YMMV: The Beverly Hillbillies

  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Miss Hathaway is a lesbian. This is helped along, obviously, by the Real Life 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.
  • Deader Than Disco: 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.
  • Dude, Not Funny!: 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...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? "Got started early, huh? Must be from our neck of the woods".
    • A Made-for-TV reunion movie carried the ball even farther, depicting an "old maid's home" where girls 18, 19, and older who were not married yet were sent to live.
  • Ear Worm: 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."
  • Idiot Plot: EVERY EPISODE.
  • Vindicated by History