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Barney & Friends
Happy Birthday, Barney!
Season 1, Episode 12
Happy Birthday Barney
Air date April 21, 1992
Written by Stephen White
Directed by Jim Rowley
Episode List
What's That Shadow?
Alphabet Soup!

"Happy Birthday, Barney!" is the twelfth episode from Season 1 of Barney & Friends.


After singing "There Are Seven Days in a Week", the kids find out that it's Barney's birthday, and he's turning two hundred million years old, or two dinosaur years. Everyone then plans a special birthday party for Barney, with songs, games, decorations, and, of course, cake. Min and Tina also take time to explain how birthdays are celebrated in the Philippines and Mexico respectively, and they sing birthday songs from both places. After giving Barney her teddy bear, Kathy learns that presents aren't the most important thing of a birthday; it's the thought that counts. Barney makes a special birthday wish for all his friends to join him at the party, and of course, it comes true. Everyone ends by singing I Love You, and they continue to celebrate from there.

Educational Theme: Birthday Celebrations

Song List

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. There Are Seven Days In A Week
  3. Growing
  4. Las Mañanitas
  5. Maligayang Bati (Filipino Birthday Song)
  6. Frosting the Cake
  7. She'll Be Coming Around the Mountain
  8. Everyone is Special
  9. Happy Birthday to You
  10. Hey, Hey, Our Friends Are Here
  11. I Love You


International Edits

  • In the Hebrew production of this, Baby Bop was seen standing in the classroom corner before she was supposed to magically arrive. And in the end of that version, the frame doesn't freeze.
  • Although Hey, Hey, Our Friends Are Here appeared as an underscore when the balloons dropped, it was not sung in either the Spanish or the Hebrew version of this episode. Frosting the Cake was not sung in the Israeli version either, although it appeared as an underscore when the cake came to life.
  • Also, the Spanish version excludes Min's Filipino birthday song and Tina's explanation on what "Feliz cumpleaños" means (since this was being dubbed in Spanish to begin with). Instead, Tina says "Feliz cumpleaños, Barney." and it cuts to the cake scene.


  • According to this episode, Barney's birthday is March 26.
  • Min, Tina, Kathy, and Shawn appear in this episode as main characters while Derek, Michael, and Luci made guest appearances at the end of the episode.
  • This is the third episode Baby Bop sings the "I Love You" song with Barney and his friends. The first and second times were "My Family's Just Right For Me", and "What's That Shadow?", respectively.
  • This episode was released on VHS for the first time on September 1992, making it the first tape to contain the 1992-1995 Barney Home Video logo. For some copies of this VHS they use the 1991-1993 Connecticut Public Television logo, the fundings from Season 1, and the silent version of the 1989-1993 PBS logo.
  • This is the first episode where Barney does not turn back into his plush form at the end.
  • This is the first episode where no one says goodbye at the end. Instead they celebrate Barney's birthday. A freeze frame is used at the very end as well.
  • The art background music from "The Queen of Make-Believe" is played when Barney checks on the kids what they are making.
  • Tina sings the first two lines of the first verse of "I Love You" and the rest with the other kids.
  • The back cover of the VHS release shows a picture of Barney, Baby Bop, and the kids playing musical chairs as a deleted scene.
  • "Everyone is Special" is sung for the first time since "Barney in Concert."
  • This is the third time Baby Bop magically appears.
  • Min wears the same dress in "A World of Music" and Shawn wears the same shirt in "The Queen of Make-Believe".
  • It is revealed that Barney is now two hundred million years old (two dinosaur years.)
  • When this episode aired, the Barney Fan Club gave members the chance to send in birthday cards for Barney via Fan Mail. 
  • Derek wears the same shirt in A Splash Party, Please.

Freeze Frame!!!!!

Freeze Frame


  • Original 1992 Cover
  • 1993 Cover
  • Title Card
  • Tina singing "There Are Seven Days"
  • "There Are Seven Days"
  • Barney's Birthday!
  • Growing
  • Kathy & Min
  • Shawn
  • Tina singing
  • Min singing "Happy Birthday to You" in Filipino
  • Min
  • Frosting the Cake
  • Barney
  • Baby Bop
  • Shawn, Tina, and Min
  • Kathy and her Teddy
  • "Everyone is Special"
  • "Happy Birthday to You"
  • Our friend's are here
  • Michael
  • Luci
  • "I Love You"
  • Derek
  • Freeze Frame

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