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Hee Haw (TV Series 1969–1997) Poster

(1969–1997)

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After Hee Haw (1969) was canceled in 1971, it was re-entered as a first-run syndication. And it ran for 21 more seasons.
The series was shot in blocks. Performers would gather for a week of taping in June, and another in October, with individual shows edited together later. Roy Clark compared the block schedule to "a big family reunion, twice a year".
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Donald Harron, who played radio announcer "Charlie Farquharson" on station KORN, was seen by many as a thinly-veiled parody of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In (1967) announcer Gary Owens. In fact, Harron had first performed the Farquharson character on the Canadian Broadcasting Company's TV show, The Big Revue (1952). He later revived the character on The Red Green Show (1991). The interesting thing is, Gary Owens began his announcing career in Mitchell, SD at a AM radio station whose call letters actually were KORN.
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The first season, including the pilot, was shot in studio A at WLAC-TV in Nashville, TN. The show was originally scheduled to be shot entirely in California, but WLAC's general manager convinced CBS to record the show at his station because "I could stand on the front porch of the station, blow a whistle, and have any country singer we need." The station has since been re-named WTVF Newschannel 5.
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The Hee Haw (1969) set is on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN .
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A victim of the Rural Purge of 1971: Hee Haw (1969), The Ed Sullivan Show (1948), The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Green Acres (1965), Hogan's Heroes (1965), and Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) were all canceled by CBS executive Fred Silverman, who believed these shows had limited appeal because they were only watched by older and rural audiences. (Silverman was proven wrong the following year, when The Waltons (1971), a rural-themed show, became a surprise hit on CBS.)
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Hee Haw (1969) was a loose satire based on "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In"
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The week between Hee Haw: Episode #1.5 (1969) on Sunday, July 13th, 1969, and Hee Haw: Episode #1.6 (1969) on Sunday, July 27th, 1969 was lunar history, as Neil Armstrong and Ed Buzz Aldrin were the first Astronauts to walk on the moon on Sunday, July 20th, 1969. Third Astronaut, Michael Collins remained in the Apollo 11 space capsule.
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Co-star Buck Owens left after the 1985-86 season, believing that the show had ruined his credibility as a musician, after he'd gone on tour and discovered that almost nobody took him seriously. He spent the next several years rebuilding his reputation as a serious performer.
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