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'Green Acres' Routinely Broke Fourth Wall During Opening Credits

Breaking the fourth wall has been entertaining television audiences long before 'Deadpool' was a thing.

Adapted from a radio show with the same name, 'Green Acres' was a sitcom that ran on CBS from 1965 to 1971. An attempt to cash in on the existing success of shows like 'The Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Petticoat Junction,' the show starred Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor as Oliver and Lisa Douglas, a successful couple from New York City who move to the countryside to fulfill Oliver's lifelong dream of becoming a farmer.

Despite being conceived as relatively standard sitcom fare, the show quickly built a reputation for embracing satire and surrealism. Characters breaking the fourth wall and acknowledging the existence of the show's credits playing out over them was a recurring gag (seen below). There was also fife music whenever Oliver launched into a recurring monologue on the "American dream," and other characters would look around trying to find the source of it. The show also joked that Lisa's only talent was impersonating Zsa-Zsa Gabor, who was Eva's real-life sister that people often mistook her for.
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