The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–1985)
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Happy Birthday, General Lee 

The Dukes and Cooter recall the origins of the General Lee on the car's eighth birthday.


Tom Wopat


Gy Waldron (creator), Si Rose


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Episode cast overview:
Tom Wopat ... Luke Duke
John Schneider ... Bo Duke
Catherine Bach ... Daisy Duke
Denver Pyle ... Uncle Jesse
Sonny Shroyer ... Enos
Ben Jones ... Cooter
James Best ... Sheriff Rosco Coltrane
Sorrell Booke ... Boss Hogg
Waylon Jennings ... The Balladeer (voice)
Janie Fricke Janie Fricke ... Ginny
Sam Melville ... Rick
Wayne Morton Wayne Morton ... Customer
Troy Melton ... Sheriff Snead
Will Hare ... The Yard Manager


The Dukes and Cooter recall the origins of the General Lee on the car's eighth birthday.

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Action | Comedy



Did You Know?


In the early seasons, Lost Sheep, Bo Peep and Shepherd weren't being used as call signs on the CB, but they are in use during this flashback episode. See more »


Near the beginning of the story, Uncle Jesse states that he is going to ask for a loan to fund Bo and Luke's race car project because the drought has resulted in less crops/income. Yet later in the story when Bo and Luke are being chased in the General for the first time, they take a road that is closed, stating it is closed because the bridge is washed out. Drought/flood continuity. See more »


Boss Hogg: Well what in the name of all that's holy is this thing?
Luke Duke: Boss, meet the General Lee.
Boss Hogg: Oh...
Sheriff Rosco Coltrane: Oh...
Boss Hogg:'s the General Lee.
Sheriff Rosco Coltrane: [muttering] General Lee...
Boss Hogg: Well it sure is the ugliest color I ever did see.
Sheriff Rosco Coltrane: Oh, ugly, ugly ugly!
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A legend is (re)born.
7 October 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

I've always wondered why it took seven years to get an origin story on TV's highest-flying muscle car. But on that basis alone, 'Happy Birthday, General Lee' is as pure as they come. We get answers as to the color choice, the birth of the Dukes' predilection for sweet jumps and why the doors are welded shut (even though that was already covered in the second episode). This isn't perfect; it features the seventh season's unfortunate use of miniatures, and some of the character backstories are iffy (no way Luke was "just getting out of the Marine Corps" with that hair), but it does fill in the gaps on, well, pretty much everything.

But the best thing about this is that it appropriately addresses the fabled status of the General. Plenty of adoring shots of the Charge undergoing its transformation into the mythical beast - and even a few money shots. I'm an easy mark, and when the car comes to life, it is a sight to behold.


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21 September 1984 (USA) See more »

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