The Dukes Of Hazzard Premieres On CBS
It was 38 years ago today “them Duke boys” literally jumped on the scene when the hit show The Dukes of Hazzard debuted on CBS. Based out of the deep South, it followed two cousins, Bo and Luke Duke, throughout the many shenanigans they found themselves in. However, the real star of te show was their 1969 Dodge Charger known as the “General Lee,” although cousin Daisy played by the lovely Cathrine Bach was a close second. The General Lee soon became one of the most recognized “star car” in Hollywood history with its bright orange paint job, welded doors, and the numbers “01” painted on each side. However it also had its fair share of controversy due to its confederate flag painted on the roof of the car, and the horn that played the first 12 notes of the song “Dixie.”
The Duke boys were constantly battling their nemesis of the show, Hazzard county commissioner Boss Hogg, and his buffoonish Sherriff, Roscoe P. Coltrane. Almost every episode of the seven seasons aired was packed full of some of the best car chases and crashes on TV at the time. But it was when General Lee would jump that really caught the attention of every man in America. According to behind the scenes reports, during the production of the show, it was fairly common to use several 1969 Chargers for each episode because by the end of shooting they were destroyed. Even though the show technically only aired seven seasons, the Dukes of Hazzard became a cult classic and was even redone as a feature length Hollywood film in 2005.