Younger people may have known the Dukes of Hazzard through its revival on 2005 which starred Jessica Simpson, Willie Nelson, Seann William Scott and Johnny Knoxville. Yet, us older folks would be more familiar with its original version which ran for six years; specifically, 1979 to 1985
Every fan would be aware of each episode and dialogue shown on the series. A fan would be confident to answer each question thrown to him about the characters, as well as the plot. However, there are things not known to most viewers, and some of them, you can read here.
Here are some tidbits you may not know about the Dukes of Hazzard:
- Tom Wopat was playing the role of Luke; however, before he was chosen, Gerald McRaney and Dennis Quaid were being considered for the part. He was also successful in the music industry and had been releasing albums since 1981. After the series, he continued being a singer and held the #1 spot in the Billboard’s country music charts.
- The character of Catherine Bach always wore denim short shorts, which then became her trademark. It was originally planned to have Daisy Duke (Bach’s character) wear miniskirts, but her shorts became so famous, the garment became her own, and it was even dubbed “daisy dukes”. It was almost not shown in the show as the network executives did not allow it; the outfit was afterwards permitted provided she would wear pantyhose underneath. One of her outfits was even displayed at the Smithsonian.
- It was not until the 2nd season when the “P” in Sheriff Coltrane’s name was added. It actually stands for “Pervis”.
- Sorrell Booke, who played Boss Hogg, was not really fat when he played the role. He wore a padded suit underneath to give him that extra girth. He also required to have it put in his contract that he would not do drugs nor kill. He also played a dual role; the other character who was the complete opposite of him was named Abraham Lincoln Hogg.
- It was on Northern Georgia where the first five episodes were shot. The rest of the episodes were filmed in California. The show itself did not mention the state where Hazzard County is, but there are scenes when it was implied that the state was in Georgia.
- General Lee, the series’ car, was very famous all throughout; in fact, more than half of the fan mail was sent to the car itself.
- The producers wanted to have the jumping scenes as fresh as possible, so they didn’t use stock footage often. One of those famous jump sequences also triggered a world record.
No matter how old or young you may be, Dukes of Hazzard will be a show you can surely enjoy. After all, it wouldn’t be a hit for so long, and it wouldn’t run for six years if it did not have any quality material. Besides, these little known facts would definitely make it more interesting, so you might as well try and join in on the fun.