Can you tell the difference between Jed Clampett and Barnaby Jones?

How well do you know Buddy Ebsen's iconic characters?

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True television icons have two or more characters to their name. Andy Griffith was Sheriff Taylor and Matlock. William Shatner was Captain Kirk and T.J. Hooker. Mary Tyler Moore was Laura Petrie and Mary Richards.

And Buddy Ebsen, of course, was Jed Clampett and Barnaby Jones. The Beverly Hillbillies was one of the biggest — if not the biggest — sitcoms of the '60s. Barnaby Jones was one of the longest-running detective series of the '70s.

Showing Ebsen's range, they were two wildly different characters. So — think you can tell them apart?

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  1. Which character's favorite drink was milk?
  2. Which character drove a Ford LTD Brougham?
  3. Which character had a dog named Duke?
  4. Which character had a daughter-in-law named Betty?
  5. J.R. was the son of the cousin of which character?
  6. Which character had a sister named Myrtle?
  7. Which character continually faced a conman named Honest John Shafer?
  8. Which character fell in love with a dancer named Chickadee?
  9. Which character was canceled by the network after eight seasons?
  10. Which character was envisioned by his creator as a "foxy grandpa," according to the book 'A Behind-the-Scenes History of QM Productions and Its Founder'?
  11. Which character exployeed a man named Dash?
  12. Which character had a best friend named Shorty?
  13. Which character was a favorite of President Richard Nixon, who watched every episode and belonged to a fan club of the show?
  14. Buddy Ebsen made a cameo in the 1993 movie 'The Beverly Hillbillies' as which character?

Can you tell the difference between Jed Clampett and Barnaby Jones?

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146 Comments

jodyh05 23 days ago
12/14. I don’t know anything about barnaby jones.
Gossemer 1 month ago
Whooo hooo. Hoo doggie, 14/14. Well ive always been a big fan of Barnaby and Jed. So this one came in not to tuff for an oldie like me.
frenchman71 1 month ago
13/14. Got #13 wrong. Didn't know that about Nixon. "Hillbillies" was a great show. I'd like to get the whole series on DVD but they only put out the first 5 seasons.
marleo8 frenchman71 21 days ago
Ha, ha! Me too! I got the same one wrong.
Bapa1 1 month ago
13/14, missed #9. Have never watched Barnaby Jones.
AgingDisgracefully 1 month ago
I'm picturing Nixon in his brogans walking along the sandy seashore, reflecting on the previous night's Quinn Martin Production.
Perhaps I need to get out more.
AgingDisgracefully 1 month ago
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Quality harrumph! Guess you told ME.
I'll try to stick to the love, the feeling, the good. And the nice.
Hiyo, Fluffy Clouds...away!
It can be done
RobertK 1 month ago
9 of 14. I did OK on the Jed Clampett questions but the Barnaby Jones ones got away from me. I didn't see much of the show when it was aired or in reruns.
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