* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Miss Hathaway is a lesbian. This is helped along, obviously, by the RealLife lesbianism of actress Nancy Kulp.
** But how does that jibe with Miss Hathaway's obvious crush on Jethro? Unless...she's actually got a crush on Jethrine.
** Not impossible Miss Hathaway was at least a little bi-sided. She may have suspected all along he'd never return her interest, and just liked the thrill of the chase.
*** It could just be a matter of HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday. Judging by the time period, she would have had to do that to keep her job most likely.
* DeaderThanDisco: Almost no one would admit to liking this series, even when it was No. 1 in the ratings back in the 1960s.
** Well, maybe it ''should'' be, but the show remains a staple of syndicated television to this day, and still brings in decent ratings.
* DudeNotFunny: The family's belief that young, unmarried Elly Mae is practically an over-the-hill spinster merely plays on a long-founded history of humorous stereotypes of hillbillies. Still, the episode in which Granny makes Elly wear a little girl-ish dress and carry a doll so that she will appear of marriageable age to a potential suitor...[[{{Squick}} well...]]
** This isn't helped with one of the earlier episodes which had the Clampett's confuse a twenty something caterer for a widow with children. When Jed asks how many kids she has, she thinks he is talking about coworkers and replies "Eight". Jed's response? "[[TeenPregnancy Got started early, huh?]] Must be from our neck of the woods".
** A MadeForTV [[ReunionShow reunion movie]] carried the ball even farther, depicting an [[ChristmasCake "old maid's home"]] where girls 18, 19, and older who were not married yet were sent to live.
* EarWorm: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqxALGKvRoQ&lc=G3jb7h7d2aSz1pEdrA6n-5D72BaZpfJ7fgQ7APGbLts The theme song]]. I ''dare'' you to deny it.
** Humorist Dave Barry: "If you surveyed a hundred typical middle-aged Americans, I bet you'd find that only two of them could tell you their blood types, but every last one of them would know the theme song from ''The Beverly Hillbillies''."
* IdiotPlot: EVERY EPISODE.
** TropesAreNotBad: It works with the type of show it is.
* VindicatedByHistory
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