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2. Critics Hated the Show

While the public quickly fell head over heels for the show, the critics were another matter. They thought it was in poor taste to make fun of simple, uneducated people culture clashing with the rich. The New York Times wrote that the show was “strained and unfunny.” Variety said it was “painful to sit through.” Time said the show used “the lowest form of humor,” and another critic said, “If television is America’s vast wasteland, the ‘Hillbillies’ must be Death Valley.” Critique it all you want, the show ran for nine years, was the top ranking show for two of them, and got seven Emmy nominations during that time. Fans and critics don’t always think alike.

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