The Real McCoys

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The Real McCoys
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Also known asThe McCoys (in the 1962–1963 season)
Created byIrving Pincus
Directed byHy Averback
Richard Crenna
Sidney Miller
David Alexander
StarringWalter Brennan
Richard Crenna
Kathleen Nolan
Michael Winkelman
Lydia Reed
Tony Martinez
Madge Blake
Andy Clyde
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes224
Production
Executive producer(s)Danny Thomas
Producer(s)Irving Pincus
Norman Pincus
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Brennan-Westgate
Marterto Productions
DistributorNBC Films
(1968-1969)
SFM Entertainment
Release
Original networkABC (1957–62)
CBS (1962–63)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 3, 1957 (1957-10-03) –
June 23, 1963 (1963-06-23)
Walter Brennan as Amos McCoy
Kathy Nolan and Richard Crenna as Kate and Luke McCoy

The Real McCoys is an American sitcom co-produced by Danny Thomas's Marterto Productions in association with Walter Brennan and Irving Pincus's Westgate Company. The series aired for six seasons, five on the ABC-TV network from 19571962 and a final year, 196263 on CBS. Set in the San Fernando Valley of California, the series was filmed in Hollywood at Desilu studios.

Synopsis[edit]

The Real McCoys revolves around the lives of a family from the Appalachian Mountains who originally hailed from fictional Smokey Corners, West Virginia. The McCoys moved to California to live and work on a farm they inherited from a relative. The family consists of Grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan); his grandson Luke (Richard Crenna), Luke's new wife Kate (Kathleen Nolan), Luke's teenage sister Tallahassie "Hassie" (Lydia Reed), and his 11-year-old brother "Little Luke" (Michael Winkelman). The double-naming of the brothers is explained in the first full episode, when the elder Luke introduces Little Luke to Pepino Garcia (Tony Martinez) and says, "Well, you see, in the excitement of having him, Ma and Pa 'plum' forgot they already had me."[1] Only Crenna appeared in all 225 episodes.

The McCoys' farm had previously been owned by an uncle, Ben McCoy, who died. The former West Virginians join the Grange farm association and hire Pepino as a farm hand after he informs them that he had worked for Ben, serving as his "foreman" on the property. In the episode that aired on January 8, 1962, Pepino becomes an American citizen and takes the surname "McCoy". The McMichaels, a brother and sister combination played by Andy Clyde and Madge Blake in twenty-nine and twenty-one episodes, respectively, lived on the hill not far from the McCoys. Amos McCoy and George McMichael, both mischievous, crotchety old men, would sometimes quarrel, particularly over their games of checkers and horseshoes. Kate is friendly with the much older Flora McMichael, George's sister, and becomes involved with life in the community.

Though still in her twenties, Kate serves as a mother figure for Luke's younger siblings, Hassie and Little Luke, and one episode shows her bewilderment in trying to entice the children to take responsibility for their school studies. Many episodes have a moral theme consistent with the conservative views of Walter Brennan, such as two 1957 segments entitled "You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" with Joseph Kearns, later of Dennis the Menace, and "Gambling Is a Sin", in which Amos allows a casino to advertise on McCoy property before the ethics of the matter is brought to his attention.[2] Other such episodes are "Go Fight City Hall", "The Taxman Cometh", "You Can't Always Be a Hero", "You Never Get Too Old", "Where There's a Will", "Beware a Smart Woman", "Money in the Bank", "How to Win Friends", "You're As Young As You Feel", "Honesty Is the Best Policy", and "Never a Lender Be".[3]

Perhaps one of the more memorable episodes, "The New Well" (October 30, 1958), pits science against folklore, when Grandpa's divining rod proves superior to the paid recommendation of a geologist, played by Joe Flynn, in locating a new water source on the farm.[4] In the 1958 episode "It Pays to Be Poor", John Dehner plays Roger Brewster, a hard-edged New York City businessman determined to buy the McCoy farm to turn it into a motel; but spurred by his kindly wife (Dorothy Green), he soon develops an unexpected appreciation for the basic values and personal benefits of rural living.[5]

