Hee Haw Turns 48!

Hee Haw Turns 48!

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June 15, 2017

SA-LUTE! “Hee Haw” premiered on June 15, 1969, just one month prior to Neil Armstrong landing on the moon. This new variety show kicked off with special guests Charley Pride and Loretta Lynn and became a top hit for CBS for several years before. Although the uber-corny variety show (pun intended) ended in 1992, it is still loved by viewers from all over, who can still catch it on RFD-TV every Sunday night at 8 PM ET (encore Mondays at 6:30 PM ET).

The original cast included Buck Owens, Roy Clark, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Lulu Roman, and others. Some of the favorite skits include The Cornfield Jokes, KORN Radio, Lulu’s Truck Stop and more.  

Many of the jokes and gags have been passed down and recycled down through the present generation. And the show continues to be popular with viewers and new incarnations of the show include a new musical written by songwriting superstars Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark called “Moonshine: That Hee Haw Musical” and a recent January 2015 reference by Blake Shelton during a "Saturday Night Live" monologue where he talked about growing up on the series and country humor. But what makes "Hee Haw" such and enduring legacy?

Roy Clark said, “Because it’s the last thing that was such a big hit that didn’t hurt people.” 

Fun Facts:

  • The last episode aired May 30, 1992.
  • Hee Haw only filmed twice a year, in June and October. Roy Clark compared the block sessions to a family reunion.
  • Elvis was a HUGE fan, though he never had the chance to guest star because his manager Colonel Parker wouldn't allow it. 
  • TV personality, Kathie Lee Gifford got her start as a Hee Haw Honey when in 1978, she joined the cast of the short-lived Hee Haw spinoff, "Hee Haw Honeys."
  • The creators of Hee Haw were actually from urban Canada – not Rural America like their characters they created. 
  • Former President George H.W. Bush said in a New York Times interview that he was a fan of the show.
  • Hee Haw had many famous guests from Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton to Conway Twitty and is the longest-running show in TV syndication history.
  • The creators of Hee Haw were actually from urban Canada – not Rural America like their characters they created. 
  • Former President George H.W. Bush said in a New York Times interview that he was a fan of the show.
  • Hee Haw had many famous guests from Johnny Cash to Dolly Parton to Conway Twitty. 

Celebs Talk "Hee Haw":

“Hee Haw may have set me back, but it sure set me up.” - Roy Clark

“I thought they were crazy having little pigs dance across the screen. But after getting to know producer, Sam Lovullo, I would have put up with anything to work with him.” - Hank Williams Jr.

“Hee Haw was probably my biggest exposure to live music at a young age because there wasn’t live music around my town and no one in my family played instruments.” - Alan Jackson

Tune in to "Hee Haw" Sunday nights at 8 PM ET and Monday nights at 6:30 PM ET on RFD-TV.

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