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Petticoat Junction

Petticoat Junction title card
Genre Sitcom
Running time 30 Minutes
Creator(s) Paul Henning
Starring Bea Benaderet
('63-'68)
Edgar Buchanan
Linda Kaye
Jeannine Riley
('63-'65)
Gunilla Hutton
('65-'66)
Meredith MacRae
('66-'70)
Pat Woodell
('63-'65)
Lori Saunders
('65-'70)
Smiley Burnette
('63-'67)
Rufe Davis
('63-'68)
Frank Cady
Don Washbrook
('63-'64)
Russell Horton
('63-'64)
Mike Minor
('66-'70)
June Lockhart
('68-'70)
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
Original channel CBS
Original run September 24, 1963April 4, 1970
No. of episodes 222
IMDb profile

Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. and originally aired on the CBS network from 1963 to 1970. The rights to the show are held by CBS Paramount Domestic Television. Image File history File links Petticoatjunctionscreenshot. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Paul Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer, most famous for the successful sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, but was crucial in the development of several rural comedies for CBS. Henning was born on a farm and grew up in Independence, Missouri. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ... Edgar Buchanan (born March 20, 1903; died April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both movies and television, but is probably most familiar as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction and Green Acres television sitcoms of the 1960s. ... Linda Kaye Henning (born September 16, 1944 in Los Angeles) is an American singer and actor. ... Meredith MacRae (born May 30, 1944 in Houston, Texas, died July 14, 2000 in Manhattan Beach, California) was an American actress. ... Smiley Burnette (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter who could play as many as 100 different musical instruments as well as a highly successful comedic actor in western-style films. ... Frank Cady, born September 8, 1915, in Susanville, California, is an American actor best known for his role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in the Green Acres and Petticoat Junction television series, which both ran at the same time in the 1960s. ... Mike Minor was born Dec. ... June Lockhart (born 25 June 1925 in New York City, USA) is an American television and film actress best known for her roles as the mothers on Lassie and Lost in Space. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... CBS is derived from an abbreviation of Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of a company Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired in 1995. ... September 24 is the 267th day of the year (268th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (the link is to a full 1963 calendar). ... April 4 is the 94th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (95th in leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Filmways, Inc. ... CBS is derived from an abbreviation of Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of a company Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired in 1995. ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation. ...


The "petticoats" of the otherwise obscure title referred to the many women of the Shady Rest Hotel; in the opening sequence, it was implied that Kate Bradley's three daughters swam nude in a water tower, with their petticoats hung over the side. The "junction" in the title refers to the fact it was situated on a train line in the country. Madame de Pompadour in an elaborately embroidered gown with matching petticoat, 1760s A petticoat or underskirt is an article of clothing for women; specifically an undergarment to be worn under a skirt, dress or sari. ... The 4-star Manor House Hotel at Castle Combe, Wiltshire, England. ... Clothes free redirects here. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ...

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Background

Set in the rural town of Hooterville, the show followed the goings-on at the Shady Rest Hotel, of which Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet) was the proprietor. Her lazy Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan) helped her in the day-to-day running of the business, while she served as a mediator in the various minor crises that befell her three daughters: Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Billie Jo. The actresses portraying Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo changed over the years. Billie Jo was played by Jeannine Riley the first two seasons, and then by Gunilla Hutton for one year before Meredith MacRae assumed the part for the show's remaining seasons. Pat Woodell was the original Bobbie Jo for two years, with Lori Saunders played the part subsequently. Buffs generally consider MacRae and Saunders the "real" Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo, given they played the roles the longest and the shows' early years with Riley and Woodall were not rerun in syndication. Betty Jo was portrayed by Linda Kaye (Henning), daughter of series creator Paul Henning for the entire run. The character of handsome crop duster Steve Elliott (Mike Minor) was added to the show at the start of its fourth season as a love interest for eldest daughter Billie Jo. However, in a twist he married Kate Bradley's youngest daughter Betty Jo a season later, since Linda Kaye Henning and Mike Minor had married in real life). They set up house keeping in a cottage near tracks between Hooterville and Pixley. A baby was added the following season. Rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are sparsely settled places away from the influence of large cities. ... Hooterville was a fictional rural town that was the setting of the American television sitcoms Petticoat Junction and Green Acres. ... Bea Benaderet (IPA: ) (April 4, 1906—October 13, 1968) was an American actress, born in New York City and raised in San Francisco, California. ... Edgar Buchanan (born March 20, 1903; died April 4, 1979) was an American actor with a long career in both movies and television, but is probably most familiar as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction and Green Acres television sitcoms of the 1960s. ... Meredith MacRae (born May 30, 1944 in Houston, Texas, died July 14, 2000 in Manhattan Beach, California) was an American actress. ... Linda Kaye Henning (born September 16, 1944 in Los Angeles) is an American singer and actor. ... Paul Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer, most famous for the successful sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, but was crucial in the development of several rural comedies for CBS. Henning was born on a farm and grew up in Independence, Missouri. ... Mike Minor was born Dec. ...


