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(1979–1985)

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During the 1981-82 season, John Schneider and Tom Wopat demanded pay raises, claiming that they earned and were owed a lot of royalties from the show's extensive line of merchandise. They ended up walking out, and the producers replaced the characters of Bo with Coy and Luke with Vance for the 1982-83 season, which resulted in a big fall in the show's ratings. The dispute with Schneider and Wopat was eventually settled, and they returned for the final four episodes of the season, with the "clone" Dukes being written out in the same episode, never to be mentioned again.
They crashed a lot of cars filming this show. Replacing the police sedans was easy - replacing the old Dodge Chargers ("General Lee") was not as they weren't made anymore. It got to the point where producers would spot a Charger on the street and would approach the owner and offer to buy it on the spot.
Sorrell Booke had it in his contract that there must be things that Boss Hogg would not do. The two things he would not do were dealing drugs, and killing. He did not want to lead children and early teenagers to temptations of suicide or drug abuse.
There were many life-not-imitating-art aspects to Sorrell Booke's casting as J.D. Hogg as a naive & stupid man, meanwhile in reality, Booke was an Ivy League graduate who spoke several languages fluently and had done military intelligence work during the Korean War. The character was humorously and almost like a human cartoon, while Booke was well-established as a serious actor before accepting the role. Hogg appeared grotesquely overweight, and Booke in real life had to wear a huge fat suit to achieve the comedic dimensions sought. And while Hogg was a rightfully hated fictional character, Booke was well-liked by the cast and crew; in fact, the 1997 reunion movie came about after the main cast members went to Booke's funeral in 1994 and ended up talking to each other afterwards.
According to Catherine Bach in an interview on E! True Hollywood Story (1996), her famous "Daisy Duke" shorts almost didn't make it onto the show. When network executives saw her wearing the shorts, they had a fit and told the producers she couldn't wear them. After arguing back and forth, the executives allowed her to wear them on one condition: she had to wear pantyhose beneath them so nothing would accidentally be revealed. Instead of diverting attention from her outfit, as the executives hoped, the hose highlighted her long, shapely legs, making Bach a '70s TV sex symbol.
In Waylon Jennings' album version of "The Good Old Boys", there is an additional lyric at the end of the song: "You know my mama loves me... But she can't understand why they keep showing my hands and not my face on TV!" This refers to the fact that it is indeed Waylon Jennings' hands playing the guitar in the opening credits.
During one of the famous jump sequences, that was recorded before the series debuted on Friday, Januany 26th, 1979 the stunt crew actually set a world record. History.com's date of November 11 and the category of Automotive shows the fact. The jump's height was 16 feet and length was 82 feet long, occurred on Saturday, November 11th, 1978. Stuntdriver, Craig R. Baxley is believed to be the successful driver of this historic jump.
The General Lee's famous "Dixie" horn wasn't originally planned; when the producers were driving in Atlanta during the first few episodes, they heard a car pass with a "Dixie" horn and chased the driver down and convinced him to sell the horn. They later realized that it was a novelty horn which could be purchased at any auto parts store for a third of what they paid for it. The horn was only used in the first five episodes. Once filming moved to the Warner Brothers lot, the horn was edited in during post-production.
In several interviews, John Schneider admitted that he lied about his age in order to get the part of Bo Duke. He told them that he was 24, when in reality, he was just a teenager at 18. He also showed up in a t-shirt and blue jeans, carrying a six pack of beer, and pretending to speak with a Southern accent, when in reality he was from New York City.
Somewhere between 256 and 321 "General Lee" cars were created and mostly destroyed during the series. Less than 20 in various states of disrepair still exist. Despite popular belief, there were no 1970 Chargers used in the series according to all the car builders.
Ben Jones (Cooter) actually owns a store called "Cooters" in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, dedicated to all things related to the show.
