September 26, 2012 11:25 AM

'The Beverly Hillbillies' debuted 50 years ago today

Half of the television sets in America were tuned to “The Beverly Hillbillies” 50 years ago today for the premiere of the corn-pone comedy co-starring Buddy Ebsen, Irene Ryan, Donna Douglas, and Max Baer Jr. Coincidentally, Douglas (Ellie May) turns 80 today.

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