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

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

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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audie65 1 month ago
Douchness does not indicate age.
bukhrn 2 months ago
11/14, some guesses as I never watched Barnaby
country46 2 months ago
Can someone tell me why when looking at episodes they are out of order
jtrain 4 months ago
13/14, got the last one wrong!
Classicmodel59 6 months ago
14 of 14 I should know about them I been watching both shows since I was a child and still watching them I Love Classic shows
RobertM 7 months ago
For what it's worth on #13--Buddy Ebsen, I believe, attended Richard Nixon's funeral.
Jnlmhny 7 months ago
12 out of 14 not bad! I love watching this show. Especially when JR comes along. I don’t like how it’s on at 4am but I can’t help but watch most days. It has only been about a year or so since I first heard of it. My dad was a huge Beverly Hillbillies fan! I never even got the chance to ask him if he liked him as Barnaby, but I’m guessing maybe not or I would have heard of it growing up, right? Haha
sputnik_57 7 months ago
11/14 and I've only watched B Jones a few times. I'm a big fan of Hillbillies.
srrainwater 7 months ago
9/14. I won by default. My child bride is not familiar with both shows.
wyo307pink 8 months ago
10/14 darn it
Love him so much !!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Moverfan 9 months ago
Only missed one--I assumed President Nixon would have been more familiar with Jed than Barnaby, although I don't know why. Never heard of Miss Myrtle, either.
Catdan 17 months ago
Got 13 out of 14. Not to bad.
nightshade 17 months ago
only 50 percent ..... i only have seen Barnaby as one of the "late show" reruns once in a while
Debbie 17 months ago
You got 11 out of 14
Nice job at analyzing the evidence! You're an ace detective. Now if only you could strike oil…
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