->''Better watch out for those man-eating jackrabbits... and that killer cacti!''

''Hey, Dude!'' was a sitcom that aired on {{Nickelodeon}} during the late 1980s and early 1990s. It followed the misadventures of the teenage summer help at the Bar None Ranch in Arizona, as well as its owner, the rather clueless Benjamin Ernst. Mr. Ernst, after years of being a nebbish pencil-pusher, gets the urge to be a cowboy; so he buys the Bar None and becomes its manager. Since his only qualifications (if you can call them qualifications) are his enthusiasm for bolo ties and ten-gallon hats, he's quickly in over his head. Consequently, he has little time to supervise the young staff, who leap on the opportunity to romance each other and concoct schemes... in the most wholesome possible way, of course. The staff are:

* Brad, the horseback-riding instructor, who has rich parents and occasional snobbish tendencies, but also works hard and can take care of herself when need be.
* Ted, who does most of the scheming, and constantly tries to hook up with Brad.
* Danny, a Hopi Indian who is always on hand to warn Ted that he's proceeding down an unwise path.
* Melody, a bubbly blond lifeguard. She isn't exactly TheDitz, but generally shown to be a bit more naive and immature than the rest of the staff.
* Jake, Mr. Ernst's nephew, who appears when Ted leaves for a brief interval, and remains for the rest of the series' run. Jake is a surfer, a drummer, and a general space cadet.
* Kyle, a late-run addition who is a bit lunk-headed, but possesses more cowboy-like qualities than any of the other staffers. Also likes Brad.
* Lucy, the only other visible adult, who makes up for what Mr. Ernst lacks in managerial skills. A bit of a tough customer.
* Buddy, Mr. Ernst's son, who is not part of the staff, but usually is a part of the plot. He is basically a younger version of Mr. Ernst, except he doesn't see any romance in Western life and constantly whines that he wants to go back to New York.

Although it didn't have a LaughTrack, ''Hey, Dude'' managed to use many well-known sitcom tropes in the short time that it was on. [[http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257435#axzz1Koqrnekt Its first season was released on DVD on July 19th, 2011]].
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!!This show provides examples of:

