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Recast Hey Dude

Recast Hey Dude and Win a Prize!

Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!

For this week's recast I wanted to tap into that Nickelodeon era of programming aimed at teens in the late '80s and early '90s which included shows like Salute Your Shorts, Clarissa Explains It All and my personal favorite: Hey Dude! This teen comedy about a dude ranch in Arizona opened with the lyrics, "It's a little wild and a little strange/ when you make your home out on the range." Hey Dude had that Saved by the Bell mix of cheeseball plot scenarios and recognizable teenage stereotypes. It was kinda dorky but I loved every minute of it. "Singin'. . . Yippee ki yi yay! Yippee ki yi what?"

Who do you think could play city slicker-turned-rancher Mr. Ernst and his adolescent son Buddy today? Who would you recast as the teenagers on Mr. Ernst's staff for the summer: Ted McGriff (originally played by the handsome David Lascher), rich girl Brad Taylor (I used to be so jealous of her hair!), and the girl-next-door ranch lifeguard, Melody Hanson (played by a young Chrstine Taylor, now-wife of Ben Stiller)? Finally, remember Danny Lightfoot (Joe Torres)?

Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, April 29, complete with a "new" cast photo.

To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt,


Characters to recast:
Mr. Ernst (David Brisbin)
Bradley "Brad" Taylor (Kelly Brown)
Ted McGrif (David Lascher)
Melody Hanson (Christine Taylor)
Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst (Josh Tygiel)
Danny Lightfoot (Joe Torres)

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jtm101583 jtm101583 8 years
I vaguely remember the show; I was in elementary school at the time. All I remember is it came on Nickelodeon, it took place on a dude ranch (Which is probably how the show got its name), & I remember the 2 girls Brad & Melody. I always thought Brad was rather superficial, but I ABSOLUTELY ADORED MELODY! She was one of my first crushes! And her character was not only pretty, but really sweet too! I'm glad the real-life actress, Christine Taylor, went on to greater success. She's been in several movies & in 2000 she married Ben Stiller, who's also a well-known actor. To answer the question at the top, I wouldn't try to do a remake for that show like many shows are becoming these days. The 2005 movie version of "The Dukes of Hazard" didn't hold a candle to the original series & it would be the same deal with "Hey Dude"; I would much rather see reruns of it brought back!
emalove emalove 9 years
OMG--LOVED this show! I had such a crush on David Lascher.
lovehenry lovehenry 9 years
David Lascher also had a short stint on 90210 - he played the boyfriend of Kelly (I think) and it turned out he was gay (on the show).
azulskies azulskies 9 years
Mr. Ernst - Rainn Wilson Bradley "Brad" Taylor - Hayden Panettiere Ted McGrif - Shia LaBeouf Melody Hanson - Spencer Grammer Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst - Christopher Mintz-Plasse Danny Lightfoot - Jay Hernandez
sweetrae80 sweetrae80 9 years
Mr. Ernst - David Cross Bradley "Brad" Taylor - Leighton Meester Ted McGrif - Jesse Metcalfe Melody Hanson - Sarah Roemer (Ashley from Disturbia) Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst - Martin Starr Danny Lightfoot - Efren Ramirez
Marisa6 Marisa6 9 years
Mr. Ernst- Stephen Collins (7th Heaven)Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst- Alexander Gould (Weeds) Bradley "Brad" Taylor- Mika Kelly Ted McGrif -Chase Crawford Melody Hanson -Aimee Teegarden (Friday Night Lights) Danny Lightfoot- Wilmer Valderrama
McCubcakes McCubcakes 9 years
wow, this brings back memories. I named my brother Brad because Bradly Taylor. My parents let me name my younger sibling and i said if it's a girl- Brad, if it's a boy- Brad. So my brother can thank Hey Dude for his name ;)
alethe16 alethe16 9 years
Mr. Ernst (David Brisbin) -- Forrest Whitaker Bradley "Brad" Taylor -- Taylor Momsen Ted McGrif (David Lascher) -- Ryne Sanborn Melody Hanson (Christine Taylor)-- Lyndsy Fonseca Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst (Josh Tygiel) -- Corbin Bleu Danny Lightfoot (Joe Torres) -- Nathaniel Arcand
emilie11 emilie11 9 years
Mr. Ernst (Bret Michaels) Bradley "Brad" Taylor (Megan Fox) Ted McGrif (James Franco) Melody Hanson (Brittany Snow) Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst (Zac Efron) Danny Lightfoot (Kal Penn) haha I don't know!
rickimc rickimc 9 years
Not sure how I would recast it, but Hey Dude was one of my favorite shows. I'm with a lot of others posters here - David Lascher was totally hot!
Sugie Sugie 9 years
Mr. Ernst (Seth Rogen) Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst (Spencer Breslin) Bradley "Brad" Taylor (Lindsay Lohan) Ted McGrif (Chase Crawford) Melody Hanson (Lauren Conrad) Danny Lightfoot (Pete Wentz )
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
oh man, i loved all those shows you mentioned!! i miss nickelodeon, especially the really old stuff (on in the 80s) on Nick at three sons, patty duke, mister ed
MissMarisol MissMarisol 9 years
omg... david was my first crush too. I heart him.
MisterPinkNoTip MisterPinkNoTip 9 years
I used to LOVE this show. And also Salute Your Shorts.
alynn alynn 9 years
Love Hey Dude. Went with some lesser knowns. Mr. Ernst - Rick Moranis Bradley "Brad" Taylor - Shenae Grimes (Degrassi) Ted McGrif - Hunter Parrish (Weeds) Melody Hanson - Brittany Robertson (Dan in Real Life) Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst - Christopher Mintz-Plasse Danny Lightfoot - Victor Rasuk
khowell khowell 9 years
Mr. Ernst - Stephen Colbert Bradley "Brad" Taylor - Leighton Meester Ted McGrif - Jared Padalecki Melody Hanson - Jamie Lynn Spears (assuming the show doesn't start filming for few months) Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst - Seth Green (the version of Seth Green from Can't Buy Me Love) Danny Lightfoot - Wilmer Valderrama And for good measure... Lucy - Ellen DeGeneres
kendallina kendallina 9 years
I loved this show! I wish they played reruns! I wanted to be Brad and I loved Ted! Recast... Mr. Ernst ~ Matthew Broderick Bradley ~ Leighton Meester Ted ~ Ben McKenzie Melody ~ Brittany Snow Ben ~ Michael Cera Danny ~ Kal Penn
bratty3000 bratty3000 9 years
Such a Great Show! I wish it would come out on DVD Mr. Ernst (David Brisbin) - James Eckhouse Bradley "Brad" Taylor (Kelly Brown)- Kelly Monaco Ted McGrif (David Lascher) - Chace Crawford Melody Hanson (Christine Taylor)- Ashley Tisdale Benjamin 'Buddy' Ernst (Josh Tygiel)- Freddie Munez Danny Lightfoot (Joe Torres)- Mario Lopez
KWM KWM 9 years
OMG I LOVED this show. My brother and I would watch it all the time. I had totally forgotten about it! I had a huge crush on Ted too.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 9 years
yeah i LOVED this show and wanted to be brad soooo much!
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 9 years
Mr. Ernst John Cryer Bradley - Miley Cyrus Ted McGrif - Adam Brody Melody Hanson Ashley Tisdale Benjamin Ernst-- Aaron Carter (nerd!!!!) Danny Lightfoot - Corbin Blue
Entertainment Entertainment 9 years
nancita - Currently I don't think David's up to much. However, I remember him fondly as not only Ted but also as Vinnie Bonitardi, Blossom's boyfriend!
nancita nancita 9 years
OMG, I am always on the hunt for fellow Hey Dude fans! BTW, what happened to David Lascher who played Ted? He was pretty hot.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I have to agree that it would make more sense for it to be unknowns like the original. I can't even think of anyone I think would fit.
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