Barney & Friends

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Barney & Friends
Barney & Friends logo.svg
Also known asBarney
GenreChildren's television series
Educational
Adventure
Musical
Created bySheryl Leach
Based onBarney and the Backyard Gang
by Sheryl Leach
Voices ofBob West
Duncan Brannan
Tim Dever
Dean Wendt
Julie Johnson
Patty Wirtz
Michaela Dietz
Opening themeBarney Theme Song
Ending themeI Love You
Composer(s)Bob Singleton (1992–1994 (primary), 1995-2000 (secondary))
Joe Phillips (1995–2009)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes268
Production
Executive producer(s)Sheryl Leach (1988–1998)
Kathy Parker (1988–1993)
Dennis DeShazer (1988–2002)
Randy Dalton (2002–2005)
Karen Barnes (2006–2009)
Production location(s)Allen, Texas (1992–1993)
Irving, Texas (1995–2000)
Carrollton, Texas (2002–2009)
Running time30 minutes (1992–2005, 2008–2009)
15 minutes (2006–2007, 2010)
DistributorThe Lyons Group (1992-1994, US)
HIT Entertainment (1993-1996 (Non-US), 2001–2010 (Worldwide))
Release
Original networkPBS, PBS Kids, [1]
Picture formatNTSC (1992–2008)
HDTV 1080i (2009–2010)
Original releaseApril 6, 1992 (1992-04-06)
Other websites
Website

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series that is mostly targeted at children ages 2–7. It was created by Sheryl Leach and produced by HIT Entertainment. It premiered on PBS on April 6, 1992. The series is about Barney, a purple anthropomorphic Tyrannosaurus rex who gives educational messages through songs and small dance routines with a friendly, optimistic attitude.[2][3][4][5]

The last episode aired on November 2, 2010. Reruns aired on Sprout from 2005 until 2015, and have aired since December 17, 2018 under Sprout's new name Universal Kids. It also aired internationally.

Main Characters[change | change source]

Dinosaurs[change | change source]

  • Barney (voiced by Bob West in 1992–2000, and Dean Wendt in 2001–2010; performed by David Joyner in 1991-2001[6] and Carey Stinson in 2001-2010)
  • Baby Bop (voiced by Julie Johnson)
  • BJ (voiced by Patty Wirtz)
  • Riff (voiced by Michaela Dietz)

References[change | change source]

  1. Carter, Bill (March 21, 1994). "A Cable Challenger for PBS As King of the Preschool Hill". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  2. Gorman, James (April 11, 1993). "TELEVISION VIEW; Of Dinosaurs Why Must This One Thrive?". The New York Times. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  3. "Stuuuupendous!". Time. December 21, 1992. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved August 14, 2010.
  4. Cerone, Daniel (April 3, 1993). "Dinosaur Is a Star, Spreading Love With Hugs, Kisses, Songs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  5. "Barney the launching pad". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  6. Sager, Rebekah (2018-01-23). "The Guy Who Played Barney the Dinosaur Now Runs a Tantric Sex Business". Vice. Retrieved 2020-06-11.