In "Little Luke's Education" (February 6, 1958), Amos confronts bigotry among the local children against hillbilly peoples such as the McCoys. In "Grampa's Private War" (February 12, 1959), Amos gets so carried away with patriotic fervor that he claims to have fought under Theodore Roosevelt in the Spanish–American War, but Walter Brennan was four years old when that war was fought in 1898. Then Amos is invited to speak at a Veterans Day ceremony.[3]

Jon Lormer was cast seven times on The Real McCoys in 1959 and 1960, six as the character Sam Watkins. Joan Blondell appeared three times near the end of the series as Aunt Win. Marjorie Bennett was cast three times as Amanda Comstock. Pat Buttram and Howard McNear also appeared three times; they were subsequently cast as Eustace Haney on CBS's Green Acres and as Floyd the Barber on CBS's The Andy Griffith Show. Olin Howland and Willard Waterman appeared five times each as Charley Perkins and Mac Maginnis, respectively.[3]

Early in the series, Charles Lane, who often appeared in a character role on I Love Lucy, was cast twice as Harry Poulson, a fast-talking egg salesman; Hassie McCoy has an interest in Harry's son. In 1963, Jack Oakie appeared three times in the role of Uncle Rightly. Dick Elliott was cast twice as Doc Thornton, and Lurene Tuttle appeared twice as Gladys Purvis, the widowed mother of series character Kate McCoy, with Jay Novello in one of those appearances as Gladys' intended second husband, a retired photographer from Fresno.[3]

Malcolm Cassell appeared several times as Hassie McCoy's boyfriend, Tommy. Edward Everett Horton played J. Luther Medwick, the grandfather of Hassie's other boyfriend, Jerry; Medwick and Amos soon clash. Verna Felton, a member of the December Bride cast, appeared once as Cousin Naomi Vesper. Jesse White, known as the Maytag repairman in the television commercial and subsequently a cast member of CBS's The Ann Sothern Show, portrayed a used car salesman named "San Fernando Harry" who clashes with Amos McCoy in "The New Car" (October 2, 1958). On June 1, 1961, Amos, Luke, and Kate return to West Virginia for the 100th birthday gathering of "Grandmother McCoy", played by Jane Darwell. In one episode, Lee Van Cleef played a sentry; in another Tom Skerritt appeared as a letter carrier.[3]

The episode "The Tycoon" (August 30, 1960) four years later coincidentally became the title of Brennan's next ABC sitcom, The Tycoon, with his co-star Van Williams.[3] Barbara Stanwyck made a cameo appearance in the 1959 episode, "The McCoys Go to Hollywood", which also features Dorothy Provine, and a glimpse of the Desilu Studios, where the series was filmed. In 1961, Fay Wray is featured in the episode "Theatre in the Barn", as herself. She volunteers to direct a local amateur production to raise money for the Grange.[citation needed]

