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TV Shows - Hee Haw

This started out as an attempt to bring country music and comedy to mainstream US homes via imitating the then-popular "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In". It debuted on the CBS network in 1969 but was soon cancelled (along with the classic "Green Acres") due to CBS's infamous 'Rural Purge'. Unlike most cancelled network shows, this show's life was far from finished as it quickly hit the syndication market with new episodes that proved to be a tremendous hit especially amongst rural audiences! It was similiar to the "Grand Ole Opry" format except that it had stronger emphasis on the sketch comedy than the music. Anchoring the music end were the legendary Buck Owens and Roy Clark who both appeared in many a comedy sketch while the comedians included such icons as Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl, 'Stringbean',Archie Campbell and George'Goober' Lindsey (playing the very same character from "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Mayberry,RFD" but in a completely different setting via videotape instead of film). In addition to these above-mentioned established performers, this show launched quite a few newer performers from unknown to national levels of fame including the well-fed Junior 'BR5-49' Samples and Lulu Roman(who would prove to be an excellent gospel singer after years of being considered little more than a joke), the not-so-dumb, gorgeous blonde Misty Rowe, the singing and comedically rogueish Hager Twins (Jim and Jon), and, for a time, the Reverand Grady Nutt(actual name). All the action took place in fictional Cornfield County amongst general stores, haystacks, corn fields[natch] , one-room schoolhouses,etc. with many famous musical guests visiting who eagerly participated in the fun ranging from country music legends such as Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn to unexpected fans such as the 1940's big bandleader Phil Harris(a Nashville native), Ethel Merman(?!)and Vernon (Elvis's dad) Presley! Of course, over time, the show suffered quite a few setbacks including the brutal double murder of 'Stringbean' and his wife,as well as Buck Owens's departure. Unfortunately, while "Hee Haw" had proven to be network-proof in its longevity, it wasn't ageless- as its audience was literally dying out by the early 1990's. In a desperate attempt to steer the train away from the cliff, they completely revamped the formula in 1991 with all but four of the longtime performers eliminated (excluding George 'Goober' Lindsey who didn't understand why he survived) , a brand new cast and a brand new setting taking place in a suburb and a strip mall. Rather than gaining new viewers, this move infuriated the surviving viewers who got their individual, local stations to rally against this move and persuade the producers to pull this format at the soonest possible time. As a result, the remainder of the season was filled with classic episodes from its early glory days entitled "Hee Haw Silver". It didn't help and the show was cancelled altogether in 1992.

Wikipedia Link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hee_Haw
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1 Old country met new country The "Young Country" music format
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2 Day 1 Sucked from the start.
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3 Never Boned Still rocks.
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4 Moving From CBS to Syndication
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5 Moving. From CBS to Synication.
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6 Exit stage left... Buck Owens, The Hager's.
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1 One of the greatest shows ever, Lisa Todd, Marianne Gordon, Misty Rowe, Barbi Benton, Cathy Baker, Irlene Mandrell, and all the other Hee Haw Honeys except Lulu Roman and Minnie Pearl. Need I say more to any red-blooded American males out there? -- Submitted By: (bipinbarr) on August 20, 2014, 12:36 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote
2 Buck Owens, Don Rich and Roy Clark were first class musicians that were just wasted on this farce. Some great musical guests, too. The rest of the show was pretty lame (even by 60's and 70's standards)! -- Submitted By: (jimdcarter) on September 28, 2012, 11:13 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
3 Yes, Roy Clark is an exceptional guitarist and banjo player. He plays a mean fiddle too. The man is basically the stringed-instrument equivalent of a polymath; ninety percent of all the talent on Hee Haw was him alone. (Most of the remaining ten percent was Junior Samples.) By the way, back in the '70s I discovered that Hee Haw and marijuana mixed surprisingly well. -- Submitted By: (Soggy9000) on May 10, 2011, 1:33 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
4 True story: in college I was in a frat with Lulu's son. -- Submitted By: (DolFan316) on January 4, 2011, 5:58 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
5 This was required Saturday evening viewing in my grandparents house when I was a kid. First Lawrence Welk (that was my Grandmothers favorite) then Hee-Haw (my grandfathers fave). One did not dare even THINK of asking to change the channel while either of these were on the air. -- Submitted By: (Friedrich_Feuerstein) on January 4, 2011, 3:22 pm - (2 votes) - Login to Vote
6 I watched this show, I liked Roy Clark's guitar and banjo playing. I was not into country music, but the guy could just play so well, the style didn't matter. Very good music, but the show as a whole sucked. The reason that I feel that it sucked, is that it was supposed to be funny, and it really was corny. Never made me laugh. -- Submitted By: (fletch000) on February 11, 2010, 1:12 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote
7 We used to watch this long ago in the early seventies, but I can't honestly recall why. (No one in the family was particularly interested in country music, and even as a seven year old, I felt the jokes were 'corny'). I can only guess that Hee Haw happened to be run between two other programs we wanted to see, and there wasn't anything better on any of the other channels. So, for lack of anything better to watch, this stayed on for half an hour. More memories of what life was like in the black and white channel 2 - 13 era, before VCRs, DVDs, and the 300 channel universe... -- Submitted By: (Eugene) on July 23, 2009, 10:33 am - (3 votes) - Login to Vote

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