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YMMV / The Beverly Hillbillies

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Miss Hathaway is a lesbian, with her crush on Jethro as a front. This is helped along, obviously, by the Real Life lesbianism of both of her actresses — Nancy Kulp (in the TV series) and Lily Tomlin (in the film).
    • Elly-May could potentially be an FTM trans man, as she seemed actually quite pleased when Ms. Hathaway confused her for a man, and her natural discomfort wearing feminine clothing.
    • Although he's often the bad guy in the story compared to Miss Hathaway, Mr. Drysdale is simply a man trying to please his clients at all costs
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  • Critical Dissonance: Upon its premiere, critics roundly panned the series as unfunny and hoped the series would flop. Viewers, however, adored the show to the point where it was the top-rated program in the country for the first two seasons. It consistently remained in the top 30 until the ninth and final season.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Sonny only appeared in ten episodes, but his actor received lots of fan mail.
  • Viewer Name Confusion: Some sources refer to Irene Ryan's character as "Granny Clampett." She is actually Jed Clampett's mother-in-law and her character's name is Daisy Moses.
  • Vindicated by History: The show remains a staple of syndicated television to this day, and still brings in decent ratings, mostly on digital subchannels dedicated to reruns of this nature — so much so that it's hard to believe critics absolutely hated it when it first aired.


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