‘The Dukes of Hazard’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ Helped Popularize This Well-Known Car Accessory

Talking with others while driving is easier than ever, thanks to cell phones. However, before smartphones became so popular, many drivers depended on car accessories like citizen bands, or CB radios for short, to communicate with other drivers. For those who aren’t familiar with what a CB radio is, or why some people were so wild about them, a quick look at Smokey and the Bandit or The Dukes of Hazzard will clear it up for you.

‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ and ‘Smokey and the Bandit’ were huge hits

1977 Pontiac Trans-Am from ‘Smokey and The Bandit’ | Mike Windle/Getty Images for SXSW

For those who love classic cars, chase scenes, and good ‘ole boys just trying to make a living on the wrong side of the law, there was no greater show than The Dukes of Hazzard. It first premiered on CBS in 1979 and quickly became a hit. From the catchy theme song to the unforgettable Dodge Charger known as General Lee, many viewers tuned in to see what would happen next.

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