Just before The Real McCoys ended its run on ABC, Nolan left the series in a contract dispute and was written out of the remaining scripts: her character of Kate died, but details were never given. Hassie left home to attend college, and Little Luke joined the United States Army. She appeared only in the first episode of the final season—he never did. Amos McCoy did not appear in many episodes. Luke was a widower, and many of the stories revolved around Grandpa trying to find him a new wife. This nearly succeeded when Luke met Louise Howard, portrayed by Janet De Gore, a widow with a young son, Greg, played by Butch Patrick, later of CBS's The Munsters.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1957–58)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Californy, Here We Come"Sheldon LeonardBill ManhoffOctober 3, 1957 (1957-10-03)
22"The Egg War"Sheldon LeonardBill ManhoffOctober 10, 1957 (1957-10-10)
33"Kate's Dress"Sheldon LeonardJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 17, 1957 (1957-10-17)
44"Grampa Sells His Gun"Hy AverbackBill Manhoff & Leonard BurnsOctober 24, 1957 (1957-10-24)
55"A Question of Discipline"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 31, 1957 (1957-10-31)
66"You Can't Cheat an Honest Man"Sheldon LeonardJack Elinson & Charles StewartNovember 7, 1957 (1957-11-07)
77"Luke Gets His Freedom"Sheldon LeonardHenry Sharp & Bill ManhoffNovember 14, 1957 (1957-11-14)
88"Grampa's Date"Sheldon LeonardBill ManhoffNovember 21, 1957 (1957-11-21)
99"The Fishing Contest"Hy AverbackPaul Henning & Dick WessonNovember 28, 1957 (1957-11-28)
1010"It's a Woman's World"Hy AverbackTeleplay by: Bill Manhoff
Story by: Irving Pincus
December 5, 1957 (1957-12-05)
1111"The Bigger They Are"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartDecember 12, 1957 (1957-12-12)
1212"Gambling is a Sin"Hy AverbackBill Davenport & Jim FritzellDecember 19, 1957 (1957-12-19)
1313"Let's Be Buddies"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartDecember 26, 1957 (1957-12-26)
1414"Grampa and the Driver's License"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffJanuary 2, 1958 (1958-01-02)
1515"The Lady's Man"Hy AverbackBill Davenport & Jim FritzellJanuary 9, 1958 (1958-01-09)
1616"Luke's Mother-in-Law"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffJanuary 16, 1958 (1958-01-16)
1717"The Matchmaker"Hy AverbackArthur DalesJanuary 23, 1958 (1958-01-23)
1818"The Goodys Come to Town"Hy AverbackBill Manhoff & Leonard BurnsJanuary 30, 1958 (1958-01-30)
1919"Little Luke's Education"Hy AverbackBill Manhoff & Leonard BurnsFebruary 6, 1958 (1958-02-06)
2020"Time to Retire"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 13, 1958 (1958-02-13)
2121"Grampa's Proposal"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 20, 1958 (1958-02-20)
2222"The Honeymoon"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 27, 1958 (1958-02-27)
2323"Once There Was a Traveling Saleswoman"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffMarch 6, 1958 (1958-03-06)
2424"My Favorite Uncle"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartMarch 13, 1958 (1958-03-13)
2525"Grampa's Birthday"Hy AverbackArthur DalesMarch 20, 1958 (1958-03-20)
2626"New Doctor in Town"Hy AverbackBob O'Brien & Irving ElinsonMarch 27, 1958 (1958-03-27)
2727"For Love or Money"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffApril 3, 1958 (1958-04-03)
2828"Kate's Career"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles Stewart & Irving ElinsonApril 10, 1958 (1958-04-10)
2929"When a Fellow Needs a Friend"Hy AverbackDavid Adler & Henry SharpApril 17, 1958 (1958-04-17)
3030"It Pays to Be Poor"Hy AverbackHenry Sharp & Bill ManhoffApril 24, 1958 (1958-04-24)
3131"The Life of the Party"Hy AverbackCharles Stewart & Jack Elinson & Irving ElinsonMay 1, 1958 (1958-05-01)
3232"Three is a Crowd"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffMay 8, 1958 (1958-05-08)
3333"The New Look"Hy AverbackWilliam Cowley & Peggy Chantler DickMay 15, 1958 (1958-05-15)
3434"Volunteer Fire Department"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartMay 22, 1958 (1958-05-22)
3535"You Can't Always Be a Hero"Hy AverbackHenry Sharp & David AdlerMay 29, 1958 (1958-05-29)
3636"The Homely Boy"Hy AverbackPaul West & Irving ElinsonJune 5, 1958 (1958-06-05)
3737"Her Flaming Youth"Hy AverbackCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonJune 12, 1958 (1958-06-12)
3838"The Corn Eating Contest"Hy AverbackGeorge W. George & Judy GeorgeJune 19, 1958 (1958-06-19)
3939"You're Never Too Old"Hy AverbackNate Monaster & Arthur AlsbergJune 26, 1958 (1958-06-26)

