Dukes of Hazzard: Facts and Trivia

The Dukes of Hazzard was an all-time hit during the times it was shown — that was between years 1979 and 1985. If you were one of those die-hard fanatics of this famous TV series, you may have known that it was starred by Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach, John Schneider, etc. You may have been one of those avid fans who knew the stories and the characters inside out.

However, there are facts and trivia not known even to those who have watched this religiously.

There are some little known facts about the Dukes of Hazzard. You can read all about it to add to your knowledge about the series.

  • The story was derived from the life of Jerry Elijah Rushing. He was a real moonshiner in North Carolina. He was making deliveries when he was 12, and he used a 1958 Chrysler 300d for it. He had a car named “Traveller” after the house of General Lee, and it was used to dump oil on the road. He was with his brother Johnny, and at times he was with his cousin Delane. They were delivering the moonshine made by his Uncle Worley. Eventually, he left the business and became a successful hunter instead. His life and adventures inspired the movie “Moon Runners”, which also had characters such as Uncle Jesse, Waylon Jennings (as the Balladeer), and Cooter. The story though, was edited to make it more family-oriented since it will be shown on TV. Thus, the evolution led to the series Dukes of Hazzard.
  • The producer of the show, Gy Waldron, had contributed so much with the series itself. He had made the show because he saw that a part of the music record sales were for country music, but there were no TV shows that are intended for that market. It was created to give people inspiration to compose country songs.
  • A lot of Dodge Chargers had been used for the show, since most of the cars were destroyed for stunt work of every episode. They had used almost 150 General Lees. During one run of the show, the producers had a shortage, and it wasn’t easy to replace the cars since the newer models were not made like before. So what they did was to approach owners of Chargers that they saw, as well as leave notes on the windshields of the Chargers parked to offer to buy the cars. When the show ended afterwards, they even had 17 Chargers left and some spare parts. A fan named Wayne Wooten set up a group that distributed leftover spare parts as long as the fans who will receive it will not charge for these cars’ public appearances.

This show had a loyal following from the start until the end. So much support has been given to it by its fans, resulting to two reunion movies, and a film revival.

Comments

  1. Karen says:

    Interesting tidbits of information about The Dukes of Hazzard! Some I knew, some I did not. Has anyone been on youtube lately? There are a few “lost” that were hardly ever aired while the show was actively on tv. Great scenes for anyone who might have missed them!

  2. Roy Hoff Sr says:

    I found out that 303 Dodge Chargers were used in the series …

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