"It has an undeniable sense of "just kidding" joy to it, which remains infectious...and country-western fans will love seeing vintage performances by Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Donna Fargo, Charlie Rich, Dottie West and
Hank Williams Jr."
-- Deseret News
THE HEE HAW COLLECTION ($39.95srp, 3-Disc, Retail
Available now at Wal-mart, Cracker Barrel)
SETTLE BACK FOR PICKIN' AND GRINNIN', TALL TALES AND
A STAR-SPANGLED LINE-UP FROM THE ORIGINAL DOWN-HOME COUNTRY VARIETY SHOW
I was first introduced to Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones and Archie Campbell back when I was six years old. Even though I was not old enough to see the original airing of the Hee Haw show, my father had recorded the show on VHS tapes and would watch them when he came home from a police detail at night time to relax. I was able to spend quality time with my dad as he watched this and other shows from the 70's, and loved watching him laugh.
This show was also my introduction to many great country stars including Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Hank William Jr., all who I still listen today. And, whenever a song comes on the radio from these country greats, I can't help but think back to the days when I would cuddle up next to my dad and watch the Hee Haw show with him.
I was excited when I was recently asked to review the new The Hee Haw Collection, as I knew just the person to ask to watch the 3-DVD collection with me...my dad. When he came to visit recently to spend time with the girls, I surprised him with the DVD collection after the girls went down for a nap. He smiled when he saw the boxed set, not just because it was a favorite show of his, but also because he remembered watching this show with me when I was little.
As the girls slept, we sat together on the couch and watch a few episodes. And, just like back in the day, we found ourselves smiling and laughing together as we watched this popular variety show of the 60's and 70's. Even though we haven't made it through all the DVDs yet, we have made a point to sit and watch a few episodes whenever he comes to visit. My girls woke at the end of the last viewing and sat with us as we watched the show together. Although they didn't get the jokes, they sure did enjoy the musical performances as they kept getting up to dance around the living room.
If you were a fan of the Hee Haw show back in the day, or know someone who was, why not pick up The Hee Haw Collection this holiday season. You will love reliving some of your favorite moments from this laugh out loud variety show, filled with a star studded cast, countless comic moments and more.
More about this DVD collection...
"Time Life invites home audiences back to rural Kornfield Kounty for some timeless, down-home entertainment with THE HEE HAW COLLECTION/TIME LIFE. The 3-disc collection features 5 episodes never-before-available at retail from the longest-running weekly syndicated series in television history.
These vintage episodes from the late 60s and early 70s, rarely seen since their original broadcasts and feature all the Kornfield Kounty regulars (including co-hosts Roy Clark and Buck Owens) and their hilarious comedy plus country legends like Conway Twitty performing "Hello Darlin'," Merle Haggard singing his classic "Okie from Muskogie," Tammy Wynette performing her #1 hit "Ways to Love a Man," an unforgettable duet with Conway Twitty and Loretta Lynn performing "Pickin' Wild Mountain Berries," plus other country legends like Charlie Rich, Hank Williams Jr. and many other chart-toppers. Rife with pickin' and grinnin', singin' and spinnin' tall tales and corny jokes, the set also includes bonus interviews with show regulars including Roy Clark, Lulu Roman, George Lindsey, Charlie McCoy and Jim and John Hager,a s well as bonuses including all-time favorite comedy from the early years in "Hee Haw Laffs," featuring "Board Fence," "Cornfield," "Moonshiners," "Doctor Spot," "Old Philosopher," "General Store," "Haystack," "Schoolhouse" and other knee-slappers.
For true Kornfield Kounty fans, Time Life has also released several exclusive sets, only available online. These exclusive sets offer either 11 episodes across 8 DVDs or 23 episodes across 14 DVDs, for $99.95 or $189.900, respectively. Both sets arrive with hours of bonus programming including in-depth interviews and Hee Haw comedy classics.
Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.