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The Hee Haw Collection 3-DVD Set!

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 8/21/15

I'm from California, but my family has country/Southern roots. My dad's family is from the Ohio Valley area, near Kentucky. My dad used to watch this show all of the time when I was a kid. I know my grandparents used to watch it, too. I don't remember liking it all that much, although I probably liked the jokes okay when I was younger. I was never a country music fan. (Later I did grow to have more of an appreciation for it after moving to Texas and also living in Alabama and Georgia. Also, my husband likes it a bit, especially the older stuff.)

So over the years, I've thought back somewhat fondly of those years watching "Hee Haw" with my dad, especially the silly song "Where o Where are you tonight" which ends in a raspberry sound. My mom and brothers used to watch "Laugh-in," but I never really thought of "Hee Haw" as being a similar show.  Now it's more obvious, of course, but back then, there were a lot of comedy and variety shows, and besides, I was a kid. It would never have occurred me to think that way.

Some of the show also reminds me a little of "Saturday Night Live" and "Monty Python."  I'm sure that some of the SNL writers were influenced by both "Laugh-In" and "Hee Haw" as well as "Monty Python."

If you grew up in the 60's and 70's, like I did, you may want to buy this DVD for nostalgia sake.  Or if you're a fan of country music, then you will definitely want to buy it. It has all of the great classic country singers from back then, singing on the show: Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Jr., Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn, and more.

There are many of these Hee Haw sets available on Amazon. They're all a part of the series released by Time-Life. The original show was on 69-71 on CBS, and then it went into syndication until 1992. This 3-disc series has a few episodes from 79 and 70, and one from 73. Then there are various Hee Haw skits on the last disk. I don't know why they don't release all of the episodes. Perhaps they think this is enough because the show does have the same kind of jokes over and over! It's a little hard to watch unless you really love corny jokes (kids should love it).

There are also some great interviews with the surviving cast members Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, and others. It's really great hearing them talk about the show and their fellow cast members (especially the ones who are gone).  This is probably my favorite part of the DVD set.

If you're not into corny jokes, or country music, and you don't have small children, and you didn't grow up with it, then you should skip it.

Enjoy!

MORE INFORMATION:

On 9/8, Settle Back for Pickin' and Grinnin', Singin' and Spinnin' Tall Tales and Corny Jokes with the All-New 3-Disc HEE HAW COLLECTION From Time Life!

THIS SEPTEMBER, SETTLE BACK FOR PICKIN' AND GRINNIN',

TALL TALES AND A STAR-SPANGLED LINE-UP FROM THE ORIGINAL DOWN-HOME COUNTRY VARIETY SHOW

 

THE HEE HAW COLLECTION

 

The 3-Disc Collection ($39.95srp) from one of the longest-running shows in

TV History, Includes 5 Episodes Never Released at Retail, Featuring Country Superstars such as Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Hank Williams Jr. and Loretta Lynn; Exclusive Interviews, Hee Haw Laffs, Special Comedy Selections and More!

 

IN STORES SEPTEMBER 8

 

FAIRFAX, VA - Pickin' and grinnin', singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the citizens of Kornfield Kounty landed on television in 1969 with the arrival of HEE HAW as a summer replacement series for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.  Each week, co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark and the cast of comedians and musicians welcomed the biggest stars in country music to perform their songs and help deliver the legendary corny one-liners.  Though a hit, CBS dropped the show in 1971 in an attempt to "de-countrify" the network's programming; however, it was quickly picked up and became the longest-running weekly syndicated series in television history.  And, this September, Time Life invites home audiences back to rural Kornfield Kounty for some timeless, down-home entertainment with THE HEE HAW COLLECTION.

 

The 3-disc collection features 5 episodes never-before-available at retail.  These vintage episodes from the late 60s and early 70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts, feature all the Kornfield Kounty regulars and their hilarious comedy plus country legends like Conway Twitty performing "Hello Darlin'," Merle Haggard singing his classic "Okie from Muskogie," Donna Fargo performing "Funny Face," Tammy Wynette performing her #1 hit "Ways to Love a Man," an unforgettable duet with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn performing "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," plus other country legends like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and many other chart-toppers; gospel classics "I Saw the Light" and "I'll Fly Away" with Tennessee Ernie Ford and of course, even more country classics from HEE HAW co-hosts Buck Owens and Roy Clark.  The collection, certain to thrill any Kornfield Kounty denizen or classic TV aficionado, also includes bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager.  Additional bonus programming includes all-time favorite comedy from the early years in "Hee Haw Laffs," featuring "Board Fence," "Cornfield," "Moonshiners," "Doctor Spot," "Old Philosopher," "General Store,"  "Haystack," "Schoolhouse" and other knee-slappers.

 

Conceived as a rural alternative to Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, HEE HAW honed in on country music and rural Southern culture.With Clark and Owens co-hosting, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Archie Campbell and the rest of the HEE HAW gang traded knee-slappers and gut-busting one-liners in memorable sketches including "Doc Campbell," "PFFT! You Was Gone" and "Gordie's General Store"-- as well as the all-time favorites "Rindercella" and "Trigonometry" and the unforgettable menagerie of animated donkeys and pigs.  And because HEE HAW was a favorite stop for country's greatest stars, the show featured hundreds of performances by top country stars at the peaks of their careers, like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and so many more.  Though the last "new" episode aired in 1992, HEE HAW remains one of the longest-running and best loved television variety shows of all time.

 

In addition to this latest DVD release, HEE HAW is getting the Broadway treatment with the world premiere of the new musical Moonshine: That HeeHaw Musical September 2 at Dallas Theater Center.  The musical distills the spirit of the iconic television series and bottles it into an original musical comedy.   Set in present-day Kornfield Kounty, this highly anticipated show introduces a new generation of irresistible characters as it tells the story of Misty Mae, the ultimate hometown girl who heads to the big city and returns home with her slick city-boy beau.  Featuring an original score by Grammy® Best New Artist nominee Brandy Clark and Grammy® Award winning songwriter/producer Shane McAnally (two of today's most critically acclaimed country music singer/songwriters) and a book by Robert Horn, the musical adds an exciting new chapter to the long-running HEE HAW story.

 

For true HEE HAW fans, Time Life will also be releasing several exclusive sets, only available online at http://timelife.com/products/the-hee-haw-collection or by calling 1-800-950-7887.  The direct response HEE-HAW COLLECTION offers either 11 episodes across 8 DVDs or 23 episodes across 14 DVDs, for approximately $100 or $190, respectively.  Both sets arrive with hours of bonus programming including in-depth interviews and Hee Haw comedy classics.

 

About HEE HAW

All rights and trademarks for HEE HAW are owned by Gaylord Program Services, Inc. whose parent company, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE:RHP), is based in Nashville, Tennessee.


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