'Green Acres:' Country Living With Eva Gabor And Arnold The Pig

By | August 26, 2018

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Eva Gabor and Eddie Albert embrace in a publicity still for the CBS series Green Acres. Eddie and Eva play husband and wife on the show. Source: Getty Images/Bettmann

Green Acres was one of those wacky television sitcoms that surfaced in the '60s. It was a show that chronicled the day to day lives of a wealthy New York City Lawyer, Oliver Douglas and his beautiful wife, turned farmers, seemingly overnight. They gave up their luxurious, Park Avenue lifestyle to move to the country for a simpler life; they just had no idea what they were in for.

Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor, as Oliver and Lisa Douglas, were the perfect examples of the jet-setter lifestyle; until they gave it all up and moved to Hooterville, that is.

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Left: Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. Right: Arnold the Pig. Sources: IMDB; eBay

The Beverly Hillbillies, another popular television sitcom in the '60s, had a similar storyline, only on the flip side. The Clampett family was a story of "rags to riches," whereas the Douglas' story was one of "riches to rags." Following the great success of The Beverly Hillbillies, producers wanted to take a stab at portraying what it would be like to have it all and give it up for the simple life. Who in their right mind would do that?