I almost didn’t purchase this set due to the negative comments before the release, but really wanted the 2nd half of the first season that wasn’t on the other DVD set. After watching the first 8 episodes, I thought I’d let other skeptics know that these episodes are full length with Curt Massey’s original music score. Also, in the episodes I’ve seen so far, there are no
product placements on the end credits. Don’t worry, there isn’t a black box
covering up that bar of soap; it’s just not there. If you select special features on the main menu, you can select play all episodes with a brief intro by Linda Kaye Henning (Betty Jo) or Pat Woodell (Bobby Jo) or both of
them in some cases. Now let’s not keep the Petticoat Junction fans waiting, please release the rest of the seasons in a timely manner!
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Contrary to the rumor, there are no TVLand edits on the Petticoat Junction Season 1. All the episodes are about 25 minutes and 30 seconds long. Not sure what’s been changed musically since they never reran this show around my area. But they didn’t snip out major moments like they did on Gomer Pyle.
“Petticoat Junction” was commissioned by CBS-TV in 1963, following the success of “The Beverly Hillbillies” in the previous year. Producer Paul Henning reproduced the formula of his hit, except instead of having hicks come to the big city and lock horns with smarmy city-slickers, in “Petticoat” the city-slickers came out to the country and got charmed or bamboozled by the locals. The comedy wasn’t as broad as on “Hillbillies,” and the show was greatly enhanced by an ensemble cast that included great character actors such as Edgar Buchanan, Frank Cady, Charles Lane and Roy Roberts. (Old-school country music fans might also appreciate the presence of cowboy singer Smiley Burnett in the role of train engineer Charley Pratt…) “Petticoat Junction,” which ran seven seasons and lasted for years in syndication during the next decade, isn’t what you’d call great art, but it was a fun, well-produced show, and you might be surprised by how well it stands up, several decades later. This first collection, with five discs worth of vintage episodes, will give you a glimpse of what television comedy was like, way back in the Kennedy era. It was a simpler time, and looking back at it can be a fine tonic. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)