Green Acres (DVD) Review

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A spin-off of the CBS program Petticoat Junction (1963), Green Acres surpassed its predecessor in audience appeal – spending four of its 6 seasons as a Leading 20 Nielsen-rated program. Its family-friendly humor puts Green Acres in the same nostalgic classification as shows like The Andy Griffith Show, back when TV sitcoms were all about humor and not as severe as they would later on end up being with the introduction of 1970s stalwarts MASH and All In The Family. The brainchild of developer Jay Sommers, author for programs such as The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet and Petticoat Junction (where Green Acres characters Sam, Doris, Fred, and Arnold make their first looks), Green Acres’ special brand name of funny lives on through a successful and ongoing syndication run, and its memorable theme song even caught the popular culture for a second time when Old Navy included it into among their hallmark clothing commercials …

Green Acres focuses around the life of a rich Manhattan lawyer, Oliver Wendell Douglas (Eddie Albert), and his elite socialite spouse Lisa (Eva Gabor). When Oliver gets a hankering to live out his youth dream of operating a farm, conman Eustace Haney (Pat Buttram) offers him the deal of a lifetime. Just the deal of a lifetime ends up being a 160-acre dump in the imaginary town of Hooterville. However, Oliver sets out to turn the farm into a rural gem, while Lisa is reluctant to leave her life of privilege in New york city. Employed hand Eb Dawson (Tom Lester) helps out the Douglas family, and Sam Drucker (Frank Cady), a carryover from Petticoat Junction, runs the local basic shop. But the real life of the program emanates from neighbors Fred (Hank Patterson) and Doris Ziffel (Fran Ryan) and their adopted kid – a prized pig named Arnold who displays numerous human-like qualities. In time, Lisa learns to like individuals of Hooterville, attempting her finest to bring sophistication to the backwoods area (and while still utilizing her Manhattan wardrobe)…

The Green Acres DVD includes a number of humorous episodes consisting of the series premiere “Oliver Purchases a Farm” where New York attorney Oliver Douglas decides to live out his dream of residing on a farm. So, without telling his other half, he gives up the law practice of Felton, O’Connell, Clay, Blakely, Harmon, Dillion & Pasteur (whew!) in favor of a rundown system of land in rural Hooterville. When his wife Lisa sees the farm, she goes crazy … Other significant episodes from Season 1 include “You Cannot Plug in a 2 with a 6” in which Oliver needs to constantly advise Lisa never to utilize a device(s) that will push the generator over a 7 on the power scale, and “Lisa Bakes a Cake” where Lisa decides to bake a cake and ends up with a twenty pound cake …

Below is a list of episodes included on the Green Acres (Season 1) DVD:

Episode 1(Oliver Buys a Farm) Air Date: 09-15-1965
Episode 2(Lisa’s First Day on the Farm) Air Date: 09-22-1965
Episode 3( The Designer) Air Date: 09-29-1965
Episode 4( The Best Laid Strategies) Air Date: 10-06-1965
Episode 5 (My Partner, the Rooster Occupant) Air Date: 10-13-1965
Episode 6(Furniture, Furniture, Who’s Got the Furnishings?)Air Date: 10-20-1965 Episode 7 (Neighborliness) Air Date: 10-27-1965
Episode 8(Lisa the Helpmate) Air Date: 11-03-1965
Episode 9( You Can’t Plug in a 2 with a 6) Air Date: 11-10-1965
Episode 10(Do not Call Us, We’ll Call You) Air Date: 11-17-1965
Episode 11(Parity Starts at Home) Air Date: 11-24-1965
Episode 12(Lisa Has a Calf) Air Date: 12-08-1965
Episode 13(The Wedding Anniversary) Air Date: 12-15-1965
Episode 14(Exactly what Happened in Scranton?) Air Date: 12-22-1965
Episode 15(The best ways to Expand a Bedroom) Air Date: 12-29-1965
Episode 16(Offer Me Land, Great deals of Land) Air Date: 01-05-1966
Episode 17( I Didn’t Raise My Partner to a Fireman) Air Date: 01-19-1966
Episode 18(Lisa Bakes a Cake) Air Date: 01-26-1966
Episode 19(Sprained Ankle, Nation Design) Air Date: 02-02-1966
Episode 20(The Price of Apples) Air Date: 02-09-1966
Episode 21(Exactly what remains in a Name?) Air Date: 02-16-1966
Episode 22(The Day of Choice) Air Date: 02-23-1966
Episode 23 (A Pig in a Poke)Air Date: 03-09-1966 Episode 24 (The Deputy) Air Date: 03-16-1966
Episode 25(Double Drick) Air Date: 03-23-1966
Episode 26(The Ballad of Molly Turgis) Air Date: 04-06-1966
Episode 27(Never Look a Present Tractor in the Mouth) Air Date: 04-27-1966
Episode 28(Send a Young boy to College) Air Date: 05-04-1966
Episode 29(Horse? What Horse?) Air Date: 05-11-1966
Episode 30(The Rains Came) Air Date: 05-18-1966
Episode 31(Culture) Air Date: 05-25-1966
Episode 32 (Uncle Ollie) Air Date: 06-01-1966