The Real McCoys

The Real McCoys

infobox television
show_name = The Real McCoys

caption = "The Real McCoys" intro
rating =
format = Sitcom
runtime = 30 minutes (per episode)
director = Hy Averback
Richard Crenna
Sidney Miller
David Alexander
producer = Irving Pincus
creator = Irving Pincus
starring = Walter Brennan
Richard Crenna
Kathleen Nolan
Michael Winkelman
Lydia Reed
country = flagcountry|United States
network = ABC (1957-1962)
CBS (1962-1963)
first_aired = October 3, 1957
last_aired = June 23, 1963
preceded_by =
related =
num_episodes = 224
list_episodes =
executive_producer = Danny Thomas
imdb_id = 0050053
tv_com_id = 9802

"The Real McCoys" is a television situation comedy from Danny Thomas Productions. The program aired on the ABC network from 1957 through 1962. It aired for one more season on CBS before its end in 1963.


The series revolved around the lives of a mountain family who originally hailed from West Virginia. The McCoys moved to California where they became . The family consisted of Grandpa Amos McCoy (the head of the family; Walter Brennan), his grandson Luke (Richard Crenna), Luke's new bride Kate (Kathleen Nolan), teenage sister Hassie (Lydia Reed), and 11-year-old brother Little Luke (Michael Winkelman). The double-naming of the brothers was explained in the first episode by the elder Luke as due to their parents being so excited over the birth of the younger boy, "they forgot all about me!"

Just before the show ended its run on ABC, Nolan decided to leave the show due to a contract dispute, so her character was killed off for the final season. The beginning of the final season also saw Hassie leaving home to attend college and Little Luke joining the Army. Luke became a widower and many of the stories revolved around Grandpa trying to match him up with a new wife. This nearly worked when Luke met Louise Howard, played by Janet DeGore, a widow with a young son, Greg, played by Butch Patrick.


Although the series had rated in the Top 10 the entire time it was on ABC, it fell into disfavor after being sold to CBS and was cancelled in the summer of 1963. Factors in the cancellation were the changes in the series (the death of the character Kate), its new time slot opposite NBC's "Bonanza", and CBS's concentration on another rural show "The Beverly Hillbillies", which had become the Number 1 entry on television.

A year after "The Real McCoys" ended production, Brennan starred in the short-lived ABC series "The Tycoon" as eccentric and sometimes cantankerous businessman Walter Andrews. The program, another Danny Thomas production, ceased after thirty-two episodes.

DVD Releases

On July 24, 2007, Infinity Entertainment released the first season of "The Real McCoys" on Region 1 DVD. [ [, "The Real McCoys" Season 1 DVD release info] ] The second season was released on October 30, 2007. [ [, "The Real McCoys" Season 2 DVD release info] ]


External links

*imdb title|id=0050053|title=The Real McCoys
* [ "The Real McCoys" at]
* [ "The Real McCoys" episode guide]

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