Thursday, June 24, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #363: Fish Out of Water (TV Edition)

This being Thursday, it's time for another edition of Thursday Movie Picks, the blogathon run by Wandering Through the Shelves. We're at the last Thursday of the month; after all, next Thursday is July 1 already. So that means another TV-themed edition of the blogathon, with the theme this time being "Fish Out of Water". It took me a little while, but I was able to come up with three sitcoms:

The Beverly Hillbillies (1962-1971). The Clampetts, a hillibilly family who discover oil on their land, making them wealthy enough to move out to Beverly Hills. The resulting culture clash leads to exactly the sorts of jokes you're probably thinking of. A movie version was made in the early 1990s; has it really been that long?

Green Acres (1965-1971). Eddie Albert plays a big-city attorney who has always wanted to live down on the farm. However, he's got a glamorous wife (Eva Gabor) who isn't so thrilled about the move, making her the fish out of water.

Perfect Strangers (1986-1993). Mark Linn-Baker plays a man who has just moved into his first apartment when he gets a surprise visit from distant cousin Balki (Bronson Pinchot) from the Mediterranean island of Mypos, intending to live with his cousin. Balki, of course, has a less than perfect understanding of American culture that leads to much of the show's humor.


ThePunkTheory said...

Beverly Hillbillise is a great pick! 😅

Birgit said...

I almost went with The Beverley Hillbillies which my mom started watching the reruns in the early 2000s and she loved it...especially Granny. Only Max Baer is still alive which is sad. Love Green Acres and used to know that theme song so well. I never saw a man do the chores in a 3 piece suit. They had all that wealth but no money to fix it. Perfect Strangers is another perfect fit. I never watched this much because I couldn't stand Bilki(I think that's his name). Marc Lin Baker looks like my ex when he was young. My mom loved this show as well.