The BEST episodes directed by Richard L. Bare

What's in a Name?
star
9.34
44 votes

#1 - What's in a Name?

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 21

Ralph Monroe finds herself smitten with Hank Kimball, but discovers that he won't date a woman with a man's name. She asks Oliver to file court papers to have her name changed to something more feminine. While in court, Oliver learns that his license to practice law is not recognized by the state. This sends Oliver back to the books to study for the state's bar exam.

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Lisa Bakes a Cake
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9.18
51 votes

#2 - Lisa Bakes a Cake

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 18

Oliver's upset that Lisa listed him the new phone directory as an attorney. He fears he'll be flooded with calls wanting his legal advice. Instead, lawyer Douglas becomes cranky when his phone doesn't ring. Meanwhile, Lisa tackles a formidable task in the kitchen: baking a cake. When Oliver finally gets a potential client, the unlucky man encounters Ralph's plank, Lisa's 20-pound pound cake and Haney's truck.

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My Husband, the Rooster Renter
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9.14
99 votes

#3 - My Husband, the Rooster Renter

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 5

Mr. Haney rents Bertram the rooster to Oliver for fifty cents a day. Unfortunately, he's a "pecker", not a "crower", so he also gets a chicken named Alice. Oliver then sets about getting a phone installed in the kitchen (though the line won't be connected for three months), the plumbing and roof fixed, and electricity via a rickety power generator. Mr. Douglas also meets his county farm agent, the absent-minded Hank Kimball, who takes some soil samples for analyzing.

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Give Me Land, Lots of Land
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8.92
53 votes

#4 - Give Me Land, Lots of Land

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 16

Lisa is against buying neighboring property owned by the Watsons until she see their farmhouse. Thinking the house is part of the deal, Lisa sells the Watsons' furniture to Mr. Haney and has their things brought over. All of this happens while Oliver is in New York arranging the financing.

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What Happened in Scranton?
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8.91
54 votes

#5 - What Happened in Scranton?

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 14

Lisa is shocked that Hooterville doesn't have a beauty salon. She calls her mother-in-law who ships out her hair dresser, Claude. (She blackmails him with one word: "Scranton".) Setting up shop on the Cannonball, he gives the Hooterville women new hairdos. Now, they're too "beautiful" for farm work.

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How to Enlarge a Bedroom
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8.87
60 votes

#6 - How to Enlarge a Bedroom

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 15

After Lisa delivers an ultimatum, Oliver hires incompetent carpenters Alf and Ralph Monroe to enlarge the tiny bedroom. The Monroes have just begun moving the walls when the building inspector, the father of Eb's girlfriend, "disapproves" the project and condemns the whole house. Oliver is left with an open air bedroom without a roof.

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Lisa Has a Calf
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8.78
65 votes

#7 - Lisa Has a Calf

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 12

Fearful that Mr. Haney will lay claim to Eleanor's calf, the Douglases decide to keep the cow's pregnancy a secret. The Hooterville gossips get part of the story right, except they think it's Lisa who's expecting.

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The Decorator
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8.77
120 votes

#8 - The Decorator

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 3

Oliver wants to start farming but Lisa demands he have their house redecorated first. Sam Drucker recommends a decorator from Pixley. Kate Bradley tries to tutor Lisa in the kitchen since she doesn't know the first thing about cooking. Kate starts by showing her how to make something easy: hotscakes. Adding to the chaos is Oliver's mother, who arrives to rescue Lisa from her nightmarish country life.

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Lisa's First Day on the Farm
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8.76
141 votes

#9 - Lisa's First Day on the Farm

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 2

Lisa gets her first look at their dilipidated--and empty--farmhouse and is horrified. Oily Mr. Haney, who previously owned the dump, took everything with him, including the bathroom fixtures, and tries to resell them to Oliver. Eb, one of Haney's workers, is hired on as their farm hand. Lisa goes out to meet the locals, most of whom have entered a pool wagering on how long the Douglases will stay. Lisa is ready to immediately return to New York, but after a chat with Kate Bradley, she decides to give farm life a try.

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Furniture, Furniture, Who's Got the Furniture?
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8.75
71 votes

#10 - Furniture, Furniture, Who's Got the Furniture?

