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The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 5/31/16

This is one of those great old shows I grew up watching, and it spawned a lot of similar shows, like "Green Acres" and "Petticoat Junction." I watched and loved them all.  As an adult, they bring back a lot of good memories. Although TV shows were simpler back then, and had simpler jokes, they still make me laugh.  The actors in the show were great. Buddy Ebsen (Jed) had a long movie career before this show and went to star in the private eye "Barnaby Jones." Irene Ryan (Granny) also had a long career before this show. The newcomers Donna Douglas (Elly Mae) and Max Baer, Jr. (Jethro) were both perfect for these roles. The secondary characters on the show were also great, especially the banker Mr. Drysdale (Raymond Bailey, a great character actor) and his secretary Miss Hathaway (Nancy Kulp).

Incidentally, the 1993 movie was also very good; they did a great job of bringing the show back to life with the same characters (different actors).

This is a good TV set to have, whether you grew up with the show or not. Any kid or family should especially love it.  This set has all of the uncut episodes, remastered and looking great.


The Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season
On DVD: April 26

Beverly Hillbillies: The Official First Season
Release Date: April 26, 2016

Join the Clampett family as they move to the most famous zip code in the world when the seven-time Emmy award®-nominated series THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: THE OFFICIAL FIRST SEASON arrives on DVD April 26 from CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. This special collection not only includes digitally remastered episodes with upgraded picture and sound, but also features the original extended pilot episode. Rarely seen, this episode offers a special glimpse into TV history with an unfamiliar intro to the new series, The Hillbillies of Beverly Hills, extended scenes, and staged vignettes featuring as-yet unseen characters destined to become one of America’s most favorite TV families.  

Full of down-home charm, THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES: THE OFFICIAL FIRST SEASON  includes all 36 episodes of the debut season and follows the Clampetts, Jed (Buddy Ebsen), Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly May (Donna Douglas), and Jethro (Max Baer Jr.), as they accidentally strike oil on their land and move from their backwoods cabin to a Beverly Hills mansion. On their journey to fulfill their dreams of swimming pools and movie stars, their humorous hillbilly lifestyle clashes with the “city folk” of Beverly Hills.

The first season of The Beverly Hillbillies aired from September 1962 to March 1963. This set has all 36 uncut and remastered episodes spread out over 5 single-sided dual-layered dvds.

The episodes on this set are:

Disc One:
01. The Clampetts Strike Oil
02. Getting Settled
03. Meanwhile, Back at the Cabin
04. The Clampetts Meet Mrs. Drysdale
05. Jed Buys Stock
06. Trick or Treat
07. The Servants

Disc Two:
08. Jethro Goes to School
09. Elly's First Date
10. Pygmalion and Elly
11. Elly Races Jethrine
12. The Great Feud
13. Home for Christmas
14. No Place Like Home
15. Jed Rescues Pearl

Disc Three:
16. Back to Californy
17. Jed's Dilemma
18. Jed Saves Drysdale's Marriage
19. Elly's Animals
20. Jed Throws a Wingding
21. Jed Plays Solomon
22. Duke Steals a Wife

Disc Four:
23. Jed Buys the Freeway
24. Jed Becomes a Banker
25. The Family Tree
26. Jed Cuts the Family Tree
27. Granny's Spring Tonic
28. Jed Pays His Income Tax
29. The Clampetts and the Dodgers

Disc Five:
30. Duke Becomes a Father
31. The Clampetts Entertain
32. The Clampetts in Court
33. The Clampetts Get Psychoanalyzed
34. The Psychiatrist Gets Clampetted
35. Elly Becomes a Secretary
36. Jethro's Friend

Video: The remastering on this set is on par with the remastering jobs done on the second and third season sets. The episodes are presented in their original full frame 1:33 aspect ratio and look great. The show is in black & white and overall looks clean and as sharp as a SD dvd is going to look.

Audio: The only audio track on this set is English Mono. It is clear sounding and I have no complaints

Subtitles: There are English subtitles only.

Extras: This set includes the option to watch the episodes with their original sponsor openings and closings. There is also an option to watch the extended version of 'The Clampetts Strike Oil'.

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