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Published:January 27th, 2009 23:28 EST
Dukes of Hazzard's Hits 30 Years Old

Dukes of Hazzard's Hits 30 Years Old

By Garrett Godwin

Monday marked the 30th anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard, the popular CBS series that was a Friday favorite from 1979-85. The action-comedy follows the adventures of Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) Duke, cousins who fight the corrupt system of Hazzard County with their cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach), Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), and their mechanic friend Cooter (Ben Jones). As modern-day Robin Hoods, they`ve continued to be a thorn against Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his right-hand man, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best).

Dismissed by critics, it was a runaway hit when it debuted as a mid-season replacement in 1979. The show had something for everyone of all ages: Bo and Luke for the girls; Daisy for the boys; the General Lee for the kids, and Uncle Jesse`s wise advice for the Dukes. And let`s not forget the narration from Waylon Jennings, who made an appearance during the final season in 1984.

The series even had its own cartoon in the mid-80s at the height of its popularity - as well as trading cards, General Lee toy cars, and much more merchandise and memorabilia. Dukes was still in the Top 10 in 1982 when both Schneider and Wopat left before the start of season five in a contract dispute over their salaries and royalties.

Season five started with Bo and Luke going to race at the NASCAR recruit, with cousins Coy (Byron Cherry) and Vance (Christopher Mayer) as "The New Dukes". They weren`t very popular with the fans, which dismissed them as Bo and Luke clones, and ratings started too declined. However, Warner Bros. reached an agreement with Schneider and Wopat, as Bo and Luke returned to Hazzard in the spring of 1983 and Coy and Vance were heard of again.

The Dukes of Hazzard ended its run two years later in 1985 after seven successful seasons, but continues to remain popular today thanks to syndication, DVD sets of all seven seasons, and events in honor of the series such as the Dukesfest, which is held at the Music City Motorplex in Nashville and organized by Jones and his wife. There were also two made-for-TV reunion movies in 1997 and 2000 (also on DVD), plus a hit 2005 big-screen remake with Johnny Knoxville (Luke), Sean William Scott (Bo), Jessica Simpson (Daisy), Willie Nelson (Uncle Jesse), and Burt Reynolds (Boss Hogg), and a 2008 prequel was for both the small screen and then straight to DVD.

Bo and Luke are just two good ol` boys that never means no harm - fighting the system like a two modern-day Robin Hood as The Dukes of Hazzard.

"Yeeeee-Haa!" - Bo Luke