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 6

Oliver's mother sends the Douglases their furniture from New York, while she also rides down to visit them. While Oliver and Lisa wait for the furniture to arrive, Eunice is stuck with Uncle Joe on his handcar, getting to Hooterville. Things go bad to worse when Eunice finds herself the target of Newt Kiley's bull, and the Douglases' furniture is delivered to Mr. Haney's instead.

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Parity Begins at Home
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8.64
86 votes

#11 - Parity Begins at Home

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 11

Oliver wants to plant wheat on all 160 of his acres, but the local agricultural committee says he can only do eight. Incensed, Oliver takes his complaints all the way to Washington. Surprisingly, Haney sides with Oliver and prepares to fight the National Guard in "The Siege of Green Acres".

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To Serve Man
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8.62
328 votes

#12 - To Serve Man

The Twilight Zone - Season 3 - Episode 24

The Kanamits, 9 foot tall aliens, arrive on Earth with one lofty goal: To Serve Man.

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The Good Luck Ring
star
8.57
7 votes

#13 - The Good Luck Ring

Petticoat Junction - Season 3 - Episode 4

Bobbie Jo conts on a "good luck" ring to help her win a spelling contest.

A Star Named Arnold is Born (1)
star
8.53
40 votes

#14 - A Star Named Arnold is Born (1)

Green Acres - Season 3 - Episode 29

Arnold's performance as a British police dog in the Hooterville theater production of Who--the marquee wasn't big enough for Who Killed Jock Robin?--turns him into an overnight star. Lisa is so impressed, she arranges for an old friend to give him a Hollywood screen test. The Douglases are soon Tinseltown bound, escorting the hammy actor west for his big showbiz break.

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Don't Call Us, We'll Call You
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8.51
96 votes

#15 - Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 10

With their phone still not connected, Oliver asks Mr. Kimball to put some pressure on his mother, who owns the telephone company. Kimball says he and his mother aren't speaking, but Oliver convinces him to make up with her. His mom is so grateful, she promptly has a phone installed--on top of a pole outside their bedroom.

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Race Against the Stork
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8.50
4 votes

#16 - Race Against the Stork

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 2

Kate's friend, Elsie, comes to stay at Shady Rest while waiting to have her baby, and a nervous Uncle Joe immediately works out a master plan to get a doctor to Shady Rest when the crucial time arrives

A Millionaire for Kate
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8.50
6 votes

#17 - A Millionaire for Kate

Petticoat Junction - Season 1 - Episode 33

Kate is visited by an old schoolmate who has become a millionaire, but Uncle Joe has him pegged as a con artist.

You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6
star
8.49
92 votes

#18 - You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 9

It's planting time in Hooterville and Oliver is shocked that the locals make their crop choices based on aches and pains. Back on the farm, Oliver assigns every electrical device a number from one to seven in an effort to keep their creaky generator from blowing. All gadgets up to a total of seven can be plugged in at the same time, but Lisa can't quite grasp the concept.

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Exodus to Bleedswell
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8.48
42 votes

#19 - Exodus to Bleedswell

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 18

The residents of Hooterville flock to nearby Bleedswell for jobs at the new defense plant. To keep people from leaving, Hooterville reopens its old airplane factory to fulfill its contract with the Army--signed during WWI.

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The Best Laid Plans
star
8.44
81 votes

#20 - The Best Laid Plans

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 4

While Oliver makes plans to get the farm in working order, Lisa travels to New York to pack up their furniture. The Hooterville locals begin gossiping, assuming Lisa left him for good. While she's in the city, Oliver's mother connects her with an architect who designs an extravagant country club.

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The Dog Turns Playboy
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8.40
5 votes

#21 - The Dog Turns Playboy

Petticoat Junction - Season 3 - Episode 3

The Shady Rest Dog becomes wealthy when a lawyer arrives at the hotel to announces that the dog has inherited $200

My Mother the Countess
star
8.38
42 votes

#22 - My Mother the Countess

Green Acres - Season 3 - Episode 22

On learning that Lisa's mother is coming for a visit, the Hooterville residents go overboard in wanting to welcome the countess. Despite Oliver's protests that she's not royalty, they forge ahead anyway with plans for a parade and marching band.

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As Hooterville Goes
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8.38
8 votes

#23 - As Hooterville Goes

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 5

Hooterville will have to go some to retain its record as the first community in the state to file election returns--Crabwell Corners has got itself an automatic voting machine

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Kate Bradley, Girl Volunteer
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8.33
3 votes

#24 - Kate Bradley, Girl Volunteer

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 18

Hooterville's embarrassed volunteer firemen, unable to put out a blaze on the Cannonball, have to call for outside help.

A Borderline Story
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8.25
4 votes

#25 - A Borderline Story

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 23

Surveyors discover that Shady Rest straddles the county border and Uncle Joe plans to play this up as a sure-fire tourist attraction.

My Dog the Actor
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8.25
8 votes

#26 - My Dog the Actor

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 6

Billie Jo enters a picture of the family dog in a pet-food company's contest, and the mutt is selected one of five finalists.

The Great Buffalo Hunt
star
8.20
10 votes

#27 - The Great Buffalo Hunt

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 7

Uncle Joe shocks Kate by bringing home a buffalo! It's part of his scheme to dupe a wealthy British sportsman into coming to "Shady Rest Hunting Lodge

Modern Merchandising
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8.20
5 votes

#28 - Modern Merchandising

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 21

Sam Drucker's customers at the general store are deserting him to shop at a new supermarket in nearby Pixley

Smoke-Eaters
star
8.20
5 votes

#29 - Smoke-Eaters

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 13

The members of the Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department Band are trying to raise money because without it, they cannot establish a Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department.

The Ballad of Molly Turgis
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8.19
16 votes

#30 - The Ballad of Molly Turgis

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 26

Oliver wants to write a folk song about local legend Molly Turgis, a woman so ugly she was run out of Hooterville. Facts are hard to come by, though, because the mere mention of her name causes bad to happen. Lisa feels sorry for Molly and offers to give her a make-over.

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The Curse of Chester W. Farnsworth
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8.13
8 votes

#31 - The Curse of Chester W. Farnsworth

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 14

Uncle Joe is convinced that Shady Rest is haunted by the ghost of Chester W. Farnsworth, a guest at the hotel some fifty years ago.

Lisa the Helpmate
star
8.11
124 votes

#32 - Lisa the Helpmate

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 8

Oliver has collected soil samples from his farm for the university to analyze. When the samples are accidentally spilled, Oliver's mother siezes the opportunity to get her son off the farm; she mixed the dirt with products from her cosmetics bag.

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Nick of Time
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8.08
471 votes

#33 - Nick of Time

The Twilight Zone - Season 2 - Episode 7

A superstitious newlywed becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine when he and his new wife are stranded with car trouble.

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There's No Business With Show Business
star
8.00
4 votes

#34 - There's No Business With Show Business

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 36

Circus boss Harry Harmon has heard about Uncle Joe's reputation as an easy mark, and he plans to con Joe into letting the flat-broke circus troupe take up lodging at Shady Rest.

The Brontosaurus Caper
star
8.00
4 votes

#35 - The Brontosaurus Caper

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 34

Betty Jo has given up baseball to dedicate her life to science--or at least to her handsome new science teacher

The Black Box
star
8.00
4 votes

#36 - The Black Box

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 26

A top-secret Air Force camera, equipped with a detonating device to prevent its capture, falls out of a plane--and lands at Shady Rest.

His Honor
star
8.00
13 votes

#37 - His Honor

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 16

Oliver misunderstands when the Hooterville bigwigs ask him to be a judge. He thinks he's being appointed an appellate judge but they just want him to judge apples at the county fair. The Douglases travel to New York so Oliver can get some judging advice while Lisa shops for a robe and wig for His Honor.

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The Baffling Raffle
star
8.00
5 votes

#38 - The Baffling Raffle

Petticoat Junction - Season 3 - Episode 2

Uncle Joe gets into trouble trying when he tries get his winning raffle ticket from Kate Bradley who is serving on a jury.

Sprained Ankle, Country Style
star
7.95
78 votes

#39 - Sprained Ankle, Country Style

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 19

While fixing the TV antenna, Oliver falls through the roof and sprains his ankle. A parade of Hooterville residents shows up to give their regards while he's off his feet, but instead of sharing the food they've made for him, they crowd him off his own bed to watch Frankenstein Meets Mary Poppins on television.