On the CMT "Inside the Dukes" special, Catherine Bach said she offered to walk out along with Tom Wopat and John Schneider, but they convinced her to stay, with Uncle Jesse. The reasoning was that if she left, then there would be no show to come back to.
James Best based the "coo coo" sound that Rosco made whenever he got excited on noises he used to make when he played with his children. He did this to make Rosco more childlike and therefore less of a threat to the Dukes.
The first five episodes of the series were filmed in Georgia, before filming was moved to the Warner Brothers set in Burbank, California, where filming stayed for the rest of the series & final 141 episodes. The original Georgia locations are to this day often visited by fans.
While never spoken of in any episodes, Creator Gy Waldron has given a back story explaining that Uncle Jesse took in and raised Bo, Luke and Daisy upon their parents' death in a car crash.
Uncle Jesse's CB handle was "Shepherd," Bo and Luke's handle was "Lost Sheep," and Daisy's handle was "Bo Peep."
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) was a successful mid-season replacement (it lasted 7 seasons) for Reb Brown's failed series, Captain America (1979).
During the show's seven season run, Denver Pyle and Sorrell Booke were the only two cast members that appeared and acted in all 146 episodes.
When Tom Wopat and John Schneider returned to the show after their season five walk out, it was originally announced that the replacement Dukes would stay on the series. However, it was quickly determined that four Duke boys would be too much, and the replacements were fully written out upon Wopat and Schneider's return. Despite the unpopularity of the replacements, many fans expressed disappointment that Bo, Luke, Coy and Vance couldn't have shared at least one adventure together upon Bo and Luke's return.
Sorrell Booke wore padding under his suit, to appear chubbier, while playing overweight "Boss" Jefferson Davis Hogg.
Daisy was originally intended to resemble Dolly Parton. Catherine Bach was unaware that producers were specifically looking for a Parton look alike when she auditioned for the role. Bach's audition was strong enough to change the producers minds about the character, and cast her as Daisy on the spot. In early episodes it was implied that Daisy was looking to dabble with a music career, and in the premier episode was described as knowing the lyrics to all Dolly Parton's songs.
Over half of the fan mail for the show was actually addressed to the General Lee.
John Schneider (Bo Duke) has restored over 20 Dodge Chargers (The General Lee).
25 episodes were guest-directed by 5 different leading popular actors of the series. Denver Pyle, aka Uncle Jesse Duke directed 12. Tom Wopat aka Luke Duke directed 5. John Schneider aka Bo Duke directed 1. Sorrell Booke aka Boss Jefferson Davis Hogg directed 4. James Best aka Sheriff, Rosco P Coltrane directed 3.
In some early episodes, when viewed closely an additional Confederate flag design can be seen on the General Lee. The logo shows small Confederate flag in a crossed flag design with a checkered racing flag. The design can be seen on the back end of the General, located between the rear windshield and trunk.
During season two, Ben Jones walked off the set temporarily, over a dispute over whether or not he should cut his hair and shave. He was replaced temporarily by Cooter's cousins B.B. Davenport, played by Mickey Jones, and Ernie Lively, as L.B. Davenport.
Bo and Luke Duke occasionally used a bow and an arrow (a majority of the times, the arrow was fitted with a stick of dynamite and exploded what it hit) as their way of combat warfare, instead of guns, because the Duke boys were on probation for moonshine running, and any use of firearms would be seen as a probation violation.
The "General Lee" is a 1969 Dodge Charger. 1968 Chargers were also used, but their round tail lights and front grill were replaced from those on the 1969 model on the otherwise nearly identical model years.
While most fans were negative about the replacement Dukes from the start, both Tom Wopat and John Schneider claim neither had any ill will regarding Christopher Mayer and Byron Cherry. In fact, Wopat and Schneider reached out to help and encourage their replacement actors.
Sonny Shroyer had it written into his contract that if his spin-off, Enos (1980), didn't last a full season, he could return to The Dukes of Hazzard (1979). Enos only lasted 17 episodes, after which Sonny Shroyer returned to the The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) series.
Much of Rosco's personality traits, notably the "Coo Coo" and middle initial P were created and improvised by James Best. In addition, Rosco's dog Flash was also taken from a suggestion by Best.
Boss Hogg had a twin brother (Sorrell Booke in a dual role), who appeared just once in The Dukes of Hazzard: Baa, Baa White Sheep (1980). He had a completely opposite personality of Jefferson Davis Hogg. He was completely honest, law-abiding, wore black, and his name was Abraham Lincoln Hogg. James Best, also did a double role of opposite personalities, in The Dukes of Hazzard: Too Many Roscos (1983).
Waylon Jennings's band, The Waylors, provided the in-episode music for early episodes.
The original Georgia location of Ace's Used Car Lot The Dukes of Hazzard: Repo Men (1979) was torn down in 1998 to make way for a church expansion, and the original Boar's Nest is also now a church.
J.D. Hogg's last name may or may not have been inspired by Texas Governor Jim Hogg (1851 - 1906 & Governor, 1891 - 1895). Coincidentally, Jim Hogg had a daughter named Ima Hogg, that rhymes like phrase, "I'm a hog".
Daisy Duke's original yellow Plymouth Roadrunner lasted less than a year, after the series debuted on Friday, January 26th, 1979 with The Dukes of Hazzard: One Armed Bandits (1979) to its destruction and replacement, in The Dukes of Hazzard: The Runaway (1980), on Friday, January 11th, 1980. 50 weeks (350 days) differ among the 2 dates. Daisy's yellow Plymouth Roadrunner lasted the first 26 complete episodes of the series. It was destroyed in the 27th, The Dukes of Hazzard: The Runaway (1980), replaced with a brand new 1980 Jeep CJ-5 This was also one of the episodes that Ben Jones, Cooter, was absent due to his dilemma about shaving.
Before Tom Wopat was chosen for the role of Luke, among the other actors who were considered for the part were Dennis Quaid and Gerald McRaney.
When Tom Wopat and John Schneider briefly left the show during their contract dispute, their absences were explained by having Bo and Luke leaving Hazzard to try their hands on the NASCAR circuit.
According to the "Unofficial Guide to The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) book, Gy Waldron wanted Hazzard "to be in a location like Chatsworth, Georgia." Chatsworth is in northwest Georgia in Murray County, and does have a strong "bootlegging" history.
One of actress, Catherine Bach's aka Daisy Duke outfits was on display at the Smithsonian in Washington DC.
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Rosco's droopy-eyed Bassett Hound, Flash, was owned and trained by Alvin Mears.
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During the first season of the series, the Hazzard County Sheriff's Department was much larger, with at least 5 to 6 additional deputies in addition to Roscoe and Enos. These additional deputies were often seen during car chases. When the series re-located back to the Warner Studios in California, the police force was reduced to just sheriff Roscoe and deputy Enos.
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CBS initially ordered only nine episodes as they were looking for a temporary series to fill mid-season programming holes. CBS' staff liked what they saw of the show's production, and decided to make it as a new weekly series.
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Luke's full first name was Lucas, and Bo's full first name was Beauregard. The only mention of this was in the episode, The Dukes of Hazzard: High Octane (1979), though Cooter at times nicknamed Luke, with a rhyme as "Lucas Dukas."
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The General Lee's jump, (in the opening credits) was registered as being 16 feet high, in the air and 82 feet, in length. Evidence: History.com's www.history.com/this-day-in-history/the-general-lee-jumps-into-history. This event occurred on Saturday, November 11th, 1978, stunt-driver, Bob Orrison is believed to be the driver of the General Lee Dodge Charger, while the series was still being picked and created for replacing Captain America.
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Extremely short, form-fitting, denim cut-off shorts worn by women are often referred to as "Daisy Dukes" referencing the character from this show, which popularized this item of clothing.
Boss Hogg, Uncle Jesse and Daisy were the show's only original or regular characters not to be replaced in any way during the show's run.
