Parents' Guide to

The Dukes

By Matt Springer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Stark reminder of just how uninspiring kids' TV once was.

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There was a time in Hollywood when it made sense for Laverne and Shirley to enlist in the military and serve under a talking pig (!), for Fonzie and the Happy Days gang to travel through time (!!), and for the Duke boys to race around the world against Boss Hogg, Roscoe P. Coltrane, and an anthropomorphic dog. It was a frightening time.

Given that the actual Dukes of Hazzard series was never regarded as a high watermark for American popular culture, it's no surprise that this animated spinoff embodies some of the worst that 1980's childrens' entertainment has to offer. The animation itself is crude, the actors appear to be phoning in their performances, and the plotting is the kind of lazy Scooby Doo lite material that production studio Hanna Barbera built into a television empire.

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