Come listen to a story about a man named Jed
The next time you’re out “shootin’ for some food,” you can only hope to be as lucky as Jed Clampett.
In the hit 1962-71 series “The Beverly Hillbillies,” airing Saturday, Jan. 23, on MeTV, Buddy Ebsen plays the backwoods family man who suddenly strikes it rich when he shoots a hole in the ground that springs a bubbling crude (oil, that is). From there, his life dramatically changes and he loads up all his belongings and family — including Granny (Irene Ryan), Elly May (Donna Douglas) and Jethro (Max Baer Jr.) — and heads to “Californy.” Er, California.
The show certainly drew viewers during its original run, averaging 57 million between 1962 and 1964. The theme song, “The Ballad of Jed Clampett” — sung by country and bluegrass legends Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs — also became a hit of its own, hitting No. 1 on the the country charts.
The 21,523-square-foot mansion used in the show was a real address located at 750 Bel Air Road in Bel-Air, and boasted a 150-foot waterfall, a pipe organ and an elevator that plunged 70 feet underground. It was rented to the show’s production company for $500 per day.
The show continues to put out laughs, no matter whether you watched the original run on CBS or are part of a new generation catching the reruns. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?