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|Created by||Gy Waldron
Jerry Rushing (original TV series)
|Directed by||Oscar Dufau
George Gordon (Season 2 only)
Carl Urbano (Season 2 only)
John Walker (Season 2 only)
Rudy Zamora (Season 2 only)
Ray Patterson (supervising director)
|Theme music composer||Hoyt Curtin|
|Opening theme||"The Dukes"|
|Ending theme||"The Dukes" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||20 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||William Hanna
Robert Ciaglia (Season 2 only)
|Production company(s)||Hanna-Barbera Productions|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television|
|Picture format||Film shown as NTSC (480i)|
|Original run||February 5 – October 29, 1983|
|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.
The show 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.
|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.
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.