Barney & Friends

American children's television series

Barney & Friends is an American children's television series that is mostly targeted at children between the ages of 2 and 8. It was created by Sheryl Leach and produced by HIT Entertainment and Universal Television. 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.[1][2][3][4] Madison Pettis portrayed Bridget in 2010 episodes.

Barney & Friends
Also known asBarney
GenreChildren's television series
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
ComposersBob Singleton (1992–2000)
Joe Phillips (1995–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons14
No. of episodes268
Executive producersMichael Hirsh
Piratck Loubert
Cilve A Simth
Scott Dyer
Sheryl Leach (1988–1998)
Kathy Parker (1988–1993)
Dennis DeShazer (1988–2002)
Randy Dalton (2002–2005)
Karen Barnes (2006–2009)
Production locationsUniversal City, California
Running time30 minutes (1992–2005, 2008–2009)
15 minutes (2006–2007, 2010)
Production companiesLyrick Studios (1997-2001)
HIT Entertainment (2001-2017)
Original release
ReleaseApril 6, 1992 (1992-04-06) –
November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)

The last episode aired on November 2, 2010. Reruns aired on Sprout from 2009 until 2015, and have aired since December 17, 2018 under Sprout's new name Universal Kids. It also aired internationally and on Peacock USA for "I Love You, You Love Me on October 12, 2022, and a non controversial reboot animated series will be premiered on 2024.

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  3. Cerone, Daniel (April 3, 1993). "Dinosaur Is a Star, Spreading Love With Hugs, Kisses, Songs". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  4. "Barney the launching pad". Los Angeles Times. January 30, 2009. Retrieved August 24, 2010.
  5. Sager, Rebekah (1998-01-23). "The Guy Who Played Barney the Dinosaur Now Runs a Tantric Sex Business". Vice. Retrieved 2000-06-11. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)