The Dudesons

The Dudesons (Finnish: Duudsonit) are a four-man stunt group from Finland. The Dudesons are best known from their TV shows and live performances. Their TV shows are combination of stunts, comedy and reality.

Created by Jarno Laasala, Tuukka Tiensuu, Jukka Hildén
Starring Jukka Hildén

Jarno "Jarppi" Leppälä
Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen
Jarno Laasala

Opening theme "In the Hall of the Mountain King" by Edvard Grieg
No. of seasons 6 (Original series)

5 (English series)

No. of episodes 46
Running time 25 minutes
Original network MoonTV (FIN), Nelonen (FIN), Sub(FIN), Spike (USA), Channel V(AUS) TV 2 Zebra (NOR), MTV, OLN(CAN)
Original release January 2001-present


The Dudesons consists of "four dudes from the Arctic Circle": Jukka Hildén (b. 1980), Jarno "Jarppi" Leppälä (b. 1979), Jarno Laasala (b. 1979) and Hannu-Pekka "HP" Parviainen (b. 1981). All were born in the town of Seinäjoki, Finland, where Hildén, Leppälä, and Laasala became close friends while attending elementary school together, where they later met Parviainen and George Hutton who makes brief cameos in the videos.

As teenagers, the four became quite interested in snowboarding, skateboarding and downhill mountain biking. In the early 1990s, when Laasala got his first video camera, the group began filming their activities which eventually led to further pranks and extreme stunts. They created and sold VHS tapes which were filmed and edited by Laasala and subsequently their reputation began to grow in Seinäjoki.

Original Finnish TV series

In January 2000, Jarno Laasala obtained a job as an editor for a small Finnish cable TV-channel called MoonTV. He saw a possibility to make his own show out of all the stunts the Dudesons had filmed. After finishing high school, the Dudesons set up their own production company called Rabbit Films. The group immediately began shooting a self-financed pilot episode of their own show.

This pilot was finished in August 2000 and the channel immediately green lighted the first season, titled as "Maailmankiertue" (Worldtour). The episodes began airing in January 2001, and the series became the most popular show on MoonTV. In September, 2001, The Dudesons moved from MoonTV to a nationwide TV-channel Nelonen.

The 2nd season, called "Extreme Duudsonit, Maailmankiertue 2", was first screened in 2002, and the same year The Dudesons were also elected as The Media Persons of the Year by the readers of Finland’s most popular youth magazine Suosikki.

The 3rd (Maailmankiertue 3) and 4th seasons (Duudsoni Elämää) of Extreme Duudsonit ran respectively in 2003 and 2004.

Recurring stunts and segments on the English-language version of the Dudesons includes: the "Human Dartboard," playing pranks on "Mr. Hitler" and a vast array of other stunts with "absolute disregard for [their] own safety."

International career

In 2003, The Dudesons made a decision to start making English-language material in order to find international distribution. Their following series, Duudsoni Elämää, was shot both in Finnish and English. The material was then edited both into Finnish-language series, and English language series. The Finnish series ran in 2004, while the English series had its international debut at Australian Channel V in February 2006. The American debut was on SpikeTV on July 6, 2006.

The Dudesons can be seen on Bam Margera's Viva La Bam and Bam Margera Presents: Where the ♯$&% Is Santa?.

By September 2007, The Dudesons Season 1 had been shown in 22 countries around the world, making it the most widespread Finnish TV-series of all time. The second season began in Australia on May 20, 2008 on Channel V. By the year 2010, different Dudesons seasons have been seen in over 150 countries.

The Dudesons are also featured in the hit 2010 movie Jackass 3D, alongside Johnny Knoxville. All four Dudesons were seen on the red carpet at the Jackass 3D premiere.

Season 1: 2006

# Title Original Airdate
2 - 102 "Mayhem on the Dudesons Ranch" July 13, 2006
The Dudesons try out new car stunts. They join up with Bam Margera in "The Human Dart Board" and they perform a wake up call with a metal baseball bat.
3 - 103 "Destroying a Supermarket" July 20, 2006
The Dudesons get a summer job at a grocery store, but in the end they end up destroying the whole place.
4 - 104 "Freezing to Death" July 27, 2006
It's winter in the arctic circle and the Dudesons are freezing to death, so they go to Mexico and cause mayhem with their dude Bam Margera.
5 - 105 "Neighbor Wars" August 3, 2006
The Dudesons start a war against their neighbor Mr. Hitler. Steve-O also shows up.
6 - 106 "Fire in the House" August 10, 2006
The Dudesons go on a live tour, destroys a rock festival and accidentally burn down their house.
7 - 107 "Friendship Hurts" September 24, 2006
The Dudesons meet up with Bam in Vegas for Viva La Bam, hang out with some dudes and perform live shows in front of thousands. Jukka and Jarno chilling out with pornstars.

