‘Hey Dude’ cast reunites for 25th anniversary


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The cast of Nickelodeon's "Hey Dude" reunited after 25 years

"Hey Dude" was Nickelodeon's first scripted show

It was the first time the group was together since the show wrapped in 1991

CNN —  

In the summer of 1989, Nickelodeon debuted its first scripted sitcom, which followed an Arizona dude ranch owner and the teens he employed for the summer. A lovably goofy concept even then, “Hey Dude” ran for 65 episodes and ultimately helped define Nick’s programming for the next 25 years. It’s since become a cult classic that would find new life on the Internet and on DVD, with reruns still getting airtime.

Cast and crew members of the beloved comedy reunited in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary in Austin, Texas, for the third annual ATX Television Festival. It marked the first time the group had sat down together since the show wrapped filming in 1991. The “Hey Dude” gang sat down with both fans and reporters for an afternoon of questions, anecdotes and memories.

David Lascher, who portrayed lovable troublemaker Ted McGriff, said he was taken aback when he saw his cast mates.

“It’s so nice to see everybody. It’s just a flood of amazing memories,” he says. “Everyone looks great, seems happy. I can’t believe it’s been so long.”

Christine Taylor, who played bubbly girl-next-door Melody Hanson, said her kids played in the same gym class as Lascher’s at one point, but it has been difficult to keep in contact with everyone.