Question: "TV. 'Beverly Hillbillies,' 'Petticoat Junction,' 'Green Acres' all were real popular during this time."
     "Yes, they were. They were good shows."
     Question: "They kind of tended to treat farmers as…"
     "Hicks. Yes they did. They did kind of put a slant on it – slant on us that we were not to literate. We were not too much with it. They were good for humor, especially for us farmers. We could laugh at them because they were so ridiculous. I don't know, I'd kind of like to have a few shows like that back again. [She laughs.] I'm tired of mysteries and murders and forensics and all that for television entertainment.… They poked fun at us, but then you're not a very – that's part of a good personality if you can laugh at yourself… 'Green Acres' I thought was one of my favorites. They were so ignorant and that – the satire of the county agent! [She laughs.] I guess I have to get that one channel, cable channel that still reruns all those…
     "Well, to give you an example of how far our younger generation is from the satire of a rural life – I gave my granddaughter a 'Beverly Hillbillies' video for Christmas. She hasn't even opened it yet. She just can't see what on earth Grandma was thinking about. [She laughs.]"

Beulah Gocke – Rural Hicks on TV


Other Excerpts from Beulah Gocke’s Interview:

Baby Boomers
Cold War Close to Home
Why Not Leave Farming?
Adopting New Technology
Truck Farming
Raising Sheep
Keeping Up with Chemistry
Droughts in the 50s
Omaha Stockyards