In honor of the sixth installment of "Fast & Furious" (the seventh, if you count Roger Corman's "The Fast and the Furious," which we do), we are presenting these iconic TV automobiles with the coveted General Lee Trophy for Vehicular Excellence. Named, of course, for the hardest working car in television:
General Lee, '69 Dodge Charger
See General Lee in action on "The Dukes of Hazzard":
Reports differ, but anywhere from 250 to 320 different cars were used to film the various leaps that filled the "Dukes of Hazzard" show between shots of Daisy Duke's shorts. YEE-HAW!
BEST SUPERHERO CAR: "Batman's" Batmobile
This is the clear winner, due in no small part to the mind-numbing array of accessories, including a Batphone Remote Batcomputer, a Bat Photoscope, an Antenna Activator, a Voice Control Batmobile Relay Unit, and the Emergency Bat-turn Lever (which released twin 10-foot parachutes to enable quick 180-degree turns) — all of which, except for the last one, your cell phone can double for.
The Monkees, for those of you who are too young, were a superhero team that fought foreign supervillains, The Beatles.
SPECIAL AWARD FOR FIVE POUNDS OF SEXY IN A FOUR-POUND BAG: The Ferrari 308 in "Magnum, P.I."
They originally wanted a Porsche 928, but Porsche refused to make a special sunroof for aerial shots, so they went with the Ferrari. Since Tom Selleck is six-foot-four, they had to rip out the padding and bolt it as far back as possible so that he'd fit, and his head was still higher than the windshield. They also had to install an extra seatbelt for his moustache (some of this is completely false).
Hasselhoff alone could burst this thing with the sensuality radiating from his chest hair. Add the "Baywatch" babes, and this thing is basically the Playboy mansion on wheels.
BEST VAN: The Dharma Van, a '68 Volkswagen bus, in "Lost"
This wins solely for the Three Dog Night eight-track playing "Shambala" as Hurley started it up. In truth, nobody wins when vans are involved. The only people who use vans are creepy clowns and people who want — no, need — to airbrush things with wizards.
Fun fact: The sheer number of continuity errors on the A-Team's van as they switched between models with and without a sunroof (sometimes midscene) actually makes it the cartoonier of the two vehicles.
BEST TALKING CAR: K.I.T.T., an '82 Pontiac Firebird Trans AM, in "Knight Rider"
It was as if the General Lee and a Cylon and Higgins from "Magnum, P.I." had a baby, and it was basically the best thing ever if you're a 9-year old boy. If not, then ehhh.
Fun Fact: The "1928 Porter" was created specifically for the show — it never actually existed. After Lindsay Lohan's tabloid escapades, many Disney execs wished the movie "Herbie Fully Loaded" had also never existed.
MOST DEMONS THAT HAVE RIDDEN INSIDE: The '67 Chevy Impala in "Supernatural"
See the Winchester brothers and their Impala in action:
MOST GREEN: "Flintstones'" Flintmobile
Check out Fred Flinstone's feet powering the Flintmobile:
"Get Smart's" desk car from "The Nude Bomb." It runs on a special ink they can only get from the Middle East, natch.
BEST EXIT: The '72 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona in "Miami Vice"
Crockett's Ferrari gets hit with quite a surprise:
That's how you end an awards ceremony!
Yahoo! Movies talks to the cast of "Fast & Furious 6":