Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Hey Dude, Volume 4 -- A Cult Sitcom from Early 90's Nickelodeon Now Available on DVD -- Review

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

"Come on down to the Bar None Ranch for more fun on the range! Benjamin Ernst (David Brisbin) rounds up his crew for another season of hay, horses and hilarity down at the Bar None Ranch!
Season Four episode highlights include Mr. Ernst becoming Sheriff, Danny getting a job as a cartoonist for the local paper, Brad and Kyle finding themselves stranded in the desert and Ted escaping summer school to return to the ranch!

This series of fun-filled adventures stars Christine Taylor as lifeguard Melody, David Lascher as senior staff member Ted, Kelly Brown as horse trainer Brad, Joe Torres as Hopi Indian native Danny, Debra Kalman as ranch hand Lucy, Josh Tygiel as Ernst's son, Buddy, Jonathan Galkin as Ernst's nephew, Jake, and Geoffrey Coy as the amiable cowboy Kyle.

Hey Dude ran on Nickelodeon from 1989-1991 and has since become a cult sitcom favorite. So wrangle up your pardners and get on down to the Bar None Ranch for another season of hilarious fun! The next-to-last season of Nickelodeon's classic show comes to DVD via Shout! Factory's online-only "Shout! Select" program on April 9th, with Hey Dude - Season 4. These 13 episodes come on 2 discs for $19.93 SRP, produced with traditional manufacturing methods but available only from the studio's online store. Below is a button link to place your pre-order, followed by a high-res 3D look at the package art. Our thanks to reader Michael J. Felix for the heads-up about it."


My Thoughts:

Boy, am I feeling old as I watch childhood favorites shows, which have recently released (or will be releasing) to DVD.  Back in High school I used to watch Hey Dude on Nickelodeon.  Did you watch this show, which revolved around a group of teens working at the Bar None, a dude ranch, owned by Mr. Ernst?  It included characters like Melody, the beautiful blonde lifeguard played by Christine Taylor (AKA Ben Stiller's wife), Brad, the rich horse instructor played by Kelly Brown, Danny, a Native American played by Joe Torres, and Ted, the good looking bad boy played by David Lascher. The series followed this group of teens over several summers working on the ranch.

This recent DVD release includes all 14 episodes which make up the 4th season of this popular show. This show had five season in total. I remember rushing off the bus just to make it in time for Hey Dude, as we didn't have DVR's back then, and I didn't like setting the VCR timer. :-)  Out of all the 5 seasons, I have to say that Season 4 was my favorite, as so much happened -- Danny becoming a cartoonist for a local newspaper, to Ted running away from summer school to return to the ranch, and Mr. Ernst considering selling the Bar None, and the gang rallying together to raise money to keep the ranch running.

This past weekend, I watched all 13 episodes over two days.  I would put on the DVD when the girls went to bed.  My husband, having never seen this show, thought it was cheesy, and wondered why I was watching.  But, halfway through the third episode, he was hooked on this now cult sitcom, and sat and watched the remaining episodes with me. It was nice to reminisce about the show, and share some of my favorite Hey Dude episodes with my husband.  I can't wait for the 5th and final season to release from Shout! Factory, to watch with my husband, a new Hey Dude fan. :-)

Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this DVD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

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