The Dukes of Hazzard

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The Dukes of Hazzard
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Premiere January 26, 1979
Finale February 8, 1985
Creator Gy Waldron
Network CBS
Style 60-minutes comedy
Company LouStep Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 7
Episodes 147 + 2 TV movies
Origin USA

The Dukes of Hazzard is a comedy that aired on CBS.

The Dukes of Hazzard follows the adventures of "The Duke Boys", cousins Bo Duke (John Schneider) and Luke Duke (Tom Wopat), who live in a rural part of the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia, with their attractive female cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) and their wise old Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle). They race around in their customized 1969 Dodge Charger stock car, dubbed (The) General Lee, evading crooked county commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his inept county Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best), and always managing to get caught in the middle of the various escapades and incidents that often occur in the area. Bo and Luke had previously been sentenced to probation for illegal transportation of moonshine; their Uncle Jesse made a plea bargain with the U.S. Government to stop distilling moonshine in exchange. As a result, Bo and Luke are not allowed to carry firearms — instead, they often use compound bows, sometimes with arrows tipped with dynamite — or to leave Hazzard County, although the exact details of their probation terms vary from episode to episode. Sometimes it is implied that they would be jailed for merely crossing the county line; on other occasions, it is shown that they may leave Hazzard, as long as they are back within a certain time limit. Several other technicalities of their probation also came into play at various times.

Corrupt county commissioner Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg, who either runs or has fingers in just about everything in Hazzard County is forever angry with the Dukes, in particular Bo and Luke for always foiling his crooked scams. He is always looking for ways to get them out of the picture so that his plots have a chance of succeeding. Many episodes revolve around Hogg trying to engage in an illegal scheme, sometimes with aid of hired criminal help. Some of these are get-rich-quick schemes, though many others affect the financial security of the Duke farm, which Hogg has long wanted to acquire for nefarious reasons. Other times, Hogg hires criminals from out of town to do his dirty work for him, and often tries to frame Bo and Luke for various crimes as part of these plots. Bo and Luke always seem to stumble over Hogg's latest scheme, sometimes by curiosity, and often by sheer luck, and put it out of business. Despite the Dukes often coming to his rescue (see below), Hogg forever seems to have an irrational dislike of the clan, particularly Bo and Luke, often accusing them of spying on him, robbing or planning to rob him, and other supposedly nefarious actions as he believes they are generally out to get him.

The other main players of the show are Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones), who in very early episodes was seen to be a wild, unshaven rebel, often breaking or treading on the edge of the law, before settling down and becoming much more laid-back, and who owns the local garage and is the Duke family's best friend (he is often referred to as an "honorary Duke"), and Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer), an honest but naive young Deputy who often finds his morals conflicted as he is reluctantly forced to take part in Hogg and Rosco's crooked schemes. In the third and fourth season, when Enos leaves for his own show, he is replaced by Deputy Cletus Hogg (Rick Hurst), Boss's cousin, who is slightly more wily than Enos but is generally also a reluctant player in Hogg's plots.

Owing to their fundamentally good natures, the Dukes often wind up helping Boss Hogg, albeit grudgingly. More than once Hogg is targeted by former associates who are either seeking revenge or have turned against him after a scheme has unraveled in one way or another. Sheriff Rosco also finds himself in trouble more than once. On such occasions, Bo and Luke usually have to rescue their adversaries as an inevitable precursor to defeating the bad guys; in other instances, the Dukes and Hogg and Rosco mutually join forces to tackle bigger threats to Hazzard or one of their respective parties. These instances became more frequent as the show progressed, and later seasons saw a number of stories where the Dukes and Hogg (and Rosco) temporarily work together.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Tom Wopat Luke Duke 1 2 3 4 51 6 7
John Schneider Bo Duke 1 2 3 4 51 6 7
Catherine Bach Daisy Duke 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Denver Pyle Uncle Jesse Duke 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
James Best Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sorrell Booke Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Sonny Shroyer Deputy Enos Strate 1 2 32 5 6 7
Ben Jones Cooter Davenport 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Rick Hurst Deputy Cletus Hogg 2 3 4 5
Byron Cherry Coy Duke 5
Christopher Mayer Vance Duke 5
Waylon Jennings The Balladeer (voice) 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Parley Baer Doc Appleby
Peggy Rea Lulu Hogg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Jeff Altman Hughie Hogg
Nedra Volz Miz Emma Tisdale 4 5
Don Pedro Colley Sheriff Little 4 5 6

1 Tom Wopat and John Schneider missed most of the fifth season due to a salary dispute,
2 Sonny Shroyer missed the third and fourth seasons while starring in the spinoff Enos.

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One January 26, 1979 May 11, 1979 13
Season Two September 21, 1979 March 21, 1980 23
Season Three September 16, 1980 April 10, 1981 23
Season Four October 9, 1981 April 2, 1982 27
Season Five September 24, 1982 March 25, 1983 22
Season Six September 23, 1983 March 24, 1984 22
Season Seven September 21, 1984 February 8, 1985 17

Telefilms

Title Network Airdate
The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! CBS April 25, 1997
The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood! CBS May 19, 2000

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season June 1, 2004 3

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The Complete Second Season January 25, 2005 4

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The Complete Third Season May 31, 2005 6

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The Complete Fourth Season August 2, 2005 9

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The Complete Fifth Season December 13, 2005 8

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The Complete Sixth Season May 30, 2006 4

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The Complete Seventh Season December 5, 2006 6

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Made-for-TV Movies
Two-Movie Collection June 10, 2008 2

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External Sites