Some Day The Mountains Might Get 'Em ..

Dukes 4 ever
Dukes 4 ever | Source
"Straightening the curves, flattening the hills ..."
"Straightening the curves, flattening the hills ..."
"... someday the mountain might get 'em, but the law never will."
"... someday the mountain might get 'em, but the law never will."
Hot pursuit!!
Hot pursuit!!
Coy and Vance Duke
Coy and Vance Duke | Source
Dukes cast
Dukes cast | Source

Bo, Luke, Daisy, Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Roscoe P. Coltrane, Boss Hogg, Enos, Cleetus, Jeb Stuart Duke, Coy, Vance ...

Sunday morning and I'm playing hooky from church. So I figured I'd do the some writing with The Dukes of Hazzard Season 2 playing as my background noise. But it's a little hard to dismiss the Duke Boys as strictly background noise. And how can any red blooded American male ignore the wonderful CATHERINE BACK as Daisy Duke?

Not that the bombastic action and adventure doesn't do enough to keep your attention. However at this stage of my life, I can't watch the show without noticing that portions of Hazzard County were later used to enhance portions of Stars Hollow on my favorite defunct series, Gilmore Girls. Now how cool is that?

Strange choice for a rainy Sunday morning? Maybe. Maybe not. Two good ol' boys fighting the crooked system to help the stranger of the week. What's better than that?

In some ways the Dukes are an extension of the classic tv western hero. After all, The Rifleman and the Cartwrights of Bonanza weren't officers of the law. However they all seemed to end up taking the law into their own hands and bringing outlaws to justice. The only difference was that those classic characters were friends of the local sheriff. The Dukes weren't. Though they did have a sympathetic friend in Deputy Enos Strate, but he was duty bound to follow orders despite his reservations.

Speaking of Enos, he eventually caught right crooks, impressing the right people and landing a gig on the Los Angeles police force via his own spin-off series. Unfortunately, the series only lasted a season. Fortunately the portrayer, SONNY SHROYER was able to get his old job back on his home show. However, on his show, Enos displayed many of the amazing car stunts that Bo and Luke performed. Yet when he returned to his roots in Hazzard County, he was forced to land his car in the swamp and be outwitted by the boys again, as if he'd never left.

Perhaps this was due to lazy writing. Perhaps no one thought viewers would care, so as long as their beloved deputy had returned to his home show ... Though that same way of thinking led to budget cuts in the final seasons. And allegedly these budget cuts led to shortcuts with the famous car stunts, including using model cars to give the impression that the great General Lee could jump not only ramps and small hills, but telephone poles as well.

Be that as it may, the memories of this reel sense of family, community and good clean vigilante crime fighting makes this good ol' boy smile whenever I see a vintage Dodge Charger in real life.

Anybody remember the Dukes cartoon?  It started with Coy and Vance.  Then they were dismissed and Bo and Luke were added.  Only problem is, Bo and Luke have probation requirements.  So should they be racing around the world?
Anybody remember the Dukes cartoon? It started with Coy and Vance. Then they were dismissed and Bo and Luke were added. Only problem is, Bo and Luke have probation requirements. So should they be racing around the world? | Source

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Diana Lee 3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

This is great family entertainment and my son's (now 34 years old) all time favorite show. He grew up watching the Dukes. I got to meet Sheriff Little (Don Pedro Colley) at the 2012 Memphis Film Festival and Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best) is expected there for the 2013 event.


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kellylipp 3 years ago from North Dakota

Loved this show growing up..it was very popular. If I remember correctly, once Knight rider came out it started to lose popularity. I really liked Rosco and his dog flash, but may favorites of course were Bo and Luke. Nice hub. Great trip down memory lane!


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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana Author

Diana, I just finished watching the season 2 dvd extras from the annual Duke Fest in Tennessee. I want to go so bad. It looks like the best time ever. Thank you so much for reading.


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trusouldj 3 years ago from Indiana Author

Kelly, from what I understand, some of the stunt guys from Dukes were also working on KnightRider towards the end. So you would see a great stunt on one show and see it repeated the next week on the other.

As well, there was a dip in ratings when John Schneider and Tom Wopat missed several episodes due to contract negotiations. That was when we were introduced to Coy and Vance Duke. Unfortunately, when they returned, the show never regained the higher viewership that they once received.

Thank you so much for reading my hub. Please come again.

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