- Network: CBS
- Series Premiere Date: Jan 26, 1979
- Starring: Tom Wopat, Peggy Rea, Denver Pyle
The Duke Family -- 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 The Duke Family -- 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). 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. The Duke boys, a pair of 'Robin Hood' types complete with bows and Dynamite 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'.
The series 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. The show currently airs on CMT (Country Music Television) and in the summer of 2005 experienced another huge revival with the film version, starring Seann William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Willie Nelson and Jessica Simpson.
A Prequel was Made in 2007 and shown in 2 weeks on ABC Family in 2008 during the summer.… Expand
- Genre(s): Comedy, Action & Adventure
- Season 1 premiere date: Jan 26, 1979
- Episode Length: 60
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Negative: 3 out of 3
The two most prominent Dukes are Tom Wopat and John Schneider, two musclebound amateurs who probably won their new jobs because they look like John Travolta and Andy Gibb without brains. The sex interest is Catherine Bach, who is built along the lines of Dolly Parton, apparently the only necessary qualification. [5 Feb 1979]
The series, calculated to exploit the success of good ol' boy movie hits like "Smokey and the Bandit," more closely resembles those hillbilly postcards sold in remote rural areas that aren't quite remote enough. Within five minutes, the program is out of breath from pandering so pantingly to its audience...If this show succeeds, every television critic in America may as well quit. [26 Jan 1979, p.B2]
The Dukes of Hazzard incorporates virtually every cliche of the Burt Reynolds, good ol' boy school of drive-in diversion. Two lusty young cousins - Bo and Luke Duke - throttle around dusty Hazzard County, tweaking the nose of the law and jes' raisin' hay-ull. Other regulars include the obligatory ice-cream-suited political boss, the obligatory cretinish sheriff and the obligatory hotpants waitress (naturally named Daisy). Unless you happen to be a pickup truck, you would be well advised to bypass Hazzard. [29 Jan 1979, p.85]