The Dukes of Hazzard is an American television series that aired on CBS from January 26, 1979, to February 8, 1985. Created and directed by Gy Waldron. Produced by Lou Step Productions, Piggy Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The show aired for a total of 147 episodes spanning seven seasons.
Cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat), assisted by their cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) and their uncle, Jesse (Denver Pyle) — fight the system and root out the corrupt practices of Hazzard County Commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his bumbling brother-in-law-Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). Based on a 1975 movie called ‘Moonrunners’, the show became an instant hit, never failing to win its time slot during its original run on CBS for seven seasons from 1979-1985.
Someday the mountain might get ’em. But the law never will.
The Duke boys, a pair of ‘Robin Hood’ types complete with flaming bows and arrows, are assisted in their adventures by their car, an orange 1969 Dodge Charger named ‘The General Lee’. The Dukes of Hazzard is set in Georgia, and the show’s southern influence is felt throughout.
Country singing superstar Waylon Jennings performed the famous theme song to the show (Good Ol’ Boys), and acts as The Balladeer, narrating the adventures of each episode. Furthermore, many of the plots revolved around the Dukes’ history as an ex-moon-shining family.
The story followed Bo and Luke until season five, because during episodes 87 through 104, their cousins Coy (Byron Cherry) and Vance (Christopher Mayer) replaced the boys while the went on to join NASCAR Circuit. Bo and Luke won, but returned to Hazzard after great season at the NASCAR Circuit. Innocently naive Deputy Enos Strate, though technically a member of the law under Boss Hogg, strives for justice and fairness, while also having a major crush on Daisy. Ace mechanic Cooter Davenport helps the Dukes along the way, and Deputy Cletus Hogg, though not as honest as Enos, subtlety assists the Dukes escape from ‘Hogg justice’.
Starting on June 5th 1981, the series was also shown in the Netherlands by Dutch broadcasting organization AVRO, with Dutch subtitles, rather than being dubbed. In the 90’s, the show had an extremely successful run in syndication beginning in 1996 on TNN, the Nashville Network. This led to a resurgence in the popularity of the “Dukes”. Two reunion movies, featuring the surviving members of the cast, aired in 1997 and 2000. In the summer of 2005, the show experienced another huge revival with the film version, starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson.