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The Dukes of Hazzard: Season 3
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Get revved up and ready to go in 2005! Following the phenomenal success of Dukes of Hazzard Seasons One and Two on DVD, Warner Home Video will release Season Three on May 31st, complete with a FREE Movie Ticket* to the theatrical release starring Jessica Simpson, Sean William Scott, Johnny Knoxville, Burt Reynolds, Willie Nelson and more! With the #1 performing Action-Adventure classic TV series on DVD, the much-anticipated theatrical release and the return of series to cable TV, 'The Year of The Duke Boys' is here! Season Three contains 23 action-packed episodes in a 4-disc collector's set! * In initial ship units only.]]>
Season 3 finds The Dukes of Hazzard coasting on its popular 1980s formula. Cousins Bo (John Schneider) and Luke (Tom Wopat) Duke are still tearing up the road in their '69 orange Dodge Charger, the General Lee, while Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) everlastingly tries to frame them for everything from the theft of his cutlery at the Boar's Nest ("The Hazzardville Horror") to the heist of Stonewall Jackson's sword ("Along Came a Duke"). Meanwhile, leggy cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) adds some dimension to her eye-candy character by becoming a reporter for the Hazzard Gazette ("By-Line, Daisy Duke") and a kidnap victim ("Enos Strate to the Top") whose innocuous photographs of Uncle Jesse (Denver Pyle) in Atlanta happen to capture a couple of bank robbers in action.
The predictability of the show in its third year by no means makes the series, created by writer-producer Gy Waldron (Moonrunners), anything less than shameless, tongue-in-cheek fun. Booke's cartoonish villain remains an outlandish self-caricature, chortling over every (doomed) opportunity to nail the Dukes and/or take Uncle Jesse's farm through a crooked boxing match ("And in This Corner, Luke Duke"), a bank robbery set up (by Hogg) to appear that Bo and Luke pulled off the crime during the wedding of Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best, in "Mrs. Rosco P. Coltrane"), and even by pretending to be amnesia victim Bo's father ("My Son, Bo Hogg"). After some cast uncertainty in season 2 (boycotts, etc.), things have mostly settled down and Booke's popularity is obviously in ascendance at this point in the show. Special features here include a special welcome by Schneider, Wopat, and Bach, and on-camera commentary by the same trio. --Tom Keogh
- 22 episodes on four discs
- A special welcome: season introduction by Tom Wopat, John Schneider, and Catherine Bach
- DukesVision on-camera commentary on episode 4 "And in This Corner, Luke Duke" by cast members
- Bo, Luke & Daisy: Just Good Ole Friends: the stars reminisce
- Dukes Family Tree with series creator Gy Waldron
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Season Three consist of 22 episodes, they are as follows:
#37 Carnival Of Thrills - (Sept. 16th, 1980)
(Special Two-Hour Episode)
#38 Enos Strate to the Top - (Nov. 5th, 1980)
#39 The Hazzardville Horror - (Nov. 7th, 1980)
#40 And in this Corner, Luke Duke - (Nov. 14th, 1980)
#41 The Late J.D. Hogg - (Nov. 21st, 1980)
#42 Uncle Boss - (Nov. 28th, 1980)
#43 Baa, Baa, White Sheep - (Dec. 5th, 1980)
#44 Mrs. Rosco P. Coltrane - (Dec. 12th, 1980)
#45 The Great Santa Claus Chase - (Dec. 19th, 1980)
#46 Good Neighbors Duke - (Jan. 2nd, 1981)
#47 State of the County - (Jan. 9th, 1981)
#48 The Legacy - (Jan. 16th, 1981)
#49 Duke vs. Duke - (Jan. 23rd, 1981)
#50 My Son, Bo Hogg - (Jan. 30th, 1981)
#51 To Catch a Duke - (Feb. 6th, 1981)
#52 Along Came a Duke - (Feb. 13th, 1981)
#53 By-Line, Daisy Duke - (Feb. 20th, 1981)
#54 The Return of Hughie Hogg - (Mar. 6th, 1981)
#55 Bye, Bye, Boss - (Mar. 13th, 1981)
#56 The Great Hazzard Hijack - (Mar. 27th, 1981)
#57 The Hack of Hazzard - (Apr. 3rd, 1981)
#58 The Canterbury Crock - (Apr. 10th 1981)
Out of a total of 145 episodes we will surely own 58 episodes, only Four seasons consisting of 87 episodes are left and I hope all of them will be released very shortly.
