January 26, 1979 – Dukes of Hazzard premiers

“Ooooh, those Duke boys!” Cousins Bo and Luke Duke and the rest of Hazzard County crashed onto the small screen on this day in 1979 on American broadcast network CBS on The Dukes of Hazzard. The show was an action comedy that brought cars into the starlight, especially Bo and Luke’s 1969 Dodge Charger, the “General Lee,” which often stole the show while making their get away from Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. 

The premise revolves around the Duke boys, who are on probation for distilling moonshine and aren’t allowed to leave Hazzard County. Through their daily shenanigans they tend to find themselves foiling the plots of corrupt county commissioner Boss Hogg. Aside from the General Lee, the show featured Daisy’s 1974 Plymouth Road Runner in the first season before she picked up Dixie, a white 1980 Jeep CJ-7. Uncle Jesse most often drove a 1973 – 1977 Ford F-100 and Boss Hogg commonly cruised in a 1970 Cadillac DeVille convertible.

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