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DUKE, Luke & Bo & Family
(The Dukes of Hazzard)
Old Mill Road
Hazzard County, GA

The Duke boys live on a farm with their uncle Jesse and cousin Daisy. They  spend their days defending Hazzard County from the corrupt dealings of Jefferson Davis “Boss” Hogg and his dimwitted confederate, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. The Duke's choice of weapons in their war against the Hogg include a souped-up 1969 Dodge Charger called “The General Lee“ and a hi-tech bow and arrow.


Luke and Bo were raised by their Uncle Jesse Duke and his wife, Martha [now deceased] after their parents were killed. In his younger days, Jesse used to run moonshine for the Ridge Runners Association along with J. D. Hogg (who has since become Jesse's sworn enemy). Back then, Jesse drove a super fast car called "Black Tilly" (also called "Sweet Tilly"), but today, he drives a rusty 1970s Ford F-Series pick-up truck.

Swamp Molly, an old moon shining colleague of Uncle Jesse's saved him from the Feds back in 1938 and still occasionally tempts Jesse to make "one last run." But Jesse's new responsibilities to his nephews and niece makes him think twice about taking such a risky venture, especially since Luke and Bo were caught by the government for running moonshine.

Luckily for the boys, Jesse made a deal with the Feds to stop running moonshine. In exchange, the Duke boys wouldn't have to serve any jail time, but they were restricted from crossing county lines, and from carrying fire arms until their probation period expired. Hence, the boy's affinity for the bow and arrow.


Young man, you think again. You know good and well that this fam'ly don't hold with no gamblin'!


Now, Jesse, we been makin' moonshine for over 200 years. Now, why's gamblin' any different?


Because. Makin' whiskey was a fam'ly tradition long before they was a US of A federal government to tell us that we couldn't. An' passin' a law didn't change the fam'ly ways none. B'sides! When we was makin' corn whiskey, we paid taxes on the corn. Gamblin's a vice. How you gonna tax vice?


Yeah, but, this is somethin' different.

Besides worrying about the terms of their probation, the Dukes' Boys main day-to-day threat was Boss Hogg, a fat little southern politician dressed in white who loved to eat and, even more, loved to frame the Duke Boys for crimes they didn't commit.

Here's a short list of the many times Boss Hogg tried to get the goods on the Duke Boys.

  • Boss hires two crooks disguised as Bo and Luke to rob an armored truck with a duplicate General Lee.
  • Boss frames Bo and Luke for passing a bad check. Jesse signs away the Duke farm to go his bail.
  • Boss hires a crooked magician to frame Bo and Luke for stealing the orphanage money and then asks Jesse for his moonshine recipe for the release of Bo and Luke.
  • Boss frames Miz Tisdale for mail fraud and the Dukes hide her out at the farm.
  • Boss frames the Dukes for possession of illegal gambling devices.
  • Boss frames the Dukes for stealing a bag full of stolen credit cards left by thieves.
  • Boss hires some crooks to rob the TV stores and frames Bo and Luke for it.
  • Boss Hogg schemes to steal $1 million in old, raggedy bills marked to be burned at the Federal Reserve and plans on framing the Duke boys for the armored truck robbery so his bank can collect on the insurance money.
  • Boss Hogg frames Bo and Luke for possession of illegal moonshine
  • Boss has Coy, Vance and Daisy framed and sends them to Chickasaw County where they are arrested by Sheriff Little
  • Bo and Luke are framed for gold robbery so Boss can to collect the insurance.
  • Bo and Luke are suspected of running a smuggling ring when they deliver cars to Augie Detwiler - the owner of the derby in town
  • Boss Hogg frames Bo and Luke for a series of tractor thefts committed by another group of thieves hired by the Boss.

As for the Duke Boys, Luke Duke is the oldest of the cousins. He is an ex-Marine, musically inclined and the more responsible of the Duke cousins. Luke always slid across the hood of the General Lee, to quickly gain access to the passenger side of the car. Bo Duke, the younger womanizing cousin, did most of the driving, but when Luke got behind the wheel, it can best be summarized in the trademark catchphrase of Bo Duke... "Yeeeee--Haaa!" However, Bo Duke was the one most likely to punch someone, jump the General Lee over a creek, river or ravine or run the bad guys off the road. Bo's CB handle is Lost Sheep #2; Luke's is Lost Sheep #1.

In late 1982 and early 1983, Luke spent time on the NASCAR circuit with cousin Bo. Surprisingly, in 1983 the Duke’s discovered that Luke’s baby brother Judd [thought dead] was well and alive. In later years, Luke become a firefighter for the forestry service while Bo Duke eventually returned to the Nascar circuit.

When Luke and Bo left to race NASCAR uncle Jesse supervised the antics of Coy and Vance, two other look alike cousins who continued the battle against Boss Hogg. With the return of Luke and Bo, Coy and Vance left leave Hazzard to take care of a sick relative. After successfully stopping a land developer build a theme park on his farm, Jesse quietly passed away on Christmas Day, 1997.  

Jesse: But Daisy. How many times have I said to you, 'boys, look out for Daisy’? And how many times have you said, 'we will Uncle Jesse'? And what do you do? You get her throwed in jail.
Bo: Well, we didn't have no choice. See, Luke and me's on probation and can't own no guns. It's either use those bows there or throw rocks.

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