On DVD from Time Life is a trip back to the cornfield of comedy with the release of “Hee Haw: Pfft! You Was Gone!”
Seriously, I can honestly admit that my childhood included the Sunday ritual of tuning into the CBS series “Hee Haw.” After Sunday dinner, my seven member family would find our places on the braided carpet (have I aged myself?) with popcorn and prepare to spend time laughing.
Running from 1969 to 1971, “Hee Haw” was hosted by the country singers Buck Owens and Roy Clark. Filled with country culture and music, there was an equal mix of comedy and musical guests including Merle Haggard, George Jones, Dolly Parton and more.
Sketches on the Joke Fence and pop ups in the cornfield captured audiences’ funny bone. The iconic and song-stuck-in-your-head “Where, oh where, are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? I search the world over, and I thought I’d found true love, You met another and Pfft! You was gone!” were only part of the hilarity.
Grandpa Jones was often asked “Hey Grandpa! What’s for Supper?” and trust me sometimes the menu sounded very southern and delicious. If you needed a visit to Archie’s Barbershop, you could be sure to hear a twisted fairy tale or two or perhaps visit The Culhanes of Kornfield Kounty with Minnie Pearl and Junior Samples.
A Season 1 episode includes Merle Haggard singing “Mama Tried” and sketches from “The Culhanes” and “KORN News.” From Season 2, Marty Robbins crooned to television audiences “I’m So Afraid of Losing You Again.” The comedy of Owens and Clark with “Pickin and Grinnin” brought even the singers to laughter.
Dolly Parton brought her famous song “Coat of Many Colors” in 1972 along with Roy Clark and his stunning performance of “There’ll Be Peace in the Valley For Me.” The “Kornfield Kounty” gang returns along with the newest tale from “Archie’s Barbershop” and a menu of vittles with “Hey Grandpa, What’s for Supper?”
George Jones brought his voice of hurt to the song “Nothing Ever Hurt Me Half as Bad As Losing You” and Tammy Wynette sang “Kids Say the Darndest Things.”
Time Life has brought this never before released anywhere classic collection of the series to fans. For more of what Time Life has to offer fans of classic television visit www.timelife.com.
It seems only appropriate finishing up with another iconic show song as Buck Owens and Roy Clark would gather with the cast and sing “We loved the time we spent with you, To share a song and a laugh or two, May your pleasure be many and your troubles be few…” with a final closing to another episode of “Hee Haw.”
Anyone who was part of the “Hee Haw” era will love revisiting the show once again. Time Life gathers us one and all back together to remember southern comedy, charm and music. This series brought families together to share laughs and see our favorite country musicians sing the hits we would hear on the radio.
I think that’s what we all miss most about entertainment, finding something that reaches the entire family enough to make them want to sit around the television together. “Hee Haw” brought just that and we now have a chance to have Sunday dinner and race to our favorite spots with popcorn and have a fun as a family.
In the end — it’s the best down-home country variety show!