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Okey dokey, my dad and I have ...

Clockwise, from bottom right: Bea Benaderet and the girls of Petticoat Junction

Question: Okey dokey, my dad and I have a bet riding on this one. My father says that Petticoat Junction came before The Beverly Hillbillies and that Kate and Pearl, though both played by the late, great Bea Benaderet, were not related. I, on the other hand, say that the Hillbillies came before Petticoat — and I am pretty darn sure that there was something about Kate and Pearl being distant cousins or something of the sort. Who's right? Thanks!Answer: Looks like it's a draw on this one, Ashley. And since you broke the age-old Televisionary rule and didn't tell me what your bet was (and that's Mr. Okey Dokey to you, by the way), all I can say is it's either a wash and you owe each other nothing, or you should buy something nice for one another. You're right on the first count: The Beverly Hillbillies read more

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Premiered: October 12, 1950, on CBS
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Premise: One of the most enduring, successful and beloved teams in show biz bring their act to television, with George playing the bemused, wryly exasperated, cigar-chomping straight man (who occasionally breaks the fourth wall by directly addressing viewers), while Gracie's zany sense of logic does the rest. After an eight-year run, CBS said `Goodnight, Gracie' in 1958.

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