Much of the original focus of the show was on the Hooterville Cannonball, a steam-driven train (serviced by the above-mentioned water tower) run more like a taxi service by its engineer, Charley Pratt (Smiley Burnette) and conductor, Floyd Smoot (Rufe Davis). It was not uncommon for the Cannonball to make an unscheduled stop in order to go fishing or pick fruit for Kate Bradley's menu at the Shady Rest Hotel. Occasionally, Betty Jo Bradley could be found with her hand on the Cannonball's throttle, as driving the train home from trips into town was one of her favorite pastimes. Those trips usually consisted of a stop at "Drucker's Store," run by Sam Drucker (Frank Cady). The Hooterville Cannonball was a fictitional railroad train featured in Petticoat Junction, an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... Taxicab, short forms taxi or cab, is a type of public transport for a single passenger, or small group of passengers, typically for a non-shared ride. ... Smiley Burnette (March 18, 1911 – February 16, 1967) was an American singer and songwriter who could play as many as 100 different musical instruments as well as a highly successful comedic actor in western-style films. ... Frank Cady, born September 8, 1915, in Susanville, California, is an American actor best known for his role as storekeeper Sam Drucker in the Green Acres and Petticoat Junction television series, which both ran at the same time in the 1960s. ...


Another character was the unnamed canine companion of the sisters, referred to simply as "dog". It was portrayed by "Higgins", who later went on to even greater fame as Benji. Trinomial name Canis lupus familiaris The dog Canis lupus is a type of canine, a mammal in the order Carnivora. ... Higgins (?-1975) was the unnamed dog actor from the television sitcom Petticoat Junction. ... Benji is the name of a fictitious dog who was the focus of several movies in the 1970s and 1980s. ...

The cast of Petticoat Junction in 1966.
The cast of Petticoat Junction in 1966.

J. Homer Bedloe, played by actor Charles Lane, was vice president of the C.&F.W. Railroad. Bedloe was a mean-spirited railroad executive who visited the Shady Rest Hotel periodically attempting to find justification for ending the train service of the Hooterville Cannonball, but never succeeding. Image File history File links Petticoat_Junction. ... Image File history File links Petticoat_Junction. ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ... J. Homer Bedloe was a fictional character in Petticoat Junction played by veteran character actor Charles Lane. ... Charles Lane (born January 26, 1905 in San Francisco, California as Charles Gerstle Levison) is an American character actor, seen on countless movies and TV shows. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ...


The show benefitted greatly in its first four seasons from the very strong lead-in of The Red Skelton Show, which immediately preceded it on Tuesday nights. In its first season it even exceeded Skelton's ratings, finishing at #4 overall for the season. The rest of its time on Tuesday nights, it remained in the Nielsen top 25. The Red Skelton Show was a staple of American television for almost two decades, from the early 1950s through the early 1970s. ... ACNielsen is a U.S. marketing research firm, based in New York City. ...


On October 13, 1968, Bea Benaderet died of lung cancer. Benaderet had been absent for part of the 1967-68 season, and made only a few appearances when the show returned in fall 1968. Storylines had her away on a trip, but Kate's disappearance from the show was never dealt with. Henning cast Rosemary DeCamp in several episodes as Kate's sister, but shortly afterwards the new character of a female doctor, played by June Lockhart was created as replacement of sorts for Kate. The central premise of the show was lost without a motherly figure. It wasn't until the last season that Kate's death was mentioned in passing, as Joe made a reservation for "the Kate Bradley memorial suite". Ratings began to fall (it had also been moved to Saturday night, traditionally American television's lowest-rated night, the previous year) and the show was canceled in 1970. Lung cancer is a cancer of the lungs characterized by the presence of malignant tumours. ... June Lockhart (born 25 June 1925 in New York City, USA) is an American television and film actress best known for her roles as the mothers on Lassie and Lost in Space. ...


