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!