That being said, I thoroughly have enjoyed the first two season sets, getting a chance to relive my childhood, and this set was no different. I am the first to admit that the stories, when viewed with 20 years of history between the time they were aired and the time I am watching them, are more than a little weak, but it is still good, clean, country fun.
Season three saw the departure of Enos (Sonny Shroyer) He appeared in the first two episodes and then left Hazzard County and his beloved Daisy to head off to spin-off land, specifically, L.A. He returned to the show in the fifth season after his spin-off took off more like the sheriff's car then the General Lee. The departure of Enos left the deputy spot open and Cletus (Rick Hurst) slid neatly into Enos' holster and continued to wreak havoc with his crony counterparts.
Of course the stars of the Dukes of Hazzard were Bo and Luke Duke (John Schneider and Tom Wopat). The cousins were constantly under the scrutiny of crooked county commissioner Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) and his brother in law sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane (James Best). The lawmen were always involved in some crooked scheme and were always trying to pin it on the Duke boys and it was up to Bo and Luke to try and clear the family name and at the same time, catch the bad guys.
In this season, Bo and Luke feuded over a couple of things, going head to head in a car race and feuding over a Carnival of Thrills job in the season's opener, which was a double length episode. Despite their differences, Luke the more responsible, older one, and Bo the gung-ho younger one, always seemed to work everything out in the end, which always led to a clean ending.
Bo and Luke's cousin Daisy (Catherine Bach) was the dream of all sorts of teenage boys back in the early 80s. Her short shorts spawned a whole new appreciation for that clothing option. She wasn't your typical girly-girl though. She was constantly involved in all of the family goings-on, driving a mean Jeep and holding her own in every fight.
Family Patriarch Uncle Jesse raised the cousins and it was his responsibility to look after them and he always did, but he was always the first to defend the Duke name when Boss Hogg and Rosco tried to frame the family. Denver Pyle did a phenomenal job as Uncle Jesse, really giving the show its moral center. And when need be, he always came up with the bail money when the sheriff succeeded in throwing his boys in jail.
Boss Hogg and Rosco were a great pair. James Best's sheriff portrayal was so incredible, that it is actually hard to ever see him as anybody else, even though he is a fine actor outside of the Dukes. Their constant schemes are at times so stupid, yet they always seem to believe that they will work, which of course, thanks to the Dukes, they never do.
Cooter Davenport (Ben Jones) and Hurst as Cletus round out the cast and the legendary Waylon Jennings provides the great voice overs and music for the show.
After watching the first three seasons, I am convinced of three things. First, Hazzard County must be the crime capital of the world, per capita. With all the bank robberies, kidnappings and such, the only other place in the world that could possibly have so much crime was the hometown of Murder She Wrote's Jessica Fletcher, Cabot Cove, Maine. Second, Additionally, Hazzard must also be the construction capital of the world, because around every corner the Dukes find a bridge that is out or people working with strategically placed piles of dirt that allow the General Lee to jump. Third, every girl, with the obvious exception of Daisy, in Hazzard, seems to have two first names. Just a strange fact.
The extras on this set aren't bad. There is an explanation of the Dukes Family Tree from creator Gy Waldron as well as a great commentary track from the show's three main stars, Schneider, Wopat and Bach. Viewers can listen to the commentary over the show, or they can actually watch the actors watching the episode, with a split screen. I found this to be quite interesting. The episode they did this on was "In this corner, Luke Duke" where Luke boxes a professional in Hazzard Square.
All told, this was a fun trip down memory lane and I am happy to see that Season Four is already out and Five, featuring Vance and Coy, is coming as well. Keep cranking them out and I will keep buying them just for the memories.