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This comedy series is a spin-off of Green Acres, the pastoral comedy about life in the fictional small town of Hooterville. This series is set in and around Hooterville's Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by the widow Kate Bradley, her three daughters, and her grumpy Uncle Joe. The Bradley's have to deal with the eccentric residents of Hooterville, including the crew of the Hooterville Cannonball steam train and the customers at Sam Drucker's general store. The series ran on CBS from 1963 to 1970. Bea Benaderet, who played Kate Bradely, died mid-way through the series' sixth season, but the series continued two more seasons without her.

CBS
7 Seasons, 222 Episodes
September 24, 1963
Comedy
7.1/10
Cast: Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, Bea Benaderet, Frank Cady
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Petticoat Junction Full Episode Guide

  • Betty Jo Elliott starts a day nursery to augment the family income.

  • The Bradley's are shaken by the news that a handsome and wealthy male doctor is coming to visit their own Dr. Janet Craig, with intentions of offering her a place at his side at a new practice in Hawaii.

  • Billie Jo tries to spread love through the valley with a new theory of sensitivity training.

  • Floyd retires, leaving Uncle Joe to take over the duties of running the Cannonball, once again. His strict schedule-keeping is the least of the valley's worries, as the C&FW Railroad is planning to scrap the train for a tax write-off!

  • Selma Plout tries to slap a lawsuit against Uncle Jo for a whiplash injury suffered in a fall from a hammock.

  • It becomes a tragic matter when it appears that Steve and Betty Jo's honeymoon cottage will be demolished for a new highway.

  • Bille Jo returns from Chicago with a visionary zeal for the women's liberation movement, and enlists her sisters in ""the cause.""

  • Steve's Uncle George visits the Shady Rest hotel and lives up to his repulation as a troublemaker.

  • Shy Orrin Pike becomes a big man when an old deed indicates he is the legal owner of the entire Hooterville Valley.

  • Orrin Pike is osserved buying a ring, and the family jumps to the conclusion that he's going to propose to Bobbie Jo.

  • Selme Plout's scheme to snag a husband for her daughter almost forces Steve out of the crop-dusting business.

  • Bobbie Jo attempts to soften up Billie's Jo's new boyfriend for marriage.

  • An industrialist registers at the Shady Rest and offers Uncle Joe a chance to make a fortune.

  • Uncle Joe discovers that the 75th anniversary of the railroad between Hooterville & Pixley is approaching, and seeks to take control of the ceremony.

  • Uncle Joe tries to get rid of the pet chimp who is gradually wrecking the Shady Rest hotel.

  • Baby Kathy Jo almost misses her ffirst birthday party when she lands in jail with Uncle Joe.

  • Bobby Jo's boyfriend Orrin finally manages to make friends with Uncle Joe when he rescues the old fellow from a hungry bear.

  • Bickering over sharing a bathroom with Uncle Joe leads to Steve & Betty Jo considering moving out. They haven't much luck with Mr. Haney's realty choices, and Haney isn't much help either in helping Joe install a new bathroom at the hotel.

  • Dr. Craig mobilizes an effort to inoculate the whole valley with flu shots, but a hillbilly family with a stubborn patriarch threatens to ruin her plans.

  • When a glamorous author, with her eyes on Steve, moves into the Shady Rest hotel to write a novel, the girls work overtime to find a way to get her to leave.

  • An unknown singer tries to smuggle an adorable Vietnamese orphan into the United States by bringing her to Hooterville.

  • Sparks fly when the three Bradley sisters and Dr. Craig find themself competitors in a beauty contest.

  • Two rough motorcyclists,suspected of poaching, are too many and too tough for Game Warren Orrin Pike to capture.

  • Betty Jo finds herself growing jealous of the attention Steve is giving to their daughter, so the pair go on a second honeymoon together, at their old cottage. But the couple's romantic mood is spoiled by a lack of electricity, Mr. Haney's intrusive realty service, and a bunch of hobos.

  • Uncle Joe, caught with too many fish in his possessions by Game Warden Orrin Pike, is threatened with a jail sentence.

  • The dog suddenly becomes a second-class citizen at the Shady Rest hotel when Steve and Betty Jo and Betty Jo move in.

  • The people of Hooterville do everything they can think of to prevent Dr. Craig from leaving to work for a famed neurologist.

  • The future of the Shady Rest hangs on the outcome of a race between the Cannonball and an overland taxi.

  • The Hooterville folks are faced with a larcenous fund-raiser when they try to find enough money to buy the church a new organ.

  • Lazy Uncle Joe, who fancies himself a human dynamo,announces his retirement.

  • Steve Elliott is delcared out of bounds in his house when it appears his baby daughter is allergic to him.

  • Uncle Joe leads a delegation out to Washington,D.C., to save Sam Ducker's post office.

  • Plans for the annual Hotterville Founders' Day celebration are wrecked by generation-gap dissension.

  • Three old friends become rivals for the affections of a charming libarian.

  • A big-city comedian to aliemate all of Hooterville by making fun of local characters.

  • Five eminently qualified and extremely jealous rivals volunteer to be baby Kathy Jo's godfather.

  • When it appears that Steve is beginning to take his wife too much for granted, Bobbie Jo tries to make him be more demonstrative.

  • Bobbie Jo decides to become an emancipated woman and leave Hooterville.

  • Granny's eatable gift might be the only thing to save the valley from losing their beloved train, when Bedloe returns to Hooterville with a brand-new scheme to bring about the end of the Cannonball.

  • Betty JO and Steve enjoy an evening out,unaware that their baby has gone to jail withher sitter.

  • A handsome suitor shows up expectedly and threatens to take Dr.Janet Craig from the valley.

  • In an attempt to get rid of lady Dr. Craig, Uncles Joe flakes an illness that becomes real.

  • Dr. Janet Craig,rebuffed as a phsician by the local males, sets out to win them over as a woman--and a good cook.

  • Doc Stuart's new associate turns out to be a attractive woman, which seems to displease everyone in Hooterville.

  • Richard Arlen and Buddy Rogers arrive for a premiere of ""Wings""--40 years late.

  • Granny goes to Hooterville to take care of Betty Jo's new baby, but loses her glasses and mistakes the family dog for the child.

  • The pregnant Betty Jo is ready to have her baby but problems arise when Wendell, the conductor won't wake up and Betty Jo has to drive the train herself

  • The attention lavished on the expected Betty Jop makes Steve feel left out, so he goes fishing with uncle Joe.

  • Betty Jo reluctantly appears on a live television program as a member of ""The Singing Sweethearts.""

  • Betty Jo and Steve argue about where their unborn baby should be born

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