How ‘The Rural Purge’ 50 years ago created modern television

Dave Plier

LOS ANGELES – MARCH 9: Director John Rich (R) reviews a scene of the CBS television series “All In The Family” with two of its stars, (L-R) Jean Stapleton and Carroll O’Connor. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

Walter Podrazik, author of ‘Watching TV’ joins WGN Radio’s Dave Plier to talk about the fascinating story of ‘The Rural Purge’, how cancellations of popular rural-themed television shows in the early 1970s such as Green Acres, Petticoat Junction, Lassie, Hee-Haw, and The Beverly Hillbillies would reshape television, and bring a higher level of quality to the small screen with shows like All in the Family, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, M*A*S*H and more.

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