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15. The Show Was Cancelled While it Was Still Popular

The Beverly Hillbillies was still popular in 1971 when the CBS executive Fred Silverman decided to pull the plug. This wasn’t because of a ratings drop but because of how many other “rural” shows were on the network at the time. They included The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres and the network just didn’t want to get pigeon-holed into that niche, even though it was successful.

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