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The Real McCoys (TV Series 1957–1963)

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  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 3 October 1957 (USA)
  • Runtime: 30 min (224 episodes)
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The Real McCoys (TV Series 1957–1963)


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  • IMDb page: The Real McCoys (TV Series 1957–1963)
  • Rate: 7.9/10 total 234 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Date: 3 October 1957 (USA)
  • Runtime: 30 min (224 episodes)
  • Filming Location: Desilu Studios – 9336 W. Washington Blvd., Culver City, California, USA
  • Stars: Richard Crenna, Walter Brennan and Kathleen Nolan|See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Earle Hagen (1 episode, 1957)Herbert W. Spencer (1 episode, 1957) 
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Sitcom

Writing Credits By:

  • Irving Pincus (86 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Jack Elinson (27 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • Charles Stewart (27 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • James Fritzell (21 episodes, 1957-1961)
  • Everett Greenbaum (19 episodes, 1958-1961)
  • Bill Manhoff (18 episodes, 1957-1959)
  • Irving Elinson (7 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • Henry Sharp (7 episodes, 1957-1959)
  • Bob White (7 episodes, 1959-1960)
  • John L. Greene (6 episodes, 1958-1960)
  • Phil Shuken (6 episodes, 1958-1960)
  • Ben Gershman (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
  • Bob Ross (5 episodes, 1959-1960)
  • Paul West (4 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • Leonard Burns (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
  • Bill Davenport (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
  • Frank Tarloff (3 episodes, 1958-1960)
  • Norman Paul (3 episodes, 1959)
  • Paul Henning (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
  • Dick Wesson (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
  • George W. George (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
  • Howard Dimsdale (2 episodes, 1958)
  • Maurice Richlin (2 episodes, 1958)
  • Stanley Shapiro (2 episodes, 1958)

Known Trivia

  • Lyrics for the show’s theme song: Want you to meet the family that’s known as the real McCoys / From West Vir-gi-nee they came to stay in sunny Cal-i-for-ni-ay / ‘Ole Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / What a housekeepr Kate is, she’s doin’ what she enjoys / No gal can beat her when it come to looks and the same can be said ’bout the way she cooks for / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / Livin’ as good folks should live and happy as kids with toys / ‘Ole Grandpappy Amos is the head of the clan, he roars like a lion but he’s gentle as a lamb / His grandson Luke keeps a beamin’ with joy since he made Miss Kate Missus Luke Mccoy / Sharing each other’s sorrows, enjoyin’ each others joys / Like all other families they quarrel and fuss but it a’int never serious with / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Irving Pincus known as producer / executive producer (169 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Norman Pincus known as associate producer (80 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • Danny Thomas known as executive producer (52 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Danny Arnold known as producer (39 episodes, 1961-1962)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Richard Crenna known as Luke McCoy / known as (224 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Walter Brennan known as Grandpa Amos McCoy / known as (223 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Kathleen Nolan known as Kate McCoy (162 episodes, 1957-1962)
  • Michael Winkelman known as Little Luke / known as (158 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Lydia Reed known as Hassie / known as (146 episodes, 1957-1963)
  • Tony Martinez known as Pepino / known as (141 episodes, 1957-1963)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:

  • Hollis Barnes known as hair stylist (79 episodes, 1957-1960)
  • Lee Greenway known as makeup artist (79 episodes, 1957-1959)

Art Department:

  • Gene Gossert known as property master (46 episodes, 1957-1960)




Production Companies:

  • Brennan-Westgate
  • Marterto Productions

Other Companies:

  • Desilu Studios  filming location


  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1957-1962) (USA) (TV)
  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1962-1963) (USA) (TV)
  • Echo Records Direct (????) (USA) (DVD) (Season 1)
  • Echo Records Direct (????) (USA) (DVD) (Season 2)
  • SFM Entertainment



Other Stuff

Release Date:

