We Loved Them Dukes, But Why?

Why was the Dukes Of  Hazzard so popular back in it’s day? I think it was simply because it was a show that was good clean fun.  It came on Friday nights when kids were home and happy to be looking forward to the weekend.  I know I remember looking forward to the end of the school week and watching the Dukes!

The Dukes of Hazzard was a popular TV show back in 1979 thru 1985.  Kids especially loved watching the car chases.  Older guys enjoyed watching Cousin Daisy.

This was a program that the kids and adults could watch together.  It was a great way to laugh and escape from reality for a little while once a week.

Remember the car driven by Bo and Luke Duke?  The orange 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee  sported a Confederate flag painted on the roof.  Their air horn blasted out the beginning of the song “Dixie”.

The Duke boys, Bo and Luke, lived with their wise Uncle Jesse and pretty Cousin Daisy in Georgia’s rural country in  a place called Hazzard County.

Luke is the more rational of the boys and had to get the cousins out of whatever trouble Bo had gotten them into.  Bo is the younger Duke boy and the wilder of the pair.  He had a habit of first acting and then maybe thinking.

Many of the problems for the boys came from Boss Hogg a fat man usually wearing a white suit.  He was the County Commissioner and a selfish, greedy, corrupt person.  Boss Hogg’s brother-in-law and right hand man was the inept sheriff who helped cause the boys troubles.

No wonder the Dukes of Hazzard was popular in its day.  In addition to car chases there was the General Lee jumping over a pond,  the elderly post mistress riding a motorcycle, the nosy telephone operator listening to calls and passing information to  Boss.  Then you had the Boss trying to come up with schemes to rid the town of the Dukes.  The sheriff in a neighboring county having car accidents and knocking off  fenders.  On and on the antics went each week.

A number of celebrity singers were caught in a speed trap designed just for that purpose.  The sheriff would drastically lower a speed limit when a particular singer was expected to drive by.  In order to have the citation forgiven the singer had to perform  one of their best know hits at the Boars Hest to the delight of the customers.

Looking back the show seems a little silly now and the car chases tame.  But in its time frame it brought many hours of fun to its loyal fans.  Reruns of the show can still be seen in some areas.

Comments

  1. Sean Sherman says:

    Love the Dukes of Hazzard, always will!

  2. Mary says:

    Bo and Luke were cousins, not brothers. We loved watching them…still do!

  3. Woody says:

    They seemed like they were my family!!!! Dukes of hazard forever

  4. Kunta K. Spell says:

    I still love the Dukes Of Hazzard to this day. I have the complete series on DVD. I watch them every chance I get. I wish they would one more reunion show. Maybe even have Coy and Vance. Would be nice to have all four Duke boys giving Boss Hogg and Roscoe problems.

  5. chris murphy says:

    they were down home country folk that took crap from no one.they had the general lee which originally was gonna be named trigger after Robert Edward Lee’s horse.they could jump anything.they were the family you wanted to live with.hearing that charger run and burn rubber and leave people in the dust was every little boys dream and daisy was every man’s dream.uncle Jesse was the backbone of the family.boss and roscoe were crooked but they would help the boys when truly needed.to bad daisy and enos never got married.cletus had no clue and huey was just to dumb to get the job done.i have all 7 seasons,both reunion movies and the cartoon.all in all the greatest show ever.

  6. chris says:

    Best of all time I love the dukes I can watch hours on end….. thanks for great show and time doing the show y’all were AWESOME!!!!!! Want to meet y’all asap yeeehaa love the general too

  7. Jeremy says:

    Good article but the person writing this didnt know it was called boars nest not boars head.

  8. Freddie Huth says:

    I can remember running to my Grandma Green’s house just in time to watch the show on Friday nights! A simpler time sitting on the floor in front of her sitting in her recliner and I new that she wasn’t into the show but she would endure it just so I could watch it. I miss her and those days so much and I love watching the reruns because I can escape into yesteryear!

  9. Oscar Klipp says:

    I love it, I love it, coo, coo, coo !!!

  10. Karen Rumpler says:

    I have always loved the Duke boys, Uncle Jessie and Daisy. I looked forward to each Friday as well to see the show and was so upset when the show ended its run in the spring of 1985. I cried a lot over that one because I found it so heartbreaking that a show could actually stop being produced. It seems trivial now, especially at my age (40), but there are days when I come home from work and pop in a DVD from one of the seven seasons and relieve the good memories. It does my heart good to do this from time to time.

  11. JenniferNorth says:

    They totally glossed over how many teenage GIRLS watched this show for 2 obvious reasons, ME INCLUDED! Being at an age where I wasn’t allowed to go out on weekends, this was pure fun on a Friday night, watching these 2 hot guys and dreaming about which one you’d rather have for your boyfriend. Always a hard choice. Still haven’t figured out the answer ;)

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