Description of PETTICOAT JUNCTION: The DVD Complete series Box Set
Petticoat Junction is an American situation comedy produced by Filmways, which originally aired on the CBS network from 1963 to 1970. The rights to the show are held by CBS Television Distribution. The setting for the series was the Shady Rest Hotel in the farming town of Hooterville.
A petticoat is a garment worn under a woman's skirt. The opening titles of the series featured a display of petticoats hanging on the side of a large water tank. The "junction" in the title indicates that the Shady Rest Hotel was situated at a crossing of two train lines (though only one is ever mentioned).
Set in the rural town of Hooterville, the show followed the goings-on at the Shady Rest Hotel, of which Kate Bradley (Bea Benaderet) was the proprietor. Her lazy Uncle Joe (Edgar Buchanan) helped her in the day-to-day running of the business, while she served as a mediator in the various minor crises that befell her three daughters: Betty Jo, Bobbie Jo, and Billie Jo. The actresses portraying Billie Jo and Bobbie Jo changed over the years. Billie Jo was played by Jeannine C. Riley the first two seasons, and then by Gunilla Hutton for one year before Meredith MacRae assumed the role for the show's remaining seasons. Pat Woodell was the original Bobbie Jo for two years, with Lori Saunders playing the part subsequently.