  • USA 3 October 1957



Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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  1. raysond from Chapel Hill, North Carolina
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    This was indeed the grandfather of all shows and it set the standard for itsprecessdors,"The Andy Griffith Show"(CBS,1960-68),"TheBeverlyHillbillies"(CBS,1962-71),"Petticoat Junction"(CBS,1963-69),"GreenAcres"(CBS,1965-71),"Mayberry RFD"(CBS,1968-71),"The Waltons"(CBS,1972-81),andnot to mention on the same category "Hee Haw"(CBS,1969-71),and"The Dukes of Hazzard"(CBS,1979-85)as the foundation for thesuccessful"rural" comedy show. The Real McCoys was just that,a mountain family whomoved from the hills of West Virginia to the countryside of California. Itformat was the first to feature a "real star" as the understandingGrandfather Amos McCoy(played by Oscar winning actor Walter Brennan),hisfaithful son Luke(played by Richard Crenna),and his lovely wife Kate(playedby Kathleen Nolan)and their two wonderful children. And their was the nextdoor neighbor(played by Andy Clyde),and the hired handyman Papito whomanages to work around the farm and to keep things in order. However his sonLuke and the rest always had their hands full and they share some of thesorrows and joys during the family’s up and downs.

    The show ran on two different networks—first it was on ABC-TV for fourseasons,and then it went to CBS-TV for its last two and during its six yearrun the show went on to win Emmys for actors Walter Brennanand Richard Crenna. The last time this show was ever seen was recently onTNN(formerly The Nashville Network before it changes the logo toTheNational Network)and for those who like some down home spun country humorwith a message in between,well "The Real McCoys" was the show to watch andset the standard for other country sitcoms to follow.

  2. aimless-46 from Kentucky
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    The 224 half-hour episodes (all in B&W) of the situation comedy "TheReal McCoys" ran from 1957-1963 on ABC and CBS. The show'screators/producers were Irving and Norman Pincus, a pair of brotherswith little other claims to fame.

    But they left quite a legacy with "The Real McCoys" as the seriesliterally changed the direction of network situation comedy. Earlysitcoms like "I Love Lucy", "The Honeymooners", "Make Room for Daddy",and "The Goldbergs" were urban in tone and set in downtown apartmentsin big east coast cities; urban families were the first buyers oftelevisions. By the mid-fifties suburbia was getting a lot play ("Lifeof Riley", "Leave It to Beaver") as Americans began moving out to thesuburbs. But network executives were resistant to the idea of ruralcharacters in rural setting. Rural families were unlikely to owntelevisions (or have television stations within broadcast range) andurban sophisticates could not be expected to tune into a show featuringrural rubes.

    When "The Real McCoys" proved the suits wrong it set the stage for Andyof Mayberry, Jed in Beverly Hills, Kate and the Shady Rest, and Oliverand Lisa in Hooterville. Danny Thomas and Paul Henning who would launchthose shows were both involved in "The Real McCoys".

    The premise of the show is the move of the legendary West VirginiaMcCoys to a farm in the San Fernando Valley they inherit from theiruncle. Given the current value of valley real estate it is amusing thatone of the central conflicts of the series is the family's precariousfinancial position (insert lack of money here).

    The McCoy family is a bit usual as it skips an entire generation.Grandpa Amos (Walter Brennan) lives with his grandson Luke (RichardCrenna), Luke's new wife Kate (Kathy Nolan), and Luke's little brotherand sister (Michael Winkleman and Lydia Reed). Apparently Luke'sparents mysteriously died.

    Like "The Beverly Hillbillies", the comedy comes from watching thefamily adapt to their new environment and seeing things we take forgranted from a fresh perspective. And like Granny on that series, Amosis stubborn and irascible. The beauty of the series is that it findssatirical humor in the unsophisticated way of country folk whiledemonstrating that their backwoods wisdom often puts them ahead of thecurve.

    Luke and Kate join Oliver and Lisa Douglas of "Green Acres" astelevision's all-time most "in- love" couples and this dynamic is theshows underlying strength. Crenna and Nolan deliver fine performancesthroughout the series. Brennan is likewise excellent, managing to makea basically annoying character lovable. Amos is nicely overplayed as acantankerous old coot full of rural aphorisms and blusteringexasperations yet fully repentant when he goes too far.

