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  • Actor-Inspired Element: Much of Rosco's personality traits, notably the "Coo Coo" and middle initial P were created and improvised by James Best. In addition, Rosco's dog Flash was also taken from a suggestion by Best.
  • California Doubling: Apart from the first few episodes, which were shot on location in Georgia.
  • The Character Died with Him:
    • Sorrell Booke died in 1994, three years before the first reunion movie aired. Rather than hire another actor who could reasonably play Boss Hogg, it was decided to also reveal that Boss had passed on. A tender scene is seen early in the film, where Rosco sees a large portrait of Boss hanging in his office and gets emotional. It is revealed that Boss had died not long before the events of the first reunion movie, the circumstances of which are not told.
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    • Denver Pyle died in 1997, just months after the first reunion movie aired. The writers of the second reunion movie, aired in 2000 — which depicts, in part, a homecoming celebration in Hazzard — make several references to Uncle Jesse being deceased but well thought of, some two years after the Duke patriarch's passing.
  • Creator Backlash: Most of the cast were of the view that the scripts could have been generally better (the writers, in turn, said they were straitjacketed by executive producer Paul Picard's guidelines — that's why, for instance, it almost never gets dark in Hazzard County). Tom Wopat felt the cartoon had better writing ("Some of them are pretty funny. And the car flies!").
    • They also weren't too keen on Warner Bros. mandating the use of miniature work to make the car sequences ever more spectacular in the later seasons. Neither were the stunt personnel.
    • The film garnered considerable backlash from those involved in both the series and the film itself.
      • Most of the cast of the film doesn't look back fondly on it. Seann William Scott said he enjoyed filming it and is still friends with his castmates (particularly Johnny Knoxville), but didn't like the final product. Even his family was embarrassed for him when he invited them to the film's premiere.
      • When Johnny Knoxville appeared on the Henry Rollins Show, Henry told him that he'd just seen the movie. Johnny replied by taking seven dollars out of his pocket, handing it over and saying "Sorry about that".
      • Ben Jones (who played Cooter in the original TV show) famously hated the 2005 film, due to the fact that the series was a family show while the movie contained enough vulgar humor that it nearly received an R rating.
  • Dawson Casting:
    • Enos Strate was introduced as a recent police academy graduate and younger than Bo and Luke (probably around 19-22), and it was mentioned several times that Enos was childhood friends with the Duke cousins, but Sonny Shroyer was in his mid-forties at the time, and about 20 years older than any of the Dukes. Shroyer has always looked much younger than he actually is, though, so the casting worked.
    • John Schneider was 18 when he was hired to play Bo, whose character is said to be in his mid-20s when the series began. (Indeed, the casting directors were looking for a mid-20s man, and Schneider has recalled in interviews where he lied about his age (and background) to audition for the part.)
  • Directed by Cast Member: Multiple instances, with episodes directed by James Best, Sorrell Booke, Denver Pyle, John Schneider and Tom Wopat (Schneider directed the Series Finale, which he also co-wrote - he was the only cast member to write an episode).
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  • Dueling Shows: Part of the ratings decline during the second half of the series run was attributed to the presence of Knight Rider on NBC. While not airing directly against each other, both shows vied for the attention of a largely younger audience with an interest in souped up cars. As a result producers began to increase stunt and jump sequences featuring the General Lee. The rivalry between the series was played up both in print (a satirical cross over story between the two shows in a 1983 issue of Cracked magazine) and on Knight Rider (an episode where an orange Dodge Charger, painted to resemble the General Lee, crashes and bursts into flames (during a race between cars running on alternative fuels, this car running on moonshine), killing two stereotypical Southern boys dressed like Bo and Luke).
  • Dyeing for Your Art: For the film, Jessica Simpson adopted a strict diet and fitness regimen to get into the best shape of her life.
  • Fake Nationality: Sort of.
    • Despite all the southern charm (and southern stereotypes) of the show, none of the four main actors were actually from Dixie. (John Schneider was from New York, Tom Wopat was from Wisconsin, Catherine Bach was from Ohio and the '69 Dodge Charger was from Michigan.) Due to the popularity of the series, they have been accepted as honorary Southerners, however.
    • Meanwhile, Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse) was from Colorado and Sorrell Booke (Boss Hogg) was from Buffalo, New York. (Booke was actually a graduate of Yale.)