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Neighborliness
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7.92
127 votes

#40 - Neighborliness

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 7

Oliver is frustrated because, among other problems, his new plow won't arrive in time for planting season. Uncle Joe has a solution that, naturally, benefits him as well. He charges farmers one dollar each to enter a plowing contest, promising them free lunch and big prizes. This is all news to Oliver as the neighbors on their tractors start descending on his farm.

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Wings Over Hooterville
star
7.92
24 votes

#41 - Wings Over Hooterville

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 1

Lisa tells the story of how she and Oliver met. During WWII, Oliver's plane was shot down and he was stranded in a tree. Lisa rescues Oliver, but doesn't trust him because he "spends more time talking than smooching". After Lisa's story, the farmers of Hooterville discover their crops are being destroyed by some unknown insect. Mr. Kimball identifies it as the "Bing Bug". The farmers appoint Oliver to dust all the crops, but not being in the cockpit for years causes trouble for Oliver in Mr. Haney's cheap plane.

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The Wedding Anniversary
star
7.91
85 votes

#42 - The Wedding Anniversary

Green Acres - Season 1 - Episode 13

While Oliver tries to recall how long he's been married to Lisa, she flashes back to last year's anniversary which ended with them in jail. The trouble began when a panicked Oliver found corn bores in his terrace garden. His mother, refusing to keep party guests waiting at the Waldorf while Oliver plays farmer, started tossing his "crop" off the balcony. Pots crashing onto the street below did not please the NYC cops.

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It's So Peaceful in the Country
star
7.86
14 votes

#43 - It's So Peaceful in the Country

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 17

Oliver's mother needs bed rest so what better place than her son's farm. All she has to do is ignore Alf and Ralph's drilling, Haney's tour group, a group of dancing Sioux Indians and their chief who think's she's a looker.

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Getting Even With Haney
star
7.86
14 votes

#44 - Getting Even With Haney

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 26

Tired of Doris' nagging about having to beat their laundry on a rock in the creek, Fred buys a Grabwell washing machine from Mr. Haney. The boat motor in a barrel goes berzerk, spraying water and clothes everywhere before chasing the Ziffels out their front door. Oliver is more than happy to take their case and stick it to Haney in the courtroom.

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The Confrontation
star
7.86
7 votes

#45 - The Confrontation

Green Acres - Season 5 - Episode 20

In just his first day as the School Board President, Oliver has started a grammar school protest. The kids are upset that their mascot, Arnold, has been thrown out for popping his teacher with a pea shooter. Fred asks Oliver to represent his "son" on grounds that he was discriminated against, but all Oliver can do is talk to the school's determined principal.

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How to Succeed in Television Without Really Trying
star
7.85
13 votes

#46 - How to Succeed in Television Without Really Trying

Green Acres - Season 3 - Episode 19

Boy genius Dilly Watkins improves farm life for Douglases with his new electronic inventions. Besides the barn door opener that works when Eleanor moos at it, there's the television camera that sends pictures of the cow to the bedroom set. Oliver doesn't realize the camera is transmitting to all the sets in the valley, turning him into an overnight Nielsen sensation.

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A Tale of a Tail
star
7.84
37 votes

#47 - A Tale of a Tail

Green Acres - Season 5 - Episode 4

Oliver takes Arnold the Pig Chicago to receive Arnold's inheritance of $20,000,000. Arnold is a direct discendant of Herman, a pig who could predict the weather with his tail. However, Oliver soon finds it difficult watching after a pig in the hotel.

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Kimball Gets Fired
star
7.83
12 votes

#48 - Kimball Gets Fired

Green Acres - Season 2 - Episode 27

Ralph is distraught when her beloved "Hankie" Kimball is fired as the county agricultural agent. His replacement is so rude and insulting that even Oliver is plotting to get Kimball rehired. His scheme is to scare the new guy away by fixing him up with Ralph.

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There's No Flame Like an Old Flame
star
7.83
6 votes

#49 - There's No Flame Like an Old Flame

Petticoat Junction - Season 2 - Episode 15

Uncle Joe has begun corresponding with the Widow Perkins, an old flame who left Joe standing at the altar - and then married the best man.

Third from the Sun
star
7.82
600 votes

#50 - Third from the Sun

The Twilight Zone - Season 1 - Episode 14

With all-out nuclear war about to ignite, a scientist and his pilot friend plot to escape on an experimental spaceship.

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