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Hey Dude
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Genre Children's
Western
teen sitcom
Created by Dee LaDuke
Directed by Ross K. Bagwell, Jr.
Frederick King Keller
Starring David Brisbin
Kelly Brown
Geoffrey Coy
Jonathan Galkin
Debra Kalman
David Lascher
Christine Taylor
Joe Torres
Josh Tygiel
Theme music composer Dale Jarvis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 65
Production company(s) Jupiter Entertainment
RIVR Media
Cinetel Communications
Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run July 14, 1989 (1989-07-14) – August 30, 1991 (1991-08-30)

Hey Dude is an American Western comedy series that aired from 1989 to 1991. The show was broadcast on the Nickelodeon network, and aired reruns on Nickelodeon until early 1999, and now on TeenNick ever since late 2011. Hey Dude was Nickelodeon's second original live action television series, following the 1984 series Out of Control.

The series was set on the fictional "Bar None Dude Ranch" near the city of Tucson, Arizona. It portrayed the lives of the ranch's owner, his son, a female ranch hand, and four teenage summer employees. Hey Dude was a comedy geared towards a teenage audience.

The complete series have been released on DVD. The first three seasons are on iTunes and available to stream free through Amazon Prime.

The premise[edit]

Ben Ernst, a divorced, good-natured, somewhat bumbling father from New Jersey, with eye-glasses, a slight build, and a receding hairline, bought the Bar None Dude Ranch seeking escape from his high-pressure job as a New York City accountant. His son, Buddy, was displeased with the change of locale, primarily because he was unable to use his skateboard on the desert sand. Buddy had a pet dog who responded to the name of Cassie. Featured in Season 1, Cassie was dropped in Season 2.

The staff originally consisted of two boys and two girls. The boys were Ted, an enterprising troublemaker, and Danny, an easy-going Hopi Native-American Indian. The girls were girl-next-door Melody and rich girl Brad, from Grosse Pointe, Michigan, the latter of whom, though she often wore dressy designer outfits at work, was a very competent horse-rider. Her love-hate relationship with Ted was a plot thread during the first half of the series.

Ted later left the show for a time and was replaced by Ernst's nephew Jake, an eccentric slacker who liked to play the drums. Not long after, Kyle, a dim but handsome cowboy type, joined the cast. Soon after that, Ted came back from summer school, and he and Kyle became romantic rivals for Brad.

The show's only other featured adult was Lucy, a tough, authoritarian ranch hand. She was sometimes looked upon as a mother figure, and the teens often asked her advice.

Production[edit]

Hey Dude was videotaped on location at the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch near Tucson, Arizona.[1] The show was produced by CineTel Films. Casting began in 1988 with local auditions held in Tucson.[1]

While most of the show was technically shot on the property of the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, the familiar "ranch" that was known to television viewers was actually built from scratch, roughly a mile away from the main public areas. This was done so ranch guests would not be bothered by the production and to create buildings with a more "western" look, which was not offered by the relatively modern and luxurious Tanque Verde. The main lodge, boys/girls bunks, guest lodge (which doubled as cast dressing rooms) and the stable were all built specifically for the production.

After the show wrapped physical production, the buildings were abandoned and several are still standing to this day, albeit in much disrepair.[citation needed] The exception to this, however, is the swimming pool that was frequently used on the show, which is actually the main pool for the Tanque Verde Guest Ranch and is still in use by guests. The set is located at 32°14′26″N 110°41′24″W / 32.24056°N 110.69000°W / 32.24056; -110.69000, about fifteen and a half miles east of Tucson, Arizona.

Each half-hour show begins with a cold open that usually ends on a lame joke like a slapstick gag and a pratfall. Then, almost in place of a rimshot, the Hey Dude riff starts, followed by the graphic and the ultra deep voice.

