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Old 01-26-2017, 09:14 PM   #1
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Default Ralph Monroe - most underrated character

I think Ralph's time on the series is underrated. Mary Grace Canfield brought so much to that role. You could count on Ralph for chipper optimism ("Howdy Doody!"), sly arrogance toward Mr. Douglas, and emotional range when it came to boyfriend "Hanky". She was a rich fully developed character.

She seemed to be the only one of the townsfolk who was on Oliver's level of intelligence and who understood his confusion, despite disapproving of his frustration just the same. With that she was capable of firing unexpected insults and jabs back at him. One of my favorite Ralph moments was in "The Thing" when a massive crate is delivered to the farm.

When Lisa explains some ridiculous old Hungarian method of getting the crate open, Oliver says "What???"

Ralph then repeats what Lisa said.

Oliver: (frustrated) "I heard her the first time."

Ralph: (matter-of-factly with a tone of impatience) "But you didn't understand her. I could tell by the blank look on your face."

Ralph routinely defied Mr. Douglas by responding with the same self-assured and condescending attitude, making scenes between them comic gold. It's actually my belief that Ralph worked best when Alf wasn't in the picture. Not to say they didn't have their good moments as well, but Ralph was an extremely funny, well-written character all by herself.

I remember reading that Ms. Canfield never once over the course of the show was guaranteed a contract by Jay Sommers. That just seems wrong and a terrible shame. She was forced to live episode-by-episode, being brought in only when the occasional script required her. As one of my favorite characters on the show I would have loved if she was a full-fledged regular like Eb or Mr. Haney. But of course, that just makes her time on the series even more valuable.
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I think this is mostly right. Everyone has their little moments - like when the whole valley is planting based on Doris's lumbago, and she's actually just playing hooky - but, yes, I think Ralph is most consistent in showing some functional brain cells.

As I was reading through, I was going to mention the thing where the extended cast was stuck, typecast in the role but still formally week-to-week. You have to wonder how all of that could have worked out today, with these huge deals people get.
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I LOVED Ralph Monroe!! She was one of my favorite characters on Green Acres!!!!


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Ralph Monroe, and Fred & Doris Ziffel (the original Doris) are my 3 favorite characters from GA. This show had one of the best supporting casts in TV history.
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Ralph Monroe, and Fred & Doris Ziffel (the original Doris) are my 3 favorite characters from GA. This show had one of the best supporting casts in TV history.

I totally agree! Those three were my favorite characters too!
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I thought Ralph was pretty funny especially with those deadpan expressions she would often make. She was much funnier than her brother Alf.
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I have a lot of favorite characters on this show! Ralph is one. And who can't help but love Lisa! Arnold is a favorite, as well. Fred Ziffel is cool. I love Pat Buttram, but I actually want to kill him as Mr. Haney. Hank Kimball is uber funny, although he's uber annoying at the same time. Sam Drucker probably has the most common sense of all the townsfolk. Joe Carson I always wanted to kill, too. He's just a heartless con man.
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