“It’s a little wild and a little strange/When you make your home down on the range/Start your horse and come along/But you can’t get a ride if you can’t hold on.” If you don’t know the rest of these lyrics to this you’d might as well stop reading (and really analyze what you were doing with your time from 1989 to 1991), but for everyone else who understands the importance of staying away from those “man eatin’ jack rabbits and that killer cacti”: Hey Dude is finally coming to DVD!
For anyone who grew up in the late ’80s and early ’90s (that had cable…or at least went to their friends’ houses who did), watching Nickelodeon shows like Hey Dude was as an important rite of passage as owning a Skip-It and ruining your parents carpet with Gak. Now, for the first time, the folks at Nick are letting us relive a piece our childhood by releasing the first season of Hey Dude on DVD. While it doesn’t come out until July 19, Amazon is allowing nostalgic pop culture nerds (now don’t you go ruining this, hipsters!) to pre-order the 2-disc DVD now (for just $13.99, yay! No commentary, boo!)
There’s no doubt the wacky adventures of Mr. Ernst and the rest of the gang at the Bar None Ranch are going to seem terribly outdated, but that will, if anything, make it all the more charming. And I don’t know about you, but there are still some episodes I have legitimately been longing to re-watch for years. Remember the one where Melody (oh, hi, Christine Taylor!) and Ted (David Lascher, who everyone had a crush on, pictured right with Joe Torres, a.k.a. Danny Lightfoot) return to the ranch after being sick and think a murder is being planned, but really their friends were just practicing for the upcoming murder mystery show? Brilliant! Humor, suspense, this episode had everything. And now I get to watch it all over again.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Generation Y has been longing for this nostalgia for quite some time. Just last month, TeenNick heard our call and announced exclusively to EW that they would be airing ’90s favorites like Clarissa Explains It All, Kenan & Kel, Rugrats, The Amanda Show, All That, and The Adventures of Pete & Pete. (The third season of the latter show needs to hurry up and get on DVD!) In fact, there’s an entire ’90s television library just waiting to be filled: There’s still The Legends of the Hidden Temple, Guts, Double Dare, and, of course, Salute Your Shorts (which I must reluctantly admit I loved slightly more than Hey Dude. It had “fart” in the theme song. I was 7. Leave me alone).
Until then, fellow 90′s enthusiasts, we can just count down the days until we can spend another summer at the Bar None Ranch. You know, for old time’s sake.
What about you, PopWatchers? Are you equally stoked that Hey Dude is moseying on over to DVD? Which episode are you most excited to watch again? What other ’90s Nick shows would you like to see get the DVD treatment as well? Let us know in the comments section below!