Season 2 (1958–59)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
401"The New Car"Hy AverbackStanley Shapiro & Maurice RichlinOctober 2, 1958 (1958-10-02)
412"Grandpa Learns About Teenagers"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 9, 1958 (1958-10-09)
423"Blow the House Down"Hy AverbackJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenOctober 16, 1958 (1958-10-16)
434"The Dancin' Fool"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffOctober 23, 1958 (1958-10-23)
445"The New Well"Hy AverbackStanley Shapiro & Maurice RichlinOctober 30, 1958 (1958-10-30)
456"The New Dog"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffNovember 6, 1958 (1958-11-06)
467"Sing for Your Supper"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartNovember 13, 1958 (1958-11-13)
478"Do You Kiss Your Wife?"Hy AverbackBill Davenport & Arthur JulianNovember 20, 1958 (1958-11-20)
489"The Perfect Swine"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 27, 1958 (1958-11-27)
4910"Leave It to the Girls"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartDecember 4, 1958 (1958-12-04)
5011"The Gift"Hy AverbackJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenDecember 11, 1958 (1958-12-11)
5112"The New Hired Hand"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartDecember 18, 1958 (1958-12-18)
5213"The New Neighbors"Hy AverbackPaul West & Irving ElinsonDecember 25, 1958 (1958-12-25)
5314"Luke Gets a Job"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 1, 1959 (1959-01-01)
5415"The McCoys Visit Hollywood"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 8, 1959 (1959-01-08)
5516"The Bank Loan"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJanuary 15, 1959 (1959-01-15)
5617"The Great Discovery"Hy AverbackFred S. Fox & Maurice RichlinJanuary 22, 1959 (1959-01-22)
5718"Son of the Mystic Nile"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 29, 1959 (1959-01-29)
5819"Kate Learns to Drive"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 5, 1959 (1959-02-05)
5920"Grampa's Private War"Hy AverbackGeorge W. George & Henry SharpFebruary 12, 1959 (1959-02-12)
6021"The Rainmaker"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 19, 1959 (1959-02-19)
6122"The Perfect Houseguest"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 26, 1959 (1959-02-26)
6223"The Wedding"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffMarch 5, 1959 (1959-03-05)
6324"Kate's Diet"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffMarch 12, 1959 (1959-03-12)
6425"What's a Family For?"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartMarch 19, 1959 (1959-03-19)
6526"Grampa Takes the Primrose Path"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMarch 26, 1959 (1959-03-26)
6627"Batter Up!"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartApril 2, 1959 (1959-04-02)
6728"Sweet Fifteen"Hy AverbackIrving Elinson & Paul WestApril 9, 1959 (1959-04-09)
6829"Sweet Fifteen"Hy AverbackIrving Elinson & Paul WestApril 16, 1959 (1959-04-16)
6930"Two's Company"Hy AverbackBob RossApril 23, 1959 (1959-04-23)
7031"The Tax Man Cometh"Hy AverbackEverett Greenbaum & Jim FritzellApril 30, 1959 (1959-04-30)
7132"The Mrs. Homemaker Contest"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartMay 7, 1959 (1959-05-07)
7233"The Insurance Policy"Hy AverbackBob RossMay 14, 1959 (1959-05-14)
7334"How to Paint a House"Hy AverbackCharles Stewart & Jack ElinsonMay 21, 1959 (1959-05-21)
7435"The Great Woodsman"Hy AverbackNorman PaulMay 28, 1959 (1959-05-28)
7536"The Big Skeet Shoot"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartJune 4, 1959 (1959-06-04)
7637"Grampa's New Job"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJune 11, 1959 (1959-06-11)
7738"The Actor"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffJune 18, 1959 (1959-06-18)
7839"Fire When Ready, Grandpa"Hy AverbackTeleplay by: Paul West
Story by: Frank Gabrielson
June 25, 1959 (1959-06-25)

