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The First Generation of Barney & Friends ran from April 6, 1992 to May 6, 1997.
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Background

Production of Season 1 began October of 1991. Sheryl Leach and Kathy Parker, co-creators from the Barney & the Backyard Gang series, teamed up with Co-Producer Dennis DeSazer as executive producers for the first two seasons. Kathy Parker left after the show after Season 2.

Five of the kids from the Barney & the Backyard Gang video series; Luci, Tina, Michael, Derek, and former guest Kathy, return for the first season. Newcomers Shawn, Min, Tosha, Julie, David, Carlos, Juan, Kenneth, and Jason complete the first generation cast.

In 1993, the first ever album Barney's Favorites Vol. 1 was release on August 31, 1993 with 27 songs. Co - Producer Dennis DeSazer was nominated a Grammy for the work on the album.

In early 1994, a lawsuit about "I Love You" caused it to be excluded from Barney Live! In New York CityImagination Island, and the album Barney's Favorites Vol. 2. After the lawsuit ended, production of Season 3 began in November, 1994 and the song was added into the special Barney Celebrates Children.

In 1994, Barney and some kid cast members took stage at Radio City Music Hall. The short-lived appearance was a smash hit with sales (all shows sold out within 30 minutes) and the production was met with generally positive reviews. However, not all critics were pleased. Writer Steve Parks, from the New York Newsday, called the performance "A Famliar Sing Along with Barney", and bashed the musical numbers for being uncreative.

Imagination Island aired on NBC on April 24, 1994. It was later released on VHS in October 1994.

Stella the Storyteller and Mr. Boyd will continue on to the Second Generation, as well as the costume and voice actors for the three dinosaurs.

1st Generation Cast

  • Barney (Body: David Joyner / Voice: Bob West)
  • Baby Bop (Body: Jenny Dempsey/Jeff Ayers, Voice: Julie Johnson)
  • BJ (Body: Jenny Dempsey/Jeff Brooks, Voice: Patty Wirtz)
  • Luci (Leah Gloria) (1988-1992, Guest Appearance: 1993)
  • Min (Pia Manalo) (1992-1996, Guest Appearance: 1999, 2003)
  • Shawn (John David Bennett, II) (1992-1996)
  • Derek (Rickey Carter) (1990-1994, Guest Appearance: 1995)
  • Michael (Brian Eppes) (1988-1993, Guest Appearance: 1999)
  • Kathy (Lauren King) (1991-1995, Guest Appearance: 1999)
  • Tina (Jessica Zucha) (1988-1993, Guest Appearance: 1995)
  • Tosha (Hope Cervantes) (1992-1997, Guest Appearance: 1999)
  • Julie (Susannah Wetzel) (1993-1995)
  • David (Kenny Cooper) (1993)
  • Jason (Kurt Dykhuizen) (Guest Appearance: 1993, 1995-1997)
  • Carlos (Corey Lopez) (1994-1997)
  • Juan (Michael Krost) (1995)
  • Kenneth (Nathan Regan) (1995)
  • Mr. Boyd (Robert Sweatman) (1995-2004, Guest Appearance: 2008)
  • Stella the Storyteller (Phyllis Cicero) (1995-2000, Guest Appearance: 2008)

Crew

Executive Producers

  • Sheryl Leach (1988-1998)
  • Kathy Parker (1988-1993)
  • Dennis DeShzer (1988-2002)

Editor

  • Mckee Smith (1990-2006)

Directors

  • Jim Rowley (1992-2007)
  • Bruce Deck (1992-1995)
  • Steven Feldman (1996-Present)
  • Pat Smith (1996)
  • Clark Santee (1996)
  • Ben Vaughn (1996, 2002-2003)
  • Fred Holmes (1997-Present)

Writers

  • Stephen White (1992-1994, 1996-2007)
  • Mark S. Bernthal (1992-2004)
  • Mitch Lobrovich (1995-1997)
  • Rebecca Self Snider (1995)

First Generation Songs

  1. It's Nice Just to Be Me
  2. Here Comes the Firetruck
  3. When I'm a Firefighter
  4. Gonna Have A Party
  5. Mail Song
  6. The Dance Song
  7. Pumpernickel
  8. Make the Bread
  9. The Baby Bop Hop
  10. Four Little Chickadees
  11. Friends Of Mine
  12. Our New School
  13. Someone to Love You Forever
  14. Let's Do the Tricks My Doggie Does
  15. Let's Take Care of Our Pets
  16. Big and Little
  17. Hooray for Moms and Dads
  18. What Can We Play on a Rainy Day?
  19. Camera Safari
  20. The Elephant Song
  21. Here, Kitty Kitty
  22. Imagine a Place
  23. Getting Ready for Bed
  24. Listen to the Night Time
  25. Nighty-Nite
  26. Time for Dreams
  27. Blanket of Love
  28. Goodnight
  29. Have a Snack!
  30. Washing the Car
  31. The Wheels on the Car
  32. Let's Go on an Adventure
  33. The Wheels on the Truck
  34. That's Hats
  35. My Kite
  36. Hey, Look at Me! I Can Fly!
  37. Puttin' On a Show
  38. Respect
  39. Games
  40. I Just Can't Wait
  41. What a Baseball Day!
  42. Sledding, Sledding
  43. Welcome to Our Treehouse
  44. Happy Birthday to Me
  45. In the Car and Having Fun
  46. We are Little Robots
  47. Oh, When We March
  48. Once Upon a Time
  49. The Spinning Wheel
  50. Does Your Hair Hang Low
  51. Having Fun Song
  52. Listen to the Mockingbird (Barney's Version)
  53. The Popcorn Song
  54. Let's Play Together
  55. The Land of Make-Believe
  56. Laugh With Me!
  57. Our Animal Friends

Barney & Friends First Generation Episodes

Season 1 (1992)

Season 2 (1993)

Season 3 (1995)

Barney Home Videos (First Generation)

  1. Barney's Birthday (September 2, 1992)
  2. Barney's Magical Musical Adventure (January 27, 1993)
  3. Barney's Best Manners (April 2, 1993)
  4. Barney Rhymes with Mother Goose (May 26, 1993)
  5. Barney's Home Sweet Homes (August 25, 1993)
  6. Love to Read, with Barney (December 19, 1993)
  7. Let's Pretend with Barney (January 22, 1994)
  8. Barney's Alphabet Zoo (April 27, 1994)
  9. Barney Live! In New York City (August 3, 1994)
  10. Imagination Island (October 4, 1994)
  11. Barney's Families are Special (February 7, 1995)
  12. Barney Safety (April 11, 1995)
  13. Making New Friends (August 8, 1995)
  14. Riding In Barney's Car (September 26, 1995)
  15. Barney Songs (video) (November 7, 1995)
  16. Barney's All Aboard for Sharing (January 23, 1996)
  17. Barney's Talent Show (March 26, 1996)
  18. Barney's Fun & Games (May 21, 1996)
  19. Barney's Exercise Circus / Barney's Parade of Numbers (July 2, 1996)
  20. Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons (August 6, 1996)
  21. Once Upon a Time (video) (November 5, 1996)
  22. Barney's Sense-Sational Day (January 14, 1997)
  23. Barney's Colors & Shapes (March 18, 1997)
  24. Barney's Musical Scrapbook (May 6, 1997)

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