After the success of The Beverly Hillbillies and Petticoat Junction, CBS and producer Paul Henning completed a rural sitcom trifecta with this fish-out-of-water comedy. Debuting in 1965, Green Acres ran six seasons and 170 episodes before falling victim to the “rural purge” trend of the early 1970s. Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor starred as a wealthy New York City couple who relocated to a rural community within the same fictional universe as Petticoat Junction‘s Hooterville. The two series shared crossover episodes and multiple characters. But perhaps Green Acres‘s best-known character was Arnold Ziffel—a pig who fits all too comfortably into human life. -A.D.
Today’s Birthdays: Judy Carne, sketch comic (74); Jenna-Louis Coleman, companion (27); Casey Kasem, ghost chaser (81); Jack Klugman, medical examiner (d. 2012); David Lascher, dude ranch employee (41).