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The Backyard Show

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The Backyard Show
Release Date August 29th, 1988
Rereleased Yes
Available on DVD No
Written by Frank H. Olsen
Pat Reeder
Directed by Jon Grable
Three Wishes

The Backyard Show is the first video in the Barney & The Backyard Gang series as well as the beginning of the Barney franchise. It was originally released on August 29th, 1988.


Amy and Michael want to surprise their dad for his birthday. With the Backyard Gang in doubt, there's no way the show can be produced quickly (or, so they think). Fortunately, Barney the Dinosaur comes to life, and encourages the kids to use their imaginations to help make the show a reality. Along the way, they sing songs and recite rhymes that are later sung in the birthday show. The show ends up to be a success with Dad doing the "Hokey Pokey".

Educational Theme: Working Together and Doing Things for Others

Stories: None


  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. I Love You
  3. Hey, Hey, The Gang's All Here
  4. I Love You (Reprise)
  5. Bumpin' Up and Down
  6. Six Little Ducks
  7. Baby Bumblebee
  8. Humpty Dumpty
  9. Hickory Dickory Dock
  10. This Little Piggy
  11. If You're Happy and You Know It
  12. Hello, Hello, Hello
  13. I've Been Working on the Railroad
  14. Little Bunny Foo Foo
  15. For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
  16. Hokey Pokey

Cast of Characters


  • In the original script,
    • Michael was originally named Billy
    • Amy was originally named Annie
    • The opening scene was the entire Backyard Gang watching and marching to a televised parade.
  • The song Friends Are Forever (which was sung in the following video) is heard as an underscore when Michael and Amy find Barney after he turns back into a toy dinosaur.
  • At the end of the original version of the video, as The Lyons Group logo plays, a toy piano is heard playing the first three notes of "This Old Man" (which was used as the melody for "I Love You") then Sandy Duncan singing, "Love you!" This is the only video to feature a different version of The Lyons Group logo music.
  • Michael and Amy's mom's shirt is red at the beginning, but lavender for the rest.
  • This is one of the few videos/episodes with a large amount of animation during songs 8-10.
  • First video to have the Sandy Duncan intro and outro speeches.
  • First video to have the Kids Edutainment Video logo.
  • This is the first time where time laspe is used: Barney and the Backyard Gang get their costumes ready for the stage.


  • A screenshot of a page from the original script can be found here.

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