ran for nine seasons with the first show broadcast September 26, 1962 and the last airing on March 23, 1971. The show was panned by most critics, but was a massive ratings success, twice taking the number one spot as series of the year.
The Beverly Hillbillies tells the story how Jed Clampett whilst shooting at game in Tennessee accidentally hits oil. Over night the family become millionaires and move to Beverly Hills, California.
The main theme and humor are derived from the conflict of cultures between the family and their new found neighbors.
Because of its popularity The Beverly Hillbillies spawned other shows with a similar 'fish out of water' theme, like Petticoat Junction, McCloud and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
Season 1 Episode 1 - The Clampetts Strike OilJed Clampett accidentally hits oil on his land. Overnight the family are multi millionaires and decide to move to Beverly Hills, California. So a classic series is born. Originally released: 26 September 1962. Runtime: 24:52.
Season 1 Episode 2 - Getting SettledThe Clampetts are beginning to settle in their surroundings, but new fangled gadgets, like refrigerators are causing a problem. Also, a flamingo might well be a big chicken. Originally released: 3 October 1962. Runtime: 24:54.
Season 1 Episode 3 - Meanwhile Back At The CabinElly May gets a makeover courtesy of Miss Hathaway. Grannie cannot find the pump, so resorts to boiling water from the swimming pool to do her washing. Originally released: 10 October 1962. Runtime: 25:03.
Season 1 Episode 4 - The Clampetts Meet Mrs DrysdaleMrs. Drysdale comes back unexpectedly from Boston. Mr. Drysdale tries to keep her and the Clampetts apart, which makes the family think she has a drink problem. Originally released: 17 October 1962. Runtime: 25:22.
Season 1 Episode 5 - Jed Buys StockGrannie makes her special mash to help cure Mrs. Drysdale's alcoholism. Jed meanwhile has taken financial advice and is buying stock, but it's farm animals. Originally released: 24 October 1962. Runtime: 25:22.
Season 1 Episode 6 - Trick Or TreatGrannie is getting homesick and complains that no one has called on the family. Jed suggests that they do the calling. When they do, dressed in their hillbilly clothes, they are showered with gifts, it is Halloween! Originally released: 31 October 1962. Runtime: 25:12.
Season 1 Episode 7 - The ServantsElly May has thrown away her tomboy image and is wearing dresses, but is insulted after being called a city girl. In an attempt to civilize the Clampetts, Mr. Drysdale suggests they hire some servants. Originally released: 7 November 1962. Runtime: 24:59.
Season 1 Episode 8 - Jethro Goes To SchoolJed thinks Jethro needs education, so sends him to school. When the owner meets the two, she thinks that it some kind of prank. After discovering Mr. Drysdale's bank holds the school mortgage, her attitude changes. Originally released: 14 November 1962. Runtime: 25:31.
Season 1 Episode 9 - Elly's First DateMr. Drysdale suggests that his stepson, Sonny, start dating Elly May. This is not a plan that Mrs. Drysdale's approves of, at all!!! At home, the Clampetts are preparing for Thanksgiving. Originally released: 21 November 1962. Runtime: 24:56.
Season 1 Episode 10 - Pygmalion And EllySonny Drysdale has a notion to change Elly May from being a hillbilly into a sophisticated society lady. Grannie has another plan, to make love charms. Originally released: 28 November 1962. Runtime: 25:05.
Season 1 Episode 11 - Elly Races JethrineGrannie hears that Sonny Drysdale has promised Elly May a ring. She thinks that this means he is going to propose marriage. Meanwhile Cousin Pearl is matchmaking Jethrine with Jasper Depew. Originally released: 5 December 1962. Runtime: 24:52.
Season 1 Episode 12 - The Great FuedA feud has started between the Clampetts and the Drysdales. It is because the Clampetts believe that Sonny has stood up Elly May, as soon as marriage was mentioned. Originally released: 12 December 1962. Runtime: 24:54.
Season 1 Episode 13 - Home For ChristmasIt is Christmas and the Clampetts take a plane back home to visit cousin Pearl. Pearl is meanwhile trying to impress Mr. Brewster with her cooking. Originally released: 19 December 1962. Runtime: 25:07.
Season 1 Episode 14 - No Place Like HomeThe Clampetts are back in their old home for Christmas. Elly May plays with her old animal friends. To impress Mr. Brewster, Cousin Pearl plays the piano for a silent film version of Ben Ben-Hur. Originally released: 26 December 1962. Runtime: 25:07.
Season 1 Episode 15 - Jed Rescues PearlMr. Brewster does not want to marry Cousin Pearl, but somehow Jed has to come up with a plan to save Pearl losing face. He hits on a scheme to get Mr. Brewster to propose and then Cousin Pearl to reject his advances. Originally released: 2 January 1963. Runtime: 24:55.
Season 1 Episode 16 - Back To CalifornyChristmas is over and the Clampetts head back to Beverly Hills. Miss Hathaway meets them at the airport, dressed to impress Jethro. Grannie and Pearl start arguing about who runs the kitchen. Originally released: 9 January 1963. Runtime: 24:56.
Season 1 Episode 17 - Jed's DilemmaGrannie and Cousin Pearl are locked in a battle about who runs the house. Jed has to come up with schemes to keep the two warring women apart. Originally released: 16 January 1963. Runtime: 24:54.
Season 1 Episode 19 - Elly's AnimalsCousin Pearl's yodeling is driving Grannie mad, so she sets Elly May's dogs on her and also the police. Unfortunately for Grannie, the police discover her still. Originally released: 30 January 1963. Runtime: 24:55.