* AgelessBirthdayEpisode: The "Guys vs. Girls" episode for Danny, and there was another episode that had an ageless birthday for Mr. Ernst.
* AlphaBitch: Brad's a borderline case.
** Her acquaintance Kimberly Carroll from "The Good, The Bad, The Obnoxious" was a more clear-cut case.
* AndYouThoughtItWasAGame: Mr. Ernst, who, in one episode, thinks he's wearing a fake snake around his neck.
* BattleOfTheSexes: The title of the very episode, no less. Ted and Danny argue with Brad and Melody over chores and general gender matters, so the group sets out to prove which gender is better by competing in horse racing, cooking, and catching fish. Each contest ends in a draw due to various technicalities or loophole reasons.
* BettyAndVeronica: Melody and Brad fit the character types, without the romantic rivalry. Melody and Ted have more of a LikeBrotherAndSister thing going.
* BeautyContest: One in which Brad and Melody are the only contestants. In the talent portion, Brad's talent is packing a suitcase. Melody begins to have a breakdown when she thinks she could lose to 'packing luggage.'
* BlatantLies: In one episode, Melody essentially passes off Brad's entire history as her own to impress a wealthy and snobbish ranch guest.
* CaptureTheFlag: The ranch's traditional method of choosing the head staff member (Ted) is to have the job go to the winner of the annual game.
* ChainedHeat: Brad and Ted get handcuffed together in the well-remembered "Arm Spasm/Leg Cramp" episode. The episode even [[DiscussedTrope discusses some tropes]] from ''Film/TheDefiantOnes''.
* ChristmasEpisode: "Ride, She Said" from Season 4. When Brad's parents send her an early Christmas present, Melody gets the idea to throw a Christmas in July party.
-->'''Melody:''' Why do I sense that you're not overflowing with the Christmas spirit?\\
'''Brad:''' [[LampshadeHanging Because it's July. Because it's a 105 degrees in the shade. Because SantaClaus is at home with his air conditioning set on tundra. And because a snowball from the Bar None refrigerator does not a blizzard make.]]
* CookingDuel: In one episode where Ted and Danny compete with Brad and Melody to see which gender is better at certain tasks, Buddy is selected to be the judge of the cooking contest. The 'muffin' served by Ted and Danny is practically inedible, but the girls cook a meal containing fish, to which Buddy is allergic, resulting in a draw.
* CopyProtection: In the beauty contest episode, Melody plans to sing for the talent portion, but discovers that because of the contest's copyright rules, she can only sing a song which is in the public domain. As a result, she serenades the judges with "Home on the Range."
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Mr. Ernst is totally out of his element with the cowboy life. However, he ''is'' an effective administrator and financially savvy; it's suggested that his buying the ranch saved it from complete ruin.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: One episode revealed Ted's middle name to be Aloysius, a fact he was trying to keep hidden.
* FishOutOfWater: Mr. Ernst, despite massive denial on his part. Brad is a milder case.
* FrozenInTime: Played with. The first two seasons appear to take place over one summer (though according to available air dates, there was no hiatus between them, anyway). Season 3 clearly takes place during a different summer, though, due to Ted having failed some courses and needing to leave the ranch to go to summer school. Time does slow down again, though, for the rest of the series.
* GameShowAppearance: Newly emergent genius Jake does one.
* GenderBlenderName: Brad.
* HypnoTrinket: Buddy orders one from a comic book, and tries it on Jake while he's eating a bowl of cereal. Jake pretends that it works, interpreting Buddy's command to pour the cereal "over your head" to mean "over ''your'' (Buddy's) head". Later on Buddy demands that he pour it "over ''my'' head" and again gets it dumped on him.
* IGotBigger: Buddy's actor got progressively bigger between seasons (justified as he was a kid when he was cast and was a teenager when the show ended).
* KidsAreCruel: In one episode, a tiny terror named Noelle manipulates most of the staff and threatens to use the WoundedGazelleGambit if she doesn't get exactly what she wants.
* LockedInAFreezer: In two different episodes, if not more... darn that abandoned mine shaft.
* LongLostUncleAesop: Melody's visiting brother and his drinking problem.
* MagicalNativeAmerican: Actually Danny is an aversion (most of the time) and while closer to Earth it's because he's more laid-back than the rest of the staff at the ranch. He even becomes exasperated when Mr. Enrst tries to invoke this for a promotional video.
* {{Malaproper}}: Kyle thinks he is being "chil-lay-vrous" when he is polite to women.
* MistakenForDying: Happens to Mr. Ernst, when the gang thinks he has a fatal disease. In actuality, he's fine; the staffers overheard Lucy talking about a disease contracted by a horse, but all sorts of hysterics go down before the misunderstanding is cleared up.
* MistakenForSpecialGuest: One episode had the staff on the lookout for a guidebook writer who was expected to be coming to review the ranch...only to have them realize that the person in question had just checked out.
* MostWritersAreAdults: Are these really supposed to be teenagers? Judging by the way they talk and act, you'd think they were thirtysomething-year-old adults at a family reunion.
* MostWritersAreWriters: Jake wants to be a writer and can frequently be seen narrating into a hand-held tape recorder.
** In another episode, Danny gets a comic strip but cancels it by the end of the episode because it causes too much friction between his friends.
* NeverWinTheLottery: Ted wins a substantial amount of money via a scratch-off ticket and starts using his newfound wealth to arrange drastic changes at the ranch, such as adding a water park. It all comes to nothing when the lottery people discover he's not a legal adult and is therefore ineligible for the payout.
* NotSoDifferent:
** Ted and Brad are both extremely competitive.
** Part of the reason why Brad has a problem with Kimberly from "The Good, The Bad, The Obnoxious" is because of this.
* NotSoForgottenBirthday: Danny spends a good bit of time in "Battle of the Sexes" dropping hints about his upcoming birthday. Ted convinces the others to feign ignorance, as he's planning a small surprise party for him.
* PieInTheFace: Happens to Mr. Ernst in the episode "Murder, He Wrote." Melody and Ted overhear Brad and Kyle scheming to kill Mr. Ernst by having him eat a coconut cream pie laced with arsenic, unaware that the whole thing is staged for a murder mystery weekend. When Brad walks up to Mr. Ernst holding the pie, Ted (hiding under a table) grabs her leg and she trips, sending the pie flying into Mr. Ernst's face.
* PutOnABus: In Season 3, it's discovered that Ted didn't pass all his classes the previous school year, so he had to leave the ranch for summer school. He made a later guest appearance in Season 4 (in which he sneaked back to the ranch because he missed everyone). He returned for good a little while later during the same season.
* RealAfterAll: "The Legend of Jed"
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: A minor example -- in the beauty contest episode, Melody states her hometown as being Allentown, Pennsylvania, which is Christine Taylor's RealLife hometown.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Mr. Ernst is usually patient and friendly with his staff.
* SlapSlapKiss: Brad and Ted.
* SmallNameBigEgo: They even called him [[TropeNamer Ted]]!
* SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute: A subversion. Jake joined the cast to fill the temporary vacancy left by Ted, but even after Ted returned, Jake stayed on the show.
** Not to mention Kyle, who joined even later in the series. Since Jake lacked the will-they-or-won't-they chemistry that Ted had with Brad, Kyle was brought in to fill the void.
* TokenMinority: Danny.
* {{Tomboy}}: Brad.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Brad and Melody.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Ted with, well, everyone but Mr. Ernst. In the episode where he and Brad are handcuffed, Lucy notes that Ted has a habit of provoking others and is a good sport about receiving insults since it's never personal.
* WholesomeCrossdresser: Ted during [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lEe3rhAWfCw his one scene as the birthday fairy.]]
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Between Brad and Ted. Although she usually thinks he's childish, there are lots of hints that she really likes him. Ted succeeds in getting her to date him once, or maybe twice, during the series, and when he leaves for his school-related hiatus she's in tears and kisses him on the cheek. Kyle fills in when Ted leaves the show.
* WomenAreWiser: Played with a bit most of the time. While the girls are generally closer to Earth than most of the guys, Brad is only slightly closer, and Danny is typically closer than either girl [[NobleSavage (probably because he's a Native American)]]. Played perfectly straight in the BattleOfTheSexes episode, where the guys were suddenly incompetent at everything.
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