Season 3 (1959–60)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
791"The Farmer Took a Wife"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartJuly 16, 1959 (1959-07-16)
802"The Game Warden"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJuly 23, 1959 (1959-07-23)
813"The Screen Test"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJuly 30, 1959 (1959-07-30)
824"Work No More, My Lady"Hy AverbackHenry SharpAugust 6, 1959 (1959-08-06)
835"The Garden Club"Hy AverbackNorman Paul & Bob WhiteAugust 13, 1959 (1959-08-13)
846"The Weaker Sex?"Hy AverbackBen Gershman & Bob WhiteAugust 27, 1959 (1959-08-27)
857"The Fighter and the Lady"Hy AverbackPaul Henning & Dick WessonSeptember 3, 1959 (1959-09-03)
868"The Gas Station"Hy AverbackBob RossSeptember 10, 1959 (1959-09-10)
879"Grampa Fights the Air Force"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumSeptember 17, 1959 (1959-09-17)
8810"The Girls at Mom's Place"Hy AverbackNorman Paul & Bob WhiteSeptember 24, 1959 (1959-09-24)
8911"The Politician"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartOctober 8, 1959 (1959-10-08)
9012"Pepino Takes a Bride"Hy AverbackBen Gershman & Bob WhiteOctober 15, 1959 (1959-10-15)
9113"Hot Rod"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 22, 1959 (1959-10-22)
9214"The Ghostbreakers"Hy AverbackHenry SharpNovember 5, 1959 (1959-11-05)
9315"The Marriage Broker"Hy AverbackBen Gershman & Bob WhiteNovember 12, 1959 (1959-11-12)
9416"How to Build a Boat"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 19, 1959 (1959-11-19)
9517"The Artist"Hy AverbackTeleplay by: Bob Ross
Story by: Ralph Goodman & William Danch
November 26, 1959 (1959-11-26)
9618"The Perfume Salesman"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 3, 1959 (1959-12-03)
9719"The Television Set"Hy AverbackBen Gershman & Bob WhiteDecember 10, 1959 (1959-12-10)
9820"The Lawsuit"Hy AverbackBill ManhoffDecember 17, 1959 (1959-12-17)
9921"The Town Councilman"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 24, 1959 (1959-12-24)
10022"Cousin Naomi"Hy AverbackTeleplay by: Phil Shuken & John L. Greene
Story by: Irving Pincus
January 7, 1960 (1960-01-07)
10123"The Bowling Champ"Hy AverbackBen Gershman & Bob WhiteJanuary 28, 1960 (1960-01-28)
10224"The Talk of the Town"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 4, 1960 (1960-02-04)
10325"Once There Was a Man"Hy AverbackFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonFebruary 11, 1960 (1960-02-11)
10426"Weekend in Los Angeles"Hy AverbackJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 18, 1960 (1960-02-18)
10527"First Date"Hy AverbackIrving Elinson & Paul WestMarch 3, 1960 (1960-03-03)
10628"How to Discover Oil"Hy AverbackArthur Stander & David AdlerMarch 10, 1960 (1960-03-10)
10729"A House Divided"Hy AverbackJack Elinson & Charles StewartMarch 17, 1960 (1960-03-17)