Season 2: 2008

# Title Original Airdate
8 - 201 "The Desperate Househunters" June 13, 2008
The Dudesons reunite after traveling for 6 months. The destruction of the ranch from last season suddenly dawns on them and they hunt for a new place to live.
9 - 202 "The Prank Wars" May 2, 2008
Jarno pulls a classic prank on Jarppi causing a full-scale Dudesons prank war. Also the Dudesons throw a house warming party for the new ranch.
10 - 203 "The Dudesons Road Trip" May 9, 2008
The Dudesons have a new van and decide to go on a road trip. Stopping along the way for fun and mayhem Dudesons style.
11 - 204 "Super Heroes" May 16, 2008
The Dudesons become super heroes, and after intense training, are released onto the unsuspecting public to save the world.
12 - 205 "Britney's Birthday" May 23, 2008
Britney is unwell. Fearing he will not be well enough for his special birthday party, the Dudesons take him to the vet.
13 - 206 "Cops & Robbers" May 30, 2008
The Dudesons have a contest to see who can get themselves arrested in the most inventive and imaginative way. The winner gets to drive a tank.
14 - 207 "The Dudesons Olympics" June 6, 2008
The Dudesons host their own special Olympics. Jarno and Jukka vs HP and Jarppi in 5 crazy and original events.

Season 3: 2009

# Title Original Airdate
15 - 301 "Astronauts" January 9, 2009
Jarppi blows up a building with himself on top of it. The Dudesons then make a space shuttle out of an old car and try to see if they can launch themselves into space.
16 - 302 "Follow the Leader" January 16, 2009
The Dudesons play a variation of follow the leader with the losers marching in a three man gay parade around town.
17 - 303 "Dream Jobs" January 23, 2009
The Dudesons live out their childhood dreams. HP becomes a firefighter, Jarppi becomes a construction worker, Jarno becomes a police officer and Jukka becomes a life guard.
18 - 304 "Dudesons World War" January 30, 2009
Each Dudesons forms a country and takes over a part of the Dudesons Ranch The United States Of Jukka, Kingdom of Jarppi, The Republic Of Jarno and HP's Developing Country. Alliances with be formed and countries will be invaded. It's an all out Dudesons World War!
19 - 305 "Motor Heads" February 6, 2009
The Dudesons create the ultimate crash car called the Dudesons Mobile. It is equipped with weapons, a defense system and artificial intelligence.
20 - 306 "Winter Olympics with Bam Margera" February 13, 2009
While filming Where the Fuck is Santa?, Bam and the Dudesons compete for Olympic gold. The teams are Bam and Jukka vs Novak and Jarppi.
21 - 307 "Return of Jarppi's Thumb" February 20, 2009
Jarppi and the rest of the Dudesons travel to Helsinki to get Jarppi's thumb. Then they have a funeral party for the 10-year-old thumb.
22 - 308 "Dudesons Top 10" February 27, 2009
The Dudesons host the top 10 moments of the season followed by trailer destruction derby.

Season 4: 2010

# Title Original Airdate
23 - 401 "Follow the leader: Winter edition" January 15, 2010
The Dudesons are playing follow the leader once again. This time in the snowy Ylläs in Lapland.
24 - 402 "Santa's Little Helpers" January 22, 2010
The Dudesons try to see what is it like to be Santa Claus and his assistants.
25 - 403 "Dirty Bets in Australia" January 29, 2010
The Dudesons go to Australia and meet with Dirty Sanchez
26 - 404 "Dudesons' Battle Robot" February 5, 2010
The Dudesons build a robot and then fight against it.
27 - 405 "Dudesons' Do America" February 12, 2010
The Dudesons do a promotional tour in America and meet Nitro Circus.
28 - 406 "Back To Basics" February 19, 2010
The Dudesons rebuild their sauna.
29 - 407 "How Did The Dudesons Start" February 26, 2010
The Dudesons tell how they started and their growing popularity.
30 - 408 "Dudesons Top 10" March 5, 2010
The Dudesons talk about the top 10 moments of season four and HP gets hit by a giant wrecking ball.

