Arnold the Pig in a musical moment.
Too many people think of Green Acres as just another hick sitcom, like Petticoat Junction and The Beverly Hillbillies (though to be fair, The Beverly Hillbillies could sometimes be genuinely funny). But Green Acres was a brilliant post-modern parody of those shows, and I have been delighting in reruns on Old People TV (did you know Tom Selleck is doing reverse mortgage commercials!?).
Loosely based on a short-lived radio series, Green Acres starred comic aces Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, backed by a supporting cast so terrific it would be unfair to single anyone out, and staffed by writers and directors who came up with material as wonderfully insane as the pre-MGM Marx Brothers movies. Take a look at these opening-credit sequences:
Lisa Douglas is, by the way, my Spirit Animal (I have to say “Ziss has been a Filmvays Presentation, dahling” with her after every episode). The scripts are packed with more obscure pop-culture references than a whole season of Archer (I remember Alf and Ralph Monroe calling each other “Brenda and Cobina” at one point). Oliver and Lisa Douglas were, I maintain, the sexiest couple on ’60s TV (after all, we never saw Gomez and Morticia actually in bed together!). The fact that Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor were 59 and 46 when the show started makes them even hotter.
I leave you with this snippet, which cannot have amused Eva’s sister, and my sincere advice to dash off to Sam Drucker’s and pick up the Green Acres boxed set to play on your Victrola: