The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 1, Episode 1

One Armed Bandits (26 Jan. 1979)

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In the series' pilot episode, cousins Bo and Luke Duke intercept Hazzard County Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane's illegal shipment of slot machines, then plan to use the proceeds to donate to the... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Waylon Jennings ...
The Balladeer (voice)
Tisch Raye ...
Jill Rae Dodson
Dobro Doolan (as Ernie Brown)
Gillaaron Houck ...
Lou Walker ...


In the series' pilot episode, cousins Bo and Luke Duke intercept Hazzard County Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane's illegal shipment of slot machines, then plan to use the proceeds to donate to the Hazzard County Orphanage in Rosco's name, to ensure his win in an upcoming election against a corrupt opponent. Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) debuted with The Dukes of Hazzard: One Armed Bandits (1979) on Friday, January 26th, 1979. This series concluded on Friday, February 8th, 1985, with The Dukes of Hazzard: Opening Night at the Boar's Nest (1985). 315 weeks, (2,205 days) differ between the beginning to this popular series & its concluding program. See more »


In the first episode, the General Lee is either missing parts or has mis-matched parts. As revealed by John Schnieder in the DVD Commentary, the opening scenes of Bo and Luke in the General Lee, when they're chasing Cooter in Rosco's car, Luke (Tom Wopat) appears to be sitting lower in the seat than Bo. That was because there was no front passenger seat in the car at the time and Tom Wopat was actually sitting on a pad. Later on in the episode, when they're waiting to hijack the truckload of slot machines, we see that the General Lee has a blue steering wheel...but the car's interior is tan. See more »


Sheriff Rosco Coltrane: Go faster!
Dobro Doolan: Well, I don't wanna get a speedin' ticket!
Sheriff Rosco Coltrane: From who, you jackass?
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References The Lawrence Welk Show (1955) See more »

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10 Stars for Catherine Bach
13 March 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

The Dukes of Hazzard 49-minute 1979 pilot episode, "One Armed Bandits," involves the good ol' boys saving an orphanage and was actually filmed in Georgia where the fictitious Hazzard County is supposed to reside, unlike future episodes filmed in Southern California.

To be honest, I never saw an episode of the Dukes of Hazzard in my life before viewing this pilot, although I've of course seen clips of the show while channel surfing.

My main interest in viewing it was Catherine Bach, who plays Daisy Duke. In her prime Catherine was one of the most beautiful women to grace God's earth and this pilot features her in all her awe-inspiring glory. She has some solid screen time and is shown in white "daisy dukes" (short shorts), denim daisy dukes and -- whoa -- a red bikini.

The episode itself is just harmless good ol' boys TV fun, but Catherine Bach is incredible. She was born in Warren, Ohio, part of my stomping grounds in NE Ohio and Western PA -- proof that our hometown babes are some of the finest in the world.

In fact, because of Catherine I can justly brag: OUR BABES ARE BETTER THAN YOUR BABES -- hah!

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