Cast[edit]

A skeptical Buddy (Josh Tygiel, left) tries to ignore Ted (David Lascher) and his scheming
  • David Brisbin as Mr. Benjamin Ernst, Sr., ranch owner
  • Kelly Brown as Bradley "Brad" Taylor, a riding instructor from a rich Grosse Pointe, Michigan family
  • Debra Kalman as Lucy, ranch hand
  • David Lascher as Ted McGriff, senior staff
  • Christine Taylor as Melody Hanson, lifeguard and dance instructor from Allentown, Pennsylvania
  • Joe Torres as Danny Lightfoot, a Hopi Native American who was cast after auditioning in Tucson for the role[1]
  • Geoffrey Coy as Kyle Chandler, Lucy's ex-boyfriend's son
  • Jonathan Galkin as Jake Decker, Mr. Ernst's nephew from Los Angeles.
  • Josh Tygiel as Benjamin "Buddy" Ernst, Jr., Mr. Ernst's son. Tygiel was one of 120 Tucson-area boys who auditioned for the series[1]

David Lascher and Joe Torres were nominated for a 1991 Young Artist Award in the Best Youth Variety or Game Show category for their roles on Hey Dude.[2]

Episodes[edit]

The series produced 65 30-minute episodes in three years from 1989-1991. The episodes take place over the course of several consecutive summers, with cast members often recalling past pranks, years, staff members, that had roles in earlier summers.

Seasons[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season 1 13 July 14, 1989-October 6, 1989 July 19, 2011
Season 2 13 October 13, 1989-January 26, 1990 January 31, 2012
Season 3 13 April 6, 1990-June 29, 1990 June 19, 2012
Season 4 13 September 7, 1990-December 14, 1990 April 9, 2013
Season 5 13 June 6, 1991-August 30, 1991 July 16, 2013

♦ - Shout! Factory select title, sold exclusively through Shout's online store.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Debra Kalman was absent for 7 episodes.

Joe Torres was absent for 1 episode.

# Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Short Summary
1 "Day One at the Bar None" Alan Goodman Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. July 14, 1989

The pilot of Hey Dude introduces the staff of the Bar None Ranch, and the new owner Mr. Ernst, and his unhappy son Buddy.

2 "Battle of the Sexes" Michael B. Kaplan Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. July 21, 1989

It's Ted and Danny vs. Melody and Brad in a battle of boys against girls. Who will win? Who will play dirty? Also, Danny is upset because no one remembers his birthday.

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

3 "Goldilocks" Alan Goodman Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. July 28, 1989

Buddy becomes fond of a horse at the ranch and is angry when his father decides to sell it.

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

4 "Ted's Saddle" Judy Spencer Frederick King Keller August 4, 1989

Ted wants to buy a saddle that was owned by John Wayne, so he starts doing odd jobs for guests. The problem is he neglects his normal duties leaving the rest of the staff to pick up the slack.

5 "The Competition" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. August 11, 1989

Brad & Melody compete for a chance to lead overnight camping trips. Unfortunately for them Ted is put in charge of seeing who is the most qualified.

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

6 "Rehearsal for Romance" Michael B. Kaplan Frederick King Keller August 18, 1989

Melody wants a date with a cute guy she sees at the lodge so she enrolls in "The Ted School of Romance". Mr. Ernst tries to market official Bar None merchandise.

Guest Star: Robert Mammana as Bill

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

7 "Perfect Father" Graham Yost Frederick King Keller August 25, 1989

Two crooks visit the Bar None with intentions to rob the place.

Guest Stars: William Kiehl as Mel Trout & Richard Milenkovich as Hank Sears

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

8 "The Good, the Bad, the Obnoxious" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller September 1, 1989

Brad's snobby friend visits the ranch and gives the staff a hard time. Meanwhile, Mr. Ernst tries to make a promotional video for the Bar None.

Guest Star: Kari Ann Kulvinskas as Kimberly Carroll

9 "Rainmen" Mark Cerulli Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. September 8, 1989

Danny must choose between his friends and his Native American heritage when a drought hits the Bar None threatening the water supply.

Guest Star: Robert Morningstar as Mr. Satkina

10 "Ted and Brad Get Handcuffed" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. September 15, 1989

Buddy pretends to be a magician. To teach Brad a lesson, Ted decides to use Buddy's handcuffs to attach himself to Brad. As it turns out, they aren't "trick cuffs" like he thought... they belong to a real-life prisoner!

