Edgar Buchanan thought Petticoat Junction was more realistic than The Beverly Hillbillies

Although The Beverly Hillbillies was based on producer Paul Henning's experiences, Buchanan thought ''the Junction'' was more real.

Both Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies were similar in a few ways. They were both produced by Paul Henning and included rural characters. Although The Beverly Hillbillies was based on Hennings' past experiences camping in the Ozarks, Edgar Buchanan believed that Petticoat Junction was more realistic.

Buchanan played uncle Joe Carson, the guy who was supposed to help Kate Bradley and her daughters take care of the Shady Rest Hotel. Instead, he always thought of schemes to make more money and bring in visitors.

In an interview with The Morning Call in 1964, the actor shared his feelings about the two shows. "Beverly Hillbillies is a caricature while Petticoat Junction is a little more realistic," he said.

Buchanan also told the newspaper that he was surprised "the Junction" was a hit. "I think there's more small town in most of us than people realize. The small town is the heritage of the American people, and evidently, fans like to relive it."

While viewers saw uncle Joe Carson as a troublemaker, Buchanan saw him as a simple guy who wanted the hotel to thrive.

"Joe is a little simple," he added. "with his plans to give the hotel class, his heated swimming pool, his elevator that doesn't work, his telephone without wires. He's a bumbler, and he's no cynic."

The article also talks about the nature of the characters in each show. Petticoat Junction had little conflict "because the characters are basically all good." While in The Beverly Hillbillies, there was always something going on, and Granny, for example, had no problem calling it out.

There were still no major conflicts in either series because the focus was rural comedy; they weren't dramas. Sometimes, this made Buchanan second guess whether the episode scripts would turn into a 27-minute production. He said, "You read a script and wonder how you're going to get 27 minutes out of it. Then you do it, and the show comes out fine."

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wallyandbagfan 1 month ago
When Herbie Bates (Don Washbrook) and Junior Hocker (Russell Horton )
from Petticoat Junction and Newt Kiley
(Kay Kuter ) and Roy Trendell (Robert
Foulk ) from Green Acres and possibly moved to PIXLEY things got kind of
dull because it was funny watching
Herbie Bates and Junior Hocker competing for Billie Jo and Newt Kiley wanting to leave the meeting in Druckers store because Newt didn't want to miss Gomer Pyle on TV and
Roy Trendell and Hank Kimball both HAVING Sarah the Hooterville telephone operator as their mother which would indicate that Newt Kiley and Roy Trendell were possibly Brothers and
Roy Trendell selling the Hooterville phone company to Oliver Douglas.
The rutebega episode and the income
tax refund episodes of Green Acres were classic Green Acres episodes!
spudmonkey 1 month ago
Wasn't Petticoat Junction a spinoff of Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres a spinoff of Petticoat Junction?
Nala92129 1 month ago
Would somebody tell me why Johnny Carson was so hostile toward Buchanan? I never understood this.
15inchBlackandWhite 1 month ago
He's probably right. The NIMBY crowd in Beverly Hills would surely find some way to force the Clampetts out if that really happened.
Note how fast the white elites got rid of the illegals from the Hamptons!
cperrynaples 1 month ago
Well if he hated TBH for lacking realism, I wonder what he thought of Green Acres! I'm certain he never talked to Arnold....LOL!
Lantern 1 month ago
Just two days ago saw a young Edgar Buchanan in the film "Penny Serenade" with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.
cperrynaples Lantern 1 month ago
That's an oldie, but then again so was Buchanan...LOL!
Buchanan said Petticoat Junction was a success because people were nostalgic for small towns. I think it was simply that guys enjoyed looking at three pretty girls for half-an-hour.
MrsPhilHarris 1 month ago
He is right about the Hillbillies. They are somewhat dim. They are always eating hog jowls and gopher gravy. Where is the rest of the hog? 🤔 The never seem to eat ham or bacon or ribs.
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Pacificsun LoveMETV22 1 month ago
That's too much! 😉 In it's prime, was devoted to SNL, and I've never seen that spoof!

Thank you!
LoveMETV22 Pacificsun 1 month ago
That's too much! Yes, I gave you the reference, thought it might be too much here
Great description of the show - comic book, and you are correct, they never evolved. I did like the show though and I am watching the black & white, season 1 episodes in the evening. But It got quite ridiculous the last few seasons.
jtarnow LoveMETV22 1 month ago
I don't remember that skit but I do remember the Bel- Airabs on SNL, that was hilarious.
James9 1 month ago
I always liked "Petticoat Junction" better than "The Beverly Hillbillies," especially the earlier episodes.
Mblack 1 month ago
I've never lived in a small town.
McGillahooala Mblack 1 month ago
You’ve missed out.
Runeshaper Mblack 1 month ago
My wife is from a small town. I really like when we visit.
I lived in a town of 600 people once. For a city kid that required some real adjustments.
LoveMETV22 1 month ago
Edgar Buchanan played his roles well. There was a bit of that scheming character in him as Uncle Billy on Leave it Beaver as well.
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