Star Wars-Dukes of Hazzard comparisons

Below is a transcript of the Star Wars-Dukes of Hazzard comparisons that I ran in Deadpan episodes 9 and 10. Be sure to listen, if you haven’t already. The sound FX are a big part of it.

Star Wars Original series-Dukes of Hazzard transcript:

Sound FX in brackets ‘{}’, unused material in parentheses ‘()’.


So the Deadpan research team has gone back in time and uncovered some very disturbing information. I present now:
Parallels between the original Star Wars series and the Dukes of Hazzard.
{5-second musical mash of Star Wars theme and Dukes of Hazzard opening theme}

• Both feature a blonde guy and a brown-haired guy as the male leads. Making their way, the only way they know how.
• Both feature grumpy, lovable, white-bearded, avuncular old-timers in Uncle Jesse and Ben Kenobi.
• Both have a weird incestuous subtext thing going on with the male and female leads – Luke’s sister Leia, and cousin Daisy Duke.
• (In both, everything is basically fine out in bumblef**k, until those dang big cityfolk come around and mess things up.)
• Both feature main characters named Luke.
• In both, Luke lives on a farm with his cranky hick uncle.
• Both are noted for their music.
• The Boar’s Head = a creepier, rowdier version of the Mos Eisley cantina.
• Neither one has any black people. Oh right – and when one finally shows up, he ends up double-crossing them.
• (Both feature the heroes in cool vehicles fleeing from bad guys in less-cool vehicles.)
• The General Lee horn plays Dixie {General Lee horn}, Luke’s X-wing has R2-D2’s beeps and whistles {R2 beeps and whistles}.
• Both were popular in the late 70s, early 80s; both made attempts to rejuvenate the franchises in the 2000s, to mixed reactions.
• Neither one had David Hasselhoff.
• Both feature the hot female lead in a bikini, at some point.
• Both feature many scenes of mechanical work being done.
• One features, {“Yeehah!�} – the other features, {“Yahoo!�}.
• Both featured vehicles performing aerial stunts which defy the laws of physics.
• Can we draw parallels between Boss Hogg and the Emperor? Sitting back, running things behind the scenes, while his main henchman, Vader-slash-Roscoe P Coltrane actively pursues and harasses the heroes? Hmmm, I think that Jabba-the-Hutt and Boba Fett is a closer match. George Lucas’s most blatant plagiarism of Boss Hogg would come in the second trilogy in the form of Boss Nass.

This concludes the first half of our investigation. Tune in to next week’s Deadpan to learn more about this symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship between these two franchises.


OK, In Episode 9, the JMDP research team discussed commonalities between the Dukes of Hazzard and original Star Wars films. We’ll conclude their report this week with:
15 ways the Dukes and Lucases could have shared elements, and thus improved their franchises:
{5-second musical mash of Star Wars theme and Dukes of Hazzard opening theme}

For Dukes of Hazzard:

1. Replace Cooter with Chewbacca.

2. The Dukes needed to face some Tuskan Raiders.

3. Get the General Lee competing in a podrace.

4. Two words: Darth Enos.

5. Daisy Duke dancing for Jabba the Hutt.

6. A turreted laser cannon on top of the General Lee.

7. Bubba Fett.

For Star Wars:

1. Darth Vader should have done Roscoe’s laugh – at least once. {Vader breathing with Roscoe’s laugh}

2. Vader’s TIE Fighter needed a big confederate flag on the top.

3. Tom Wopat frozen in carbonite.

4. Jedis with huge belt buckles.

5. Yoda needed a banjo solo. {snippet of banjo music}

6. Replace Luke’s Landspeeder with the General Lee.

7. Star Wars also could have benefited from that narrator, like the Dukes had. {“Well right about now, them old Duke droids had found themselves in more trouble than a jawa covered in grits wanderin into the Sarlacc pit.� Thanks Michael R. Mennengha}

And finally, in summary, what both franchises needed most:

{stormtrooper TD-0013 saying, “You ignorant Simp�}.

One thought on “Star Wars-Dukes of Hazzard comparisons

  1. These are great interdepencies you draw upon here. I do have to say that I’m glad neither one had David Hasselhoff. And I do have to agree that both #1’s for making the movies better could have put a very interesting spin on things. I for one would love to hear the gu-gu-gu coming from Vaders mask

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