APRIL MOVIE THON DAY 17: Return to Green Acres (1990)

If you can get past Arnold the pig putting flowers on the grave of Doris Ziffel in the credits, well, Green Acres was back. For two hours or so.

After 25 years, Oliver and Lisa Douglas (Edward Albert and Eva Gabor) are finally sick of farm living and moves back to Park Avenue. With them gone, Mr. Haney (Pat Buttram) no longer has someone to match, well, wits with and goes full final boss and sells everyone’s homes to land developers who are planning on bulldozing all of Hooterville. So, as you can imagine, everyone goes from Green Acres to New York City to bring Oliver and his lawyer abilities back.

As the 25th anniversary of the show, this is a fine end to the story, as the Oliver and Lisa finally realize that Green Acres is where they want to stay. This was directed by William Asher, who directed plenty of beach movies like Muscle Beach PartyBeach Blanket BingoBikini Beach and How to Stuff a Wild Bikini. He also created The Patty Duke Show.  One of the writers of this TV movie, Guy Shulman, also wrote All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Nick at Nite helped so many shows like Green Acres find a new audience. I’ve watched it any time it aired in syndication, as it’s literally comfort food for my tense and nervous mind.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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