The Best Episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies
Last Updated: Jun 6, 2019
The Beverly Hillbillies is among the most successful comedies in American television history, and remains one of the few sitcoms to involve serial plotlines. It centered around Jed Clampett, a simple backwoods mountaineer who becomes a millionaire when oil is discovered on his property and then moves his family to Beverly Hills. The fish-out-of-water farce ran for nine seasons.
#1 - Dog Days
Season 6 - Episode 27
Granny threatens to leave unless Elly gets rid of her menagerie.
#2 - The Clampetts in New York
Season 8 - Episode 7
Phil Silvers as con man Shifty Shafer. Partly filmed in New York.
#3 - Jane Finds Elly a Man
Season 8 - Episode 4
Jane and Jethro become involved in the search for Elly's groom-to-be.
#4 - The Rass'lin' Clampetts
Season 6 - Episode 22
Granny and Mrs. Drysdale have a scrap and Jed’s ashamed of Granny for fightin’ with the neighbour. Jethro says that in Beverly Hills everyone rassles, he’s seen it on TV. The Clampetts gather around the TV to watch the Boston strong girl battle it out with sweet lil ol’ Rebecca who only rassles to earn money so her parents won’t be evicted from their farm. Granny wants Jethro to take her to the wrestling centre. They’re standing at ringside when the Boston strong girl is beatin’ up on sweet lil Rebecca. Granny can’t take it any more and climbs in to the ring and beats up the Boston strong girl.
#5 - The Week Before Christmas
Season 7 - Episode 13
The hustle and bustle increases as Christmas nears.
#6 - Buzz Bodine, Boy General
Season 8 - Episode 15
Jethro arrives in Hooterville wearing the uniform of a general.
#7 - The Soap Opera
Season 6 - Episode 26
Granny thinks her favourite TV soap opera is real. She invites the star to the Mansion because on the show he was sick and she wanted to Doctor him. When she thinks she’s cured him off he goes back to work. Next day Granny sees him sick on TV again, so this time asks Jethro to take her to the TV studio because something there must be making him sick. When they arrive He’s in the operating theatre and Granny takes him home so he’ll get better under her care.
#8 - Ghost of Clampett Castle
Season 7 - Episode 5
Mr. Drysdale wants to go home, but the Clampetts aren’t ready to go yet. Faversham tells him about the Ghost of Clampett castle. Mr. Drysdale thinks this will scare the Clampetts and they’ll want to go home. Mr. Drysdale tells them the story and Jethro wants to hold a seance to contact the ghost. Mr. Drysdale dresses as a ghost and almost has them packing their bags until Granny shoots the “ghost” with her shotgun and he goes howling down the hall. On the trip home Mr. Drysdale has to stand all the way ’cause he can’t sit down.
#9 - Cousin Roy in Movieland
Season 7 - Episode 18
Roy arrives @ the Clampett house hoping to make it in show biz. Problem is, he doesn’t have the money. So Jed decides to back up Roy. Meanwhile, Jethro faces eviction from his office @ the Commerce Bank of Beverly Hills. Mr. Drysdale demands the $5,000 rent. Jed tries to have Jethro become Roy’s agent, but Jethro doesn’t want any country hick acts. So he changes Roy to being part of a group. When Roy’s new act bombs, Jed and Mr. Drysdale advise Jethro to stick with country music after Roy’s record becomes a hit! But Jethro tore the contract and starts begging for Roy to come back!
#10 - The Phantom Fifth Floor
Season 7 - Episode 20
Chaos is rampant at Clampett Enterprises.
#11 - Sam Drucker's Visit
Season 7 - Episode 23
Sam Drucker (Frank Cady) foments family unrest when he visits the hillbillies.
#12 - The Jogging Clampetts
Season 7 - Episode 25
Jogging mania seizes the hillbillies and Drysdale.
#13 - Hotel for Women
Season 8 - Episode 23
The Clampett mansion may become a hotel for single women.
#14 - Doctor, Cure My Frog
Season 9 - Episode 6
Granny believes that Elly's beau is a web-footed freak.
#15 - The Grunion Invasion
Season 9 - Episode 13
The Clampetts go to war against a school of fish.
#16 - The Great Tag-Team Match
Season 6 - Episode 23
Rebecca and her Manager come to the Clampetts’ place. The Manager wants a rematch between Granny and the Boston strong girl. Granny says no. Jed offers to pay Rebecca’s parents mortgage and writes them a cheque. Rebecca and Manager want to cash cheque but instead bring Rebecca’s parents to meet the Clampetts. Rebecca’s Manager convinces Granny to fight with the Boston strong girls parents in a tag team match and Granny beats them all single handed.
#17 - Cousin Roy
Season 6 - Episode 30
Cousin Roy arrives and wants to open a Hollywood branch of Mother Mabel’s elixir. Granny doesn’t want her old rival Mabel to be sucessful at her expense, so Granny and Jethro set up a stall on the sidewalk to sell Granny’s elixir. That is until a cop arrests them for operating a stall without a permit. Mr. Drysdale flys Mother Myrtle out to Beverly Hills and just as Jethro and Granny arrive home, she sees Myrtle and runs into the house for her gun.
#18 - The Great Cook-Off
Season 7 - Episode 8
A temporary but tempting Italian cook stirs up a storm.
#19 - Bonnie, Flatt, and Scruggs
Season 7 - Episode 9
Musicians Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs play themselves in a spoof of Bonnie and Clyde
#20 - Foggy Mountain Soap
Season 5 - Episode 14
The Clampetts help Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs make a soap commercial.
#21 - A Plot for Granny
Season 6 - Episode 9
Jed wants to find some land for Granny to raise some crops, but he accidentally calls a cemetery.
#22 - The Reserve Program
Season 6 - Episode 12
Jethro goes to join the Army Reserve wearing an old uniform from Granny's Grandpappy and is mistaken for an extra in a Civil War movie.
#23 - The Great Snow
Season 6 - Episode 21
Granny is homesick for snow back in Bugtussle, but Mr Drysdale tries to trick them into staying home.
#24 - Jethro Proposes
Season 6 - Episode 24
Granny wants Jed to propose marriage to Miss Jane. He says no, so she asks Jethro. Jethro is going to ask but meets Ilsa on the way and forgets all about it. Granny tells him to invite Miss Jane to dinner at a fancy restaurant where he can ask her then. Granny and Elly sit at the next booth where they can hear what’s happening and coach Jethro when needed. Jethro asks, Miss Jane accepts and Jethro runs. Later Miss Jane reluctantly turns down his proposal.
#25 - The Clampetts Fiddle Around
Season 6 - Episode 25
Miss Jane and Jethro attend a violin recital and Miss Jane suggests Jethro takes violin lessons.