    • In fact, only James Best, Ben Jones, and Sonny Shroyer were southerners among the main cast.
  • Follow the Leader: Owes just as much to Smokey and the Bandit as it does to Moonrunners.
  • Harpo Does Something Funny: In later seasons Sorrell Booke and James Best were often allowed to ad lib once the producers realized the duo's comedic chemistry. Both Best and Booke submitted ideas to the writers, which were almost always used; several of these acts were used in their real-life birthday party package.
  • He Also Did:
    • Schneider and Wopat both had somewhat fruitful careers as Country Music singers.
    • Ben Jones (Cooter) later served 2 terms as a fairly moderate to conservative Democratic Congressman from 1989-93 representing part of the Atlanta area.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Daisy's main vehicle during the series' run is a Jeep Wrangler. Jeep at the time was owned by independent automaker American Motors (whereas most of the other vehicles shown were produced by Chrysler Corporation). Two years after the series' 1985 conclusion, Chrysler would purchase American Motors; with Jeep remaining one of the company's top performers.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: In July 2015, two weeks after Dylann Roof was arrested in the killings of nine African Americans at a church in Charleston, S.C. (after which, along with his racist manifestos, photos of him posing with the Confederate flag became public), Warner Bros. stopped licensing Dukes of Hazzard merchandise, including the General Lee (which has a large Confederate flag painted on top). Shortly thereafter, TV Land pulled reruns of the show off its schedule, effective immediately. It is unknown when, or if, the show will return in the future.
  • Playing Against Type: Sorrell Booke was a versatile character actor, but before he was cast as Boss Hogg he usually specialized in playing white collar New Yorkers.
  • Recycled: The Series:
    • The show is a combination of this and Spiritual Licensee to the film Moonrunners, right down to having Waylon Jennings narrating both productions.
    • Jerry Rushing, a real life ex-moonshiner whose reminisces were used as the basis for Moonrunners (and who had a Real Person Cameo in that film), went on to sue Warner Bros. for developing Dukes without giving him credit.
  • The Red Stapler: "Daisy Duke" shorts, tight jeans cut off just below the buttocks, remain in fashion among teenage girls (though the name hasn't been in use since the early 90's), becoming stock jailbait attire.
  • Referenced by...: In Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), while fleeing the roadside bar, Sonic slides across the police car's hood like Bo and Luke do.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dennis Haskins appears as the character of Moss in the pilot along with a string of appearances as different characters, the pilot airing roughly a decade before his best known role as Mr. Belding on Saved by the Bell.
  • Shout-Out: "The Boar's Nest" is a shout out to a real place. Songwriter Sue Brewer turned her apartment in Nashville,TN into an place where songwriters who were part of the "Outlaw" movement in country music could meet to work on their songs. This included Harlan Howard, Kris Kristofferson, Roger Mlller, Willie Nelson, Shel Silverstein and Waylon Jennings. Jennings of course, was the narrator of the show and wrote and performed the show's theme song. This night-time hangout was called by their participants "The Boar's Nest".
  • Too Soon: Don't expect to see this on television again any time soon after the Charleston church massacre perpetrated by white supremacist and Confederate sympathizer Dylann Storm Roof. The outpouring of white nationalism from the alt. right, which includes both confederate sympathizers and neo-Nazis, two years later overshadowed the charm of the show's southern pride even further.
  • Wag the Director: Sorrell Booke was adamant that Boss Hogg never be seen dealing drugs or killing people.
  • What Could Have Been: P.J. Soles auditioned for Daisy Duke. Her husband, Dennis Quaid, was considered for the part of Bo but he turned it down.
  • Word of God: While never spoken of in any episodes:
    • Creator Gy Waldron has given a back story explaining that Uncle Jesse took in and raised Bo, Luke and Daisy upon their parents' death in a car crash.
    • Uncle Jesse has admonished Bo and Luke that, despite their family being bitter enemies of Boss and Rosco, they might be called upon to save them from a dangerous situation, such as an enemy the series de-facto villains have gotten on the wrong side of ... and if they refuse and Boss and Rosco are killed as a direct result, he will disown and disinherit them.
  • Written by Cast Member: John Schneider co-wrote and directed "Opening Night At The Boar's Nest," the Series Finale.


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