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TAGS and Green Acres (Read 5730 times)
Feb 2nd, 2012 at 2:48am

Andyfan   Offline
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How do these programs about rural life compare?
Which had the more attractive view of rural life?
 
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Reply #1 - Feb 2nd, 2012 at 7:19am

SWFLguy   Offline
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Green Acres was a bit over the top with some of its characters. Ernest T. Bass probably the closest to that on TAGS. Arnold the Pig?
 
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Reply #2 - Feb 3rd, 2012 at 7:52am

Andyfan   Offline
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SWFLguy wrote on Feb 2nd, 2012 at 7:19am:
Green Acres was a bit over the top with some of its characters. Ernest T. Bass probably the closest to that on TAGS. Arnold the Pig?


In general, how would you compare the two programs?
Which was better?
And why was it better?
 
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Reply #3 - Feb 3rd, 2012 at 11:20am

Ole_Sam   Offline
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As far as I am concerned there is no comparison. TAGS was leaps and bounds better.
 
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Reply #4 - Feb 3rd, 2012 at 12:58pm

Andyfan   Offline
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Ole_Sam wrote on Feb 3rd, 2012 at 11:20am:
As far as I am concerned there is no comparison. TAGS was leaps and bounds better.


Why?
 
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Reply #5 - Feb 3rd, 2012 at 2:54pm

SWFLguy   Offline
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Many TAGS episodes were about life's lessons. I don't believe that Green Acres had one that could compete with say Opie the Birdman, Mr. McBeevee or even some of the Barney Fife centered stories.
 
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Reply #6 - Feb 3rd, 2012 at 5:57pm

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GA went for the short, cheap laugh...TAGS 'usually' built a storyline and funny things happened as they were living life. We all laughed WITH TAGS, but laughed AT Green Acres.
 
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Reply #7 - Feb 4th, 2012 at 9:37am

Andy Paul Lawson   Offline
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I love GA, but it was like the previous post said, a bunch of skits in one episode. Not too much redeeming value imo. Love it though. Eddie Albert was one of the best straight men in tv history. And Mr Kimball ranks up there with some of the best characters on the tube.
 
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Reply #8 - Feb 4th, 2012 at 12:25pm

widow bradshaw   Offline
I Thought you was the
widow Bradshaw!
Carolina

 
Andy Paul Lawson wrote on Feb 4th, 2012 at 9:37am:
best characters on the tube

...unless you compare them with the characters from TAGS!  Wink
 
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Reply #9 - Feb 4th, 2012 at 3:28pm

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Comparing TAGS and Green Acres is like comparing apples and tow trucks.  They exist at opposite ends of the televisual spectrum. 

GA was a surrealistic cacophony of bizarre characters oblivious to their knack of sending "normal guy" Oliver Douglas into frustrated convulsions in response to their laid back country ways of creating unperceived chaos. 

GA played by a completely different set of rules than TAGS did, but deserves recognition for it's brilliance.  Obviously TAGS was the more realistic of the two and presented a much more "attractive" view of rural life.   

Who knows?  Perhaps Eddie Albert's character, Oliver Wendell Douglas, upon viewing an early episode of TAGS, decided to move to rural America in search of Mayberry.  Instead, he found himself in The Twilight Zone!

(By the way, couldn't you just see Eddie Albert playing the part of Malcolm Tucker in the TAGS episode, "Man In A Hurry"?)
 
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Reply #10 - Feb 4th, 2012 at 9:50pm

tiltjlp   Offline
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Squad Car wrote on Feb 4th, 2012 at 3:28pm:
Comparing TAGS and Green Acres is like comparing apples and tow trucks. They exist at opposite ends of the televisual spectrum.

GA was a surrealistic cacophony of bizarre characters oblivious to their knack of sending "normal guy" Oliver Douglas into frustrated convulsions in response to their laid back country ways of creating unperceived chaos.

GA played by a completely different set of rules than TAGS did, but deserves recognition for it's brilliance. Obviously TAGS was the more realistic of the two and presented a much more "attractive" view of rural life.

Who knows? Perhaps Eddie Albert's character, Oliver Wendell Douglas, upon viewing an early episode of TAGS, decided to move to rural America in search of Mayberry. Instead, he found himself in The Twilight Zone!

(By the way, couldn't you just see Eddie Albert playing the part of Malcolm Tucker in the TAGS episode, "Man In A Hurry"?)


Some very good points. Green Acres is probably my all time favorite Silly Show. Why try to compare the two shows when they are so different in character. I love and enjoy them both. Too bad Fred Ziffel and Arnold couldn't have appeared on TAGS. Floyd would have found Arnold amazing.
 

John
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Reply #11 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 11:30am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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TAGS, for the most part, based on reality.  All scenarios and characters were plausible and believably real.

GA on the other hand was farce and slapstick from the get go.  Oliver Wendel Douglas was the sane one in a world of insanity and comedy.  Most scenarios might have been technically possible but plausibility was a stretch.  Therein lay the comedy.

I love both shows.  I won't compare them because they were on different planes. 

If you want a belly laugh, GA is the way to go.  If you want to feel good about the ending with a chuckle along the way, TAGS was it.

As a matter of fact, this past week, I worked briefly alongside with a very learned fellow, a professor, in fact.  When all around us seemed to be uncontrolled and insane.  He said, "I feel like Oliver Wendell Douglas."  I looked right at him and said, "You too?" We both smiled a knowing smile and said, in cync, "Hootersville."  Wink


 
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Reply #12 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 11:34am

Pierre   Offline
Say what you want dahhhhling,
but I married Ellen!
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BTW, read Eddie Albert's bio. He lead a very fascinating life. He is a decorated WWII hero, and spy, among other things.

Somewhere, sometime, someone should make a movie of his life, or at least write a book.

Prior to our entry into WWII, The navy paid Albert to sail his private yacht from California, to Mexican harbors.  He then reported back to the Navy about Japanese ship movements and what was being loaded and off loaded from ships in Mexican harbors.

 
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Reply #13 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 6:33pm

tiltjlp   Offline
She Was A Sweet Cat
Cheviot Ohio

 
Pierre wrote on Feb 6th, 2012 at 11:34am:
BTW, read Eddie Albert's bio. He lead a very fascinating life. He is a decorated WWII hero, and spy, among other things.

Somewhere, sometime, someone should make a movie of his life, or at least write a book.

Prior to our entry into WWII, The navy paid Albert to sail his private yacht from California, to Mexican harbors. He then reported back to the Navy about Japanese ship movements and what was being loaded and off loaded from ships in Mexican harbors.



Thanks for a fascinating and informative post. I'll have to see if I can find any books about him.
 

John
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Reply #14 - Feb 6th, 2012 at 7:07pm

KC   Offline
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GA was just 'plain silly.' But TAGS had some ridiculous moments too. For example - when Andy told Mr. Tucker that Gomer was saving up to be a doctor. On GA, I liked any scene that Mr. Kimble was in. But I prefer TAGS.
 
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