The Ultimate Guide to the Dukes of Hazzard

The Ultimate Guide to the Dukes of Hazzard

 “Just two good ol’ boys, never meaning no harm…” begins the “Theme from the Dukes of Hazzard”. The show followed Bo and Luke Duke, cousin Daisy Duke and Uncle Jessie as they tried to stay one step ahead of the law, led by a corrupt Sheriff.

The rural comedy set in fictional Hazzard County began its run on CBS on January 1979 and lasted several years. The hour long show was a ratings hit, with two good looking guys as stars, a gorgeous girl as a co-star, and one of the coolest cars on television.

The show followed the adventures of Cousins Bo and Luke Duke, cousin Daisy Duke, Uncle Jessie, Boss Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane. The basic plot of most episodes revolved on the corrupt leader of the county, Boss Hogg and the Sheriff trying to catch Uncle Jessie making moonshine or catching the Duke boys trying to transport the moonshine. However, with the Duke boys driving the General Lee, the law was not able to catch the boys. And, if they did try to arrest the Dukes on some sort of charge, Daisy would use her abilities to get the boys released.

It was a very simple premise, but very effective. While the stories were pretty much the same from week to week, fans kept coming back to watch the boys get into and out of trouble, the law being inept in trying to catch the Dukes and a cliffhanger involving Bo and Luke.

The main characters of the show were Luke Duke, played by Tom Wopat, Bo Duke played by John Schneider, Daisy Duke played by Catherine Bach, Uncle Jesse Duke played by Denver Pyle, Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane played by James Best, and Boss J.D. Hogg played by Sorrell Brooke. Hazzard County had other characters in the show, some showing up regularly and others periodically. They include Cooter played by Ben Jones, Deputy Enos played by Sonny Shroyer, and Deputy Hogg played by Rick Hurst.

Another famous element of the show was the theme song. “Good Ol’ Boys” was the theme song for the show and was performed by Waylon Jennings. Jennings also served as narrator for the show introducing the plot for each episode, offering commentary on the action and making comments before commercial breaks.

One other main character was “The General Lee”. The car was a 1969 Dodge Charger painted orange with the confederate flag painted on the roof, with the number 01 on the sides. The car was owned by Bo and Luke and got them into and mostly out of trouble. In just about every episode the General Lee would be performing an amazing stunt to elude the authorities.

The Dukes of Hazzard was on the air for seven seasons, with the last episode airing on February 8, 1985. However, the show and the characters have lived on. In 2005, the movie “Dukes of Hazzard” was released with a new cast, introducing the story line and characters to a new crop of fans.

To help remember the series, we have gathered a collection of resources: