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Monday, July 12, 2021

Christmas in July 2021: Hey Dude (1990)


The classic Nick series Hey Dude ran from 1989-1991.

Happy Christmas in July! It's Day #12 of the Christmas in July party. All month long I'll be celebrating Christmas TV episodes, specials, and movies with a FUN IN THE SUN attitude. Expect a run of Christmas in July stories, tropical yuletides, and island themes. Just a little something different and a way for me to show off the diversity of holiday stories I've collected in the encyclopedia Tis the Season TV (the updated and expanded 2nd edition being released later this year).

Today's Christmas in July episode is from the 4th season of the Nickelodeon children's live action series Hey Dude set on a dude ranch in Arizona. In the episode "Ride She Said," Brad receives a new horse named Charisma as a gift from her parents. This generosity inspires Melody to organize a Christmas in July party for the Bar None crew and their friends. The ranch staff decorate a Christmas tree, sing carols, exchange gifts, and enjoy special holiday foods at their party. In the spirit of the season, Brad gives her horse to the ranch nearby that serves physically-challenged children. Mel even leads everyone in singing "Deck the Halls."

The cast includes Christine Taylor as Melody, David Brisbin as Uncle Ben, Kelly Brown as Brad Taylor, and David Lascher as Ted McGriff.



Christmas in July will continue all month long. Got another favorite classic Nick Christmas episode? Feel free to leave comments down below.


Joanna Wilson is a TV researcher and book author specializing in Christmas entertainment. More about the TV programs mentioned on this website can be found in her book "Tis the Season TV: the Encyclopedia of Christmas-themed Episodes, Specials, and Made-for-TV Movies." Her latest book "Triple Dog Dare: Watching--& Surviving--the 24-Hour Marathon of A Christmas Story" was released in 2016. She is currently updating and expanding the encyclopedia for a 2021 release. Her books can be found at the publisher's website: 1701 press.com

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