“The Dukes of Hazzard” Turns 35 Today

    January 27, 2014
    Daryl Nelson
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If you were a kid in the 1980s, it’s likely that you and your friends went out with your bicycles, set up a ramp of some sort, and did some jumps while screaming yeehaw, and you did your best to pretend your dirt bike was the General Lee–the famous car from the classic television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

If this sounds like your childhood at all, then you might be surprised to hear that today marks 35-years since the show first aired on CBS.

For those who were a little too young to remember the show, and for some reason missed all of the reruns, “The Dukes of Hazzard” centered around two charming outlaws, Bo and Luke Duke, who spent most of their days fleeing from the local sheriff, Roscoe P. Coltrane, and his not-too-bright-deputy Enos Strate.

The Duke boys were hardly ever guilty of any real crimes, they were usually framed somehow, and had to break a couple of laws in order to prove their innocence. And they had their gorgeous cousin, Daisy Duke, and their straight-talking uncle, Uncle Jessie, to help them whenever needed.

Some may remember the show being turned into a feature film in 2005, but for some reason stars Johnny Knoxville, Seann William Scott and Jessica Simpson weren’t able to muster up the same kind of chemistry that the original cast did, plus, it seemed the writers wanted the movie to appeal to those who weren’t familiar with the show, and didn’t do too much the honor some of the original plot lines.

In past interviews, John Schneider, who played Bo Duke on the show, said he’s proud of the work he did on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” but he doesn’t want to be defined by it.

“Every time somebody starts out, ‘You know him best from “The Dukes of Hazzard,”‘ I just want to strangle them,” said Schneider. “I did a couple of radio interviews recently, and one guy said, ‘We got Bo Duke on the line,’ so there I am, on live radio, and I say, ‘Really? Is that right? That’s who you have on the phone right now? I’ll do ‘yeehaw’ for you later.'”

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  • gary naster

    Dem DUKES, Dem DUKES………………….just dem good ol boyz………..luved the first eps shot in the south…………And the DAISY DUKES, va va va VOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!

    • johnny7

      I remember watching the show,It came to me one day that they drove around in the General Lee all day,None of them had a job except Daisy.HOW COULD THEY AFFORD GAS AND MAINTENANCE on the fast orange car always being chased by a law stooge and commissioner Hogg.The show was funny but a little unreal!

  • Bad Kitty

    DoH, the reason Dodge Chargers are such collectable cars today, because they wrecked so many of them during production.

  • dan

    The Duke boys were not the outlaws. It was the sheriff and the local politicians. You got it all wrong! LOL

    • beans72

      Not much has changed in this day and age!!!

  • Patrick John

    I was there right from the beginning. They were on Friday night at 9:00 EST. Followed by Dallas. Life wasn't the same since.

    If you really want to expirience the Dukes you need to get it on DVD Cause CMT has done creative editing and a lot is left out. Mainly Waylons comments and of course the music.

    Thank you to Mr. Gy Waldron for creating them. And the cast and crew that brought them to life.

    HAPPY Anniversay!

  • http://Yahoo Kadena S Woodard

    I, just loved this show and wish they were still on. My boys whom are now 33 and 29 never missed a show this was a must see for them. Love my self some BO, Luke, Uncle Jessie, Roscoe, Boss Hog, Enos and Daisy.

  • http://msn.com Maxine Pickard Pivovaroff

    I really do wish that the Dukes of Hazzard were still on. Too bad that Uncle Jessie and Boss Hogg are no longer with us. To me its really a tragety that all the good ones have gone to heaven. God needed them for entertainment for himself. And wish this show were still on the air. Yeah I know they are on CMT but I was meaning new episodes. I really loved this show. Could not wait to see who Rosco would be chasing this week kinda thing.As for a responds well I couldnt agree more with Kedena on this.

  • michael carlisle

    What happened to television shows like late 1970's early 1980's. Dukes Of Hazzard, Chips, Code Red, Airwolf. The good programs on tv.

    • Diamondjay

      Well, CBS destroyed DoH and Airwolf. DoH was done in by horribly stupid "scabs" Coy and Vance cause they didn't want to pay Schneider and Wopat. Airwolf was killed because they wanted to appeal to an older audience than the kids that loved it like you and I. How did they do that? By forcing producers to add a female character and having Airwolf protect farmers from crop dusters instead of logical targets for a heavily armed and armored top secret Mach 1+ "Super Helo". And if some of you didn't watch the show, No I'm not kidding about that. Of course Jan-Michael Vincent didn't do the show any favors by being so continuously plastered either. Then they did the unthinkable. Something so incredibly dumb I'd be surprised if anyone involved ever worked in the industry again. They made a season 4 with a completely different cast with scripts that were even more ridiculous than crop dusters. Oh, and to save money ALL of the combat footage shown during that blasphemous 4th season was re-edited footage from the first three seasons. NONE of it was shot for season 4. I'm not sure why C.H.i.P.S ended though.

    • David

      I loved Airwolf…right up until the helicopter got lasers

  • mickey

    "Been in trouble with the law since the day they were born"!

  • Monica Forman

    Did you know Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) had two things written into his contract that his character would never do. One was killing and the second was dealing drugs. There are more crazy facts like this at http://www.endedtvseries.com/dukes-hazzard/