Green Acres

The BEST episodes of Green Acres

Every episode of Green Acres ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Green Acres!

A New York attorney and his wife try to live as genteel farmers in the bizarre community of Hooterville.

Last Updated: 11/26/2022Network:CBS
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What's in a Name?
star
9.34
44 votes

#1 - What's in a Name?

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 2/16/1966

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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The Day of Decision
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9.22
46 votes

#2 - The Day of Decision

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/23/1966

Lisa agreed to try out Green Acres for six months. Today's the day she decides whether to stay in Hooterville or return to New York. Everyone anxiously awaits her decision. In the meantime, Oliver flashes back to their first days on the farm, his physical mishaps around the house, and Haney's lousy products.

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Lisa Bakes a Cake
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9.18
51 votes

#3 - Lisa Bakes a Cake

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/26/1966

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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My Husband, the Rooster Renter
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9.14
100 votes

#4 - My Husband, the Rooster Renter

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/13/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Give Me Land, Lots of Land
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8.92
53 votes

#5 - Give Me Land, Lots of Land

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/5/1966

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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What Happened in Scranton?
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8.91
54 votes

#6 - What Happened in Scranton?

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 12/22/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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I Didn't Raise My Husband to Be a Fireman
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8.87
55 votes

#7 - I Didn't Raise My Husband to Be a Fireman

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 1/19/1966

Oliver is allowed to join the Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department if he'll play an instrument in their marching band. As Chief Joe Carson explains, they have more parades than fires. Patriotic speeches follow as Oliver takes his new duties very seriously.

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How to Enlarge a Bedroom
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8.87
60 votes

#8 - How to Enlarge a Bedroom

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 12/29/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Lisa Has a Calf
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8.78
65 votes

#9 - Lisa Has a Calf

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/8/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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The Decorator
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8.77
120 votes

#10 - The Decorator

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/29/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Lisa's First Day on the Farm
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8.76
141 votes

#11 - Lisa's First Day on the Farm

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/22/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Furniture, Furniture, Who's Got the Furniture?
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8.75
72 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/20/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Parity Begins at Home
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8.64
86 votes

#13 - Parity Begins at Home

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/24/1965

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".

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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A Star Named Arnold is Born (1)
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8.53
40 votes

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

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired 4/3/1968

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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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

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/17/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6
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8.49
92 votes

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

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/10/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Exodus to Bleedswell
star
8.48
42 votes

#17 - Exodus to Bleedswell

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 1/25/1967

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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The Best Laid Plans
star
8.44
81 votes

#18 - The Best Laid Plans

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/6/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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My Mother the Countess
star
8.38
42 votes

#19 - My Mother the Countess

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired 2/14/1968

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Love Comes to Arnold Ziffel
star
8.35
72 votes

#20 - Love Comes to Arnold Ziffel

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/20/1967

Fred Ziffel objects to Arnold's love affair with Haney's "basket" hound Cynthia. Realizing that their relationship can never work, Arnold breaks things off. When Cynthia performs miserably at the county field trials, Haney wants to sue over his heartbroken hound.

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Oliver Buys A Farm
star
8.28
159 votes

#21 - Oliver Buys A Farm

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/15/1965

New York lawyer Oliver Douglas quits his job at the law firm of Felton, O'Connell, Clay, Blakely, Harmon, Dillion & Pasteur and buys a farm in Hooterville, sight unseen. The locals are astounded that Haney had managed to unload the place on someone and try to talk him out of it. Laying her eyes on the dilapidated farmhouse for the first time, Lisa bursts into tears.

Directors: Ralph Levy
Writer: Jay Sommers
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The Ballad of Molly Turgis
star
8.19
16 votes

#22 - The Ballad of Molly Turgis

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired 4/6/1966

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Lisa the Helpmate
star
8.11
124 votes

#23 - Lisa the Helpmate

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/3/1965

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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His Honor
star
8.00
13 votes

#24 - His Honor

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/11/1967

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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Sprained Ankle, Country Style
star
7.95
78 votes

#25 - Sprained Ankle, Country Style

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/2/1966

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.

Directors: Richard L. Bare
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