The Best Episodes of Green Acres

Last Updated: May 31, 2019

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

The Picnic

#1 - The Picnic

Season 5 - Episode 22

Oliver wants to have a simple, romantic Sunday picnic with Lisa. His afternoon for two turns into an irritating crowd when everyone invites themselves and tags along. Joining the couple are Eb, his girlfriend Linda and her accordion, her parents, Sam Drucker, his date and her sousaphone, Hank Kimball, Linda's Grandpa and some old lady he hit on at the gas station. That night, Oliver and Lisa take refuge in the barn when the crowd shows up at their house.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Uncle Fedor

#2 - Uncle Fedor

Season 5 - Episode 24

Lisa's skittish Uncle Fedor uses the Douglases home to hide out--mostly under the bed and sofa. He claims he's on the run from the Secet Police who want him for smuggling a secret formula. When a man with a scar and another without an ear are spotted in Hooterville, his wild tale starts to seem believable.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Coming-Out Party

#3 - The Coming-Out Party

Season 6 - Episode 2

Lori, the little girl who missed the train back to the city, is staying with the Douglases. Lisa's plan to introduce her to the local children by having a party and gets out of hand; the festivities grow to include an elephant and Haney giving biplane rides. While Oliver fights to downsize her event, he searches for a replacement part for his ancient Hoyt-Clagwell tractor so he can begin planting.

star 9.50
2 votes
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King Oliver I

#4 - King Oliver I

Season 6 - Episode 20

The govenor announces "Our state is bankrupt" and that he is raising taxes 52%. Hooterville responds by blowing up the bridge over the swamp and forming their own kingdom, headed by King Oliver the I. King Oliver is wearing a crown because he ate the oleo margerine.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Eb Uses His Ingenuity

#5 - Eb Uses His Ingenuity

Season 4 - Episode 23

All of Hooterville is excited about the upcoming big dance. Eb, however, is obsessed with raising $20 to buy his girlfriend a birthday present. Oliver tells him to be ingenious, so he begins leasing out the Douglases' wardrobe, telling people they're strapped for cash. Eb's big brainstorm: sit for ten babies while their parents go to the dance.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Beeping Rock

#6 - The Beeping Rock

Season 5 - Episode 23

A wild story told by an 11-year-old about his recent trip to the moon enthralls Eb and Lisa. Oliver believes none of it, especially when the kid sells Lisa a "moon rock" for $14. But once the rock starts beeping under the moonlight (and when Arnold snorts at it), he suspects he's the subject of a practical joke. Oliver ships it off to NASA for their scientists to examine.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Happy Birthday

#7 - Happy Birthday

Season 5 - Episode 26

It's Oliver's birthday, and everyone but him wants to celebrate. It also (coincidentally) happens to be Arnold's birthday too. Everyone tries to persuade Oliver to get Arnold a birthday present, while he thinks he deserves one because he's human, while Arnold isn't. It turns out Arnold, and Lisa are the only one's who get Oliver a gift, and when he and Lisa go over to the Ziffel's house for his party, only to find that there wasn't one, they return to find all of their furniture stolen.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Apple-Picking Time

#8 - Apple-Picking Time

Season 6 - Episode 8

Oliver has his first good apple crop, but the valley has no pickers. He suggests the farmers take turns picking each others' crops, but by the time they get to him, they're worn out. Compounding his problems, Lisa's driving lessons include an unplanned wreck with a sheriff's car.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Liberation Movement

#9 - The Liberation Movement

Season 6 - Episode 12

After Lisa hears a women's liberation speaker, she demands that Oliver share the household chores while she runs the farm. While he meets with nothing but red tape while trying to build a tool shed, Lisa gets the permit and completes the building with ease. A skeptical Oliver is in disbelief that his wife is so successful at "men's work".

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Dan Beaumont, Dick Chevillat
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What's in a Name?

#10 - What's in a Name?

