The Beverly Hillbillies is one of the most beloved shows in television history, and kept us watching and laughing for years, but it turns out there were plenty of secrets behind the scenes the producers never wanted the fans to see. We’ve got all the juicy details on your favorite hillbillies, so ya’ll better check it out!
Not the Critics’ Choice
The long running show was a hit for a little over nine years. Fans really connected with simple country folk making a mess of things in snooty Beverly Hills. Critics, however, simply couldn’t see the appeal. Despite the show earning seven Emmy nominations over the years, critics still found it “strained and unfunny” and “painful to sit through”.
Despite their views, no one can argue with the series’ popularity and success, making it one of the most viewed shows on television. The studio tried to recapture the magic by making a film version in 1993, but the film got awful reviews and had only moderate earnings. The original spark just wasn’t there.
Actress Turned Politician
Nancy Kulp played the role of Miss Jane Hathaway on the show, as a love starved and perpetually single woman. She was a great actress, but had many other talents, she was also a teacher, linguist and aspiring politician.
Kulp had studied to become a publicist, but after her move to Hollywood, she found herself in front of the camera and not behind the scenes. After nine years on “The Beverly Hillbillies”, she quit acting and turned to politics, and ran as the democratic nominee for the US House of Representatives for Pennsylvania.