During 1981, The Dukes of Hazzard was #2 in the Nielsons for the year (behind Dallas). Merchandise sales related to the show soared above $190 million/year. The “Enos” spinoff also occurred at the start of the 1980-81 season, as Sonny Shroyer joined the L.A. police department.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1980
Bo and Luke come to blows when Bo decides to oblige a beautiful carnival owner by jumping the General Lee over 32 cars, and Luke determines to stop him. (2 hours)
NOVEMBER 5, 1980
When Daisy is kidnapped after taking a snapshot of two bank robbers, Enos unwittingly develops into a hero, and is catapulted into headlines and the big-city police job he has wanted for years.
NOVEMBER 7, 1980
Gathered at a haunted house: pretty Mary Lou Pringle, who’s preparing to sell it; two thieves who stole Boss Hogg’s silver; Bo and Luke, who are searching for the loot; Daisy, who’s worried about Mary Lou; and, of course, the horror that lurks within.
NOVEMBER 14, 1980
Luke is goaded into a boxing match by crooked promoters who don’t realize that the reluctant contender is an ex-Marine boxing champ. Former Golden Gloves champion Sonny Shields appears as Catfish in this third-season premiere.
NOVEMBER 21, 1980
News that he’s about to meet his Maker galvanizes Boss Hogg into atoning for a lifetime of meanness by cramming his last weeks with good works.
NOVEMBER 28, 1980
Boss Hogg’s college-educated nephew upholds family tradition with a series of outrageous schemes to get Luke and Bo Duke out of his uncle’s hair.
DECEMBER 5, 1980
Boss Hogg isn’t exactly thrilled to see his long-lost twin, Abraham Lincoln Hogg. And no wonder: he’s rich, and as nice as his brother is mean, but Boss had him declared dead years before and is about to acquire Abe’s share of an inheritance.
DECEMBER 12, 1980
Everyone in Hazzard is invited to Sheriff Rosco’s wedding – except the Dukes, which makes them the suspects in the bank robbery that Boss Hogg has arranged to take place during the nuptials.
DECEMBER 19, 1980
Boss Hogg reaps more than he bargained for when he hijacks the Dukes’ truckload of Christmas trees – including a bumper crop of Santa Clauses.
JANUARY 2, 1981
The Dukes’ new neighbors are actually incognito Government witnesses in a kidnap case, hiding from bounty hunters who think they know the location of the missing $2 million ransom. In a cameo, Hoyt Axton sings “Speed Trap.”
JANUARY 9, 1981
A smitten Daisy is unaware that the handsome stranger she gave a lift to is actually the henchman of a neighboring boss who’s trying to muscle in on Boss Hogg’s territory.
JANUARY 16, 1981
A spunky old flame of Uncle Jesse’s rides into Hazzard intent on collecting an old debt from Boss Hogg and finding the legacy left by her late husband, a moonshiner.
JANUARY 23, 1981
Every car in Hogg’s annual race could end up in his garage thanks to the small print on the entry form; the Dukes find themselves racing each other – Bo in the General Lee, Luke in Cooter’s car; and Rosco has the rigged winner.
JANUARY 30, 1981
A chase ends in an accident that leaves Bo with amnesia and Boss Hogg with the perfect patsy to transport his corn liquor to the next county.
FEBRUARY 6, 1981
Sheriff Rosco loses his badge for abetting the Dukes in a jewel robbery after Boss finds the loot in Rosco’s car, courtesy of his trusty canine deputy, Flash.
FEBRUARY 13, 1981
Boss uses the Stonewall Jackson Day exhibit at his bank as an opportunity to steal the general’s historic sword and frame the Dukes for it.
FEBRUARY 20, 1981
Daisy moonlights as a reporter for the local newspaper while Bo and Luke try to solve a series of tractor thefts.
MARCH 6, 1981
Boss Hogg invites nephew Hughie (Jeff Altman) to take another lowdown crack at the Dukes, but it is Boss himself who suffers from his protege’s well-schooled talent for mischief.
MARCH 13, 1981
Bo and Luke try to rescue Boss Hogg from escaped convicts who are holding him for ransom, while Sheriff Rosco is hot on the trail of the Dukes for a robbery committed by the kidnappers. Freddie Fender sings “Jambalaya.”
MARCH 27, 1981
Bo and Luke find 50 dollar bills floating down the river, money which turns out to be part of an armored car robbery that happened 5 years earlier. Roy Orbison sings “Pretty Woman”.
APRIL 3, 1981
As temporary drivers of Hazzard’s only taxi, Bo and Luke unwittingly pick up two fugitives who stash their loot under the back seat.
APRIL 10, 1981
The Dukes pay $10 at a garage sale for a piece of crockery that passes from hand to hand before anyone realizes it’s worth a fortune – anyone, that is, except an eager collector and Boss Hogg.