C’mon down to the Bar None Ranch and follow the summer antics of ranch owner Benjamin Ernst (David Brisbin) and his diverse crew of teens as they work and play on a dude ranch in Arizona. 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, Debrah Kalman as ranch hand Lucy and Josh Tygiel as Ernst’s son Buddy.
Hey Dude premiered in 1989 on Nickelodeon and quickly became a fan favorite with its hip, young cast and comedic if not touching storylines set against an authentic Southwestern backdrop. So saddle up for fun in the sun out on the range with Hey Dude Season One!Those who grew up in the late ’80s to early ’90s have a warm spot in their hearts for Hey Dude, Nickelodeon’s first live-action show. The teenage employees of the Bar None Ranch in Arizona come back from the off-season to discover the ranch has been sold to a tenderfoot named Mr. Ernst (David Brisbin), whose foolishness drives many of the series’ story lines–the ones that aren’t driven by innocent teenage high jinks. Ted (David Lascher) is a would-be Romeo with eyes for Brad (Kelly Brown), a rich girl who’s also an expert rider. Danny (Joe Torres), a Hopi native, often gets caught up in Ted’s hormonal schemes, while Melody (Christine Taylor, who went on to play Marcia in The Brady Bunch Movie) does her best to keep everything on an even keel. Rounding out the cast are Buddy (Josh Tygiel), Mr. Ernst’s disgruntled son, who would rather be skateboarding back in New Jersey, and Lucy (Debrah Kalman), a genuine cowgirl who’s the only one on the ranch who really knows how the place runs. The plots are pretty silly (frequently involving competition among the teens), the dialogue thin, the acting wooden, and the costumes day-glo bright, but there’s a sweetness to it all that hooked young viewers of the time. It doesn’t hurt that all the teens have a fresh-faced cuteness. Hey Dude: Season 1 has the first 13 episodes; sadly, the only extra is an interview with Christine Taylor, but her warm memories give the interview plenty of charm. –Bret Fetzer