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.

star 8.85
13 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Ballad of Molly Turgis

#11 - The Ballad of Molly Turgis

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.

star 8.83
12 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Candidate

#12 - The Candidate

Season 4 - Episode 5

Fed up with the lousy condition of the Hooterville highway, Oliver launches an attack on their beloved state district representative, Ben Hanks. The folksy, duck-calling, guitar-playing politician proves too wily for Oliver, even when caught padding the state payroll with relatives.

star 8.83
6 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Rains Came

#13 - The Rains Came

Season 1 - Episode 30

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 8.80
10 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Birthday Gift

#14 - The Birthday Gift

Season 4 - Episode 13

For Lisa's birthday gift, Oliver plans to gets her a horse. Mr Haney delivers one, and it's not your average nag. Its name is Mr. Fred, a talking horse who's also a has-been TV star. Meanwhile, the locals decide that Lisa has a drinking habit and attempt an intervention.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Day of Decision

#15 - The Day of Decision

Season 1 - Episode 22

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 8.75
16 votes
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Eb Returns

#16 - Eb Returns

Season 3 - Episode 16

Eb is embarassed to tell the Douglases that he was stood up at the altar and took his honeymoon trip alone. He begs an old girlfriend, Cynthia, to pose as his new bride just long enough to meet his "parents". She agrees if it won't take long since she has a big date to get ready for.

star 8.71
7 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Thing

#17 - The Thing

Season 3 - Episode 9

Oliver is tired of paying storage for something neither he or Lisa can recall, so he has it shipped to Hooterville. Inside a giant crate is a genuine Stavinski birdbath that Lisa had bought years earlier for Oliver's birthday. The hideous collection of pipes and faucets leads Oliver to plot "the thing's" demise.

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Confrontation

#18 - The Confrontation

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.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Spot Remover

#19 - The Spot Remover

Season 6 - Episode 19

Lisa's Uncle Boris sends her a jar of his incredibly effective cleaning fluid. It removes stains from suit coats and rugs, not to mention green from toupees. Seeing dollar signs, Haney sneaks a sample and has it analyzed; the secret formula ends up being a magical recipe for cabbage soup.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Culture

#20 - Culture

Season 1 - Episode 31

The "Every Other Wednesday Afternoon Discussion Club" decides to bring culture to the valley by starting the Hooterville Symphony Orchestra. Oliver calls the women "nuts" for considering such a ridiculous idea. Undeterred, Lisa calls her conductor friend Sir Geffory, aka "Poopsie", to come and conduct the orchestra. What he encounters is the Hooterville Volunteer Fire Department Marching Band playing the only song they know.

star 8.64
11 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Double Drick

#21 - Double Drick

Season 1 - Episode 25

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 8.60
15 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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The Rummage Sale

#22 - The Rummage Sale

Season 4 - Episode 2

The Douglases are asked to donate old clothing to a charity rummage sale. Lisa is glad to give away Oliver's entire wardrobe, but can't part with any of her dresses. Each has a memory attached, leading to flashbacks of Oliver asking Lisa's father for her hand in marriage, the Douglases' honeymoon in Switzerland and their first party in their new Park Avenue apartment.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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Alf and Ralph Break Up

#23 - Alf and Ralph Break Up

Season 3 - Episode 14

Alf and Ralph announce that they are FINALLY going to finish the bedroom for Lisa and Oliver, but when a fight breaks out between brother and sister, Ralph comes to stay with the Douglas's and since Ralph refuses to work on the bedroom because it reminds her of Alf, Lisa hires her as the maid, but when Oliver realizes she's a good cook he has trouble letting go of her, Alf eventually comes and apologizes and the two go home, Oliver then realizes that Lisa is a good plasterer and goes into the bedroom with Oliver.

star 8.57
7 votes
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Never Look a Gift Tractor in the Mouth

#24 - Never Look a Gift Tractor in the Mouth

Season 1 - Episode 27

Lisa wants to surprise Oliver with a new tractor for his birthday. To keep it out of sight, she has it delivered to the Ziffels' farm. The old couple mistakes it as a gift from Mrs. Douglas, leading Doris to think that Fred and Lisa are having a torrid affair.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Jay Sommers, Dick Chevillat
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His Honor

#25 - His Honor

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.

star 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Richard L. Bare
Writers: Al Schwartz, Dick Chevillat
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