What is there to say about The Dukes of Hazzard….well folks…what’s not to say. The Dukes of Hazzard was a fast paced show with a blurry line between good and bad. Were the Dukes good or were they bad? Uncle Jesse was a known bootlegger and moonshiner and the boys were on probation. On the other hand, they fought the corrupt political structure of the county. But they ran from the law, and not just Roscoe. It’s up to you to decide whether they were good or bad, but if you ask me, I think they were just the right combination of both.
I loved it when the Duke boys would run out of the Boar’s nest, slide across the front of the General Lee, climb through the windows of the car and race away kicking up dirt and rocks in their wake. Luckily for me this happened on the show regularly. I also loved when they would make jumps with the General Lee. They would jump over streams or cars or anything else that happened to be in the way. As a kid I always found it to be amazing that Bo and Luke would always land their jumps free and clear, but anyone chasing them would not even though they were driving at the same speeds…hmmmmm!
What images do you see or sounds do you hear if you close your eyes and think back to The Dukes of Hazzard?? I see the General Lee mid-air. I see Boss Hogg stuffing his face with fried chicken and I see explosions caused by flaming arrows. I hear the General Lee’s horn and I hear tyres peeling out on dirt roads. I hear CB calls to and from Bo Peep, Shepherd and Lost Sheep. I hear Boss Hogg yelling at Roscoe. I see Daisy standing there in short shorts and Uncle Jesse’s overalls and full white beard.
There were all kinds of trouble going on in Hazzard during the span of the series. The limo for the President of the United States even got taken for a joy ride by Cooter in season 1, and of course, it broke down on Uncle Jesse’s farm. In another episode, the boys were delivering firearms (thinking it was moonshine), which first were illegal and second, the boys weren’t supposed to have firearms as a condition of their probation. Another time they found themselves in possession of a crate which was full of marijuana. Bo and Luke always managed to get into a heap of trouble, and always managed to get out of it and save the day.
Another thing that really stands out to me about The Dukes of Hazzard is the narration. Waylan Jennings was the narrator, and I just really enjoyed the style of the show’s narration. He would give his opinion of what was going on in during the episode at each commercial break. Now, imagine sliding across the bonnet and peeling out down the street then fishtailing it round the corner….I’m off to watch the Dukes.