Some Thoughts on Dukes of Hazzard’s 35th Anniversary

by HazzardNet on January 26, 2014

35thIt was 35 years ago today that The Dukes of Hazzard first aired. I was just a youngun and I fell completely in love with the show, the car chases, the adventures, the close-knit family, the values, EVERYTHING. For seven years, I followed the adventures of the Dukes, Boss, Rosco, and the other citizens of Hazzard religiously. Then one day, the show was gone. I didn’t understand why and was frankly very upset. It was like I’d lost some good friends.

Then in the mid-90′s, TNN started airing the show again and my interest in the show was re-kindled. The World Wide Web was in its infancy and I started a website that eventually became HazzardNet.com. It was one of the first Dukes of Hazzard websites online and it’s the only one still around from those days.

The show is still popular today and I give credit to the close-knit family and their values (not to mention the car chases and stunts) that made it popular back then. Hazzard County is a place where all of us wanted to live. We wanted a wise Uncle Jesse to raise us right, with love and a strong sense of right and wrong. We wanted cousins like Daisy, Bo, and Luke to confide in and share good times and bad. We wanted good friends like Cooter who would help us out of a jam and who we could count on when times got rough. We may have even wanted some good times messin’ with fairly harmless adversaries like Boss and Rosco, who would even occasionally come to our aid when things were dire. Hazzard wasn’t perfect, but despite all its problems, it was full of happy endings, a simpler life, and most of all family. For many, Hazzard was better than real life, and that’s why it was so appealing.

To some, Dukes of Hazzard was “just a tv show”. For some of us, it has had an impact on our lives that we could never have imagined. My spouse and I met because of our mutual love of Dukes of Hazzard and Rosco P. Coltrane. That led to us finding out how much more we had in common and eventually marriage. I’ve met plenty of friends because of the show and grew closer to friends that I found out loved the show too. I’ve had the chance to meet all the surviving cast and watch filming on the two reunions. (My only regret is that I never got to meet Sorrell, Denver, or Waylon.) I’ve learned a lot from the show, the cast, and fellow Dukes fans… life lessons (good and bad) that will stick with me.

Dukes of Hazzard is more than just a tv show. It’s a way of life. It’s a global phenomenon. It’s family. Happy Birthday to the cast, the crew, the stuntmen, and everyone who had a hand in making this show and bringing it to us every week for years. The impact you’ve had can be measured in more than ad dollars and Nielsen ratings. But I think you all know that. :)

PDS_logo_281x211Dukes of Hazzard fans have made their frustrations and anger known to the powers that be at CMT that they don’t want Party Down South promoted during airing of the Dukes. It’s very clear why. The Dukes of Hazzard is a family show. Party Down South clearly ISN’T. Parents (and grandparents) have said they will not let their children watch the Dukes on CMT because the PDS promos are inappropriate for children to view. Party Down South is the anti-thesis of everything the Dukes stood for: family, personal responsibility, and strong moral values. You would never see any of the Dukes engaging in the kind of behavior depicted on PDS.

The sad thing is, CMT appears to be deaf to their viewers. Even with cast members like Ben Jones speaking out about it, no changes have yet been made. If they continue to ignore their audience, viewers will just start watching the show on dvd again, where they can watch all the scenes CMT has cut to add in more Party Down South commercials.

Lego Dukes of Hazzard

by HazzardNet on December 29, 2013

legodukesHere’s our latest discovery on the Dukes of Hazzard front. Some Lego lovin’ Dukes fans have recreated the General Lee and the Duke cousins with Legos. But wait, there’s more! Not only have they recreated the General Lee, but Rosco’s Patrol Car, Daisy’s Roadrunner, and even other beloved tv and movie cars like the Bandit Trans Am, the A-Team van, ECTO-1, and even KITT.

Since we’ve been asked many times since posting about this on the HazzardNet Facebook page, these are custom built and not available for sale as a kit.

Click here to check out the Dukes of Hazzard vehicles in Lego form and click here to see the tv and movie cars.

Dukes of Hazzard is Back on TV!

by HazzardNet on December 21, 2013

The Dukes of Hazzard: People’s ChoiceAttention all Dukes of Hazzard fans! On January 5th, there’ll be a Dukes of Hazzard marathon on CMT starting at 2pm. The first episode will be People’s Choice. I’m not sure why they’re not starting with One Armed Bandits, but I won’t quibble since it’s been a long time coming in getting the show back on the air. After the marathon, Dukes of Hazzard will be on twice a day, noon and 8pm, on the days following. Unfortunately, both times will be the same episode. Tell all your Dukes of Hazzard loving friends that Dukes is back on the air!

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Christmas With Tom Wopat

by HazzardNet on November 16, 2013

Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

Join Tom Wopat for a Christmas you’ll never forget! Tom will be appearing at the Enid Symphony Hall in Enid, Oklahoma on November 30th and December 1st. This performance is part of a larger nationwide tour. Tom will be available after the performance to meet fans, sign autographs, and take photos with his fans. You can also purchase copies of his albums then, as well. Tickets are on sale at the Enid Symphony Hall.

HazzardNet Fan of the Month – October 2013

October 15, 2013

After a long absence, HazzardNet fan of the month is back with a worthy recipient. Roth Potter joined HazzardNet in April of 2013 and already has over 500 posts, most notably the Rare and Behind the Scenes Pictures thread in our forums. Give me a hand in congratulating Roth Potter for being HazzardNet’s Fan of […]

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Hazzard County Dinner Theater

September 27, 2013

A friend of mine was in Tennessee last month and knowing me to be an avid Dukes fan, sent me several brochures of the Hazzard County Dinner Theater, located in Pigeon Forge. The Hazzard County Hoedown is a musical dinner show tribute to Dukes of Hazzard that features all the characters from the show, plus […]

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Hazzard Homecoming Texas Style

August 28, 2013

The cast of The Dukes of Hazzard will be in Ennis, Texas at the Galaxy Drive-In for Hazzard Homecoming Texas Style the weekend of October 19-20. Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke), Ben Jones (Cooter), James Best (Rosco P. Coltrane, y’all), Sonny Shroyer (Enos) and Rick Hurst (Cletus) will be there. The General Lee […]

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Coming Soon: New Dukes of Hazzard Action Figures!

April 22, 2013

We don’t have much in the way of details yet, but Figures Toy Company just announced that they will be releasing new Dukes of Hazzard action figures. The first series will feature Boss, Rosco, Bo, and Luke action figures. Future series will feature Daisy, Uncle Jesse, Cooter, Cletus, Enos, and more. The Dukes of Hazzard […]

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Next Dukes Of Hazzard Reunion Might Include Smokey & The Bandit Stars

April 11, 2013

The next Dukes of Hazzard Reunion in Byron, Georgia might be twice as big if organizer Chris Jennings’ plans work out. He is in talks with Burt Reynolds and Sally Fields to add a Smokey and the Bandit Reunion to the show. The reunion in Georgia brought in 53,000 fans this year and it is […]

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