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The Dukes Of Hazzard

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United States
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Gy Waldron

Denver Pyle

Sorrell Booke

Catherine Bach

Ben Jones

James Best

Waylon Jennings

Tom Wopat

John Schneider

Sonny Shroyer

United States

Paul R. Picard | Ralph Riskin | Myles Wilder | Skip Ward | Gy Waldron | Skip Ward | Rod Amateau | Albert J. Salzer | Robert Jacks | Ronald R. Grow | Russell Livingstone | Wesley J. McAfee | Joseph Gantman | Bill Kelley | Philip Mandelker | Hy Averback | Gilles de Turenne

Rod Amateau | Ron Satloff | Don McDougall | Hy Averback | Bob Claver | William Asher | Gy Waldron | Hollingsworth Morse | Paul Baxley | Richard Moder | Jack Starrett | Ernest Pintoff | Allen Baron | Jack Whitman | Arthur Marks | Denver Pyle | John Florea | James Best | Gabrielle Beaumont | James Sheldon | Bob Sweeney | Mark Warren | Sorrell Booke | Tom Wopat | Harvey Laidman | Michael Caffey | Bernard McEveety | Ralph Riskin | George Bowers | John Schneider



January 26, 1979 – February 8, 1985

The Dukes | The Dukes of Hazzard, The Beginning

Moonrunners | Enos

‘The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol’ Boys)” – Waylon Jennings

Buck Owens | Hoyt Axton | Johnny Paycheck | Mel Tillis | The Oak Ridge Boys | Cale Yarborough | Robert Alda | Carlos Brown/Alan Autry | Pat Buttram |Conlan Carter | Ben Davidson | Elinor Donahue | Jonathan Frakes | Janie Fricke | David Graf | Henry Gibson | Dennis Haskins | Ernie Hudson | Lance LeGault | Loretta Lynn | Dottie West | Arte Johnson | John Matuszak | Charles Napier | Roy Orbison | Avery Schreiber | Judson Scott | Reid Smith | William Smith | Hal Williams | Gerald McRaney | Tammy Wynette

Denver Pyle and James Best in The Dukes of Hazzard Catherine Bach in her red bikini in The Dukes of Hazzard The General Lee in The Dukes of Hazzard

Rural comedies such as The Beverly Hillbillies had been a staple of the CBS lineup in the 1960s. The Dukes of Hazzard signaled a revival of the "good ol' boy" comedy, nearly a decade later. Luke and Bo Duke were cousins and buddies in Hazzard County, located "east of the Mississippi and south of the Ohio" (no mention of the state, but there is a real Hazard, Kentucky—a city, not a county). Their nemesis was Boss Hogg, a fat, blustery, and thoroughly corrupt local politician always seen in a white flannel suit. The Dukes easily managed to avoid capture by dim-witted Sheriff Coltrane, Boss Hogg's brother-in-law, while acting as Robin Hoods of the county. The boys hot-rodded all over Hazzard County in their souped-up Dodge Charger, "General Lee," occasionally pausing for some sage advice from their wise old uncle Jesse. Moonshine, wild car chases and crashes, and lots of scantily clad young women, including the Dukes' gorgeous cousin Daisy, populated the series. Country star Waylon Jennings served as off-screen narrator, to the accompaniment of fast-paced banjo music.

The considerable success of Dukes spawned several imitations, including Lobo, Harper Valley PTA., and a spin-off from Dukes itself starring Sheriff Coltrane's grinning deputy Enos (see Enos). When Enos departed the series he was replaced by a new deputy, Cletus.

In the spring of 1982, series stars Tom Wopat and John Schneider walked out on The Dukes of Hazzard in a contract dispute over their salaries and share of the merchandising rights royalties from Dukes toys, games, T-shirts, and other paraphernalia that were selling like hotcakes to children around the country. The production company, Warner Bros., held a nationwide hunt to find two new Dukes to fill their places in the series and, after screening 2,230 applicants, settled on Byron Cherry and Christopher Mayer. In the premiere episode that fall, it was explained that Luke and Bo had left Hazzard to try their luck on the NASCAR racing circuit, and that their cousins Coy and Vance had returned home, after a six-year absence, to help Uncle Jesse run the farm. Deputy Enos Strafe was back, but it just wasn't the same. For those who were convinced that the real star of the series was the "General Lee," it must have come as a surprise to learn that the car's drivers made any difference. The program's ratings and Wopat's and Schneider's careers all suffered as a result of the feud, so a settlement was finally reached and Luke and Bo returned to Hazzard County the following February. That fall Coy and Vance were gone.

The series also took its toll in real automobiles, as a result of all those chases and crashes. Although on-screen the General Lee never seemed to have a scratch, almost 300 look-alikes were wrecked during filming. A regular stable of identically painted Dodge Chargers was kept on hand during production of each episode, so as not to hold things up. The theme song from this series, sung by Waylon Jennings, was on the charts during 1980. An animated version of the show, titled The Dukes, aired on CBS' Saturday morning lineup from February to November 1983 with the series' regulars providing the voices.

There were a total of 309 "General Lee" cars (some of them were 1968 and 1970 model Dodges) created and mostly destroyed during the series.

During one of the famous jump sequences the stunt crew actually set a world record.

Uncle Jesse's CB handle was "Shepherd," Bo and Luke's handle was "Lost Sheep," and Daisy's handle was "Bo Peep."

Sorrell Booke wore padding under his suit when playing over-weight Boss Hogg.

The first five episodes of the series were filmed in Georgia, before filming moved to the Warner Brothers set in Burbank, California, where filming stayed for the rest of the series.

The "P." in Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane wasn't added until the 2nd season. It stands for "Pervis".

Bo and Luke used bows and arrows instead of guns because the boys were on probation for moonshine running and any use of firearms would be seen as a probation violation.

The episodes involving Texas Ranger Jude Emory and private investigators Mason Dixon and his girls were test pilots for possible spin-offs.

Over half of the fan mail for the show was actually addressed to the General Lee.

Bo Duke: They're shooting at us.
Luke Duke: What do you expect them to do, throw darts?

Bo Duke: Daisy Duke, if you wasn't my cousin, I'd marry you!
Daisy Duke: Never stopped anybody in this family before.

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane: Enos! This is your superior officer RosCOOOOOOOOO P. Coltrane!

Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane: OOOOOOH! I'm in "Hot Pursuit!"

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