Disclosure: I was recently invited to become a Partner in Play with Fat Brain Toys. Although I will receive products or other compensation as part of this program, all opinions expressed within are my own and have not been influenced as any way.
My oldest could identify the General Lee at 2 and knew all the words to “Good Ol’ Boys” by Waylon Jennings by age 3. His little brother followed close behind, and the two of them bonded over their admiration for the “Duke Boys”.
You might question our choice in television for our children. You might think our children should not even be watching television.
But, its our responsibility as parents to make these choices, and my husband and I did not enter into the decision blindly. As a literacy professor, I see how many cultural references children must understand to fully comprehend what they read. Books frequently reference television, music, movies, and events – and children with limited knowledge of these topics may struggle to understand why characters are acting in a certain way or why a certain plot development is so important.
Although its true that the Dukes of Hazzard is not a particularly oft-used cultural reference in children’s books, it does carry themes that may help children make important connections and identify common themes with books they read. Certainly my 4- and 6-year old children are not even aware that on the show the Duke boys are on probation. Instead, my boys’ love for the show focuses on the themes of family, right vs. wrong, teamwork, and perseverance that run through most episodes. These aspects of The Dukes of Hazzard, along with the benign action sequences and somewhat silly circumstances that crop up in each episode, are the crux of what makes the show so entertaining for my pint-sized viewers.
The Dukes of Hazzard sparks nostalgia for many parents of our generation. It reminds us of a simpler time, a time where mischief was often just mischief.
One of my favorite aspects of Fat Brain Toys is that they offer a wide variety of retro toys in addition to the stock of innovative, unique toys that has made them so successful. In honor of The Dukes of Hazzard, my nostalgia for the 70’s and 80’s, and my possibly questionable choice in allowing my boys to watch the Duke boys, I have developed a gift guide of retro toys available from Fat Brain!
 for recreating the show’s signature hair styles,  for solving a problem like the Duke boys did each week,  for running circles around the law,  for sketching out a plan of action,  for keeping the audience on pins and needles,  for a good ol’ boy, and  for those times where one event set off a chain reaction of other mishaps.