    Also notable is Tony Martinez as Pepino Garcia, a Mexican farmhand whojust came with the farm. Pepino is a frequent foil for Grandpa, as hismore laid-back approach to life often riles up the old guy. They do anice job of avoiding what could have been a negative stereotype asPepino is the best adjusted character on the series and second only toKate in the wisdom department. Martinez leaves the cast after the 3rdSeason and Kate after the 5th. Both were missed.

    Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

  3. jonesy74-1 from United States
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    Any show with Walter Brennan is a winner! I was very little when thisshow aired. Walter Brennan was the epitome of a grandfather to me. Iloved the way he walked, arms slightly bent, elbows back and kind ofcocking them in the rhythm of his step.

    Favorite episodes include Grandpa’s games of checkers with George (AndyClyde).

    Brennan’s Grandfatherly persona was showcased in this series. Hedisappeared for several years after the show’s cancellation fromtelevision and resurfaced as a tough old hombre in The Guns of WillSonnet, which was another great series.

    The show declined over the years with cast members falling off likeover-ripe cherries from a cherry tree. It finally died and made way forits successor, The Beverly Hillbillies.

    When it aired on TNN a few years ago, it made for some wonderfulmemories of retro-t.v.

  4. gatebanger from United States
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    A pleasant thirty-minute bit of family values. Like all successful TVshowsof the era, it included a "real star" in the cast – in this case, WalterBrennan. The show stressed family solidarity and doing the right thing.Eachepisode contained an understated lesson in life and living.

  5. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    A small part of a very large family named McCoy who hailed from thehills of West Virginia, put a down payment on a land in the ImperialValley of Southern California and moved there and into our televisionsets for a considerable in the late fifties and early sixties. We knowthere was a whole lot more of them because occasionally some kinfolkcame to visit.

    After a career with three Oscars under his belt and at that time he wasthe only one who had that many, you'd think Walter Brennan might wantto slow up at the age of sixty three when he started that series. Notonly did he keep up the grind of a weekly television series, butBrennan's movie career didn't slow down a might. You might remember heplayed a pretty substantial role in Rio Bravo and in How the West WasWon while The Real McCoys were still running.

    The rest of the McCoys consisted of Richard Crenna and Kathleen Nolanas Luke and Kate, a pair of young marrieds. Kate married into theMcCoys, but like Ethel Kennedy you'd think she was born into the claninstead. Kathleen was a wise old soul in her own way inside a beautifulyoung lady. She was the heart of the show, more than Brennan at times.

    Richard Crenna went on to a career that involved him playing a lot morethan hayseeds like Luke McCoy. But he said many times that the realvalue of The Real McCoys for him was as an acting school. Just workingwith and watching Walter Brennan every week was more valuable thanacting lessons with Stella Adler or the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

    Two younger siblings came along with Luke, Kate, and Grandpa. There wasLydia Reed and Michael Winkelman as Hassee and Little Luke. I thoughtit a bit much to name a kid after Tallahassee because someone sent thema picture postcard from the place and they thought the name was sopretty. Lydia had enough teenage angst, settling from West Virginiainto sophisticated southern California without that added to her woes.As for Little Luke, I guess the McCoy clan got squeamish on names afterTallahassee and stuck with one tried and true.

    Tony Martinez, all barely five feet of him, played their Chicanofarmhand, Pepino. The Chicano and hill cultures blended very welltogether. At the time Tony Martinez was considered to have abreakthrough part for Latinos. Pepino was always a cheerful guy, but ahardworking person of real dignity and was never demeaned in any way bythe stories.

    As I said other McCoys got in the cast. Jack Oakie did several episodesas Uncle Rightly McCoy when Brennan was on extended leave in a movie.And several episodes had the McCoys make a visit back to West Virginiawhere we ran into the real head of the clan, Great Grandma McCoy playedby Jane Darwell. That's right, Jane was Amos's mother and in fact shewas just about old enough in real life to be just that.

    They should have canceled the show after Kathleen Nolan left or paidher what she wanted. A lot got taken out of the show when she left andLuke was left a widower.

    In many ways the Real McCoys was a survival story about a familyleaving one culture and trying and succeeding in making it in adifferent location with different ways. Maybe that's why The RealMcCoys was as successful as it was. Isn't that what the American Dreamis all about?