11 "Suspicion" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller September 22, 1989

Ted thinks one of the guests is a murder in the mob.

Guest Star: Paul Elia as Eddie Good

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy & Joe Torres as Danny Lightfoot

12 "Employee of the Week" Alan Goodman Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. September 29, 1989

The staff competes to win Mr. Ernst's "Employee of the Week" contest.

Absent: Debra Kalman as Lucy

13 "Pain in the Neck" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 6, 1989

Mr. Ernst decides it's time for some spring cleaning at the ranch. While Ted and Danny are fixing things, Danny falls off the ladder and injures his neck.

Season 2[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Short Summary
1 "Loose Lips" Michael B. Kaplan Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 13, 1989

Melody gives away a big secret of Brad's to Ted. This leads to everyone giving away everyone else's secrets to get revenge.

2 "Battle of a Hundred Bucks" Michael B. Kaplan Frederick King Keller October 20, 1989

The kids compete to see who's worthy of a $100 tip left by a guest.

3 "Our Little Champion" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 27, 1989

Melody decides to start training for the Olympics for swimming. Of course, Mr. Ernst sees a way to make money off this, and begins to exploit Melody to benefit the ranch.

4 "Bunkmate Battle" Alan Goodman Frederick King Keller November 3, 1989

While Danny bets Ted that he can't go a week without using Native American items, Brad moves out of the girls bunk and into the lodge after a fight with Melody.

5 "Crash Landing" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. November 10, 1989

Ted, Buddy, and Mr. Ernst witness a small Cessna plane crash near the ranch. When they go to find the pilot, they get a little more than they bargained for.

6 "Ghost Stories" Graham Yost Frederick King Keller November 17, 1989

The kids tell ghost stories in attempt to frighten each other. Then Ted challenges the other kids to scare him.

7 "Teacher's Pet" Clifford Fagin Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. December 1, 1989

Ted's English teacher visits the Bar None and falls for Mr. Ernst. Buddy and Ted plot to get them apart. Brad has to decide whether to stay at the ranch or join her parents in France.

8 "Treasure Teens" Alan Goodman Frederick King Keller December 8, 1989

Ted finds a treasure map, and causes a stir on the ranch when the staff tries to find it.

9 "Dan the Man" Lisa Melamed Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. December 15, 1989

Danny feels responsible for the near-death of a horse. Mr. Ernst tries to stay on his diet.

10 "Superstar" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller January 5, 1990

Melody falls head over heels for her favorite TV heartthrob who's visiting the ranch.

11 "Bar None Babysitter" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. January 12, 1990

It's a nightmare come true when Ted loses the child he is baby-sitting. Mr. Ernst appoints Danny the answer man.

12 "Cowboy Ernst" Dean Young Frederick King Keller January 19, 1990

The kids find out Mr. Ernst is going to sell the ranch. So the kids set out to make Mr. E think he is a real cowboy.

13 "Take Me to Your Leader" David A. Litteral Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. January 26, 1990

Buddy thinks he saw an alien while walking on the ranch's property, but nobody believes him.

Note- Episodes 6-8 were not shown on TeenNick in 2011 due to Halloween preemptions.

Season 3[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Short Summary
1 "Inmates Run the Asylum" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. April 6, 1990

Senior staffer Ted is put in charge of the ranch and has a power trip when Mr. Ernst is out of town.

2 "Hey Cinderella" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. April 13, 1990

Mr. Ernst wants to impress some important (rich) guests who are coming to the ranch. Melody gets a crush on one of the guests, and pretends to be rich in order to impress him.

3 "Datenite" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller April 20, 1990

Ted convinces Brad to go on a date with him before he leaves the ranch to attend summer school.

This is David Lascher's last appearance until he returns in Season 4, Episode 8.

4 "New Kid on the Block" Steve Roth & Deanne Roth Frederick King Keller April 27, 1990

Jake, Mr. Ernst's trouble making nephew, comes to stay at the Bar None.

