The Controversial Scene that took ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’ off the Air

The Beverly Hillbillies,” a classic American sitcom that aired from 1962 to 1971, captured the hearts of millions with its humor and portrayal of the Clampett family’s fish-out-of-water adventures after striking oil and moving to Beverly Hills. However, amidst its success, there was one controversial scene that caused a stir and ultimately led to the show’s removal from the airwaves.

In the episode titled “The Giant Jackrabbit,” which aired on January 8, 1964, the Clampett family encounters a jackrabbit while hunting. Granny, played by Irene Ryan, mistakes the jackrabbit for a “critter” and decides to cook it for dinner. The scene unfolds with Granny preparing the rabbit, unaware of its true identity until the truth is revealed by a neighbor, Mr. Drysdale.

Despite the controversy, “The Beverly Hillbillies” remains a beloved classic that has left an indelible mark on American television history. While the show may be remembered for its humor and memorable characters, the controversy surrounding “The Giant Jackrabbit” episode serves as a cautionary tale about the importance of ethical considerations in entertainment media.

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