As many of us avid TV lovers already know, the 1960s gave us a multitude of classic rural comedies. These shows dominated the top of the ratings for many years. CBS, the network most associated with the trend, was even nicknamed the Country Broadcasting System. Starting in the late 1960s/early 1970s, as the TV landscape was going through many changes, all three major networks suddenly saw their still-popular rural comedies as passe and began canceling them. This trend of canceling rural shows became known as the "rural purge". Basically, I'm starting this thread to discuss the rural comedies by Paul Henning, other shows the fall inside the same genre, and the "purge" that got them all axed.