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TV: Series Premiere of “Petticoat Junction”

Sept. 24, 1963 - Tonight marks the series premiere of “Petticoat Junction,” a half-hour situation comedy airing at 9:30 p.m. on CBS. The series takes place at the Shady Rest Hotel, which is run by Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet); her three daughters, Billie Jo (Jeannine Riley), Bobbie Jo (Pat Woodell), and Betty Jo (Linda Kaye Henning); and her Uncle Joe Carson (Edgar Buchanan). The series is a “spin-off” of the highly successful “The Beverly Hillbillies,” which premiered last year. Both series were created by Paul Henning. On tonight’s episode, the struggling Shady Rest Hotel is further jeopardized when a no-nonsense railroad vice president is dispatched to investigate the apparently forgotten spur line that connects the towns of Hooterville and Pixley.


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