Hey Vern, It's Ernest!: The Complete Series
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"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!
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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
...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!
Top Customer Reviews
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. Most are regulars on his movies too like always insane buddy duo Chuck and Bobby. Gailard Sartain, who does Chuck, also plays other characters Lonnie Don and his school of Hollywood Sound Effects (it's actually a pretty redundant recurring skit and if it weren't for Gailard's charisma it wouldn't make it past the second incarnation) and others. Mac Bennett, another Varney movie regular, also does some fun skits as a room mate to a lizard named George (not a puppet or toy.. a real lizard that seems to be smarter than Mac). Add about another half dozen colorful actors and you get the whole crew.
Like I said before each show had a theme that would be touched on by many of the skits in that episode. So you will have episodes like Hey Vern, it's School or Hey Vern, it's Sports. They originally aired on CBS in the summer and fall of 1988. Previously they released single episodes on low quality VHS tapes that to be honest looked horrible. Now we get all 13 episodes in a much better format complete in a single two-disk set. Sorry, but there are no extra features, trailers, alternate languages, commentaries or anything on this set. Episodes only. Good thing is you are getting full frame video with two channel stereo audio with almost five hours of content for a list price of just under $10.
Episode list and aire dates are as follows:
1 - Hey Vern, It's Outer Space - September 17, 1988
2 - Hey Vern, It's Clothing - September 24, 1988
3 - Hey Vern, It's Scary Things - October 1, 1988
4 - Hey Vern, It's Movies - October 8, 1988
5 - Hey Vern, It's Magic - October 15, 1988
6 - Hey Vern, It's Sports - October 22, 1988
7 - Hey Vern, It's Pets - October 29, 1988
8 - Hey Vern, It's Hobbies - November 5, 1988
9 - Hey Vern, It's Food - November 12, 1988
10 - Hey Vern, It's Holidays - December 3, 1988
11 - Hey Vern, It's School - December 10, 1988
12 - Hey Vern, It's Lost & Found - December 17, 1988
13 - Hey Vern, It's Talent - December 24, 1988
If you like crazy children's programming like Pee Wee's Playhouse or You Can't Do That on Television then you will love this really imaginative spectacle. Especially for the price.