Petticoat Junction

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  • TV-G
  • 1963
  • 7 Seasons
  • 7.0  (3,691)

Petticoat Junction was a popular American television sitcom that aired on CBS from 1963 to 1970. Created by Paul Henning, the show followed the lives of the residents of the Shady Rest hotel, a small inn located in the fictional town of Hooterville, in the farming community of Pixley, California. Its main characters were played by Edgar Buchanan, Linda Henning, and Bea Benaderet.

At the center of the series was the Bradley family, which was composed of Kate Bradley, the widowed owner of the Shady Rest, and her three daughters: Billie Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Betty Jo. Kate was played by Bea Benaderet, an accomplished radio and television actress who had previously starred in The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show, as well as the beloved animated series The Flintstones. Linda Henning, who appeared in Petticoat Junction as Betty Jo Bradley, was the daughter of the show's creator and producer Paul Henning.

The show's other main character was Uncle Joe Carson, Kate's lazy and scheming brother-in-law who always had a get-rich-quick scheme up his sleeve. Edgar Buchanan, who portrayed Uncle Joe, was a popular character actor who appeared in over 100 films, including Shane and Penny Serenade.

The series was set in the 1960s, a time when the United States was experiencing significant social and cultural change. However, Petticoat Junction offered a nostalgic portrayal of rural American life that was reminiscent of earlier times. The Bradley family lived a peaceful, idyllic life in the countryside, surrounded by the beauty of nature and the simplicity of small-town living.

The show's episodes typically followed a similar pattern: Uncle Joe would hatch a new scheme to make money, while the Bradley sisters would navigate their romantic lives and the challenges of running the Shady Rest. The series was known for its gentle humor and light-hearted tone, which made it a favorite among viewers of all ages.

Petticoat Junction was also noted for its catchy theme song, which was composed by the show's creator Paul Henning. The song, which featured lyrics such as "Come ride the little train that is rolling down the tracks to the junction," became an instant classic and is still remembered fondly by fans of the show.

Despite its popularity, Petticoat Junction faced criticism from some quarters for its portrayal of women. The show's female characters were often seen performing domestic tasks such as cooking and cleaning, while their romantic pursuits were a major focus of the series. However, the show also featured strong, independent female characters like Kate Bradley, who managed the Shady Rest and raised her three daughters without a husband.

Petticoat Junction was followed by two spin-off series: Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies. Both shows were created by Paul Henning and followed similar themes of rural life and the clash between country and city culture. However, neither show achieved the same level of success as Petticoat Junction, which remains a beloved classic of American television.

In conclusion, Petticoat Junction was a popular and influential sitcom that captured the hearts of viewers during its seven-year run on CBS. Its focus on rural life and family values offered a nostalgic portrayal of America that resonated with audiences in the 1960s, while its gentle humor and catchy theme song continue to be remembered and celebrated today.

Petticoat Junction is a series that is currently running and has 7 seasons (222 episodes). The series first aired on September 24, 1963.

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Betty Jo's Business
26. Betty Jo's Business
April 4, 1970
Betty Jo Elliott starts a day nursery to augment the family income.
No, No, You Can't Take Her Away
25. No, No, You Can't Take Her Away
March 28, 1970
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.
Love Rears Its Ugly Head
24. Love Rears Its Ugly Head
March 21, 1970
Billie Jo tries to spread love through the valley with a new theory of sensitivity training.
Last Train to Pixley
23. Last Train to Pixley
March 7, 1970
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!
Whiplash, Whiplash
22. Whiplash, Whiplash
February 28, 1970
Selma Plout tries to slap a lawsuit against Uncle Jo for a whiplash injury suffered in a fall from a hammock.
Spare That Cottage
21. Spare That Cottage
February 14, 1970
It becomes a tragic matter when it appears that Steve and Betty Jo's honeymoon cottage will be demolished for a new highway.
Susan B. Anthony, I Love You
20. Susan B. Anthony, I Love You
February 7, 1970
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
19. Steve's Uncle George
January 31, 1970
Steve's Uncle George visits the Shady Rest hotel and lives up to his repulation as a troublemaker.
The Valley's New Owner
18. The Valley's New Owner
January 24, 1970
Shy Orrin Pike becomes a big man when an old deed indicates he is the legal owner of the entire Hooterville Valley.
With This Ring...
17. With This Ring...
January 17, 1970
Orrin Pike is osserved buying a ring, and the family jumps to the conclusion that he's going to propose to Bobbie Jo.
Selma Plout's Plot
16. Selma Plout's Plot
January 10, 1970
Selme Plout's scheme to snag a husband for her daughter almost forces Steve out of the crop-dusting business.
How to Arrange a Marriage
15. How to Arrange a Marriage
January 3, 1970
Bobbie Jo attempts to soften up Billie's Jo's new boyfriend for marriage.
But I've Never Been in Erie, PA
14. But I've Never Been in Erie, PA
December 27, 1969
An industrialist registers at the Shady Rest and offers Uncle Joe a chance to make a fortune.
The Golden Spike Ceremony
13. The Golden Spike Ceremony
December 20, 1969
Uncle Joe discovers that the 75th anniversary of the railroad between Hooterville & Pixley is approaching, and seeks to take control of the ceremony.
Goodbye, Mr. Chimp
12. Goodbye, Mr. Chimp
December 13, 1969
Uncle Joe tries to get rid of the pet chimp who is gradually wrecking the Shady Rest hotel.
Kathy Jo's First Birthday
11. Kathy Jo's First Birthday
December 6, 1969
Baby Kathy Jo almost misses her ffirst birthday party when she lands in jail with Uncle Joe.
The Camping Trip
10. The Camping Trip
November 29, 1969
Bobby Jo's boyfriend Orrin finally manages to make friends with Uncle Joe when he rescues the old fellow from a hungry bear.
A Most Momentous Occasion
9. A Most Momentous Occasion
November 22, 1969
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.
Sorry Doctor, I Ain't Taking No Shots
8. Sorry Doctor, I Ain't Taking No Shots
November 15, 1969
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.
The Tenant
7. The Tenant
November 8, 1969
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.
The Glen Tinker Caper
6. The Glen Tinker Caper
November 1, 1969
An unknown singer tries to smuggle an adorable Vietnamese orphan into the United States by bringing her to Hooterville.
The Three Queens
5. The Three Queens
October 25, 1969
Sparks fly when the three Bradley sisters and Dr. Craig find themself competitors in a beauty contest.
One of Our Chickens is Missing
4. One of Our Chickens is Missing
October 18, 1969
Two rough motorcyclists,suspected of poaching, are too many and too tough for Game Warren Orrin Pike to capture.
The Other Woman
3. The Other Woman
October 11, 1969
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.
The Game Warden
2. The Game Warden
October 4, 1969
Uncle Joe, caught with too many fish in his possessions by Game Warden Orrin Pike, is threatened with a jail sentence.
Make Room for Baby
1. Make Room for Baby
September 27, 1969
The dog suddenly becomes a second-class citizen at the Shady Rest hotel when Steve and Betty Jo and Betty Jo move in.
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Petticoat Junction is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Petticoat Junction on demand at Amazon Prime, Philo, Amazon, FuboTV, The Roku Channel Free, Google Play, Hoopla, Crackle, Tubi TV and Pluto TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 24, 1963
  • IMDB Rating
    7.0  (3,691)