Inspired by a 1975 film called "Moon Runners", the TV series "The Dukes Of Hazzard" first aired in 1979.
The hour long episodes featured cousins Bo and Luke Duke who, with the help of their cousin Daisy, Uncle Jesse and their car "General Lee", would take on the evil schemes of town leader Boss Hog and Sheriff Coltrane.
Bo and Luke were played by John Schneider and Tom Wopat who were both relative unknowns before their big break in the show.
Daisy Duke who was known for her cut-off denim shorts was played by Catherine Bach, and Uncle Jesse Duke was played by the established actor Denver Pyle who had previously appeared in films such as "The Alamo" and "Bonnie And Clyde".
Jefferson Davis "Boss" Hogg and Sheriff Roscoe P. Coltrane were played by the actors Sorrell Brooke and James Best.
John Schneider and Tom Wopat briefly left the show due to a contract dispute in 1982, and were replaced by new characters and actors, but due to falling ratings they were soon back on the show.
While the return of Bo and Luke was initially popular, the show never fully regained its original popularity and after 7 series and 147 episodes the show was cancelled in 1985.
As well as continuing to work as an actor in TV and film, John Schneider (Bo Duke) soon went on to become a successful country singer. He is probably best known today for his role as Clark Kent's adoptive father in the hit TV series "Smallville".
Tom Wopat (Luke Duke) went on to become a successful stage actor and in 1999 was nominated for a Best Actor Tony Award for his role in the musical "Annie Get Your Gun". In 2005, he is appearing in New York in the play "Glengarry, Glen Ross".
Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke) continued to appear on TV and in several films in the 1980s and early 1990s and now lives with her husband and two daughters in Los Angeles.
Denver Pyle (Uncle Jesse Duke) retired from full time acting, but still appeared from time to time, usually in small television roles. In 1997 he died from lung cancer at the age of 77.
Sorrell Brooke (Boss Hogg) continued to work in acting until he died from cancer in 1994.
James Best (Sheriff Coltrane) formed the first school to teach actors "Motion Picture Technique" and for 25 years worked with stars such as Clint Eastwood, Burt Reynolds and Quentin Tarantino. James now lives in Florida with his wife and they have formed their own production company called "Best Friend Films".
Over 200 "General Lee" cars were made and most were destroyed during the series, but around 20 of these still exist today in various states of repair.
Several video games based on the show have been developed, some of which feature the voices of the original cast.
A film called "The Dukes Of Hazzard" based on the original TV show is due for release in 2005 and will star Seann William Scott (Bo Duke), Johnny Knoxville (Luke Duke), Jessica Simpson (Daisy Duke), Willie Nelson (Uncle Jessie) and Burt Reynolds (Boss Hog).
DO YOU REMEMBER...
The General Lee's famous 'dixie' horn.
The theme tune - "The Good Ol' Boys".
DID YOU KNOW...
John Schneider claimed he was 24 years old when auditioning for the part of Bo Duke. It was later found out he was only 18.