The sight of Jed Clampitt and his family driving the palm-tree lined streets of California in their jalopy is unforgettable. But the virtue of this opener is the way it delivers the shows premise so concisely, in conjunction with the theme song sung by Jerry Scoggins and performed by Flatt and Scruggs. We saw the same backstory every week, but it never got old. Other opening credits that served as series primers: Green Acres, Gilligans Island, and The Patty Duke Show, during which our girl was seen rocking and rolling at the thought of a hot dog.
Pictured, "The Beverly Hillbillies" opening credits.