Hey, Vern. Ernest is on Saturday morning. The series follows Ernest, and several other colorful characters having all sorts of wacky fun.
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Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

Jim Varney's recurring dim-bulb character Ernest P. Worrell returns in this film as a school maintenance man seeking to obtain a high school diploma.

Director: Coke Sams
Stars: Jim Varney, Linda Kash, Bill Byrge
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The title says it all. There's a mix up involving stolen diamonds which Ernest has (naturally) made into a yo-yo and given to his would be girlfriend, Rene. But Rene wants a man of action, ... See full summary »

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Linda Kash, Jamie Bartlett
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

Buffoonish Ernest and his dimwitted pal Abner unearth a huge cannon reputed to contain the crown jewels of England.

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Ron James, Tom Butler
Comedy | Crime | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Bumbling Ernest P. Worrell is assigned to jury duty, where a crooked lawyer notices a resemblance with crime boss Mr. Nash, and arranges a switch. Nash assumes Ernest's job as a bank ... See full summary »

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Gailard Sartain, Bill Byrge
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A group of juvenile criminals is sent for vacation to Kamp Kikakee. The clumsy Ernest has to care for them, although he doesn't even know how to take care of himself. The other children at ... See full summary »

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Victoria Racimo, John Vernon
Family | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

Ernest joins the Army reserves so he can drive the bigrigs, but ends up being sent into combat!

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Hayley Tyson, David Müller
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Ernest helps Santa Claus as he searches for his successor.

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Douglas Seale, Oliver Clark
Slam Dunk Ernest (Video 1995)
Comedy | Family | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

Ernest P. Worrell becomes a basketball star after an angel bearing an uncanny resemblance to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gives him a pair of magic sneakers.

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Cylk Cozart, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Ernest unleashes an ugly troll that plots to transform children into wooden dolls in the town of Briarville, Missouri.

Director: John R. Cherry III
Stars: Jim Varney, Eartha Kitt, Austin Nagler
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A feature adaptation of the classic TV show, when nice guy redneck Jed Clampett strikes it rich when he finds black oil, and moves he and his kin to posh Beverly Hills.

Director: Penelope Spheeris
Stars: Diedrich Bader, Erika Eleniak, Jim Varney
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Animation | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The fantastic adventures of David and his wife Lisa traveling around the world to save the animals and defeating the trolls.

Stars: Matilde Conesa, Jane Woods, José María Cordero
Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hey Vern! Your ol' buddy Ernest is back in a new video that features Commercials, Bloopers, Behind-the-Scenes looks, and special surprises! Ernest sells things like ice cream, soft drinks, ... See full summary »

Stars: Jim Varney
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Bruce Arntson ...
 Existo / ... (13 episodes, 1988)
Mac Bennett ...
 George's Roommate (13 episodes, 1988)
Daniel Butler ...
 Earl the Barber / ... (13 episodes, 1988)
Bill Byrge ...
 Bobby (13 episodes, 1988)
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 Chuck / ... (13 episodes, 1988)
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 Ernest P. Worrell / ... (13 episodes, 1988)
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 Skeeter (12 episodes, 1988)
Denice Hicks ...
 Mrs. Clown (11 episodes, 1988)
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 Mrs. Simon Simmons / ... (11 episodes, 1988)
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Hey, Vern. Ernest is on Saturday morning. The series follows Ernest, and several other colorful characters having all sorts of wacky fun.

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Varney's Emmy win occurred shortly after the show was canceled. In a Chicago Tribune interview conducted at the time, he spoke of his hope that the Emmy recognition (as well as a letter campaign from the Ernest fan club) would convince CBS to reconsider. See more »

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Dust Bunny: Ernie, Babe, what would you do with $10,000?
Ernest P. Worrel: Well, I might do a little dusting around here!
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Follows The Ernest Film Festival (1986) See more »

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Children's programming at its best. Adults love it, too;)
18 March 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Children's programming doesn't get any better than this. I grew up with Ernest P. Worrell. "Hey, Vern! It's Ernest" was an excellent show and is still better than the children's programming they air today. As the song goes: "It's Ernest P. Worrell with a story and a moral." The entire song is catchy and I find myself singing along with it when I pop in the DVD. Having won 2 Emmy's(one going to Jim Varney), I cannot see why the show only had 13 episodes(what's up with that, CBS?) I wanted more. There was lovable Ernest, of course, Dust Bunny, Lonnie Don, Sgt. Glory, bitter old Auntie Nelda, Existo the magician, Earl the Barber, Willie the Homemade Robot, Mrs. Simon Simmons, Vern(who we never see, but is addressed in every episode), Chuck and Bobby, the crazy Dr. Otto, My Father, The Clown, Bill and Coo, Ernest's Tongue, Mac and George, and an assortment of other characters. Each story had a moral message to it and wasn't preachy about it and it didn't feel like you were being lectured to but treated as an equal. When I was a kid, I really gravitated toward that. Ernest was a playmate that never aged. This is great for the kids but there is plenty of tongue-in-cheek humor for the adults. I was 12 when this came out and even though I'm an adult, I still enjoy the series and find myself feeling like a kid again. This gets a perfect rating from me. Amongst all the filth that Hollywood creates, Jim kept 'Ernest' clean, honest, down to earth, he was never vulgar or laced his shows with any sexual content whatsoever. I can't say that about children's programming today. "Jim, you made us laugh until we cried. You will always be my hero. And what you did as 'Ernest P. Worrell', no one will ever be able to duplicate." R.I.P. 1949-2000.


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