The orginal episodes of Dukes from 1979, a period fans fondly recall because some of the programs were shot on location in Covington, Georgia, rather than a Burbank backlot. Also noteworthy is that a couple of key characters, particularly Hazzard County's corrupt lawman, Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best), hadn't gelled yet into permanent hayseed stereotypes and were arguably more interesting at the beginning. At the center of the action is Sheriff Coltrane's nemeses, cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), a couple of wild boys buzzing through the backwoods in the "General Lee," a souped-up Dodge Charger. Bo and Luke are good at heart but have to behave themselves while on indefinite probation, complicating but not halting their efforts to vex Roscoe and his patron, diminutive bigwig Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke). The enmity runs both ways: Roscoe and Boss Hogg, with the aid of witless Deputy Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer), dream up ways of eliminating the Dukes--including their wise old Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle)--but their efforts always backfire.
While every episode is a variation on the previous one, predictability is a virtue in Dukes. The series pilot, "One Armed Bandits," finds Luke and Bo, with help from their sexy cousin, Daisy (Catherine Bach), diverting slot machines (smuggled into Hazzard County by Roscoe and Boss Hogg) to sundry watering holes where they can raise money for Bo's girlfriend's charity. In "Money to Burn," Boss Hogg tries to frame Bo and Luke for robbing an armored truck, while in "Deputy Dukes," the unarmed guys are forced by Roscoe to escort a deadly prisoner from one town to another. The Dukes hit back in "Daisy's Song," investigating a scam that took Daisy for $50 and implicates, of course, Boss Hogg and Roscoe.
Cast & Characters
- Tom Wopat as Luke Duke
- John Schneeider as Bo Duke
- Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke
- Denver Pyle as Uncle Jesse Duke
- James Best as Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane
- Sorrel Booke as Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg
- Sonny Shroyer as Deputy Enos Strate (1979 - 1980) (1982 - 1985)
- Ben Jones as Cooter
- Rick Hurst as Deputy Cletus (1980 - 1983)
- Peggy Rea as Lulu Hogg
- Nedra Volz as Miz Emma Tisdale (1981 - 1983)
- Don Pedro Colley as Sheriff Little (1981 - 1984)
- Lila Kent as Laverne (1981 - 1985)
- Charlie Dell as Emery Potter (1981 - 1985)
- Byron Cherry as Coy Duke (1982 - 1983)
- Christopher Mayer as Vance Duke (1982 - 1983)
- Waylon Jennings as The Balladeer (voice only)
Broadcast HistoryFirst Telecast: January 26, 1979
Last Telecast: February 8, 1985
Original Network: CBS
Number of Seasons: 7
Number of Episodes: 147
Original Primetime TV Schedule:
- January 1979 - November 1981, CBS, Friday 9:00-10:00pm
- December 1981 - February 1985, CBS, Friday 8:00-9:90pm
Theme Song Lyrics & Opening Credits
"The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)" written and sung by Waylon Jennings
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Dukes Of Hazzard TriviaBo and Luke were not allowed to have guns because they were on probation for selling moonshine so they used bows and arrows when they needed to shoot something.
The Duke boys' car, "The General Lee" that was most often seen on the Dukes of Hazzard TV show was a 1969 Dodge Charger but they often used 1968 and 1970 Chargers for close-up shots. The car was painted bright orange and had a Confederate Flag on the roof. When the Dukes honked the horn, the car played a few notes of the song, "Dixie".
The Dukes of Hazzard TV show was a "spin-off" of the TV show titled, "Flo's Yellow Rose" (aka: "Flo"). Boss Hogg was a guest character on an episode of Flo. The Dukes of Hazzard TV show had a "spin-off" of its own when Deputy Strate moved to California to join the Los Angeles Police Department. The name of that series was "Enos".
Tom Wopat and John Schneider's contracts came up for renegotiation at the end of the fourth season of the Dukes of Hazzard. When NBC saw that they wouldn't be able to reach an agreement with them in time to begin filming the fifth season episodes, they hired two new actors to "fill in" as Bo and Luke's cousins. Eventually, agreements were reached and Tom and John returned to the show.
When they wanted to adjust how high the General Lee jumped, the Dukes of Hazzard stunt co-ordinators placed different quantities of cement in the trunk. That way, they could design a scene where the General Lee could be racing along at a very high speed but not jump ridiculously high when it hit a ramp!
Roscoe P. Coltrane's middle name was "Purvis".
James Best may have played a "goofball" as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on the Dukes of Hazzard but in real life he attended the prestigious Juilliard school of acting and he was a black belt in Karate!
When the Dukes of Hazzard TV show premiered, John Schneider ("Smallville") was a very young eighteen-years-old.
The setting for the Dukes Of Hazzard TV show was Covington, Georgia.
Prior to the timeline of the series, Luke Duke had spent a hitch as a U.S. Marine. Also at some point in the show's past, Boss Hogg and Uncle Jesse were friends who ran moonshine together!
Male viewers loved the carefree lifestyles of Luke and Bo Duke but they also watched the show to see Daisy Duke's magnificent hot pants! They became so popular that short, shorts became commonly referred to as "Daisy Dukes"!!!
The Bar that the Dukes frequented on the Dukes of Hazzard TV show was named the "Boar's Nest".
The General Lee had a past that made it an ironic purchase for the Duke boys. It had previously been used as a getaway vehicle during a bank robbery.
Ben Jones who played Cooter Davenport on the Dukes of Hazzard was later elected the Congressman from Georgia! Then he lost the office to the "Contract with America" architect and future Speaker of the House of Representatives, Newt Gingrich.