Hee Haw


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Hee Haw is an American television variety show featuring country music and humor with fictional rural Kornfield Kounty as a backdrop. It aired on CBS-TV from 1969–1971 before a 20-year run in local syndication. The show was inspired by Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, the major difference being that Hee Haw was far less topical, and was centered on country music. Initially co-hosted by musicians Buck Owens and Roy Clark, the show was equally well-known for its voluptuous, scantily-clad women in stereotypical farmer's daughter outfits, male stars Jim and Jon Hager and its cornpone humor.

Hee Haw's appeal was not limited to a rural audience. It was successful in all of the major markets, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. Other niche programs such as The Lawrence Welk Show (which targeted older audiences) and Soul Train (a black-oriented program) also rose to prominence in syndication during the era. Like Laugh-In, the show minimized production costs by taping all of the recurring sketches for a season in batches— setting up for the Cornfield one day, the Joke Fence another, etc. At the height of its popularity, an entire year's worth of shows would be taped in two separate week-long sessions, then individual shows would be assembled from edited sections. In addition, the show was taped in front of a live audience, with a laugh track added later to smooth over live audience reactions.

The series was taped at WLAC-TV (now WTVF)[2] and Opryland USA in Nashville. The show was produced by Yongestreet Productions through the mid-1980s; it was later produced by Gaylord Entertainment, which distributed the show in syndication. The show's name was coined by show business talent manager and producer Bernie Brillstein and derives from a common English term used to describe the braying sound that a donkey makes.

Created by

Frank Peppiatt

John Aylesworth

Bernie Brillstein

Presented by

Buck Owens

Roy Clark

Starring

Archie Campbell

Gordie Tapp

Grandpa Jones

Junior Samples

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Production

Location(s) Nashville, Tennessee

Running time 60 minutes

Broadcast

Original channel CBS; syndicated

Original run

June 15, 1969 (1969-06-15) – September 19, 1992

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Highlights
Roy Clark on starring on Hee Haw
08:43
Jonathan Winters on his appearances on Hee Haw
02:26
Bernie Brillstein on the creation, development and syndication of Hee Haw
07:20
Bill Davis on his favorite episode of Hee Haw and the legacy of Hee Haw
03:13
Roy Clark on Hee Haw
28:45
Who talked about this show

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on the creation, development and syndication of Hee Haw
07:20

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on starring on Hee Haw
08:43
Roy Clark on Hee Haw
28:45
Roy Clark on Hee Haw (continued)
24:16

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis on his favorite episode of Hee Haw and the legacy of Hee Haw
03:13
Bill Davis on directing Hee Haw
09:09
Bill Davis on directing Hee Haw
03:34
Bill Davis on the cast of Hee Haw
04:59
Bill Davis on the guest stars of Hee Haw
02:23

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on the genesis of Hee Haw, and on deciding to do the show in Nashville
03:20
Sam Lovullo on working with the unions on the production of Hee Haw
03:06
Sam Lovullo on working with Roy Clark and Buck Owens on Hee Haw
08:12
Sam Lovullo on Junior Samples on Hee Haw
07:43
Sam Lovullo on the "Hee Haw Honeys" on Hee Haw, including Kathie Lee Gifford
05:03
Sam Lovullo on the humor of Hee Haw
06:09
Sam Lovullo on Hee Haw and Gaylord Productions
03:45
Sam Lovullo on getting into producing at CBS, and on associate producing The Jonathan Winters Show, and on the inception of Hee Haw
05:44
San Lovullo on working with Perry Lafferty at CBS, and on bringing on Hee Haw as a summer replacement
04:37
Sam Lovullo on the development of Hee Haw
03:00
Sam Lovullo on finding the "voice" for Hee Haw, and on the cast of the show
04:00
Sam Lovullo on the Hee Haw theme song
04:15
Sam Lovullo on the need that Hee Haw filled in the culture when it premiered, and why the show worked
03:35
Sam Lovullo on the bloopers of Hew Haw, often left in, and on the set design of the show
06:05
Sam Lovullo on the crew of Hee Haw
05:26
Sam Lovullo on how the city of Nashville reacted to the production of Hee Haw, and on trying to do a reunion show
03:31
Sam Lovullo on advertisers initial reactions to Hee Haw
03:03
Sam Lovullo on the production schedule for Hee Haw
08:05
Sam Lovullo on the studio audience for Hee Haw
03:16
Sam Lovullo on the cast of Hee Haw
02:43
Sam Lovullo on the Hee Haw being cancelled by CBS and going into syndication
05:19
Sam Lovullo on Buck Owens leaving Hee Haw, and on Roy Clark hosting it alone
03:15
Sam Lovullo on Archie Campbell on Hee Haw
03:04
Sam Lovullo on the Hager twins on Hee Haw
00:36
Sam Lovullo on Grandpa Jones on Hee Haw
02:17
Sam Lovullo on Lulu Roman on Hee Haw
02:32
Sam Lovullo on David "Stringbean" Akeman on Hee Haw
02:35
Sam Lovullo on Minnie Pearl on Hee Haw
06:34
Sam Lovullo on Misty Rowe on Hee Haw
01:48
Sam Lovullo on Slim Pickens on Hee Haw
03:36
Sam Lovullo on George "Goober" Lindsey on Hee Haw
03:04
Sam Lovullo on Pat Buttram on Hee Haw
00:52
Sam Lovullo on the production schedule of Hee Haw
05:34
Sam Lovullo on the recurring skits and bits on Hee Haw
13:14
Sam Lovullo on Buck Owens and Roy Clark's "Picking and grinning" segments on Hee Haw, and other recurring bits
04:09
Sam Lovullo on the Minnie Pearl's Schoolhouse sketches on Hee Haw
01:03
Sam Lovullo on the guest stars of Hee Haw, and their wardrobe
05:22
Sam Lovullo on dealing with record companies and artists once Hee Haw got popular
08:29
Sam Lovullo on his favorite guests on Hee Haw, including Ray Charles, Sammy Davis, Jr., and Paul Anka
09:57
Sam Lovullo on selling Hee Haw in syndication
02:50
Sam Lovullo on Gaylord Productions, Hee Haw's early production company
02:00
Sam Lovullo on where Hee Haw was most popular, and on revamping the show towards the end of its run
04:40
Sam Lovullo on the end of Hee Haw
02:46
Sam Lovullo on the legacy of Hee Haw in terms of launching the careers of country singers
06:54
Sam Lovullo on what it was like on the set of Hee Haw when the show was cancelled, and on the longevity of the show
04:16

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for Hee Haw, on dealing with regional and ethnic audiences when creating a laugh track, and on creating a laugh track for American shows that have been dubbed into another language
06:14

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on The Leslie Uggams Show being CBS' response to cancelling The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and her show being replaced by Hee Haw
02:47

Jonathan Winters

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Jonathan Winters on his appearances on Hee Haw
02:26

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