The Dukes of Hazzard: Then and Now – 35 Years Later
When I think about television shows that I grew up watching as a kid several shows come to mind, but there are only a handful that stand out above the rest. The Dukes of Hazzard is one of those stand-out shows that earned its way onto my television screen each and every Friday night.
If the show is before your time or you simply live under a rock and never seen an episode, The Dukes of Hazzard follows the high-octane escapades of cousins Bo and Luke Duke (“the Duke boys”) as they spend most of their days racing around Hazzard County in their 01-branded 1969 bright orange Dodge Charger, the General Lee, evading crooked commissioner, Boss Hogg, and his inept sheriff duties. The boys often receive assistance from their attractive cousin Daisy, wise Uncle Jesse, and honorary Duke, Crazy Cooter. It is never a dull moment dealing with the Dukes!
Although the show failed to deliver a meaningful message, it was entertaining to watch and grabbed the attention of millions of viewers for 7 seasons, delivering 145 episodes. The show was originally supposed to be a special series created for CBS in the late 70’s, but after the first 5 episodes were filmed on location throughout rural Georgia, Warner Brothers saw a lot of potential in developing the show into a full-running series. Therefore, production immediately moved from the dirt roads of Georgia to a Warner Brothers lot in Burbank, California. While I’m sure it was a cost-effective move for the production company at the time, the show had more authenticity when it was filmed on location in Georgia. Just ask any Duke fan. Ya’ll will see what I’m talkin’ bout.
It’s now been 35 years since the Duke boys fought the system in Georgia so I thought it might be a good time to take a journey through Hazzard County to see all the sites before they are reduced to rubble or simply unrecognizable.
After spending a couple of hours poking around on the interwebz and virtually traveling the dirt roads on Google Maps, I managed to locate more than 20 filming locations spread across 7 towns and 5 counties. Yeeee-haw!!! Okay, I know, that was weird coming from a New Yorker! Moving on…
On June 14, 2014, my *amazing* girlfriend Savannah and I, along with our *awesome* pups, Hunter and Chloe, decided to explore the backroads of Georgia to visit all the filming locations I found to see how much Hazzard County has changed in the last 35 years.
Let’s get started… we have more than 30 photos and a couple of videos to share with you.