The BEST Episodes of Green Acres

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 27, 2020

Network: CBS

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

What's in a Name?

#1 - What's in a Name?

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Feb 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.

star 9.37
46 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
The Day of Decision

#2 - The Day of Decision

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 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.

star 9.29
49 votes
My Husband, the Rooster Renter

#3 - My Husband, the Rooster Renter

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 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.

star 9.17
106 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Lisa Bakes a Cake

#4 - Lisa Bakes a Cake

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 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.

star 9.15
55 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Give Me Land, Lots of Land

#5 - Give Me Land, Lots of Land

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 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.

star 9.00
54 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
I Didn't Raise My Husband to Be a Fireman

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

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.96
55 votes
What Happened in Scranton?

#7 - What Happened in Scranton?

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.91
58 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
How to Enlarge a Bedroom

#8 - How to Enlarge a Bedroom

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.89
62 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Lisa Has a Calf

#9 - Lisa Has a Calf

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 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.

star 8.81
70 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
The Decorator

#10 - The Decorator

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.76
125 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Lisa's First Day on the Farm

#11 - Lisa's First Day on the Farm

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.74
149 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Furniture, Furniture, Who's Got the Furniture?

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

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.72
76 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
A Star Named Arnold is Born (1)

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

Season 3 - Episode 29 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.69
39 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Parity Begins at Home

#14 - Parity Begins at Home

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Nov 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".

star 8.63
93 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
You Can't Plug in a 2 with a 6

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

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.56
98 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Exodus to Bleedswell

#16 - Exodus to Bleedswell

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.54
41 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Bob Marcus, David Braverman
Don't Call Us, We'll Call You

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

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 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.

star 8.48
102 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
The Best Laid Plans

#18 - The Best Laid Plans

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 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.

star 8.45
85 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
The Ballad of Molly Turgis

#19 - The Ballad of Molly Turgis

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Apr 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.

star 8.39
18 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Love Comes to Arnold Ziffel

#20 - Love Comes to Arnold Ziffel

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.39
71 votes
My Mother the Countess

#21 - My Mother the Countess

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired Feb 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.

star 8.37
43 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
Oliver Buys A Farm

#22 - Oliver Buys A Farm

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 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.

star 8.30
169 votes
Directors: Ralph Levy
Writers: Jay Sommers
The Rains Came

#23 - The Rains Came

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired May 18, 1966

A drought in Hooterville has crops wilting in the fields. Oliver is so desperate, he agrees to pay Haney $350 if he can bring some relief. That's when Haney presents dancing Chief Thundercloud. When the rains eventually arrive, Oliver refuses to pay. He says the Chief's dancing is not what did the trick.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers
His Honor

#24 - His Honor

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired Jan 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.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Al Schwartz, Dick Chevillat
Double Drick

#25 - Double Drick

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Mar 23, 1966

Tired of repairing the rickety generator that Haney sold him, Oliver checks on the status of his electricity. Learning that his application was never mailed, Oliver decides to deal with the power company in person. He finds that nothing in Hooterville is done simply--or correctly; he ends up with a meter that runs even when it's disconnected and another pole by the bedroom window.

star 8.20
20 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dick Chevillat, Jay Sommers