The Beverly Hillbillies
Original Run: 1962-1971
In 1981, CBS had a good idea with horrible results in presenting a reunion movie of the Clampet family in The Return of the Beverly Hillbillies. Though it was written by the series creator, Paul Henning, it barely resembled the famous show. It only starred three of the main stars, Buddy Ebsen, Donna Douglas and Nancy Culp reprising their roles as Jed Clampett, Elly May Clampett and Jane Hathaway. The biggest missing piece of course was Granny, but Irene Ryan has passed away years earlier. Max Baer who played Jethro in the series refused to participate. The spirit of the original show was lost. In fact, they couldn't even film at the original mansion as it was unavailable at the time.
However, in 1993, CBS tried it again with The Legend of the Beverly Hillbillies
and was the fourth-watched program. Baer decided to join Ebsen and Douglas for the special that ignored the former movie storyline. Jethro had grown into a L.A. Physician, his sister Elly May lived with a bunch of animals and Jed had moved back into the hills after his fortune was stolen from Mr. Drysdale.