UPDATED 11\/8\/2021 What happens when an army intel officer meets a rugged southern congressman? Well, The Dukes of Hazzard can answer that. This classic action series is responsible for some pop-culture mainstays. From the heroic hood slide\u2014 some short shorts that would impact fashion forever\u2014 to a car that became the envy of the roads, and the air. It was in the air a lot. https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/watch?vASWmupu2poE However a lot of little things happened to make the show what it was, and fans may be surprised just how things fell into place or didn\u2019t. Now let\u2019s hop into General Lee and get to the action. So, let's jump right into it! Is the show based on a true story? This here\u2019s the story of a 12-year-old from North Carolina who decided to start running moonshine. As soon as the kid was old enough, he bought himself a 1958 Chrysler 300D, just the car that could outrun the law. This would become the inspiration for Gy Waldron\u2019s 1975 action flick, Moonrunners. MOONRUNNERS, top left: Kiel Martin on poster art, 1975. Everett Collection After Moonrunners' release, Waldron\u2019s wheels kept on turning, and The Dukes of Hazzard was formed. This creation came with the help of Cooter himself, Ben Jones, who had a small role in Moonrunners. Jones, in turn, would be the first actor slotted into Dukes. There were some pretty big changes. General Lee doesn\u2019t have a nozzle that ejects oil to ambush pursuing vehicles. And while both renditions featured comedy, Moonrunners was a bit grittier. RELATED: \u2018The Dukes Of Hazzard\u2019 Cast Then And Now 2021 However, all of the characters in both are based on real people Waldron grew up with. Waldron doesn\u2019t admit to ever running moonshine, only to drinking it a little bit. Cheers, Gy! Keeping The Bar Low In 1979, Reb Brown was set to star as a live-action Captain America. However, not even Cap\u2019s shield could protect the TV movie from being a huge flop. After that, CBS needed something even more super to fill that void, and fast. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, John Schneider (2nd from left), Catherine Bach (2nd from right), Tom Wopat (right), 1979-1985. \u00a9 CBS \/ Courtesy: Everett Collection Enter the Duke boys. If you asked CBS\u2019s chairman William Paley, he\u2019d pretty much shoot down any praise for The Dukes of Hazzard. Paley built CBS from radio into one of the Big Three TV networks by recruiting the likes of Lucille Ball and Norman Lear. So, the humor and whole culture around The Dukes of Hazzard were quite foreign to Paley. Then the Dukes pulled a fast one and sped to a Top 10 series. However, that still didn\u2019t change Paley\u2019s mind. He had no problem slamming the show that was bringing in thousands of viewers to his network. In his words, the show was downright \u201clousy.\u201d\u00a0 Friends In High Places U.S. President Ronald Reagan (right), with First Lady Nancy Reagan (left), who suprised her husband with a birthday cake on his 72nd birthday, Feb. 4, 1983. photo: Ronald Reagan Library \/ courtesy Everett Collection. What does The Dukes of Hazzard have in common with the 40th president, Ronald Reagan? First Lady Nancy, of course. The radiant Catherine Bach\u2019s grade school teacher, Shirley Moore went on to work in the White House. Catherine gifted her old teacher a Daisy Duke poster and Moore informed Bach that she was now the envy of the West Wing, especially with Nancy Reagan. The poster ended up framed, with orders for more to head down to DC. The Dukes reached other places of government too. For example, Crazy Cooter, played by Ben Jones, went on to become a member of the House of Representatives for Georgia\u2019s 4th District.\u00a0 Outside of Their Comfort Zones THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, John Schneider, 1979-1985 (Season 1) Everett Collection Beauregard \u201cBo\u201d Duke, the shoot first, ask questions later type of cowboy. His good looks got him into as many scrabbles as they got him out of, as he sent all the southern belles swooning. But who knew he was played by quintessential New Yorker, John Schneider. Schneider was born and raised in New York until his family moved to Georgia after he turned 14-years-old. Schneider wasn\u2019t exactly what producers were looking for since they wanted a guy in his 20s or 30s. However, he embodied Bo Duke when he adopted a southern drawl and borrowed a rundown pickup truck for the audition. Additionally, when he walked in with a beer in hand, producers saw him as a scruffy cowboy chewing tobacco. Schneider admits, maybe they didn\u2019t buy it, but they liked it. And with that, plus telling producers he could do his own stunt driving, they\u2019d found their Bo. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, Sorrell Booke, TV-Series, 1979-1985. Everett Collection Now if that\u2019s hard to believe, just try to imagine Boss Hogg at university, hopefully in his pristine white getup, thriving in academics, and landing a high-stakes intel job. Hogg was known for being a bit slow, but his actor Sorrell Booke was sharp as a tack, thanks to his education at both Yale and Columbia. Additionally, Booke worked as a military intelligence officer during the Korean War.\u00a0\u00a0 Daisy Duke\u2019s \u2018Daisy Dukes\u2019 Anyone who saw Daisy Duke in those shorts pretty much fell in love on sight. So, it\u2019s hard to believe the shorts almost weren\u2019t a part of the show. Producers asked Catherine Bach to pick out a miniskirt like what waitresses at a nearby diner wore. Changing it to a pair of denim short shorts was entirely Bach\u2019s idea\u2014 a million-dollar idea. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, Catherine Bach, 1979-1985. \u00a9 Warner Bros.\/ Courtesy: Everett Collection However, the clothes still hit a roadblock. The shorts were so skimpy, the network was afraid they\u2019d get in trouble with the censors. So, they reached one last compromise: Daisy would have to wear flesh-colored pantyhose under the shorts. And Bach made it work, literally as she was a seamstress and made many of her own outfits, including that red hot bikini from several episodes. A Star is Born... Again That famous Dodge Charger was practically a cast member. Well, fans treated it that way! The car itself received 35,000 fan letters a month.\u00a0And it wasn\u2019t just one car. Not by a long shot. The Dukes of Hazzard used around 200 cars throughout its run, to accommodate the fact that about 1 car per episode got destroyed.\u00a0 DUKES OF HAZZARD, The General Lee, 1979-85. Everett Collection One small problem, Dodge wasn\u2019t making Chargers anymore. So the producers had to film a show and constantly hunt for their next car. That entailed searching, buying, begging, borrowing, and sometimes stealing.\u00a0 Then of course there\u2019s the famous horn. The horn wasn\u2019t an original part of the car. The directors were eating breakfast in Covington\u2019s town square when a car drove by with that iconic horn blaring. That was enough to convince them the opening bars of \u201cDixie\u201d had to be in their show. The producers bought the horn from the owner right there for $300. The owner may have lost a horn but gained a heck of a story. THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, Tom Wopat, John Schneider, 1979-1985. Everett Collection Even legends can be small, and some monster stunts required the tiniest vehicles, producers showed mercy at times to use little toy miniatures of General Lee to save some charge.\u00a0 Another happy accident: the hood slide. Tom Wopat who made that movie look so smooth admits he didn\u2019t mean for that to happen at all, as his plan to leap over the hood turned into a slide with slick cowboy boots. Furthermore, the car antenna gave him a forever keepsake from the show in the form of a nice scar on his arm. More Than The Law Will Allow BURNING RAGE, Tom Wopat, 1984, \u00a9 CBS\/courtesy Everett Collection For all the trouble the Dukes got into, it was usually all in good fun. Unfortunately in 2017, Tom Wopat allegedly assaulted a woman backstage during rehearsal for the play, 42nd Street. There were reports that Wopat was occasionally intoxicated during rehearsals, and police found two small bags of cocaine in his possession.\u00a0 Cartoonish Dukes In 1983, The classic animation studio Hanna-Barbera produced a cartoon called The Dukes. Each episode showed the Dukes on some high-speed adventure around the world. The series only lasted 20 episodes and was created during Season 5 of The Dukes of Hazzard.\u00a0 THE DUKES, (from left): Uncle Jesse Duke, Bo Duke, Luke Duke, Daisy Duke, Boss Hogg, Flash, Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane, Deputy Cletus, 1983. \u00a9 Hanna-Barbera Prod. \/ Courtesy: Everett Collection Celebrating The Dukes Today Some remnants live on today, different from how fans remember. For example, The Boar\u2019s Nest Bar is now a church. Ace\u2019s Used Car Lot met a similar fate, torn down to expand a different church. All\u2019s not lost, though! Crazy Cooter, Ben Jones opened his own chain called, Cooter\u2019s Place. With locations in Nashville, Pigeon Ford, and Luray, VA, it sells every kind of Dukes memorabilia you can think of.\u00a0 THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, from left: Kim Richards, Ben Jones in 'Cooter's Girl' (Season 6, Episode 12, aired December 30, 1983), 1979-85. Everett Collection And in the early 2000s, you could attend DukesFest, hosted by Ben Jones himself. 25,000 people got to enjoy action-packed stunt driving and plenty of General Lee replicas. A Real Car Wreck You could call the 2005 The Dukes of Hazzard film \u201cdivisive,\u201d but if the 14% score on Rotten Tomatoes is any clue, most people agreed. The film was a stunt gone wrong and many of the actors included the original cast. DUKES OF HAZZARD, The General Lee, 1979-85. Everett Collection The main trio admitted they did like the car stunts, which was a huge part of the original. However, Ben Jones called it flat-out \u201csleazy.\u201d Jones said, \u201cI don\u2019t know what they were thinking. They totally missed the whole point of the show.\u201d The original Dukes got a lot of praise from parents for giving a fun, entertaining show their kids could watch.\u00a0 The Dukes of Hazzard may have aired years ago, but it left enough of an impression to still celebrate it today. Who out there has seen every episode of the series? Do you have a particular favorite line or stunt? Season 3\u2019s "Great Hazzard Hijack\u201d with the epic bridge jump still holds up today! What about that Jessica Simpson reboot attempt in 2005, any fans? Let us know in the comments, we read them all!