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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Remembering the 'rural purge'

Next month marks the 40th anniversary of when CBS said goodbye to Jed and all his kin and cancelled The Beverly Hillbillies as part of the network's "rural purge" — a cancellation of shows (in 1971 almost half of the CBS's shows were axed and urban sitcoms like All in the Family started) that included two of my favorite shows: Green Acres and Hee Haw.

Buddy Ebsen and Irene Ryan do a promo for St. Louis broadcasting legend Jim Bolen's '60s jazz radio show.

Jethro learns that "C is for cigarette."