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Old 11-09-2019, 01:14 AM   #1
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Default Was it only Hooterville that was in a surreal universe or the whole world?

Used to watching the show I thought it was just the town of Hooterville that was a Twilight Zonish, surreal place...BUT watching the show now, when the characters leave Hooterville and make trips to New York, Washington and places like that....people and reality there seem just as "off". The most notable was the Eiffel Tower being in Washington as Oliver looks in disbelief.
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I guess the 'oddness' of Hooterville and other locales depended on where the Douglases happened to be- especially considering how UN-odd "Petticoat Junction" was.

The only odd things that happened on "Petticoat Junction" was when some weird guest took the broken elevator from the lobby to the guest rooms. Oh, and on an early episode Dennis Hopper guested as a supposed beatnik Bobby Jo was smitten with but that character looked more like Wally Cleaver than counterculture type (contrast that with Robbie Douglas's beatnik M3S episode that very same year- 1964!). Yeah a working broken elevator and a beatnik as square as Wally Cleaver didn't compare to all of 'Green Acres' antics!
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I always figured the rest of the world operated like a conventional sitcom but only Hooterville operated like a surreal sitcom.

Generally when visitors come to the farm they take the role of the straight man like Oliver, hopelessly pointing out the abnormalities and trying to rationalize the weirdness.

Whenever the Douglases travel somewhere else the people are definitely unusual but never at quite the same level as the Hooterville natives.
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There's a curious little exchange in "The Hooterville Image" where Newt Kiley reveals that at some point everyone told him that he had to conform his clothes to what everyone else wore. I've wondered if everything that happens there might not be as random as it looks.
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Well, Mr. Ed was pretty out there in a lot of the episodes. When you think about it the Bob Newhart Show and Newhart were both pretty surreal too. But it's hard to think of any show dafter than Green Acres.
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Well, Mr. Ed was pretty out there in a lot of the episodes. When you think about it the Bob Newhart Show and Newhart were both pretty surreal too. But it's hard to think of any show dafter than Green Acres.
I think Get Smart was that type of "surreal" also later movies like Naked Gun and Airplane are like that. I think Naked Gun and Airplane could have taken place in the same Green Acres universe lol
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