This is Jonathan Galkin's first appearance on the show.

5 "Sewn at the Hip" Lisa Melamed Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. May 4, 1990

When an old friend of Melody's comes to visit, Melody finds that nothing ever stays the same.

6 "Superstition" Graham Yost Frederick King Keller May 11, 1990

Jake's superstitious nature prevents him from trying out for a TV game show.

7 "Dueling Ranches" Mark Cerulli Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. May 18, 1990

The owner of the Snake Eyes Ranch challenges Mr. Ernst and the Bar None to a baseball game.

8 "Ex-Static" Lisa Melamed Frederick King Keller May 25, 1990

Buddy's mom Sara comes to take him back home to New York after he calls her and tells her how bored he's been. While Sara is there Buddy tries to get her and his dad back together.

9 "No More Mr. Nice Guy" Judy Spencer Frederick King Keller June 1, 1990

When she starts feeling as if everyone takes advantage of her kind, friendly demeanor, Melody decides to go on strike. Buddy tries to hypnotize Jake, but it doesn't go according to plan.

10 "Killer Ernst" Mark Cerulli Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. June 8, 1990

Mr. Ernst puts on a professional wrestling match at the Bar None, but when one of the wrestler's doesn't show Mr. E takes his place.

Guest Star: Captain Lou Albano as himself

11 "Melody's Brother" Judy Spencer Frederick King Keller June 15, 1990

Melody helps her brother with a drinking problem.

NOTE: This episode did not air on TeenNick, because no high quality copy was found. It was replaced by "Inmates Run the Asylum". It is also unavailable on iTunes, but it was released on DVD in VHS quality.

12 "The Bad Seed" Graham Yost Frederick King Keller June 22, 1990

Buddy is put in charge of a troublemaking guest at the ranch who frames him for her misdeeds. Mr. Ernst teaches the staff that the customer is always right.

13 "Stick Around" Lisa Melamed Frederick King Keller June 29, 1990

After meeting Brad, Kyle decides to stay at the Bar None for the first time. Meanwhile, Lucy is thinking about getting married.

This is Geoffrey Coy's first appearance on the show

Season 4[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Short Summary
40 "They're Back" Mark Cerulli Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. September 7, 1990

The Vlecks stay at the Bar None while the Snake Eyes Ranch is being repaired.

41 "Ride, She Said" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller September 14, 1990

Brad learns the true meaning of Christmas from her friendship with a disabled boy.

42 "Magnum Ernst" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller September 21, 1990

Mr. Ernst becomes sheriff, and Danny and Buddy work on the first living-desert museum.

43 "Dudesbury" Lisa Melamed Frederick King Keller September 28, 1990

Danny becomes a cartoonist for the local paper.

44 "Fear" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 5, 1990

The pool at the Bar None will close unless the staff becomes certified. The problem is Brad is afraid of the water.

45 "Secret Admirer" Patrick Maguire Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 12, 1990

Brad and Mel try to cheer up Mr. Ernst when he is down about getting older.

46 "Lost in the Desert" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 19, 1990

Brad and Kyle are tied up and left in the desert during a camping trip with young buckaroos.

47 "Return of Ted" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. October 26, 1990

Ted runs away from summer school and returns to the ranch. Mr. E tries to win $10,000 on "Hilarious Home Videos". (This is David Lascher's return appearance to the show)

48 "Do the Right Thing" Steve Roth, Deanne Roth Frederick King Keller November 2, 1990

An archaeologist discovers a sacred Indian burial ground at the Bar None.

49 "Doghouse Blues" Mark Cerulli Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. November 9, 1990

The Vlecks have a fight causing Mrs. Vleck to flee to the Bar None and it is up to Jake to solve their problem.

50 "Some Like It Hot" Steve Roth, Deanne Roth Frederick King Keller November 16, 1990

Danny & Jake's impersonations of visiting travel writers fool Mr. Ernst.

