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The Hee Haw Collection - Premier Episode & Hee Haw Laffs! (1969)

Loretta Lynn , Charley Pride , Bill Davis (VI) , Bob Boatman  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Loretta Lynn, Charley Pride, Junior Samples, Stringbean, Barbi Benton
  • Directors: Bill Davis (VI), Bob Boatman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001ZX0HO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,314 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Hee Haw Collection - Premier Episode & Hee Haw Laffs!" on IMDb

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Studio: Wea-des Moines Video Release Date: 05/18/2004 Run time: 80 minutes Rating: Nr

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Too bad Time-Life acquired the rights to this show September 1, 2004
By Yarby
It's wonderful to have the opportunity to acquire this show on DVD. The jokes are still as corny as ever, the music still as good as ever, and Junior's delivery still cracks me up.

The sad thing is, Time-Life is the company putting out the DVD's. This initial DVD is a poor value. One show and one highlight reel is all that is provided. Add to that the fact that the highlight reel includes numerous out-takes from the same premiere show included, and you're paying full price for basically one show.

Also, Time-Life has obviously not seen fit to restore any of the footage. Colors bleed badly (which is extremely obvious on a show with loud sets, lighting, and clothing), and grain is everywhere.

Should you buy this DVD, or the subsequent releases? Well, I doubt this show will ever be released as it should have full season sets. So if you want to have copies of this classic, this is probably your only choice. Just prepare yourself to have deep pockets and low expectations.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars finally!! June 4, 2004
after years of hoping someone would issue classic full-length Hee-Haw shows on video or either DVD, i was thrilled when Time-Life realized the demand that the show has built, really since the last show in 1992, all of us Hee-Haw fans at some point or another have made our desires of having the show's released on video/DVD. This DVD contains the first episode from 1969 with Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride. It also contains the famed "Hee-Haw Laffs" from 1996 as a bonus. Since it's the debut episode, the show is comprised of the same routines throughout the hour because that's all they had at the time. Minnie Pearl and Sheb Wooley make guest appearances. Sheb does his Ben Colder character, singing a parody of "Hello Walls". The Hager Twins perform. The show's opening didn't contain the signature cast credit, though. This cast run-down happened at the end of the show. Clearly, the stand-outs for me are anything with Archie Campbell, Gordie Tapp, Grandpa Jones, Don Harron, and Junior Samples. Loretta sings "Your Squaw Is On The Warpath" while Charley sings "I Can't Help It" and "Kaw-Liga". Grandpa Jones does a wild, bopping banjo song! The character actor, Pat McComick, famous as being "Enos" on the Smokey and the Bandit movies, appears in the silent sketches which all start with an out-house falling over!! Pat, in one silent sketch, is dressed as Superman who trips and falls down a hill! Then, on Buck's song, "Who's Gonna Mow Your Grass?", the program shifts to a bunch of people out in a field mowing grass in what could be one of the first country music videos! Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Where Are You Tonight? June 9, 2004
This tune mentioned and the title as well as "Gloom Despair and Agony on Me" (not included in this DVD) will bring smiles to any child of the 70s who was too young to go out on Saturday night and watched this with your family. Yes, Jr. Samples, Grandpa Jones, Minnie Pearl and Buck & Roy are all back with good old fashioned country corn. This is the first episode from 1969 and the extras only feature some other gags that already exist in this same show. The show never changed that much over the next 20 odd years, which was part of its charm. Country music fans will also be pleased to see a young Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride (singing "Kaw Liga") along for the ride, although neither of them interact with the Kornfield Kounty gang as later guests would.
People who did not see this the first time around may not "get it" or be amused at all. Your kids in particular may look at you like idiots while you laugh and smile at this. But if you remember this at all, you'll join in with the Kornfield Kounty Krew as they sing HEE HEE HEE HAW HAW HAW HEE HAW without worrying about what anyone else thinks!
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! June 27, 2004
By Bill
"Hee-Haw" can best be described as a country version of "Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in," with plenty of good music thrown into the mix.
Dropped into the CBS schedule in June 1969 as a summer replacement for "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" (not the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" as indicated on the DVD cover--their show had come to an abrupt and controversial end several weeks earlier), "Hee-Haw" was to run a scant 13 weeks and then disappear forever...but Nielsen numbers attract attention, and the show was a ratings favorite throughout its summer '69 run...CBS returned it to the air at the earliest opportunity a few months later, and the rest is history ("Hee-Haw May Have the Last Laugh" declared a TV Guide news brief in mid-summer '69, describing the show's unexpected ratings success and CBS' desire to continue with the program as soon as there was room on the schedule).
Though the show lasted many years, my favorite episodes remain those first 13--this DVD showcases the premiere episode, plus a compilation bonus called "Hee-Haw Laffs," which first appeared on VHS tape several years ago.
"Hee-Haw" was fast-paced, funnier than "Rowan and Martin's Laugh in," and the musical breaks always featured top country talent showcased at their best.
Time-Life's presentation of the show is wonderful. Even the opening slate, featuring the scheduled broadcast date, is included, as is the brief Burma Shave inspired "We'll be back in a minute" station break blurb that was only a part of those first 13 episodes. I'm so grateful someone preserved these tapes--though some chroma noise is evident, quality is remarkably good overall.
This was such a welcome DVD discovery, and a mail order catalog received yesterday indicates that future volumes are forthcoming quickly! I hope so, as I'll be eagerly awaiting their arrival.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Enjoyed the program. Thank You.
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5.0 out of 5 stars lovelots
havent watched big fan for childhood memories of my dad
Published 1 month ago by Reba mobley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great condition. Good show.
Published 2 months ago by N Marquette
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Marla Norris
5.0 out of 5 stars This Was a Lot Of Fun
I had a wonderful time watching these old shows they reminded me of when I was a kid and we used to watch this show every Sunday. It was put together well.
Published 15 months ago by KRM
5.0 out of 5 stars Great disk
My hubby loves this show. I got him this disk as a gift. The only negative thing is that the next day I found some cheaper.
Published 18 months ago by Bobby & Leah Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars The Hee Haw Collection - Premir Episode & Hee haw Laffs
I purchased this as a gift to one of my sons. He has told me that he is enjoying watching this tape of this former television series. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Patricia Honts
5.0 out of 5 stars ~ GREAT OLD COUNTRY MUSIC ~
I always wanted to write a review of the Hee Haw Collection, I Love Them, I've got many Episodes and never get tired of watching them, they are a lot Fun. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Wolfee1
5.0 out of 5 stars hee haw
we enjoy the show when it was on now we can watch it again! when we got it we put it in and laughed like we did the frist time! Thank you!!
Published on August 24, 2012 by wbill2012
4.0 out of 5 stars Great laughs
Great service."......perfect condition...perfectly classic hilarious comedy! My 8 year old son loves it and laughs his fanny off everytime he watches it.
Published on June 12, 2012 by Tina
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