The show was set in the same fictional universe as the rural television comedies Green Acres, also set in Hooterville, and The Beverly Hillbillies. The shows even shared characters, and sometimes "crossed over" into each other's episodes, especially so during the shows' earlier years. Green Acres was an American television series that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ...


Cancellation

Petticoat Junction was cancelled in the spring of 1970 due to declining ratings, a full year before the infamous purge by CBS of the other shows that, in the words of Pat Buttram, "had a tree in them." Pat Buttram (born June 19, 1915 in Addison, Alabama; died January 8, 1994 in Los Angeles, California) was an American actor, famous for his many movies as a sidekick of Gene Autry playing the role of Smiley. In Gene Autry movies, Pat Buttram played a variety of sidekicks with different...


CBS was lagging behind in certain key demographics by the late 60s, and decided it wanted a more hip, urban lineup to compete for younger viewers. Its sister shows Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies fell victim, as did Hee Haw and Mayberry R.F.D., all of which were still garnering decent ratings. Green Acres was an American television series that was produced by Filmways, Inc. ... For the 1993 film, see The Beverly Hillbillies (film) The Beverly Hillbillies was an American television program about a hillbilly family living in Southern California. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Mayberry R.F.D., (a postal abbreviation for Rural Free Delivery) was a spinoff, or perhaps, more accurately, a direct continuation of The Andy Griffith Show under a new title. ...


Syndication and DVD

After its cancellation, Filmways and Paul Henning's company sold the show to CBS. Its distribution has changed hands over the years due to corporate changes involving Viacom, which in 2006 split into two separate companies. Today CBS Paramount Television handles syndication. Paul Henning (September 16, 1911 – March 25, 2005) was an American producer and writer, most famous for the successful sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies, but was crucial in the development of several rural comedies for CBS. Henning was born on a farm and grew up in Independence, Missouri. ... CBS is derived from an abbreviation of Columbia Broadcasting System, the former legal name of a company Westinghouse Electric Corporation acquired in 1995. ... Viacom (NYSE: VIA) (NYSE: VIAb) is an American media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable and satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ... CBS Paramount Television (formerly Desilu Productions, Paramount Television, among other companies) is an American television production/distribution company that was formed on January 17, 2006 by CBS Corporation. ...


The Technicolor (1965-70) episodes were shown in syndication for many years after the show's cancellation. However, the rights to the black-and-white (1963-65) episodes were not resolved and they were not included in the syndication package, although these episodes have been shown on occasion on TV Land. Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Black-and-white or black and white) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...


Many of the black-and-white episodes are now in the public domain, their copyrights having lapsed. As a result, there have been numerous releases on discount DVDs of a group of these episodes (although with generic bluegrass-like theme music instead of the familiar opening and closing music, which is still under copyright). The Paul Henning Estate holds the original film elements, and in 2005 allowed 24 of the black-and-white episodes to be officially released on DVD in "ultimate collections" via MPI Home Video. The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ... Bluegrass music is considered a form of American roots music with its own roots in English, Irish and Scottish traditional music. ... MPI Home Video is a company that produces videos of historial movies, rock movies since 1976, and rights to the cult TV serial Dark Shadows on Video since 1989 and on DVD since 2002. ...


Trivia

  • Some exterior shots were filmed partially in Jamestown, California, the site of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park.
  • The original idea for Petticoat Junction came from Henning's wife, whose family ran a small hotel in Eldon, Missouri in the early 20th century.
  • The girls go skinny-dipping in a water tower marked "Drinking Water". however, it is the water tower for the Cannonball.

Jamestown is a census-designated place located in Tuolumne County, California. ... Eldon is a city located in Miller County, Missouri. ...

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Petticoat Junction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (952 words)
Petticoat Junction was an American situation comedy that was produced by Filmways, Inc. and originally aired on the CBS network from 1963 to 1970.
The "petticoats" of the otherwise obscure title referred to the many women of the Shady Rest Hotel; in the opening sequence, it was implied that Kate Bradley's three daughters swam nude in a water tower, with their petticoats hung over the side.
Petticoat Junction was cancelled in the spring of 1970 due to declining ratings, a full year before the infamous purge by CBS of the other shows that, in the words of Pat Buttram, "had a tree in them."
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