Hee-Haw

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CBS (ended 1992)

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Hee-Haw
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Welcome to Kornfield Kounty & HEE HAW! SA-LUTE! Hee Haw, a country version of Rowan and Martin's Laugh In, was a staple of syndicated television for more than 20 years. It began as a weekly series on CBS in 1969, but the network canceled it in 1971 as part of an attempt to cleanse its schedule of rural-flavored shows (other casualties included The Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres). While much of the shows humor came from its comedy skits and rural jokes, the meat of the show was its country music. Two or three stars – including current superstars and up-and-coming acts, as well as bluegrass and country gospel singers – guested each week. Sometimes, they also participated in the fun. And what do we mean by "fun?" A sampling from a typical episode includes: Comedy Skits: The Cornfield Jokes, Pickin' and Grinnin', Archie's Barbershop, Empty Arms Hotel, KORN Radio, Lulu's Truck Stop, Minnie's School, The Naggers (Gordie Tapp & Roni Stoneman) and much more. The cast also frequently asked Grandpa Jones, "What's For Supper?" And then, there was the comedic Burma-Shave style signs (sometimes used as bumpers between skits or as an outro to a commercial). Song Skits: "Pfft, You Was Gone," "Gloom, Despair and Agony on Me," "Repeating Gossip," "Hee-Haw's All Jug Band" and more. On occasion, serious music segments were featured, such as a singer-songwriter segment (which featured an artist singing one of his biggest hits and then performing a song he wrote that became a hit for someone else). The final segment of each show featured the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet – originally, hosts Owens and Clark, along with Grandpa Jones and Kenny Price – singing a gospel song. Virtually every major country superstar appeared on Hee Haw at one time or another – Charley Pride, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Sonny James, Ernest Tubb, Charlie Rich, Ray Price, Hank Williams Jr., Johnny Cash, Roy Acuff, Barbara Mandrell, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, the Statler Brothers, Alabama, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Vince Gill ... and many more. But not all the guests on the show were from country music. Frequently, there were singers from other genres who became popular with country audiences, plus actors and comedians appeared as well. One of the most memorable segments aired in early 1978, when Elvis Presley's father, Vernon Presley, delivered a tribute to his then-recently deceased son. Emotional tributes have also been offered for cast members who had passed away during the series' run. For the 1991-1992 season, the gang left Kornfield Kounty and headed to the city, adopting an urban theme – which included a mall and nightclub – and inviting more pop-oriented country performers in an attempt to draw a younger, more urban audience. The move was none too popular (to put it mildly) with the show's longtime viewers, who saw it as abandoning the traditional country focus that had made the show popular for so long. The revamped format lasted one season. During the 1992-1993 season, Clark hosted a series which featured clips from classic Hee Haw shows, along with new footage. The show was titled Hee Haw Silver. Hee Haw reruns currently air at 8pm Sunday nights, repeating again at 10am Monday morning on RFD-TV.

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Buck Owens

Buck Owens

host (1969-1986)

Roy Clark

Roy Clark

host

Sheb Wooley

Sheb Wooley

Himself/Ben Colder (1969)

Archie Campbell

Archie Campbell

regular (1969-1987)

Gordie Tapp

Gordie Tapp

regular

Don Harron

Don Harron

Charlie Farquharson (1969-1986)

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Season 10

    10
    I am working on getting any individual collection dvds that i can that are available using as a guide, but in my browsing of the listings for Hee Haw i noticed that season 10 is missing, were the seasons mis-numberted or is season 10 listings just plain missing
  • This most wonderful show ever on TV

    10
    I love Hee Haw and I wish it was still on TV I enjoyed it so very much....
  • For the Country Music fan this was a classic show. Some of the performances by the musical acts are truly priceless. All the greats of Country Music from the 60's and 70's appeared on the show. The weak point was the comedy...moreless

    6.5
    All the artists admitted the comedy was "corny", but for me it is pretty dire. But I understand if some people enjoy it and that it was part of the overall appeal, each to their own. One thing every viewer would agree on though is that the musical content is top-notch stuff. For country music fans - this is almost heaven!
  • A very good show with great musical guests.

    10
    This show is snubbed by some folks and is unappreciated by some, but all in all it was a show that made you laugh, even when it was corny, of course they were in Kornfield County! But the treasures were the great cast ensemble and the talented musical guests. I mean look at the first episode. It features Miss Loretta Lynn (my all time favorite singer) as their first guest. She also co-hosted several shows in later years. I think this show will make you feel good when you are down in the dumps. Its an hour of good clean fun. Salute!!!!!!moreless
  • In praise of Buck

    7.5
    Hee-Haw was a show full of humor, songs and pretty girls. It did much to present old fashioned vaudeville humor and so much more to introduce much of the nation to country music. While the show was often corny, it was a trailblazer. And leading the parade of great country stars was Buck Owens. Though considered an outsider and rebel of sorts, Owens stood up to the criticism of some in the country music community, who viewed his participation in the show as a sellout of his earlier hard edge image. With his recent passing (March 24, 2006), I want to pay tribute to this music legend, who with a warm smile and friendly manner introduced me to a world of music I barely knew. Though hardly a country music fan, I came to appreciate the talents of such as Eddy Arnold, Ernest Tubb, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Leroy van Dyke, Webb Pierce and Buck Owens. I came to realize that rather than many categories of music there are really only 2, good and lousy. Thanks Buck. I'll miss you.moreless
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