The Dudesons in America: 2010

After a multimillion-dollar deal with MTV, a new show called The Dudesons in America was green lit. With a budget of six million dollars, it would consist of the same line-up of all four Dudesons, and was set to be produced by both Johnny Knoxville and Jeff Tremaine. The Dudesons' own production company, Rabbit Films, decided to do the show with the co-operation of Dickhouse. "The Dudesons have balls where there should be brains and I am honored to be doing a show with them," Knoxville says on the Dudesons's official website.[citation needed] However, after the episode Cowboys & Findians, MTV changed the time the episode would air due to unknown reasons. The Dudesons stated on their official Facebook page that the show would continue on July 16, 2010 and has since ended.[3]

The first episode was shown on MTV May 6, 2010.

The Dudesons in America was first aired on August 1, 2010 in the UK, on MTV Bang.

# Title Original Airdate
31 - 501 "Follow the leader" May 6, 2010
The Dudesons are playing follow the leader once again in California, USA.
32 - 502 "Cowboys & Findians" May 13, 2010
The Dudesons want to know if they can hack it like the original Americans once did, so they have found a Native American mentor named Saginaw who has agreed to lead them through seven painful rites of passage. (MTV pulled this episode from distribution after American Indians protested its racist stereotyping.)
33 - 503 "Spaced" May 20, 2010
The Dudesons decide to build their own rocket and launch it where no man has gone before - Uranus!
34 - 504 "Abusement Park" July 16, 2010
The Dudesons take their extreme antics to an amusement park, or as they like to call it, an abusement park!

Guest starring Andy Bell from Nitro Circus.

35 - 505 "American Frontiersmen" July 23, 2010
The Dudesons try to survive a harsh winter in the Rocky Mountains to learn more about American pioneers.

Guest starring Erik Roner from Nitro Circus.

36 - 506 "Armed Forces" July 30, 2010
The Dudesons start their own army in order to adequately fight Canada if they ever attack the United States.
36 - 507 "Alien Invasion" August 6, 2010
The Dudesons built a series of 'what to do in case of alien invasion' tests to ward off an imminent invasion from space.
37 - 508 "Winter Games" August 13, 2010
The Dudesons go big in big mountain country and battle one another for the title of "King of the Mountain".

Guest starring Bam Margera and Ryan Dunn of the Jackass crew.

38 - 509 "Action Heroes" August 20, 2010
The Dudesons love Hollywood action films so much they decide to reenact some of Hollywood's biggest on screen stunts.

Guest starring film producer Lawrence Gordon

38 - 510 "American Jock" August 27, 2010
America is a country obsessed with sports, and the Dudesons want to try to understand what it's all about by immersing themselves in all things sport.
38 - 511 "Dudes Mobile" September 4, 2010
The Dudesons, like Americans, love their cars. So they decide to build one and race it against their new American dudes
38 - 512 "American History" September 4, 2010
With the help of their history teacher, The Dudesons start learning about some of America's most important historical moments.

Season 5: 2016

# Title Original Airdate
39 - 601 "Undercover Dudesons" July 1, 2016
40 - 602 "Dudesons in Africa" July 8, 2016
41 - 603 "Follow the Leader Mobile Edition" April 16, 2015
42 - 604 "Gumball Rally in America" April 23, 2015
43 - 605 "Dudesons vs. Professionals" April 30, 2015
44 - 606 "Dudesons Exposed" May 7, 2015
45 - 607 "Dudesons Home Invasion" May 14, 2015
46 - 608 "Kill Your Darlings" May 21, 2015

The Dudesons Movie

The international launch of The Dudesons TV-series was supported by the full-length feature film The Dudesons Movie, which was released theatrically in Finland on March 31, 2005, and straight to DVD in a dozen other countries. The movie was released in the USA on July 11, 2006, by Warner Rhino. Despite mixed reviews from Finnish mainstream critics, the movie won the "Audience's Favorite Movie" at Jussi Awards, the Finnish equivalent of Oscars, with about 47% of votes.[4]

Dudesons Do Gumball

In 2013, The Dudesons filmed and launched their own three-part series when taking part in the Gumball 3000 event. The show aired exclusively on Extreme Sports Channel, and followed the Finns as they travelled from Copenhagen to Monaco. This year they had a Cadillac SUV which had the look of a blue elephant. During the race through Europe they had their "Wheel of Fortune", which was used for different types of pranks.


The Dudesons are friends with Chase Gilroy and Roman Atwood .

See also

  • Jackass (TV series)
  • The Janoskians