9 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘Green Acres’
7. Where is Hooterville?
The name of the state where Hooterville was located was never mentioned in the show; however, during the first episode, Oliver told his wife Lisa that he had to fly to Chicago and change planes a few times in order to get to the town. In a different episode, Oliver said that the state capital of Springfield, Illinois, was only a four-hour drive away. It was assumed that because Paul Henning and his wife spent summers in Eldon, Missouri, near the train station, that Hooterville was probably located in Southern Mississippi.
6. The Rural Purge
During the show’s sixth season, Green Acres placed 34th out of 96 shows in the Neilson ratings. In spite of how well it was doing in its time slot, the show was cancelled in the spring of 1971 in what has become known as the “rural purge.” CBS’s sponsors were pressuring the network to have more urban-themed shows, so they cancelled all of their rural-themed shows to make room. Some of the shows that were also cancelled included The Andy Griffith Show, The Beverly Hillbillies, Mister Ed, Lassie, Petticoat Junction and Hee Haw.