Time/Life has announced Hee-Haw: Kornfield Classics will come to DVD on February 9th in several variations. Television’s longest-running comedy-variety show brought hilarious jokes from Kornfield Kounty along with country’s biggest stars, into America’s living rooms for over 20 years.
Roy Clark and Buck Owens hosted the countrified ensemble show, pickin’ and grinnin’ and singin’ and spinnin’ with a talented cast of characters. Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Archie Campbell, and the rest of the Hee Haw gang traded knee-slappers and gut-busting one-liners in hilarious sketches including “Doc Campbell,” “PFFT! You Were Gone” and “Gordie’s General Store”—as well as the all-time favorites “Rindercella” and “Trigonometry.”
And because Hee Haw was a favorite stop for country’s greatest stars, the collection features over 100 classic performances by country stars at the peaks of their careers, like Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams Jr. and so many more!
On February 9th, Time/Life will release Hee Haw: Kornfield Klassics on a specially-priced single DVD that features two complete vintage episodes from the early ’70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts, that features Loretta Lynn performing “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Secret Love,” Roger Miller performing “Dang Me” and “That’s The Way I Feel,” Bill Anderson performing “Wild Week-End” and more.
Episode #45, hailing from Season 2 (original broadcast date: January 11, 1971), features highlights such as Buck Owens and cast performing “Love’s Gonna Live Here,” honky-tonk chart-topper Roger Miller performing “Dang Me,” and “That’s the Way I Feel;” Hagers crooning “Teach Your Children” and Nashville Edition performing “Break My Mind.” Kneeslapping sketches include several installments of “Moonshiners” and “Cornfield Jokes,” “KORN News,” “Archie’s Barbershop,” and Yankees outfielder Bobby Murcer, who appears in several comedy sketches with Junior Samples.
Episode #48, also from the series’ second season (original broadcast date:February 2, 1971) highlighted country superstar Loretta Lynn, performing her signature songs “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Secret Love.” Other live performances, mixed in with the regular Kornfield Kounty yuks, included Buck Owens and cast performing “Gonna Roll Out The Red Carpet,” ‘Whisperin’ Bill Anderson, one of the most successful songwriters in country music history, singing “Wild Week-End” and “I Love You Drops,” and Roy Clark performing “January, April and Me.”
For Hee-Haw fans, Time Life has also released several additional configurations including a three disc collector’s set featuring five vintage episodes never before available at retail, and several exclusive sets, only available online or by calling 1-800-950-7887. The direct response Hee-Haw Collection offers either 11 episodes across eight DVDs or 23 episodes across 14 DVDs, for approximately $100 or $190, respectively. Both sets arrive with hours of bonus programming including in-depth interviews and Hee-Haw comedy classics.
The complete set also includes two bonus DVDs. Hee Haw Laffs includes enduring sketches and countess comic moments from the early years, plus the series premiere with Loretta Lynn and Charley Pride as it aired in 1969. You’ll also enjoy exclusive bonus interviews with original cast members including Roy Clark and Lulu Roman!
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