Season 4 (1960–61)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1081"Foreman of the Jury"James V. KernJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumAugust 4, 1960 (1960-08-04)
1092"One for the Money"David AlexanderTeleplay by: John L. Greene & Phil Shuken
Story by: Irving Pincus
August 11, 1960 (1960-08-11)
1103"That Was No Lady"David AlexanderBob RossAugust 18, 1960 (1960-08-18)
1114"The Tycoon"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumAugust 25, 1960 (1960-08-25)
1125"Where There's a Will"David AlexanderBob RossSeptember 1, 1960 (1960-09-01)
1136"The Jinx"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenSeptember 8, 1960 (1960-09-08)
1147"The Delegates"David AlexanderBen Gershman & Bob WhiteSeptember 15, 1960 (1960-09-15)
1158"The Gigolo"Charles BartonTeleplay by: John L. Greene & Phil Shuken
Story by: Irving Pincus
September 22, 1960 (1960-09-22)
1169"Teenage Wedding"Charles BartonJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumSeptember 29, 1960 (1960-09-29)
11710"McCoys, Ahoy"Charles BartonJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumOctober 6, 1960 (1960-10-06)
11811"Beware a Smart Woman"Charles BartonPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneOctober 13, 1960 (1960-10-13)
11912"Executive Wife"David AlexanderTeleplay by: Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum
Story by: Arnold Horwitt & Michael L. Morris
October 20, 1960 (1960-10-20)
12013"Pepino McCoy"David AlexanderTeleplay by: John L. Greene & Phil Shuken
Story by: Irving Pincus
October 27, 1960 (1960-10-27)
12114"Father and Son Day"David AlexanderBen Gershman & Bob WhiteNovember 10, 1960 (1960-11-10)
12215"Farmer or Scientist"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumNovember 17, 1960 (1960-11-17)
12316"The New Librarian"David AlexanderBudd GrossmanNovember 24, 1960 (1960-11-24)
12417"Smothered in Love"Charles BartonHenry Winkler & Elon PackardDecember 1, 1960 (1960-12-01)
12518"Baldy"Charles BartonJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumDecember 8, 1960 (1960-12-08)
12619"The Hermit"Charles BartonDanny ArnoldDecember 15, 1960 (1960-12-15)
12720"The Legacy"Charles BartonPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneDecember 22, 1960 (1960-12-22)
12821"A Bundle from Japan"Charles BartonJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJanuary 12, 1961 (1961-01-12)
12922"The Horse Expert"Charles BartonTeleplay by: Jim Fritzell & Everett Greenbaum
Story by: Helen Diller & Andy Brennan
January 19, 1961 (1961-01-19)
13023"The City Boy"David AlexanderDavid Adler & Leo RifkinJanuary 26, 1961 (1961-01-26)
13124"The Investors"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumFebruary 2, 1961 (1961-02-02)
13225"If You Can't Lick 'Em"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenFebruary 9, 1961 (1961-02-09)
13326"The Rival"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & William Davenport & Bob RossFebruary 16, 1961 (1961-02-16)
13427"The Good Neighbor Policy"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenFebruary 23, 1961 (1961-02-23)
13528"You Can't Beat the Army"David AlexanderHarvey BullockMarch 2, 1961 (1961-03-02)
13629"The Bazaar"David AlexanderHenry Winkler & Elon PackardMarch 9, 1961 (1961-03-09)
13730"The Swedish Girl"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMarch 16, 1961 (1961-03-16)
13831"The New Sunday School Teacher"Richard CrennaHarvey BullockMarch 23, 1961 (1961-03-23)
13932"Baseball vs. Love"Richard CrennaJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMarch 30, 1961 (1961-03-30)
14033"Theater in the Barn"Lawrence DobkinTeleplay by: Bob Ross
Story by: Arthur Marx & Mannie Manheim
April 6, 1961 (1961-04-06)
14134"George Retires"Lawrence DobkinJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumApril 13, 1961 (1961-04-13)
14235"Pepino's Wedding"David AlexanderTeleplay by: Bob Ross
Story by: John L. Greene & Phil Shuken
April 27, 1961 (1961-04-27)
14336"Sorority Girl"David AlexanderWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderMay 4, 1961 (1961-05-04)
14437"Kate Comes Home"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumMay 11, 1961 (1961-05-11)
14538"Money in the Bank"David AlexanderPhil SharpMay 18, 1961 (1961-05-18)
14639"A Man of Influence"David AlexanderHarvey BullockMay 25, 1961 (1961-05-25)

