Green Acres

Filmways Television

Comedy
English     7.314     1965     USA

Overview

Green Acres is an American sitcom starring Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as a couple who move from New York City to a rural country farm. Produced by Filmways as a sister show to Petticoat Junction, the series was first broadcast on CBS, from September 15, 1965 to April 27, 1971. Receiving solid ratings during its six-year run, Green Acres was cancelled in 1971 as part of the "rural purge" by CBS. The sitcom has been in syndication and is available in DVD and VHS releases. In 1997, the two-part episode "A Star Named Arnold is Born" was ranked #59 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.

Reviews

safeinsanity wrote:
Weren't we so lucky to grow up having shows like **Green Acres** to watch everyday when we were kids? This show was truly funny and everytime I watch it now it gives me that warm feeling of being a kid sitting on the floor in front of the TV and laughing at these amazing character actors who we were also blessed to have like Eddie Albert as **Oliver Douglas** and Eva Gabor as **Lisa Douglas**. Nobody today could ever be as funny as they were together playing this role. The show itself was also amazingly written and a totally different kind of situation comedy for it's time. We never seen anything like it before and we absolutely loved it! I sure hope nobody ever tries to re-make the series but I doubt they will as this type of comedy is no longer appealing to the younger generation which to me also makes it a classic jem.
GenerationofSwine wrote:
Thanks to Nick at Nite I still have the theme song and the advertisement for this memorized. And, honestly, there is a reason for it, it was hysterical. The humor and the fish out of water comedy stay with you. It is brilliant and stands the test of time.
drystyx wrote:
Green Acres is a bit before its time in modern TV, so it holds up well over time. It's a comedy about a lawyer with an upscale wife who decides he wants to be a farmer. It doesn't exactly go over the "fourth wall", but it climbs to the top of the fourth wall. Much of the comedy involves speaking about the mood music or the music score that is playing during the show. Actor Eddie Albert is the main straight man, although he farms in a suit and tie. Yeah, that's the straight man. Frank Cady as a store clerk, and sometimes Bea Benaderet as the local hotel keeper are about the only other "straight men/women" on the show. The others are "hoots" in Hooterville. The comedy runs from slapstick to sometimes a bit dry, so there is something for everyone.

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