Linda Henning pushed for a Petticoat Junction reunion

The actress was interested in reuniting the old cast.

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Reunions are a contentious subject in television discourse. On the one hand, it's always exciting to see your favorite old characters reunite, but on the other hand, some things are better left alone. Television series don't last forever, but sometimes when something isn't in your life forever, it makes you better appreciate what you have.

Still, everyone is entitled to their own opinion, including the actors who took part in the television shows everyone holds so near and dear to their heart. According to an interview with the Los Angeles News, Linda Henning, known for playing Betty Jo on the series Petticoat Junction, made her feelings regarding a potential series reunion well-known.

Henning herself was decidedly pro-reunion. "Every other show has had a reunion," she said. "So why not our show, too? We just have to convince someone somewhere."

It wasn't just an idea that existed in Henning's mind; she also worked with Meredith MacRae, who played Billie Jo, on workshopping the idea of a potential reunion. Even after Petticoat Junction ended in 1970, the cast remained close. "Even today," said Henning. "When I see a cast or crew member, it's like home week."

It's easy to see why Henning was for a Petticoat Junction reunion, as she understood what the series had meant to fans. In an interview with The Boonville Standard, "You could forget your cares. It was time to relax at the junction," she said.

"Audiences could tune in for a half house and enjoy knowing that things would turn out okay."

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PDCougar 9 days ago
On this recaps that appear here of old newspaper interviews, I think it would be informative to include the year of publication. That detail would help to put the material into some context. (Was Linda Henning proposing this idea at the time of the "Gilligan's Island" reunion? Or much later, during the "Green Acres" reunion?)
MikefromJersey 10 days ago
Linda was supposed to be the tomboyish one of the daughters, but she really blossomed.
When she appeared on Happy Days as an army officer, she was beguiling, no wonder Fonzie
asked her out.
I have always wondered why she didn't have a bigger career, she could act and wasn't just
a pretty face. She had a bit part on Gidget as one of Sally Fields friends, as did some other actresses
who became stars, Bonnie "One Day at a Time" Franklin, Barbara Hershey.
Also if I remember correctly she also appeared on Mr. Ed. As did Clint Eastwood and Mae West.
Bapa1 10 days ago
Should have had all the actresses who played the daughters.
cperrynaples Bapa1 10 days ago
That would have been confusing...LOL! For the record, the other living sisters are the second Bobbie Jo and the first 2 Billie Jo's! 3 of them even did a MeTV promo!
BrittReid cperrynaples 10 days ago
Lori Saunders.....
JHP 10 days ago
Pat Woodell - YUMMO!
cperrynaples JHP 10 days ago
Sadly, she's dead as is Meredith MacRae!
JHP cperrynaples 9 days ago
or Donna Mills ; I could make a list that would bore anyone:)
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