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Remembering The Good 'ol Boys: The Dukes of Hazzard

By Edited Sep 26, 2015 1 3

Television surely is not what it used to be. With a society that is today plagued by violence, gratuitous sex and inappropriate language, television surely reflects that.

There was once a time, however (specifically 1979-1985), when television had all of the action that we crave, but was able to keep it good and fun for the whole family.

Remember that orange car, the General Lee, flying through the air? Remember the car chases, the smashes, the twists and turns? The Dukes of Hazzard offered all of this action to us, and still managed to keep it clean for every family that decided to sit in front of the tube every weekend.

The Dukes of Hazzard had a simple premise. Bo and Luke Duke were two country cousins residing in the fictional Hazzard county, Georgia. They lived with their cousin Daisy Duke, and the family patriarch, their Uncle Jesse. The boys would spend their days racing round Hazzard in their orange 1969 Dodge Charger nicknamed "General Lee", with a confederate flag painted on the roof, and the numbers "01" painted onto both car doors.

The General Lee jumping

Hazzard County, while an overall nice place to live, was riddled with corruption because of Boss Hogg, who ran the town, along with his county Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The Duke Boys often found theirselves in car chases with the lawmen, and were hated by them because the Dukes found themselves busting Boss Hogg's schemes in each episode.

Every hour-long episode, in fact, featured full-throttle car chases, jumps, and crashes, and yet still had good wholesome, clean fun for the entire family. Perhaps this is the reason why the show was so popular and enjoyed an extended run, along with two made for television movies after the original series had ended.

Even after the legacy of the Dukes of Hazzard, many stations are still offering reruns. This just goes to show that in the long run, being a Good 'ol Boy has its advantages!
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Comments

Sep 17, 2010 1:07pm
Ernie
I love the Dukes and still watch them on TV. I am glad CMT brought them back!
Sep 18, 2010 12:23am
johnrich66
I know, it's great!
Sep 18, 2010 11:32pm
Ernie
I finally got to Introduce my 6 year old daughter to the Dukes Of Hazzard and she loved it also!
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