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 The Dukes of Hazzard: Pilot TV Episode

 The Dukes of Hazzard - Season One Online Video Download

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete First Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Second Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Third Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Fourth Season

 Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Fifth Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Sixth Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard - The Complete Seventh Season

 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Complete Seasons 1-7

 The Dukes of Hazzard (Television Favorites Compilation)

 Them Dukes! Them Dukes!: A guide to TV's The Dukes Of Hazzard

 The Dukes of Hazzard: The Unofficial Companion


Show Type: Comedy / Adventure

First Telecast: January 26, 1979

Last Telecast: August 16, 1985

Theme Music: "The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)," written and sung by Waylon Jennings

Broadcast History:

January 1979 - November 1981, Friday 9:00-10:00 on CBS

December 1981 - February 1985, Friday 8:00-9:00 on CBS

June 1985 - August 1985, Friday 8:00-9:00 on CBS


Luke Duke..... Tom Wopat

Bo Duke..... John Schneider

Daisy Duke..... Catherine Bach

Uncle Jesse Duke..... Denver Pyle

Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane..... James Best

Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg..... Sorrell Booke

Deputy Enos Strate (1979-1980 / 1982-1985)..... Sonny Shroyer

Cooter..... Ben Jones

Deputy Cletus (1980-1983)..... Rick Hurst

Lulu Hogg..... Peggy Rea

Miz Emma Tisdale (1981-1983)..... Nedra Volz

Sheriff Little (1981-1984)..... Don Pedro Colley

Laverne (1981-1985)..... Lila Kent

Emery Potter (1981-1985)..... Charlie Dell

Coy Duke (1982-1983)..... Byron Cherry

Vance Duke (1982-1983)..... Christopher Mayer

The Balladeer (voice only)..... Waylon Jennings


Rural comedies such as The Beverly Hillbillies had been a staple of the CBS lineup in the 1960's. 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 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 hot-rodded all over Hazzard county 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 P.T.A., and a spin-off from Dukes itself, starring Sheriff Coltran'es grinning deputy Enos (the show name was also called Enos). When Enos departed the series he was replaced by a new Deputy, Cletus.

In the spring of 1982, 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 shoes 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 Strate 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 thing 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.