* BestKnownForTheFanservice: Many people only know the series because of Daisy's short shorts. Tiny short shorts are still occasionally referred to as Daisy Dukes to this day.
* FridgeLogic: It's mentioned repeatedly that the Duke boys can't have guns as a condition of their probation. So, how are they getting ''dynamite'' and ''blasting caps'', both of which require a permit in most jurisdictions--a permit that Boss Hogg would ultimately have the ability to grant or deny?
* JustHereForGodzilla: While most fans do like the stories and the fanservice on both sides. Let's face it the bulk of you are here to watch the General Lee outrun cops and make ridiculous jumps. Even those that hate the movies love that part.
* TearJerker: In the 1997 tv-movie, we're shown now-county commissioner "Boss" Rosco's office, which has a large portrait of Boss Hogg behind his chair. Rosco at one point goes up to the portrait and laments that "I sure miss you, [[EmbarrassingNickname little fat buddy]]", while almost breaking down crying. Best and Booke were close friends, and his show of emotion is genuine.
* UnfortunateImplications: Inverted: Since this show became a big hit the Confederate flag can pretty much only be put on cars made up to look like the General Lee. Anywhere else [[InsaneTrollLogic makes you look like a racist slave owner.]]
* TheWeirdAlEffect: The show was very popular in the UK, and largely displaced any previous knowledge of [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar what the Confederate flag signified]]--as far as British people are concerned, it's that flag that was on top of the General Lee, and you put it on your car or lorry if you also enjoy driving around thumbing your nose at 'the law'. Naturally this can lead to ValuesDissonance.
** Ditto in Mexico, when the series [[GermansLoveDavidHasselhoff was very popular]], and it's not so unusual to find someone who has a identical (or similar) replica of the General Lee in Mexican streets. It does help most Mexicans don't get the historical nuance behind the Confederate flag and many Mexicans thought that flag is simply a modification of the regular American flag just for making the car to look really {{Badass}}. In fact, the Confederate flag is so deeply associated in Mexico with the series, that many Mexicans end ''really'' disturbed when they find the truth behind the historical meaning of it.[[note]]It does help the Confederate flag also works as a cultural GettingCrapPastTheRadar, as waving the regular American flag in Mexican streets has the same meaning for Mexicans that the Confederate one is for Americans anywhere in the U.S. for [[MexicanAmericanWar obvious reasons]].[[/note]]
* WhatAnIdiot: Several of the show's most memorable (if not critically acclaimed) episodes play upon the premise of Boss and Rosco being so naive and stupid -- Sorrell Booke and James Best convincingly portrayed their respective characters as gullible individuals with the mentality of 10- and 7-year-old boys -- that dangerous criminals are able to easily able to get them to help accomplish their goals. Perhaps the best example of this is "When You Wish Upon a Hogg," where Boss' corrupt nephew, Hughie, uses his insight into his uncle and right-hand stooge to convince them that an old, antique oil lamp contains a genie that can help them get rich and put the Duke boys in prison forever. When Trixie (Hughie's beautiful girlfriend) plays her part perfectly, Boss and Rosco – both adults who, even with their mentality should know that the "genie in a lamp" idea is just fiction – take the bait. Bo and Luke, naturally, know that the "genie in a lamp" scheme is fraudulent but Boss and Rosco refuse to reason. Several other examples:
** "New Deputy in Town," from Season 4. In a case that also fits BadCopIncompetentCop, Rosco -- told that a federal inmate in custody on bank robbery and murder charges will be staying overnight at the Hazzard County Jail -- fails to follow up on an FBI advisory that also alerts about his partner in crime: a shapely young woman named Linda Mae Barnes, also wanted for bank robbery and murder. Not long thereafter, after Rosco again bungles an arrest of the Duke boys, Barnes shows up, impersonating a state trooper and easily arrests Bo and Luke. Boss is so impressed (and turned on by Linda) that he hires her on the spot, also acting like an idiot and failing to conduct a background check.
** Enos falls prey to the WhatAnIdiot trap -- along with the others, who are far more intelligent than Boss or Rosco -- in "Too Many Roscos," when they fail to notice obvious clues about a criminal posing as Rosco, due to his exact resemblance. The phony had bungled simple facts about Bo and Luke, two men he had known since they were young boys, but yet recalled in exact detail facts about an expected armored car delivery at Hazzard Bank. Nothing arouses their suspicion, as everyone chalks it up to "amnesia" the real Rosco had suffered in yet another accident.
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