1 9 7 8 – 1 9 7 9 (USA)
26 x 30 minute episodes
This musical sitcom spin-off from Hee Haw told the story of the Honey family, headed up by Lulu Honey (Lulu Roman) and Kenny Honey (Kenny Price), who were proprietors of the Hee Haw Honeys Club in Nashville.
Lulu and Kenny were the proud parents of Willie Billie Honey (Gailard Sartain); Misty Honey (Misty Rowe); and Kathie Honey (Kathie Lee Johnson).
In the pilot, the Hee Haw Honeys had been three female singers/entertainers who appeared in bit parts and performed in clubs, but were tired of merely being extras on the “Hee Haw Porch” and wanted regular parts on Hee Haw, but were basically the “not yet ready for Hee Haw players.”
They attempted to pay their dues so that Hee Haw would want them, so they got their own Hee Haw Honeys bus and took to the road.
The cast in the pilot consisted of Kathie Lee Johnson (later Kathie Lee Gifford) as Chrissy, who was big on women’s liberation; Muffy Durham as Lee Ann who longed to be back on the plantation (and whenever she flirted with any man, Tara’s Theme from Gone with the Wind played); and Catherine Hickland as near-sighted, husband-seeking seeking Toby.
Kenny Price co-starred as Kenny (who sang and drove their bus); Jackie Kahane was Gus, the drummer; John Toole was “Lettuce Leaf” (who was a trucker for a vegetable company and was also the baby brother of Chrissy); and Bob McClure portrayed the sinister Silo Yutes, who was always trying to repossess the bus when payments were late.
While in Plains, Georgia, the Honeys happened to meet President Carter’s incorrigible brother, Billy, while making a pit stop.
Willie Billie Honey
Kathie Lee Johnson