- Clay Motley
Television show. Hee Haw featured country-camp humor and the most popular country music acts of the day. Although it was a success upon first airing on CBS in 1969, it was cancelled in 1971 along with the network’s other rural-themed shows. Hee Haw continued in syndication until 1993, making it one of the longer-running shows in television history and one of the only outlets for televised country music during the 1970s and early 1990s.
Hee Haw’s reoccurring comedy skits frequently featured former Grand Ole Opry stars Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, and David “Stringbean” Akeman, as well as Archie Campbell, Gordie Tapp, Junior Samples, and Lulu Roman. Musicians Buck Owens and Roy Clark hosted and performed during most of its episodes, and the Hee Haw Gospel Quartet, featuring Owens, Clark, Grandpa Jones, and Kenny Price gained enough popularity to release its own albums. Almost every important country group or performer active during its long run performed on the show. In an attempt to attract new, younger viewers, sets featuring a city street and a shopping mall replaced the barnyard and cornfield sets in the ...