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It was on CBS from 1969 to 1971, in syndication from 1971 to 1993, and then after a hiatus was on TNN from 1996-1997.

What was the appeal? Who watched it? Who wanted to see cornpone humor?

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by Anonymousreply 2511/20/2020

This was a stupidass show for the rural Deplorables belt.

by Anonymousreply 111/19/2020

Country music radio listeners watched TV too.

by Anonymousreply 211/19/2020

Future trump voters!

by Anonymousreply 311/19/2020

My rural relatives.

by Anonymousreply 411/19/2020

It seemed pretty stupid, even back then. But Laugh-In did too, for that matter. They were two opposing peas in a pod.

by Anonymousreply 511/19/2020

This and the Lawrence Welk Show, oh how I hated them!

by Anonymousreply 611/19/2020

Loved Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl, Buck Owens, Roy Clark, & the rest. It was gentle fun.

by Anonymousreply 711/19/2020

I watched it when I was like 5 years old when my parents went out. I can't imagine adults being into it. Which Jewish big wig NYC agent came up with it? I read his autobiography, but I forgot.

by Anonymousreply 811/19/2020

The music was excellent. Real country and bluegrass, not pop-country dreck.

by Anonymousreply 911/20/2020

It was Bernie Brillstein

by Anonymousreply 1011/20/2020

All of my extended family and friends of the family while I was growing up. 🙄 Some but not all also listened to country music, and some but not all were rural. It had a wide appeal that I can't really fathom now.

by Anonymousreply 1111/20/2020

Look. I was in the Midwest. We had three stations. We did what we had to do. No, I'm not proud of it, but I made my choices.

It was Wide World of Sports, PBS, or Hee Haw.

How dare you judge me.

by Anonymousreply 1211/20/2020

Old people who didn't live in the sticks watched it. They liked the predictability of the gags. Kindof like eldergays who are devoted to I Love Lucy.

by Anonymousreply 1311/20/2020

It reminded my dad of the old local radio shows of his youth in the 1940s and the early 1950s corny TV shows, so he liked it.

It was also on back when there were only three networks, and syndicated shows aired at a weird time when network programming ended but before local news began. None of these syndicated shows were very good, I recall. One was Lawrence Welk, I think. So for a lot of people, I think Hee-Haw was the best of a bad lot.

by Anonymousreply 1411/20/2020

The first episode.

Not that different from the last episode 25 years later.

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by Anonymousreply 1511/20/2020

My dad who grew up in Brooklyn loved this show, which I never understood. I did like the Hagar twins, though.

by Anonymousreply 1611/20/2020

My dad who grew up in Brooklyn loved this show, which I never understood. I did like the Hagar twins, though.

by Anonymousreply 1711/20/2020

Loved LuLu!

by Anonymousreply 1811/20/2020

Hee-Haw: The Broadway Musical that never was.

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by Anonymousreply 1911/20/2020

R18, I checked in Lulu at a hotel I was working at about 15 years ago. It wasn't long after she'd lost a lot of weight, and she was using a scooter to get around. I was very low-key during the check-in (as she acted like she didn't want to be noticed by fans...this was in Nashville, TN), but I told her I'd been a huge fan growing up (not a lie), and that if she needed anything during her stay to call me at the front desk. Later in the shift, she called and asked for me...she'd misplaced her cell phone in a meeting room (we had dozens of meeting rooms), and asked me if I'd mind tracking it down for her. She said--in her classic Lulu way--"You can't miss it, honey, because the home screen is my face from the 'Hee-Haw' days!" I tracked down what meeting room she'd been in, and thankfully found it and delivered it to her room. She didn't have any cash for a tip, but asked if she could give me a hug. Of course I accepted...she was a sweetheart and as down-to-earth as I thought she'd be.

by Anonymousreply 2011/20/2020

I'm sure they were all paid next to nothing for "Hee Haw."

That show really colored my view growing up of what the South was like--that and reruns of "The Andy Griffith Show." Neither show had black people on them.

by Anonymousreply 2111/20/2020

I loved Heehaw and still watched reruns on RFD a few years back.

by Anonymousreply 2211/20/2020

I thought it was mildly funny but I was 10 years old.

by Anonymousreply 2311/20/2020

Oh god - will I have to watch this now?

you’re welcome!

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by Anonymousreply 2411/20/2020

It’s classic for the musical acts

by Anonymousreply 2511/20/2020
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