Bar None Ranch - Dude ranch in Tucson, Arizona featured
on the situation comedy HEY DUDE/NIK/1989-91.
The staff at the Bar None Ranch included:
- David Brisbin as Mr. Benjamin
Ernst, the ranch's overly enthusiastic
goofball of a boss. He's a divorced accountant
from New Jersey who purchased the Bar None
Ranch so he could be a cowboy. To keep
his dream alive, he must sometimes finding ways to save the
ranch, including becoming a professional
wrestler, conducting a plan a murder-mystery
night, buying the World's Largest
Toothpick Sculpture (a scale model of
Manhattan) as a tourist attraction, or pushing official Bar None merchandise
(spaghetti sauce, mayonnaise, pickles, boot
polish, and salad dressing). The Ernst's
family motto is "We like Math." Sara (Danielle
Blanchard Foster) is Mr. Ernst's ex-wife.
- Josh Tygiel as Buddy Ernst, the
boss's young son. He has a dog named Cassie.
Buddy doesn't like the desert. He'd rather
live in a city so he can skateboard on the
- David Lascher as Ted McGriff, the schemer
of the bunch. His middle name is Aloysius.
Ted's has a disembodied hand called "The Hand
That Wouldn't Die "that allegedly came from
his great-grandfather Jack's sawmill accident
back in 1863 (according to a ghost story he
told the gang).
- Kelly Brown as Bradley "Brad"
Taylor, the riding instructor. She attended
The Madison School, a boarding school for the
rich. Ted and Kyle competed for Brad's
- Christine Taylor as Melody Hanson, a pleasant
Olympic caliber swimmer who gives swimming lessons
at the ranch pool. She and Bradley flirted
- Joe Torres as Danny Lightfoot, a Hopi Native
American teen staffer and talented cartoonist
who created an unflattering comic strip
called "The Dud Ranch."
He helps out when an archaeologist discovers a
sacred Indian burial ground at the Bar None.
- Jonathan Galkin as Jake Decker, Mr.
Ernst's trouble making nephew. He uses a teddy
bear named "Mr Bear" for therapy.
- Geoffrey Coy as Kyle Chandler, a
teen who decides to stay at
the ranch for the summer. He is the son of
- Sarge McGraw as Homer who delivers
hay to the ranch.
- Robert B. Ramsden as Sam, the chef
at the Bar None Ranch.
The boys live in Bunkhouse 7; the girls live
in Bunkhouse 8 Cabin 9 is the best guest room at
the ranch. The Bar None jeep is a red Wrangler
(License: D1BN). Later, a yellow Wrangler
Another neighboring ranch is the
Circle J Ranch (owned by Ralph). To get there
from the Bar None Ranch you "Go right down the
road here, take the right fork, go about
three...nine, ten miles. You'll see a gas
station. Pull over. They'll give you
Here are a few of the activities the staff at
the ranch tackled:
- Leading overnight camping trips.
- Participating in the employee-of-the-week competition.
- Handling troublemaking guests, like discovering the
identity of a mysterious peeping Tom.
- Competing in a game of capture the flag or baseball team rivalry
between the Bar None Brawlers and the Snake Eyes Ranch owned by
Vic Vleck (Paul Secrest).
- Telling ghost stories.
- Going on a treasure hunt.
- Searching for a creature from outer space.
Theme Song Lyrics
It's a little wild and a little strange.
To make your home out on the range.
Mount your horse and come along.
Cause you can't get a ride if you can't hold on.
Singin': Yippie ki yi yay, yippie ki yi what?
Like the cowboys sing: Yippie ki yi yay.
Get along little doggie 'til the break of day.
Better watch out for these man-eating jackrabbits
and that killer cacti
TRIVIA NOTE: The series was filmed at
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch, in Tucson, Arizona.
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