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Hey Vern, It's Ernest!: The Complete Series (1988)

Jim Varney , John R. Cherry III , Coke Sams  |  G |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jim Varney
  • Directors: John R. Cherry III, Coke Sams
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 293 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004DOTKAK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #56,919 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's Ernest P. Worrell - with a story and a moral!

The Complete Series Available for the First Time on DVD!

"Hey Vern! It's me! I'm on TV!"

Jim Varney stars in this highly imaginative Saturday morning kid's show that was created at the height of Ernest-mania! Composed of a series of live-action comedy sketches, each show follows a particular weekly theme such as outer space, hobbies, scary things or magic!

A Big-Chunk Double-Dip Super-Supreme Show!

With the overwhelming success of Ernest Goes to Camp in 1987, Ernest-mania was in full force. The lovable southern bumpkin, a familiar face in numerous television commercials in the 80s, had finally reached the big screen and now it was time for a stint on television in Hey Vern, It's Ernest!

Starring Jim Varney, who created the Ernest P. Worrell character for a series of television ads, Hey Vern, It's Ernest! has been compared to other live-action kids comedy series such as You Can't Do That On Television and Pee-Wee's Playhouse!

Featuring some of Varney's best-known characters including:

Ernest P. Worrell
Auntie Nelda
Dr. Otto
Sergeant Glory
Baby Ernest
Astor Clement
...and Many More!

* Jim Varney won an EMMY for his performances in this multi-award-winning Saturday Morning TV series!

* Never before available on DVD!


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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Vern, it's me! I'm on DVD!! December 26, 2010
By J. Wood
If there was one thing I could say about this release, it would be this: It's about damn time! (Sorry about the French accent there). I didn't catch this show in it's entirety while it aired on TV (I caught at least two episodes that I can remember), but I've also just recently watched some at youtube, and it's really pretty good. As we can see, this series only lasted for one season with thirteen episodes, but it was very funny and, as mentioned above, imaginative. It's also mentioned above that Hey Vern, It's Ernest was compaired to Nick's You Can't Do That On Television and Pee Wee's Playhouse (in my opinion, it is a combination of the two). Someone also once called it a "Monty Python for kids". Yep, that pretty much sums it up. The skits were great, the Worrell style humor is intact and the the themes that they worked with each week made for some good story lines in each episode. Bottom line: this show is really good, esspecially for one that was in direct competition with Pee Wee. And for the very reasonable above price, this DVD set will make a great addition to your Ernest collection, knowutimean?
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doozie of a show finally on DVD. January 18, 2011
Back in the 80's Jim Varney was building a respectable little empire out of his character Ernest P. Worrell. First were the various commercials that got him on the map, then came a few direct to video shenanigans via Ernest and a couple of other Varney characters. Then came the movie Ernest Goes to Camp. From there Varney makes this Saturday morning kids show, which by the way won two Emmy Awards including Outstanding Performer in a Children's Series for Jim. Not sure why the show didn't make it past one season, but it is finally available on DVD in its entirety.

Hey, Vern, It's Ernest! is as crazy as most people are describing here. It's essentially short skits that may or may not connect with a situational story arc for the episode. Most of the jokes slant on absurdist comedy aimed for kids. Unexpected quirks are the name of the game. To be honest sometimes it's hit and miss, but that's normally the way for any comedy (as one reviewer mentions Monty Python I remember all the inane and boring skits they did even though they also turned out lots of comedy gold).

Jim Varney used this show as a chance to stretch his comedy a bit and do other characters other than Ernest. You get to see old favorites like the evil, yet silly Dr. Otto, Sergeant Glory and the delightfully indignant Auntie Nelda (Varney it a big woman costume and neck brace... you gotta see it to believe it). Also other characters I don't recall seeing previously like the primp and proper Astor Clement and Baby Ernest (just Varney's face on a baby body talking like Ernest, but baby-like). All of these character, and of course Ernest himself, bring a lot of fun into the show.

