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Hazzard County, Georgia - The action-packed rural adventure THE DUKES OF HAZZARD/CBS/1979-85 featured the escapades of Luke and Bo Duke, two-backwoods rebels who challenged corruption in the fictional Hazzard County, Georgia.

James Best as Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane and Flash the Dog - THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
Flash the dog and Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane

On the trail of the Duke boys was Rosco Purvis Coltrane (James Best), the bumbling sheriff of Hazzard County who took orders from Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke), a  fat, cigar-smoking politician.

"I'm gonna get them Duke boys. I'm gonna get 'em good"

Commissioner Boss Hogg controlled Hazzard County and often used Rosco (his brother-in-law) to arrest the Duke boys on trumped charges so they could not interfere with his illegal activities.

Sheriff Coltrane and his deputy detain the Duke Boys - THE DUKES OF HAZZARD
Rosco and deputy detain the Duke boys

Accompanying Sheriff Coltrane as he chased the Duke boys through the backwoods of Hazard County was Flash, a sleepy-eyed  basset hound affectionately called "Velvet Ears" (a lot nicer than "Dipsticks," a term Rosco used for his deputies).

When Boss Hogg died, Rosco inherited his fortune and became Hazzard County's Commissioner.

Other police officers working with Sheriff Coltrane included:

  • Sonny Shroyer as Deputy Enos Strate, a naive, honest police officer who had a crush on Daisy, the Duke Boy's cousin.
  • Rick Hurst as Deputy CletusHogg, Boss Hogg's dim-witted second cousin twice removed
  • Don Pedro Colley as Sheriff Little (of Chickasaw County)
  • Jim Mohlmann as Sheriff Emmitt "Spike" Loomis, the meanest, ill-tempered lawman in the South.

"This is your superior officer, Ros-CO P. Coltrane! Come on!"
 


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