9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Green Acres’
Green Acres is a sitcom classic. Running from September 1965 to April 1971, the show followed city slickers, Oliver Wendell Douglas (played by Eddie Albert) and Lisa Douglas (played by Eva Gabor), as they left their life of luxury in Manhattan for a country farm. It’s been over 40 years since the series went off the air and there’s still a lot that people don’t know about the show, so check out these 9 things you didn’t know about Green Acres:
9. Based on a Radio Show
After the success of shows like The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, CBS offered their creator Paul Henning another half hour slot in the schedule with no pilot required. He asked Jay Sommers (screenwriter and executive producer for Petticoat Junction) to create a series for that time slot, so Sommers created a show based on the 1950’s radio series Granby’s Green Acres, which starred Gale Gordon and Bea Benaderet.
8. Some Real-Life Inspiration
The premise for the show – a wealthy city clicker leaving a lucrative job in the city to move to a farm – was actually taken from Jay Sommers’ life. “I got the idea from my stepfather when I was a kid,” he said. “He wanted a farm in the worst way and he finally got one. I remember having to hoe potatoes. I hated it. I won’t even do the gardening at our home now, I was so resentful as a child.”