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James Best also left the series temporarily during season two over a dispute regarding the dressing rooms. He was replaced by Jeff Altman as Hughie Hogg, followed by Clifton James as Lester Crabb, Dick Sargent as Grady Byrd, and James Hampton as Buster Moon. Altman and James were listed as guest star sheriffs, while Byrd and Hampton were actually listed in the opening credits. Dick Sargent as Grady Byrd also was the only one that was Hazzard County's sheriff, twice.
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Two episodes involving Texas Ranger Jude Emery, from The Dukes of Hazzard: Jude Emery (1980) and private investigators Mason Dixon and his girls from The Dukes of Hazzard: Mason Dixon's Girls (1980) were test pilots for possible spin-offs.
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The General Lee's license plate number is CNH - 320.
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The show's theme Good Old Boys by Waylon Jennings was released as a single in August of 1980. The single version had an extra verse, and an extended musical bridge midway through the song. The song peaked at Number 21 on the Billboard Pop Chart, and hit Number One on the Country Chart.
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Upon beginning their work on the show, James Best and Sorrell Booke found an immediate bond, and would become lifelong friends. Chemistry between Booke and Best was such that the two regularly improvised most of their scenes together.
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When Sonny Shroyer returned for Season Five a year after the cancellation of Enos, his replacement Rick Hurst continued his role as Deputy Cletus. Midway through that season, Hurst left when cast for the short lived series Amanda's (1983), and Cletus was first said to be on vacation, with no subsequent explanations of his absence. Hurst would not play the role again until the reunion movies.
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Christopher Mayer, who played Tom Wopat's replacement, Luke, as Vance Duke had originally auditioned for the role of Luke.
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P.J. Soles auditioned for the part of Daisy Duke. Her husband, Dennis Quaid, was considered for the part of Bo but he turned it down.
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Part of the ratings decline during the second half of the series run was attributed to the debut of the TV series Knight Rider (1982). While not airing directly against each other, both shows vied for the attention of a largely younger audience with an interest in souped up cars. As a result producers began to increase stunt and jump sequences featuring the General Lee. The rivalry between the series was played up in a satirical cross over story between the two shows in a 1983 issue of Cracked magazine.
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Sheriff Rosco Coltrane stated he was an honest law enforcement officer for 20 years, then they changed the budget, taking away his retirement, which forced him to change into the type of sheriff he was.
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The initial, P. in Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane's name was added during the second season. P is for Purvis. Complete name: Rosco Purvis Coltrane.
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The casting of Don Pedro Colley in the recurring role of Sheriff Little was intended to bring racial diversity to the series. Producers intentionally cast African American Actors for key or prominent guest roles for the same purpose and equal rights to all races.
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J.D. Hogg's nickname of "Boss" and his shady dealings and criminal activities are a reference (albeit a comical one) to what is known as the "Southern Fried Mafia". Unlike major criminal organizations (like the Italian Mafia, Japanese Yakuza, Russian "Red" Mafya, etc.) which control criminal operations on a national or international level, the Southern Fried Mafia controls criminal activities such as gambling, prostitution, and distilling and bootlegging moonshine (in dry counties or states) on a smaller level wherever they can corrupt officials (like Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane) in small towns and Southern cities (like Atlanta, Mobile, Montgomery, Memphis, etc.). A more serious example of this criminal group's function can be seen in films like White Lightning (1973) and Walking Tall (1973).
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Of the guest-star sheriffs during James Best's season temporary second walk-off, only Dick Sargent (as Grady Byrd) made two appearances.
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During the seven season run, James Best appeared in 141 of 146 episodes, except five, during the second season. They were The Dukes of Hazzard: Arrest Jesse Duke (1979), The Dukes of Hazzard: Treasure of Hazzard (1980), The Dukes of Hazzard: Officer Daisy Duke (1980), The Dukes of Hazzard: Jude Emery (1980) & The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the Ridge Raiders (1980).
