Hee-Haw reruns will be returning to television. This author explains why “Hee-Haw” was so great:
“It was good to watch ‘Hee Haw’ by yourself because that way you never had to admit you laughed at this stuff, which you did.
That’s kind of why CBS canceled ‘Hee Haw’ in 1971 even though it was a top-20 hit: The network was embarrassed to be seen in public with it.
CBS wanted young, suave, urbane, hip viewers – not the inconvenient people who lived in that small, inconvenient strip of America between the Hudson River and the Hollywood Hills. Like other media before and since, CBS preferred the audience it fantasized about to the audience that existed.
Now sure, a lot of ‘Hee Haw’ jokes were as silly as pigs’ feet fried in lard, and about as nutritious. But with a fast pace and genuine wits like Archie Campbell, it was good, clean fun.
‘Hee Haw’ also had music. The early years were a country-music golden age, and virtually every star dropped by – in addition to regulars like Roy Clark, Buck Owens and the old-time banjo player Grandpa Jones.”
The return of “Hee-Haw” is good for TV and good for America.
Here’s Dolly Parton on “Hee-Haw” singing “I Will Always Love You”:
Yep, she sang it before Whitney Houston.