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Old 01-08-2017, 01:48 PM   #1
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There's been some discussion in past threads about how alike these two shows are. I think both the premise and the style of humor on both series is very similar.

There is the obvious, in that a city couple moves from New York to a rural area (Vermont and Hooterville) and buys an old, decrepit home where they start a new way of life. The two couples then hire a handyman (George and Eb) and come to discover the strange residents and traditions of their town.

A major theme in both shows is the "straight man" reacting to insanity around him, executed perfectly by Bob Newhart and Eddie Albert. Often the entire town (in Green Acres that would include Lisa as well) would conspire against him, operating on logic and laws only they knew, and in the end he'd almost always lose.

There was also that time Mr. Kimball (Alvy Moore) showed up at the Stratford Inn as a deliveryman.
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A major theme in both shows is the "straight man" reacting to insanity around him, executed perfectly by Bob Newhart and Eddie Albert. Often the entire town (in Green Acres that would include Lisa as well) would conspire against him, operating on logic and laws only they knew, and in the end he'd almost always lose.
I've long thought that there's a fairly deep theme or moral behind "Green Acres": that happy people will make themselves happy anywhere and unhappy ones will do the opposite. Lisa loved her shopping and lunch-with-the-girls life in Manhattan, and within a year she was back to her old self even though the shopping was at Drucker's Store and her girlfriends consisted of Eleanor and the chickens. Oliver, meanwhile, achieved his dream of being a farmer but was still aggravation personified.

Thanks for the tip on Alvy Moore. I had checked out on Newhart by Season 7, but just looked up the episode on youtube.
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Must be why both shows are 2 of my absolute favorites!
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Another connection:

Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor did the voices of Bernard and Bianca in "The Rescuers" and "The Rescuers Down Under".
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Oliver and Lisa would have made for a good cameo appearance on Newhart.
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In the season 8 episode of Newhart, "Ramblin' Michael Harris", Michael sings the Green Acres theme.

Another connection: both male leads married much younger women. Eddie Albert was 13 years older than Eva Gabor and Bob Newhart was 14 years older than Mary Frann. Both wives also happened to be blondes.
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Another connection: both male leads married much younger women.
As I've mentioned before, Newhart was 43 when he started his first sitcom, 53 his second, and 63 his third. The actresses who played his TV wives were 35, 39, and 40. He was 68 when George and Leo started, so I guess he didn't think a 41-year old wife was plausible and he opted for a dead one, instead.
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