The story about a man named Jed took the ’60s and early ’70s by storm; of course we’re talking about The Beverly Hillbillies.

Jed, Elly May, Jethro and the rest of the characters became household names thanks to the American sitcom.

The series ran from 1962 – 1971 with an impressive nine seasons. This led to tons of Hillbillies merchandise being bought, as well as a spin-off show and even a film in the ’90s.

But what don’t you know about the hit show that made everyone laugh? Here are 28 surprising facts about The Beverly Hillbillies. 

No. 1 Theme Song

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Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs are the musicians behind the memorable theme tune for The Beverly Hillbillies. The duo reached number one in the charts with ‘The Ballad of Jed Clampett’. The guys even had a few cameo appearances in the series themselves!


Original Title


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When the show first came about in production, it was going to be called ‘The Hillbillies of Beverly Hills’ and it even was for the pilot episode. Producers thought it sounded a lot better as The Beverly Hillbillies so quickly changed it.

Hillbillies Casino


Max Bear Jr., actor and son of heavyweight boxing legend Max Bear, played the role of Jethro. After the show came to an end, Junior received the licensing rights for the Hillbillies brand to put on things such as food and slot machines. For years he has dreamed of building a whole casino based on the hit ’60s show, but the plans have always fell through.

The Jalopy

The 1921 broken-down Oldsmobile Model 46 Roadster appeared in a few episodes and was a huge hit with the Beverly Hillbillies fans. In 1976, the car was donated to a museum.