“It’s Ernest” is a show that I thought lasted longer than it did. Being from Kentucky, we kinda embraced Jim Varney early on. Hell, you should’ve saw his grave right after he died. Slinky dogs, Ernest caps and other junk littered all over it. But, back to the TV show. In 13 episodes, Jim Varney pretty much ran throughout all of his Ernest and related characters. After that, nothing happened.

Launching in the aftermath of Pee-wee Herman, it’s easy to see how Jim Varney found a home on CBS. It’s just that like with much of the adult tinged kids shows that were launching in the era, most kids didn’t know what to make of the series. The collection of smash cuts, minute long shorts and construction paper interstitials produce something rather jarring for the late 80s. I feel that within five years to a decade, this show would’ve been received differently.

But, that’s the problem with either being ahead or behind the curve. You either beat the aesthetic changes or you look passe. Still, I enjoy the nostalgia buzz that Mill Creek has been able to provide with this release. Now if we could just get the older Ernest films released onto home video. I’m talking pre “Goes to Camp”.


  • Nothing


  • 1.33:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby Digital 2.0


  • 88%
    Video - 88%
  • 88%
    Audio - 88%
  • 93%
    Show Score - 93%

The Plot Thus Far

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!

Jim Varney who created the Ernest P. Worrell character starred in this imaginative Saturday morning kid’s program 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. 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!


1. Hey Vern, It’s Outer Space
2. Hey Vern, It’s Clothing
3. Hey Vern, It’s Scary Things
4. Hey Vern, It’s Movies
5. Hey Vern, It’s Magic
6. Hey Vern, It’s Sports
7. Hey Vern, It’s Pets
8. Hey Vern, It’s Hobbies
9. Hey Vern, It’s Food
10. Hey Vern, It’s Holidays
11. Hey Vern, It’s School
12. Hey Vern, It’s Lost and Found
13. Hey Vern, It’s Talent

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