The Dukes

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The Dukes
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Title screen
Genre Action
Family
Comedy
Created by Gy Waldron and Jerry Rushing (original TV series)
Directed by Oscar Dufau
George Gordon (Season 2)
Carl Urbano (Season 2)
John Walker (Season 2)
Rudy Zamora (Season 2)
Ray Patterson (supervising director)
Voices of
Theme music composer Hoyt Curtin
Opening theme "The Dukes"
Ending theme "The Dukes" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Hoyt Curtin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Producer(s) Kay Wright
Editor(s) Gil Iverson
Robert Ciaglia (Season 2)
Production company(s) Hanna-Barbera Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Film shown as NTSC (480i)
Original run February 5 – October 29, 1983 (1983-10-29)
Chronology
Related shows The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes is an American animated series which ran on CBS in 1983 based directly on the popular live-action television series The Dukes of Hazzard. The show was produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions in association with future sister company Warner Bros. Television, producer of the same original series.

Plot[edit]

This Saturday morning cartoon features the Duke boys and their cousin Daisy in an automobile race around the world against Boss Hogg, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, and Rosco's dog Flash in a duel for the prize money which the Dukes hope to use to keep the family farm from being foreclosed by Boss Hogg. Actually, Boss Hogg wants the money and the land for himself so he alongside Rosco and Flash plan various schemes to keep the Dukes from winning. Most of the adventures are read from a post card by Uncle Jesse Duke to his pet raccoon Smokey.

The first season took place during the period of the live-action show's replacement of the original actors with similar characters, Coy and Vance Duke, after the actors playing Bo and Luke walked out over a dispute about royalties. Thus, the first season of this animated series featured Coy and Vance. Bo and Luke eventually replaced Coy and Vance in Season 2 Episode 1 (14): "Boss O'Hogg and the Little People". This episode also featured a new introduction and voice over that reflected the change in characters. The series followed no particular logical geographic path; for instance, consecutive episodes feature appearances in Venice, Morocco, London, Greece, India, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, and Scotland. Furthermore, another inconsistency was that one of the original premises of The Dukes of Hazzard was that Bo and Luke were on probation, which would seemingly preclude them (but not Coy or Vance) from leaving the state of Georgia, much less the United States.

Episodes[edit]

Cast[edit]

Actor Character
Byron Cherry Coy Duke (first season)
Christopher Mayer Vance Duke (first season)
Tom Wopat Luke Duke (second season)
John Schneider Bo Duke (second season)
Catherine Bach Daisy Duke
Denver Pyle Uncle Jesse Duke
James Best Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane
Sorrell Booke Boss Hogg
Frank Welker Flash, Smokey, The General Lee

Note: Live action co-stars Waylon Jennings (narrator/"balladeer"), Ben Jones (Cooter Davenport), Sonny Shroyer (Deputy Enos Strate), and Rick Hurst (Deputy Cletus Hogg) did not appear in this cartoon version.

DVD release[edit]

On December 7, 2010, Warner Archive released The Dukes: The Complete Series on DVD in region 1 as part of their Hanna–Barbera Classics Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[1]

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