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Tom Wopat's character of Luke Duke was a former Marine Force Recon Sergeant. Thirteen years after the series was canceled, John Schneider aka Bo Duke played a former Marine Force Recon Sergeant in the JAG episode link, JAG: Mr. Rabb Goes to Washington (1998).
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Enos and Cooter were the only regular characters with no familiar relationships to any other regulars on the series. (Though Cooter was an "honorary" member of the Duke family, and his cousins appeared in his place during Ben Jones walk off). Boss and Rosco were Brothers-In-Law, and Cletus was a cousin of Boss Hogg.
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Country singer Mel Tillis played a character in one of the episodes, and then later reappeared in another episode as himself, who was a victim of Rosco's "Celebrity Speed Trap."
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Jerry Rushing was not credited for the biographical details he claims were recreated in both works, and sued for royalties, receiving an undisclosed settlement. Rushing claims thirteen characters from the film or series were modeled on himself or people he knew.
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1980's adult film actress Karen Summer worked on this show for three years as a stand-in and production assistant.
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Both James Best (Roscoe) and Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse) had roles on the Andy Griffith Show. James Best played Jim Lindsay and Denver Pyle played Briscoe Darling.
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Many of the scripts for season five were written for Bo and Luke, and then just changed to Coy and Vance. Coy replaced Bo & Vance replaced Luke.
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J.D. Hogg's official government title is County Commissioner. Among his appointed duties is to assess and allocate county funding for whatever Hazzard County needs such as funding the police department, road repair/work, and providing funds for other government run operations/departments. Of course, being crooked, Hogg uses the funds to finance his illegal operations.
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The series aired three two hour TV movies, which originally aired as part of CBS's Movie of the Week. All three were each re-edited as two part episodes when the series was sold into syndication. In order, the three were The Dukes of Hazzard: Carnival of Thrills (1980), televised on Sunday, April 20th, 1980. The Dukes of Hazzard: 10 Million Dollar Sheriff Part 1 (1981) & The Dukes of Hazzard: 10 Million Dollar Sheriff: Part 2 (1981) originally televised on Friday, November 20th, 1981. The only two-part is The Dukes of Hazzard: Undercover Dukes Part One (1984) on Friday, February 3rd, 1984 and The Dukes of Hazzard: Undercover Dukes Part Two (1984), on Friday, February 10th, 1984.
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Most of the Sheriff Department cars were actual police cars formerly used by the Los Angeles Police Department and California Highway Patrol.
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In 2015, due to controversy surrounding the Confederate flag, the TV Land network cancelled its reruns of the show because the General Lee car driven by Bo and Luke Duke has a Confederate flag painted on its roof.
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Houston, TX rapper Slim Thug was nicknamed Boss Hogg since he usually drove a Cadillac convertible; the namesake later became the name of a rapper's collective known as the Boss Hogg Outlaws. The slang 'Boss Hogg' in the Houston, TX hip-hop scene, is a 1969-76 Cadillac DeVille or Eldorado convertible (during the TV series, J.D. Hogg's convertible was a 1970 Cadillac DeVille).
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Coincidentally, while Burt Reynolds played Boss Hogg in the 2005 movie, Rosco states in the season 7 episode "Hazzard in Hollywood" that if Boss gets his life story turned into a movie, that Rosco wants to be portrayed by Burt Reynolds.
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Waylon Jennings sings about the Duke boys' acting as "modern day Robin Hoods", and indeed they are shown to be expert shots with their bows and arrows.
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After James Best's death in 2015, Sonny Shroyer is the only mature surviving cast member.
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The show was created as a somewhat spin off of the 1977 hit Smokey & The Bandit and was created due to the popularity of that film. Hazzard County is set in the same universe as that movie, even tho no episodes ever made reference to anyone or anything related to the film. Star of SATB Burt Reynolds would years later play the role of Boss Hogg in the movie adaption remake.
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