- Best Known for the Fanservice: 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.
- Fair for Its Day:
- Despite the controversial female objectification throughout the series, Daisy definitely has moments of heroism and badassery. In the very first episode, she punches a patron of the Boar's Nest for harassing her. When she becomes a cop and her cousins try to steer everything in her favor, she rebukes them for trying to coddle her AND becomes a cop without any of their assistance.
- On the one hand, Sherriff Little from neighboring Chakasaw County is the only semi-regular black character in what is supposed to be the Deep South, which really doesn't make any sense. On the other hand, he is a tough-as-nails no nonsense type who always comes across as the only grown-up in the room whenever he shows up especially when he has to deal with man-children like Boss and Rosco.
- Fridge Logic:
- 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?
- The Dukes, the Animated Adaptation, is made of Fridge Logic (even for a Hanna-Barbera cartoon):
- So Coy, Vance and Daisynote are racing Boss Hogg and Rosco "clean around the world" with the Dukes' farm at stake? If they can afford to go all around the world, why can't they just buy the farm (not in that sense) outright?
- How did Bo and Luke replace Coy and Vance during the run of the cartoon? Did they just start the race over or what?
- And surely people on probation would never be allowed to leave the country (or even the county) in the first place?
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The Dukes of Hazzard was very popular in the U.K., Mexico and Italy, and still has reruns in the latter country.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: In "Hazzard in Hollywood", Roscoe states that if Boss gets his life story turned into a movie, that Rosco wants to be portrayed by Burt Reynolds. Guess who played Boss Hogg in the film?
- Just Here for Godzilla: While most fans do like the stories, the characters, 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.
- Replacement Scrappy: Coy and Vance. They were brunette and blonde and there was really nothing to distinguish themselves from Bo and Luke and they only lasted a season before leaving.
- Values Dissonance: Aside from the shameless amount of female objectification with Daisy, the show reeks of southern pride, which has largely fallen out of style in the decades since its broadcast now that real-life nationalism in the South has become synonymous with white supremacy. The worst offender is easily the General Lee, which is not only named for a Confederate leader (you know, the guys who started a war to keep the slave trade going?) but also proudly displays the Confederate flag, itself now recognized more as a symbol of white supremacy and segregation than of patriotism. It was bad enough to get the show permanently pulled from syndication in The New '10s.
- "Weird Al" Effect:
- The show was very popular in the UK, and largely displaced any previous knowledge of 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 Values Dissonance.
- Ditto in Mexico, when the series 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 are disturbed when they find out the truth behind the historical meaning of it.note
- What an Idiot!:
- 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 listen to reason.
- "New Deputy in Town", from Season 4. In a case that also fits Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop, 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 What an Idiot! 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.
- Woolseyism: For obvious reasons, in the Mexican Spanish dub all the Southern accents are replaced with Mexican Northern ones, since the Mexican North is the cultural equivalent of the American Deep South. In fact, Boss Hogg's Mexican VA (the late Esteban Siller) was a native Norteño or Northener in Spanish.
YMMV / The Dukes of Hazzard