51 "Mr. Moneybags" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. December 7, 1990

Because of financial difficulties, Mr. Ernst considers selling the Bar None. Ted returns with good news. Foreigners visit the Bar None.

52 "Murder, He Wrote" Patrick Maguire Frederick King Keller December 14, 1990

Mr. Ernst and the staff plan a murder-mystery night to raise money for the ranch. Ted and Melody are away sick and when they return to the ranch they think the kids are planning a real murder.

Season 5[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by Original airdate Short Summary
53 "Miss Tucson" Lisa Melamed Frederick King Keller June 7, 1991

Melody becomes obsessed with winning a beauty pageant.

54 "The Legend of Jed" Paul Budra Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. June 14, 1991

To keep Jake from being fired, the staff invents an imaginary worker to blame for his mistakes.

55 "Incredible Shrinking Ted" Patrick Maguire Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. June 21, 1991

The staff plays a joke on Ted by making him think he is shrinking.

56 "Rest in Pieces" Laura Innes & David Brisbin Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. June 28, 1991

The kids, under the misconception that Mr. Ernst is dying, try to keep him awake. The kids bet Melody that she go a whole day without being nice.

57 "Baby" Clifford Fagin Frederick King Keller July 5, 1991

The kids try to take care of a baby left behind at the ranch until the mother returns.

58 "Jealous Guy" Graham Yost Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. July 12, 1991

Ted & Kyle must rely on each other to escape the danger of the desert.

59 "Amnesia" Paul Budra Frederick King Keller July 19, 1991

Mr. Ernst develops amnesia and thinks he is a 17 year old kid again just as the juvenile work inspector shows up.

60 "Presumed Stupid" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. July 26, 1991

When Brad's birthday money goes missing it looks like Ted is the prime suspect.

61 "Crush" Lisa Melamed Frederick King Keller August 2, 1991

Buddy falls in love with Melody. Brad and Ted try to go the longest without caring about their appearance.

62 "Low Budget Brad" Lisa Melamed Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. August 9, 1991

Brad's father loses his job and she is forced to sell some of her items.

63 "Jake's Fight" Judy Spencer Ross K. Bagwell, Jr. August 16, 1991

A guest threatens to beat up Jake.

64 "Double Date" Stephen Land Frederick King Keller August 23, 1991

Ted asks Melody out to make Brad jealous.

65 "War" Graham Yost Frederick King Keller August 30, 1991

It's the new kids vs. the veterans in a game of capture the flag.

Availability[edit]

The first season of Hey Dude became available for download from the iTunes Store on July 29, 2008. The second season of Hey Dude became available for download from the iTunes Store in August 2010. The third season of Hey Dude became available for download from the iTunes Store on November 29, 2011 (only containing 12 out of 13 episodes).

On April 11, 2011, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series. They subsequently released the entire series on DVD in Region 1.[3][4][5][6] The fourth season was released on DVD as a Shout! Select title, available exclusively through Shout Factory's website and select Amazon sellers.[7] The fifth and final season was released on July 16, 2013, as a Shout! Select title.[8]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1 13 July 19, 2011
Season 2 13 January 31, 2012
Season 3 13 June 19, 2012
Season 4♦ 13 April 9, 2013
Season 5♦ 13 July 16, 2013

♦ - Shout! Factory select title, sold exclusively through Shout's online store.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ Lambert, David (April 11, 2011). "Hey Dude – Are You Sitting Down for This?". TV shows on DVD. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  4. ^ McCutcheon, David (June 8, 2011). "Hey Dude Strolls In – DVD Preview". dvd.ign.com. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  5. ^ Lambert, David. "Hey Dude - 'Season 2' of Nickelodeon's Live-Action Classic Scheduled for DVD". TV shows on DVD. Retrieved 2011-10-25. 
  6. ^ Lambert, David. "Hey Dude - In-Store Release of 'Season 3' DVDs is Announced by Shout!". TV shows on DVD. Retrieved 2012-03-14. 
  7. ^ http://www.shoutfactory.com/node/216702
  8. ^ http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Hey-Dude-Season-5/18647

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