Running for seven seasons, from 1979 to 1985, "The Dukes of Hazzard" was a widely popular show centered on the mischievous exploits of the Duke brothers in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia. The Dukes frequently run afoul of the nefarious local commissioner, Boss Hogg. The show is perhaps best known for the iconic automobile used by the Dukes. The General Lee was a 1969 Dodge Charger adorned with a Confederate battle flag.Continue Reading
Over the run of the series, 309 separate Chargers were used as the General Lee. The show's vehicles had an incredibly high attrition rate due to the enormous number of stunts featured each week. The opening credits highlighted one of the most popular tropes, the General Lee vaulting over a river. The car's popularity spawned full-scale replicas, remote-control models and toys.
The revealing outfits worn by the Duke's female cousin also inspired a fashion term, "Daisy Dukes." After the show aired, Daisy's name was adopted as a common nomenclature for the exceptionally short cut-off jeans her character wore. The notorious look only made it past censors when the show agreed she would wear pantyhose under the shorts.
Following the June 17, 2015 shooting in Charleston, a widespread push began against items featuring the Confederate flag. Memorabilia from the show, especially of the General Lee, was particularly affected. In July 2015, reruns of the show were pulled from the TV Land network.Learn more about Art & Literature