From 1979 to 1985, the very popular CBS program "The Dukes Of Hazzard" became a fixture and staple of Friday evenings for many viewers during that time (myself included). The show produced a total of 145 episodes, each time scoring high in the Nielsen ratings. Taking place in fictional Hazzard county in the Southern United States, the series focused on the continuing adventures of cousins Bo (John Schneider), Luke (Tom Wopat) and Daisy (Catherine Bach), along with the family patriarch Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle), as they continually try to outwit the corrupt County Commissioner J. D. Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and the town's sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane (James Best). Usually assisting Hogg and Roscoe in their schemes are deputies Enos Strate (Sonny Shroyer)and Cletus Hogg (Rick Hurst). The Dukes are also good friends with the town mechanic Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones). Appearing in several of the season five episodes are cousins Vance (Christopher Mayer) and Coy (Byron Cherry), who stayed on the Duke farm while Bo and Luke went to realize a life-long dream of racing on the NASCAR circuit. Occasionally visiting in Hazzard is Boss Hogg's crooked nephew Hughie Hogg (Jeff Altman), who usually ends up more dishonest than his uncle. Boss Hogg's wife, and Rosco's "fat sister", was Lulu Coltrane Hogg (Peggy Rea), who constantly challenged her husband for authority and rallied for the equality of women in Hazzard, and was one of the few people in Hazzard that Hogg was actually scared of, though he seemed to genuinely love and care for her. The main narrator of the series for the entire run of the show was Country music superstar Waylon Jennings, who is credited as the Balladeer. After numerous requests from fans to see the Balladeer on-screen, Waylon finally appeared in one episode, the seventh season's aptly titled "Welcome, Waylon Jennings", in which he was presented as an old friend of the Dukes. Of course, there were many other celebrities who made guest appearances on the show, as well: Cale Yarborough, Jaine Fricke, Mel Tillis, Loretta Lynn, Roy Orbison, Johnny Paycheck, Dottie West, Tammy Wynette, Hoyt Axton, Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, The Oak Ridge Boys and Buck Owens made cameos as themselves in various episodes. Now, all 145 episodes from all 7 complete seasons are gathered together in this massive collection, contained on 38 DVD discs. Each show is presented in its original, chronological order of broadcast. There are also numerous DVD extras that showcase the on-going popularity and legacy of this unique series, created by Gy Waldron. So, sit back and take a spin in the General Lee over to the Boar's Nest for some good old down-home fun, with "The Dukes Of Hazzard" on DVD.
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