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Barney & the Backyard Gang
Episodes 8
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Executive Producers Richard C. Leach
Sheryl Stamps-Leach
Kathy O'Rourke-Parker
Writers Frank Olsen
Pat Reeder
Kathy Parker
Sheryl Leach
Dennis DeShazer
Directors John Grable
Dwin Towell
Garry Potts
Jim Rowley
Musical Directors Stephen Bates Baltes
Lory Lazarus
Bob Singleton
Production Company The Lyons Group
Premiere October 13, 1988
Finale October 20, 1991
Chronology
Followed By
Barney & Friends

Barney & the Backyard Gang is a home video series produced from 1998 to 1991. The series focused on a purple tyrannosaurus rex named Barney, and a group of kids known as The Backyard Gang, and the adventures they take, through their imaginations.

The series, for the most part, was for entertainment, having little to no education incorporated. Some tapes, such as Campfire Sing-Along and Barney Goes to School, are really the only ones of the series to teach educational lessons. All the other tapes only focus on the caring and imagination aspect of Barney. It wasn't until Barney & Friends, when the songs incorporated lessons and morals.

The series made more than $3.5 million. The first three tapes alone sold 50,000 copies. Despite being a huge success in Dallas, the series was only a moderate success throughout the rest of America.

The first six videos of this series were written by Frank Olsen. After he left the Barney franchise after the first six videos of this series, Sheryl Leach, Dennis and Kathy Parker (The creators) wrote the last 2 videos of this series.

Cast

Dinosaurs

Children

Adults

Guest Appearances 

Videos

# Image Title Writer Director Original Release Date
1 Thebackyardshow "The Backyard Show" Frank Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable October 13, 1998
The Backyard gang puts on a birthday show for Michael and Amy's dad. Barney encourages the gang to use their imagination to make old props seem like new.

New Barney Songs: Barney Theme Song, I Love You, Hey, Hey, The Gang's All Here, Hello, Hello, Hello

2 Threewishes "Three Wishes" Frank Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable January 27, 1999
After a Saturday leaves the Backyard Gang bored, Barney grants the Backyard Gang three wishes to go anywhere in their imagination.

New Barney Songs: The Rocket Song, Friends Are Forever

3 Adayatthebeach "A Day at the Beach" Frank Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable April 6, 1999
After beach plans for Michael and Amy's family are ruined, Barney takes the Backyard Gang to the beach. They play in the sand, explore a pirate ship, and meet a mermaid.

New Barney Songs: Barney is Our Dinosaur, This is the Way We Walk the Beach, Swimming, Swimming, This is the Way We Leave the Beach

4 Waitingforsanta "Waiting for Santa" Frank Olsen Dwin Towell January 6, 2000
Barney and the Backyard Gang takes their new friend Derek to the North Pole to ensure him that his name is on Santa's list. While at the North Pole, they frolic on the ice, explore Santa's Workshop, and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

New Barney Songs: Waiting for Santa, Winter's Wonderful, Skating, Skating, The Elves' Rap, Let's All Do A Little Tapping

5 Campfiresingalong "Campfire Sing-Along" Frank Olsen Dwin Towell June 8, 2000
After listening to a story about camping read by her mom, Tina wishes that she could go camping someday. She dreams about taking a camping trip with Barney and the rest of the Backyard Gang.

New Barney Songs: S'Mores

6 Barneygoestoschool "Barney Goes to School" Frank Olsen
Sheryl Leach
Kathy Parker
Dennis DeShazer
Deborra Murphy
Garry Potts August 15, 2000
On a Saturday, Barney brings Tina to her school to show him a typical school routine.

New Barney Songs: I Wish There Was School Every Day, There Are Seven Days, The Alphabet Chant, The Weather Riddle Song, The Shape Song, Hug A Color, What I Want to Be, Three Bears Rap, The Goodbye Song

7 Barneyinconcert "Barney in Concert" Sheryl Leach
Kathy Parker
Dennis DeShazer
Jim Rowley July 29, 2001
Barney and the Backyard Gang perform a special concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. Barney introduces the gang and the audience to Baby Bop.

New Barney Songs: Everyone is Special, The Backyard Gang Rap, We Are Barney and the Backyard Gang, Baby Bop's Song, Baby Bop's Street Dance, Bubble, Bubble Bath

8 Rockwithbarney "Rock with Barney" Sheryl Leach Jim Rowley October 20, 2001
Barney and the Backyard Gang explore a movie studio.

New Barney Songs: Help Protect the Earth, Me and My Teddy, There Are 50 Stars on Our Flag, I Can Laugh, Good Manners


Trivia

the first six videos of this series as part of its "Lunch Box" program.
  • Related merchandise to the Backyard Gang videos include read-along books (of the first three videos) and tape sets (of the entire series), and later in the series, the first Barney dolls (two of them actually used in the videos).
  • The earlier videos from 1988 and 1989 featured actress Sandy Duncan as Michael and Amy's mother.
  • The first three videos of this series featured Barney with a slightly deeper voice, perhaps larger eyes, a visible red tongue (until 2000), and a much darker color of purple (which turned more magenta as the series went on).
  • All eight videos were re-released in 1992, and the last five titles were re-released in 1996. Two of them, Waiting for Santa and Barney in Concert, were also re-released by Lyrick Studios, in 1997 and 2001.
  • After David Voss left the show to join the military, Barney was performed by a woman for one concert. She couldn't stay in the costume for a long time and she ended up freaking out, so she was never heard from again. Then David Joyner did the rest of the concerts and continued as Barney's costume performer.
  • This is a prologue to the actual series, Barney & Friends, similar The Tracey Ullman Show, whose shorts serve as a prologue to The Simpsons.
  • Barney and Baby Bop are the only dinosaurs to appear in these videos, as BJ wasn't even introduced yet.
  • There were plans to rerelease the first three videos in 1994, but plans fell through and Lyons instead rereleased the last four videos in 1995/1996

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