  6. Kirasjeri from Brooklyn NY
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    Re: the other comments. But although Walter Brennan was great as grandpaDONOT forget the rest of the cast. Richard Crenna was wonderful as Luke, andKathy Nolan (as she was called in the first years of the show, notKathleen)was fine too, among others. She eventually left the show in a bittercontract dispute for a short-running series (check her credits) and hercareer went the route of DAvid Caruso from NYPD BLUE. This show had awonderful theme song: "Want you to meet the family known as the realMcCoys.That’s grandpappy Amos, they head of the clan, he roars like a lion buthe’sgentle as a lamb. And now here’s Luke who beams with joy since he may takeMrs Kate McCoy". A good show that never recovered from Nolan leaving -Lukeas a widow didn’t cut it.

  7. mdavidsonuk from United Kingdom
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    I had seen episodes of The Real McCoys as a very small child during theoriginal airings in the early 1960's. Many years had passed before Ihad the chance to see it again. Except for the ill-advised sixth andfinal season, without the lovely and talented Kathy Nolan as Kate, itis a heart-warming and wonderful family show that all too sadly is ofthe kind that is no longer made anymore. It is just great that theentire series is being released on DVD. I will certainly add the firstfive seasons to my collection. As for the sixth season, the show hadlost it's heart with the departure of Kathy Nolan. Not until Don Knottsleft The Andy Griffith Show did such a loss cripple a show again. Yes,The Real McCoys was basically a comedy show, but it often had touchesof realism and drama you never saw on the later classic The BeverlyHillbillies. It had solid acting throughout, even down to thesupporting cast. It also had a heart.

  8. camille-7 ( from Swartz Creek, Michigan
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    I watched this show fairly frequently as a child but now that I am an adultI appreciate it much more. I am so impressed with the acting and staminaofWalter Brennan. For a man in his late 60’s, he had to memorize tons ofdialogue and work so hard it must have been a strain on him, however itnever showed in his performance. His wonderful love/hate friendship withGeorge MacMichael (Andy Clyde) was a highlight of the show. I was verysorry when Kate left the show, though it wasn’t the same, I still enjoyeditbecause I loved watching Walter.I am so glad that TNN is showing reruns of this show.

  9. pooh-24 from Los Angeles
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    This show is incredulous.I mean it being premiered in 1957 and all,geeBuddyHolly was still alive,Cuba was not communist,but a free nation,the Dodgerswere still in Brooklyn,the baseball Giants still in New York,the Lakers inMinneapolis,and the President Of The United States (Ike) was someone youcould believe in.Yes those were good times and this was a good show that had a goodrun.TheReal McCoys had a great cast with Walter Brennan doing his best as theleadas Granpa,and doing well as usual.A young Richard Crenna starting out whatwould be a fantastic acting careerwho would have thought of it him being on this show.Madge Blake was onthisshow,Aunt Harriet fromBatman.And a young Kathleen Nolan,yes this was a fine show with some goodhumor and some good lessons learned about life sprinkledin.You don’t get TV like this anymore,of course we don’t.Dawson’s Creek andother shows like it have meant the end of televison with a sense of humorandwith some heart to it.Now shows are filled with self pity,characters thatare selfish,and with tons of sarcasm to them.Shows like the new "Get Realand Freeks and Geeks" reflect what we have become to our regret.Whenpeoplelook back at the 1990’s they are sure to remember it as an age of angeranddisillusionment.We can look back at the 1950’s though.Not a perfect age.But a great timefor Americans and shows like "The Real McCoys" with a happy and stablefamily living on a farm enjoying life rather than cursing it,give us anexample of who we were.A good show with some good humor, and thanks to TNNnow not to be forgotten.

  10. bfan from Ohio
    07 Jan 2013, 12:46 pm

    I always loved this show, except for the final season. It was bad enoughthat Kathy Nolan left, but the kids (Hassie and Little Luke) were alsophased out within a handful of episodes. Then, even Grandpa Amos McCoywasgone by the spring of 1963, leaving only Luke and Pepino for the final 13episodes or so. The show was such a heart-warming sitcom until then, butthe final season we had to witness the family disintegrate. Verydepressing.

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