The Dukes of Hazzard

“Just’a good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm…”

Of all the fictional places in 80s lore, we gotta imagine Hazzard County, Georgia, is among the zaniest places out there in the good ol’ U.S. of A.

The home of cousins Bo and Luke Duke, their cousin Daisy, and their Uncle Jesse was, well… festooned with nutty characters. Even if Boss (Jefferson Davis) Hogg were the only inhabitant, Hazzard County would still be just a monkey or two short of a zoo.

But then you toss in Coo-Coo-Cooter, Enos, Roscoe P. Coltrane (and Flash), and Cletus, and we think you get our point.

The Duke boys had a car with doors that wouldn’t open, Daisy wore shorts (yes, Daisy Dukes) that would have been too short if they were a shirt, and Boss Hogg tooled around in a 1970 Caddy with bull horns on the hood.

And then there was our favorite dive this side of Mel’s Diner– the Boar’s Nest. Home of the hideous green-checked tablecloths and $2 popcorn, the Nest was also home to some killer performances by the time’s biggest country stars. Johnny Paycheck, Roy Orbison, and Hoyt Axton are only a few of the famous folk who got nabbed by Boss Hogg’s Celebrity Speed Trap… and were forced to give a free concert.

But, hey, other than that, life was pretty normal in that little rural corner of the Peach State.

The Dukes of Hazzard ran for seven seasons on CBS (assuming you count the terrible Bo-and-Lukeless fifth season), and it even finished in the top 10 for its first three years (1979-1982). More important, though, is its legacy.

Daisy Dukes still grace the hips of many a fine lady, the General Lee inspired heaps o’ southern gentlemen to install ‘Dixie’ as the tune their horn blares, and if you’re ever in the neighborhood, be sure to stop by Cooter’s Place in Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Them Duke boys sure did get into a heap a’ trouble, but we’ll be the first to admit we were glad to be along for the ride.

We ♥ The Dukes of Hazzard.

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~ by weheart80s on December 1, 2011.

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