It's not all just Varney on this show. He has an ensemble cast with him.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Vern! It's Ernest!! January 3, 2011
It's about time this great show arrived on DVD!! My son, who is 9 years old, is an Ernest Fan!! We have every Ernest movie that is avaliable on DVD!! In fact, we just spent the weekend watching Ernest goes to Africa & Ernest in the Army!! I remember this show when I was young and I LOVED IT!! I know my son will love it too!! Rest in Peace Jim Varney! Your fans still love you!!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Hey, Vern! I'm 12 again" March 17, 2011
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I'm so glad this has finally been released on DVD, and in a rather attractive set, I might add. It's been a long time since I've seen these. It brings me back to my childhood when I was 12. I grew up on Ernest P. Worrell. I still remember his Sprite and Mello Yello commercials since his others were local. I became hooked instantly. I was drawn in by his smile. All I knew was that I wanted to see more. "Hey, Vern! It's Ernest." is just an awesome series. Varney gets to show off a number of characters to 'Auntie Nelda' whom I am familiar with to 'Sgt. Glory' which I had never gotten to see until this point since he was used for local ads. This show is compared to 'You can't do that on television' which I liked, to 'Pee Wee's Playhouse' which I've never seen. "Hey, Vern! It's Ernest" is better by far. There's a moral message to every funny episode, some tongue-in-cheek humor for the adults, who seem to love this just as much as the kiddies, the same crazy sound effects from 'Lonnie Don', a inept magician named Existo, a clown family, and 'Willie the homemade robot'. "Earl the Barber" are among my favorite skits in which Ernest wants to look like a 'Wall Street Tycoon' but Earl always confuses that with something that rhymes with Tycoon. For instance: A baby baboon or a clock set on noon. The Dr. Otto character(played by Varney) refers to himself as the 'naive, semi-mad scientist' and his laugh is priceless and is so much fun to watch, especially that creepy hand moving around on his head. It's a joy to see 'Chuck'(Gail Sartain),'Bobby'(Bill Byrge) and 'Earl the Barber and Ernest's tongue'(Dan Butler) in this series as well as others. In the midst of the filth that has saturated Hollywood, the Ernest genre stayed honest and clean and still managed to be just as hilarious. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ernest P. Worrell with a story and a moral May 30, 2011
I got this for five bones next to the check stand at a Fred Meyer's store (a great northwest store owned by Kroger's). Why not? I also got a Johnny Test DVD. Both come through Cookie Jar, suggesting a Canadian animation connection, which is all to the good because some of the best cartoons hail from the great white north, both anglais and francais, the left and right coasts. Inside the snap plastic case are two one-sided discs in individual paper sleeves. The odd packaging is best explained by comparing it with Mill Creek Entertainment's Super 300 Cartoon Collection (yes, this show also comes courtesy of Mill Creek) Super 300 Cartoon Collection, which uses the same snap case, but inside the cardboard sleeve you find two such cases, each containing three paper sleeves with one disc each. Such budget packaging allows MC to keep the cost rock bottom, while bringing little-seen cartoons and shows from the past, like these, to an avid, but fiscally strapped, public.

These two sets have more in common then may first appear, because the cartoon collection is chock full of the sort of shorts that kids' TV show hosts used to show in between the live action segments, when Saturday morning was the province of clowns, story ladies, astronauts, sailors, and other adult role models, all showing young viewers a good time, and giving them a leg up in the world, not unlike Ernest P. Worrell with a story and a moral. The difference is that Hey Vern, a DIC production dating from 1988, replaced the cartoons with a manic ensemble comedy cast, something rare since the '60s, when studios found it cheaper to simply buy cartoons by the foot, rather than be held for ransom by tempermental stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Words not in sync with lips.
Published 8 days ago by Liz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Super fast shipping and as decribed!
Published 13 days ago by Ben Ani
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun blast from the past
Haven't seen this in decades! Fun blast from the past!
Published 1 month ago by Pen Name
5.0 out of 5 stars its great for kids and on par with pee wee's playhouse
I bought this show with low expectations but was pleasantly surprised when I watched it, its great for kids and on par with pee wee's playhouse.
Published 2 months ago by David Beatham
5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love Ernest!
My kids love watching Ernest! I was glad that they had this good old Saturday morning fun on DVD!! What a find! Brings back memories!
Published 4 months ago by LadyLisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowwadahmean?
If you're any kind of Jim Varney / goofy humor / stooges type you'll enjoy this vid. This TV show was a compilation of short skits, some hits & some misses. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bill Griffith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey Vern!! Check This Out!!
Amazing to have such an iconic comedic actors show in my collection.. Ernest "Powertool" Worrell at his finest.. every Ernest fan should get this!!.. KnowhutImean?
Published 8 months ago by Jon Shirley Jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Vern & Ernest!
Was always a big fan of this knucklehead, and I was pleased as heck to find it on Amazon. I know other fans too but I'm keeping this one!
Published 8 months ago by J. Power
5.0 out of 5 stars Hahahaha
A Christmas gift that was appreciated and enjoyed! We'll received by my family member! Used often and really satisfied the receiver!
Published 8 months ago by EB
5.0 out of 5 stars A great comedic actor who left us too soon.
Jim Varney was great comedic actor who left us too soon. A chain smoker he took risks with his health....Hey Vern, quit smoking before you get lung cancer.
Published 9 months ago by James Bean
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I love the paper sleeves. Since I watch a lot of Ernest, it's more convenient because constant use of the plastic holders get worn and pushing them all the time eventually makes them break. The sleeves are in a protective plastic case so it works for me. It's Ernest so I wouldn't care how they... Read More
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