THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
Now this eighties TV series was a lot of fun. With no bad language, fantastic stunts and lots of action and high jinks, this was ideal family viewing.
The video playlist above includes a fascinating documentary, theme music, a 90s reunion and a clip from the series.
Although I can't remember many of the actual storylines from this series, there are certain parts of the show that do stick in my memory. For instance, Bo and Luke climbing into their customised Dodge Charger (called the General Lee) through the windows and sounding their crazy air horn.
For instance, Bo and Luke climbing into their customised Dodge Charger (called the General Lee) through the windows and sounding their crazy air horn. Also, Rosco always ending up with a destroyed patrol car after a car chase, the beautiful Daisy Duke in her denim hotpants, and the Good Ol Boys theme music - see the opening titles in the video clip above.
The American TV series ran for seven seasons (145 episodes) between 1979 and 1985. Based on the film Moonrunners (released in 1975 and starring James Mitcham), the show was was shown on Saturday's at teatime in the UK, and featured a nice mix of action and comedy.
The Dukes Of Hazzard was based in rural Hazzard county, and the main characters and cast included cousins Bo Duke (the wilder, blonde one played by John Schneider) and Luke Duke (the darker-haired, mature one played by Tom Wopat), Daisy Duke (the boys younger cousin played by Catherine Bach), Jesse L. Duke (known as Uncle Jesse and played by Denver Pyle), the greedy county commissioner Boss J.D. Hogg (Sorrell Booke) who really fancied Daisy Duke, the bumbling county sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best), Deputy Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer) who is a friend of the Dukes but was forced into pursuing the boys by Boss Hogg, and Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones) the mechanic, who became less wild as the series went on.
Not all of these characters featured in every series. For instance, during the third and fourth season Deputy Enos was replaced by Deputy Cletus. Between 1982 and 1983, Bo and Luke were busy NASCAR racing and were replaced by Coy and Vance Duke.
The theme music was actually written and sung by country music artist Waylon Jennings who also narrated the show. Sadly, he died on February 13th 2002. Entitled Good Ol Boys, the song reached #1 on the Billboard Magazine Hit Country Singles Chart in 1980. The single version differs from the TV theme version and features an extra musical bridge, but doesn't feature a banjo part.
Booke died from Colorectal cancer on February 11th 1994 aged 64.