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‘Dukes of Hazzard’: John Schneider Emotionally Explained the ‘Family Feeling’ Crew and Cast Still Feel Today

by John Jamison
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It doesn’t matter what field you’re in, spend six years working day in and day out alongside a group of people, and they’re going to start feeling like family.

Considerably more difficult to accomplish is maintaining that kind of relationship when the work is done. For John Schneider and the cast of “The Dukes of Hazzard,” that feeling never went away.

From 1979 to 1985 (with a brief hiatus), John Schneider, Tom Wopat, and Catherine Bach starred together as Bo, Luke, and Daisy Duke in a high-flying classic TV series. Even today, “The Dukes of Hazzard” enjoys the household status and is often re-watched by fans of all ages. And while audiences continue to be entertained by the endearing cousins, the actors who portrayed them have remained close.

In a series of interviews from the special features of the show’s DVD release, John Schneider and company talked about how the cast and crew still feel like family.

“The interesting thing about ‘Dukes’ is, if we run into any of the other actors, it’s great,” Schneider said. “But also, by the same token, if we run into any of the stunt people, if we run into any of the grips, the gaffer, if we run into anybody that worked on ‘Dukes,’ there’s a family feeling there that exists to this day. Some 20 something years later.”

The Feeling is Mutual for ‘Duke of Hazzard’ Star Catherine Bach

The stars of the show all agreed on one thing. Everyone that worked on “Dukes of Hazzard” was amazing.

“We had the most wonderful cameramen, we had the most wonderful cinematographers, we had the most wonderful stunt group,” Bach said in the interview. “Everybody would come by our set to see what was going on next, what they were going to do. Because of the quality of people who were hired.”

John Schneider Couldn’t Explain Why the Cast and Crew are Still so Close

That kind of collaborative effort might have something to do with the fond feelings shared. But John Schneider couldn’t quite put his finger on what exactly keeps them together.

“I’m not sure why everybody on “Dukes of Hazzard is still so close,” Schneider continued. “They built a family there. They made the young people very aware that this was, in fact, a group effort. So there was never any feeling on ‘Dukes’ like ‘this is my show.'”

It seems like he may have hit the nail on the head there. The cast never had selfish thoughts about the direction of the show. Instead, they were all willing to share the spotlight. And that extends to the crew as well. Hearing how they talk about the folks in the support roles, the show wouldn’t have been “Dukes of Hazzard” without them.