Season 5 (1961–62)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1471"Back to West Virginny"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumJuly 27, 1961 (1961-07-27)
1482"Fly Away Home"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumAugust 3, 1961 (1961-08-03)
1493"September Song"David AlexanderJim Fritzell & Everett GreenbaumAugust 10, 1961 (1961-08-10)
1504"Kate's Competition"David AlexanderIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxAugust 17, 1961 (1961-08-17)
1515"Lost and Found"David AlexanderPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneAugust 24, 1961 (1961-08-24)
1526"First Love"David AlexanderIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxAugust 31, 1961 (1961-08-31)
1537"Hassie's European Trip"David AlexanderTeleplay by: Harvey Bullock
Story by: Phil Shuken & John L. Greene
September 7, 1961 (1961-09-07)
1548"How to Win Friends"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenSeptember 14, 1961 (1961-09-14)
1559"The Matador"David AlexanderPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneSeptember 21, 1961 (1961-09-21)
15610"George's Housekeeper"Richard CrennaHarvey BullockSeptember 28, 1961 (1961-09-28)
15711"Excess Baggage"Richard CrennaFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonOctober 5, 1961 (1961-10-05)
15812"The Trailer Camp"Danny ArnoldHarvey BullockOctober 12, 1961 (1961-10-12)
15913"Luke Leaves Home"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenOctober 19, 1961 (1961-10-19)
16014"The New Piano"David AlexanderDanny SimonOctober 26, 1961 (1961-10-26)
16115"The Handsome Salesman"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenNovember 2, 1961 (1961-11-02)
16216"Honesty is the Best Policy"Sidney MillerIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxNovember 9, 1961 (1961-11-09)
16317"Cyrano McCoy"Richard CrennaJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenNovember 16, 1961 (1961-11-16)
16418"The Diamond Ring"David AlexanderHarvey BullockNovember 23, 1961 (1961-11-23)
16519"The Berry Crisis"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenNovember 30, 1961 (1961-11-30)
16620"The Rich Boy"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenDecember 7, 1961 (1961-12-07)
16721"The Gamblers"David AlexanderPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneDecember 14, 1961 (1961-12-14)
16822"The Marriage Counselor"David AlexanderFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonDecember 21, 1961 (1961-12-21)
16923"The Washing Machine"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenJanuary 11, 1962 (1962-01-11)
17024"Pepino McCoy, Citizen"David AlexanderIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxJanuary 18, 1962 (1962-01-18)
17125"Meeting Hassie's Friends"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenJanuary 25, 1962 (1962-01-25)
17226"The Law and Mr. McCoy"David AlexanderJohn Bradford & Ray BrennerFebruary 1, 1962 (1962-02-01)
17327"George's Nephew"David AlexanderFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonFebruary 8, 1962 (1962-02-08)
17428"Made in Italy"Richard CrennaJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenFebruary 22, 1962 (1962-02-22)
17529"Who's Margie?"Sidney MillerJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenMarch 1, 1962 (1962-03-01)
17630"You're as Young as You Feel"Sidney MillerHarvey BullockMarch 8, 1962 (1962-03-08)
17731"Double Date"Richard CrennaPaul DavidMarch 15, 1962 (1962-03-15)
17832"In Grampa We Trust"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenMarch 22, 1962 (1962-03-22)
17933"Never a Lender Be"David AlexanderIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxMarch 29, 1962 (1962-03-29)
18034"Allergies Anonymous"David AlexanderTeleplay by: Danny Arnold
Story by: Sherry Cloth
April 5, 1962 (1962-04-05)
18135"Pepino's Fortune"David AlexanderPhil Shuken & John L. GreeneApril 12, 1962 (1962-04-12)
18236"Pepino's Vacation"Richard CrennaFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonApril 19, 1962 (1962-04-19)
18337"Bubble, Bubble, Toil and Trouble"David AlexanderHarvey BullockApril 26, 1962 (1962-04-26)
18438"Don't Judge a Book"David AlexanderFred S. Fox & Irving ElinsonMay 3, 1962 (1962-05-03)
18539"The Raffle Ticket"David AlexanderJohn L. Greene & Phil ShukenMay 10, 1962 (1962-05-10)

Season 6 (1962–63)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
TBA1"Grampa Pygmalion"TBATBASeptember 30, 1962 (1962-09-30)
TBA2"Three Strikes and Out"TBATBAOctober 1962 (1962-10)
TBA3TBATBATBA1962 (1962)
TBA4TBATBATBAOctober 21, 1962 (1962-10-21)
TBA5TBATBATBAOctober 28, 1962 (1962-10-28)
TBA6TBATBATBA1962 (1962)
TBA7TBATBATBA1962 (1962)
TBA8TBATBATBA1962 (1962)
TBA9TBATBATBA1962 (1962)
TBA10TBATBATBA1962 (1962)

Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Time slot (ET) Rank Rating
1957–1958 Thursday at 8:30–9:00 p.m. #30 26.6 (Tied with The Loretta Young Show and Zorro)
1958–1959 #8 30.1
1959–1960 #11 28.2
1960–1961 #5 27.7
1961–1962 #14 24.2
1962–1963 Sunday at 9:00–9:30 p.m. N/A

Syndication[edit]

For several seasons beginning in 1962, starting with the ABC episodes, the series aired weekday mornings in reruns on CBS under the title The McCoys. It was then syndicated. Its current distributor SFM Entertainment showed the series on weekday afternoons on the former The Nashville Network in the late 1990s into 2000. The show is currently shown at 6:00 and 6:30 pm Eastern time, Mondays through Fridays, on COZI TV. With the morning reruns, the opening theme was played in instrumental form (these reruns were aired opposite, NBC's Concentration game show).

The show is remembered as The Real McCoys, except for the season on CBS and in the morning reruns between 1962 and 1966. These latter episodes were used in the DVD releases and omitted the full-length pilot. The ending theme music on the DVDs is from the morning rerun version. The original end theme used the following lyrics: "Livin' as good folks should live, as happy as kids with toys/Week after week you're gonna be showed another human episode of Grandpappy Amos and the girls and the boys of the family known as The Real McCoys." An alternate closing theme used these lyrics: "Sharing each others sorrows, enjoying each others joys/week after week you're gonna be showed another human episode of Grandpappy Amos and the girls and the boys of the family known as the Real McCoys!"

Home media[edit]

Infinity Entertainment released the first four seasons of The Real McCoys on DVD in Region 1 for the first time between 2007 and 2010.

On May 7, 2012, it was announced that Inception Media Group (IMG) had acquired the rights to the show. IMG subsequently re-released the first two seasons on DVD.[6][7]

On June 4, 2012, IMG announced that it would be releasing a complete series set, featuring all 224 remastered episodes.[8] Release of this set never came to fruition, and the rights to the show's home videos later moved to SFM Entertainment, which released The Real McCoys: The Complete Series on August 29, 2017 in Region 1. [9] This is a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) release, available exclusively from Amazon.com.

DVD name No. of
episodes
Release date
Complete Season 1 39 July 24, 2007
July 24, 2012(re-release)
Complete Season 2 39 October 30, 2007
November 13, 2012(re-release)
Complete Season 3 39 June 17, 2008
August 26, 2014(re-release)[10]
Complete Season 4 39 June 29, 2010
August 26, 2014 (re-release)[11]
Complete Season 5 29 August 26, 2014[12]
Complete Season 6 39 August 26, 2014[13]
The Complete Series 224 August 29, 2017[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Real McCoys - Season 1 Pilot Episode 1" titled "Californy, Here We Come " (S01E01), The Real McCoys; full episode available on YouTube, a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc., Mountain View, California; originally posted by Gregg Tate, November 22, 2014. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  2. ^ Episode Guides, http://epguides.com/RealMcCoys/
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Full Cast and Crew for The Real McCoys (1957)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved January 8, 2013.
  4. ^ "'The New Well' on The Real McCoys, October 30, 1958". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "'It Pays to Be Poor', April 24, 1958". YouTube. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-12. Retrieved 2012-05-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-10-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Lambert, David (June 4, 2012). "The Real McCoys – All 6 Seasons of the Classic Sitcom Will Be on DVD this Fall". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 23, 2012. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  9. ^ Lambert, David (August 30, 2017). "The Real McCoys: 'The Complete Series' MOD Release is Now Available! All 6 seasons, plus a reunion special, because available as of yesterday". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on September 1, 2017. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-08-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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