Hey Dude: Season 2
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City-born rancher Benjamin Ernst (David Brisbin) and his herd of teenage help return to the Bar None Ranch for another summer of desert dustups and adventures. Season Two episodes include a plane crash, ghost stories, romantic turmoil, a treasure hunt and even an alien sighting! 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 Ernsts son Buddy.
Hey Dude ran on Nickelodeon from 1989 to 1991 and has since become a cult sitcom favorite. So wrangle your boots, bandanas and cowboy hats, because the Bar None Ranch is open for business in Hey Dude Season Two!
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The show is set on the Bar None Dude Ranch and follows the misadventures of the teenage staff. There’s senior staff member (and most likely to goof off) Ted (David Lascher), Native American Danny (Joe Torres), horse riding instructor Brad (Kelly Brown), and life guard Melody (Christine Taylor). Overseeing all of them is ranch hand Lucy (Debrah Kalman) and the owner Benjamin Ernst (David Brisbin). Rounding out the cast is Buddy (Josh Tygiel), Mr. E.’s son.
The thirteen episodes here are rather typical of the series, which was a single camera comedy before the current craze in the genre took off. There are some battle of the sexes stories, most noticeably when the guys and girls try to decide how to spend a $100 tip that was left. Melody gets a chance to train for the Olympic swim team. Danny deals with making a huge mistake. After Ted tells a ghost story that scares the rest of the teens, they try to get him back. A bank robber crash lands on ranch property. And Mr. E. decides to sell the ranch, but the reason just might surprise you.
While the setting is a guest ranch, most of the storylines are relatable to kids, so that helps explain the popularity then and the fond memories now. Plus the characters are great. You feel like they are real and can’t help but like all of them, even Ted whose ego could always be knocked down a peg or two. The comedy comes from the characters and situations, although occasionally they really do go overboard and descend into farce. Really, the best example of that is the final episode on this set, which features a panic as the gang things aliens have landed near the ranch.
The exception to that is Mr. E. He’s almost always over the top with some new scheme that is crazy. He’s not a good example of a responsible adult (we’ve got Lucy for that), although when he does need to get serious with the kids, he does. Even so, they do respect him as an authority even if they don’t always respect his ideas.
The show does scream 80’s. It’s most noticeable in the clothes and hair styles. But why wouldn’t it? These particular episodes were all released in 1989.
It was also low budget, which is noticeable at times in the production. No, I don’t spot mikes or anything like that, but the sound level can often be uneven, especially on the outdoor scenes.
The acting, too, isn’t always the best. It does seem like the actors have settled a bit more into their roles, although Christine Taylor continues to be the shining star in the acting department, and this is coming from the guy who had a crush on the beautiful Kelly Brown. The acting is good enough to allow you to enjoy the episodes, so that’s all that really matters.
The thirteen episodes included here are on two discs. They’re presented in their native full frame picture and stereo sound. And…that’s it. Unlike season one, which included a short interview with Christine Taylor, this season has nothing in the way of bonus features.
Hey Dude is probably best viewed through the lens of nostalgia, but those who remember the show will have a blast revisiting the characters in season two.
The Quality on the episodes is decent and the acting is pretty bad but it's still nice to revisit the show.
Look for Ben Stiller's Wife playing Melody ! I always had a crush on Christine Taylor growing up !