How ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ Gave a Nod to ‘Back to the Future’

by Josh Lanier

The Dukes of Hazzard would often make references to famous events in history and sometimes other shows. But one of the weirdest references may be their nod to Back to the Future III.

The Dukes of Hazzard aired from 1979 until 1985, the same year the first Back to the Future came out. But the Duke boys rode again in 1997, in The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! In the movie, Bo and Luke returned to Hazzard County to save the Hazzard Swamp and Uncle Jesse’s farm after a crooked developer threatens to demolish them and build a theme park. To do so, they have to bring the General Lee out of retirement to win the cross-country moonshine race to raise the money they’ll need.

In this made-for-TV movie, the villain Josephine “Mama Joe” Max calls Roscoe Clint. It’s the same name Doc Brown gives Marty McFly to hide his true identity in Back to the Future III.

The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion spurred a resurgence in nostalgia for the TV show. Executives put out two Dukes of Hazzard video games and another film called The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood.

Then, of course, producers made a film reboot with a new cast in 2005. It featured Sean William Scott and Johnny Knoxville as Bo and Luke Duke, respectively. Jessica Simpson put on a pair of daisy dukes for the role of their cousin.

Where Was The Dukes Of Hazzard Set?

Hazzard County is one of the most famous locations in television history. But it’s not a real place, nor do they ever say in the show where it’s located. But there is a cadre of fans who have pieced together their best guesses.

Some fans beleive that the most likely location is Georgia. Some say the show takes place in the north Georgia hills. This is most likely because the first few episodes were filmed just outside of Atlanta in Covington, Georgia. And Atlanta is mentioned as the closest city a few times in the show. Fans also spotted several Georgia road signs in the background of shots during the earliest episodes as well.

However, after the fifth episode, producers moved the show’s production to California. And while the show was still airing, most fans believed The Dukes of Hazzard was based out of Kentucky. Hazard, Kentucky to be precise, despite the different spellings. The cast even appeared at the town’s Black Gold Festival in 1981 during the show’s peak popularity. However, producers have never given an exact location.