is the first video in the The Backyard Show series as well as the beginning of the Barney franchise. It was originally released on August 29, 1988.
Barney & the Backyard Gang
Plot 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
Songs / Rhymes
Barney Theme Song
I Love You
Hey, Hey, The Gang's All Here
I Love You (Reprise)
Bumpin' Up and Down
Six Little Ducks
Hickory Dickory Dock
This Little Piggy
If You're Happy and You Know It
Hello, Hello, Hello
I've Been Working on the Railroad
Little Bunny Foo Foo
For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
First Re-Release (1988-1989)
In the original script, Michael was originally named Billy Amy was originally named Annie and the opening scene was the entire Backyard Gang watching and marching to a televised parade. A screenshot of a page from the original script can be found here.
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.
This is the only video to feature a different version of The Lyons Group logo music.
First video to have the Sandy Duncan intro and outro speeches.
First video to have the Kids Edutainment Video logo.
Barney Home Video
Barney & the Backyard Gang
(1988) • The Backyard Show (1989) • Three Wishes (1989) • A Day at the Beach (1990) • Waiting for Santa (1990) Campfire Sing-Along • (1990) • Barney Goes to School (1991) • Barney in Concert (1991)
Rock with Barney
• Barney's Magical Musical Adventure
• Barney's Best Manners • Barney Rhymes with Mother Goose
Barney's Home Sweet Homes • Love to Read, with Barney
• Let's Pretend with Barney • Barney's Alphabet Zoo • Barney Live! In New York City • Imagination Island
Barney's Families are Special• Barney Safety • Making New Friends • Riding In Barney's Car • Barney Songs
Barney's All Aboard for Sharing • Barney's Talent Show • Barney's Fun & Games • Barney's Exercise Circus / Barney's Parade of Numbers • Barney's 1-2-3-4 Seasons • Once Upon a Time
Barney's Sense-Sational Day • Barney's Colors & Shapes • Barney's Musical Scrapbook
• Camp WannaRunnaRound • • Barney's Adventure Bus • Barney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun!
Barney's Good Day, Good Night
• It's Time for Counting • Down on Barney's Farm • Barney in Outer Space • My Party with Barney Barney's Big Surprise • • Barney's Halloween Party • Barney's First Adventures
Barney's Good, Clean Fun! / Barney's Oh, Brother...She's My Sister
• Sing and Dance with Barney • What a World We Share • Walk Around the Block with Barney Let's Play School • • Barney's Night Before Christmas
More Barney Songs
• Barney's Rhyme Time Rhythm • Barney's Super Singing Circus • Come on Over to Barney's House
Be My Valentine, Love Barney
Barney's Musical Castle • A to Z with Barney • Barney's Dino Dancin' Tunes • • Let's Go to the Zoo
Barney's Pajama Party
• You Can Be Anything • Barney's Beach Party
• Round and Round We Go
Barney's Christmas Star
• Barney Songs From the Park • Read with Me, Dance with Me • Barney's It's a Happy Day! It's Nice to Meet You • • Barney's Red, Yellow and Blue! • Barney's Numbers! Numbers! • Barney's Best Manners: Your Invitation to Fun!
Happy Mad Silly Sad
• Movin' and Groovin' • Let's Pretend with Barney • Now I Know My ABCs • Barney's Colorful World!
Ready, Set, Play!
• Let's Go to the Farm • Just Imagine • Everyone Is Special • The Land of Make-Believe
Can You Sing That Song?
Let's Make Music
• Let's Go to the Fire House • Shake Your Dino Tail!
• Celebrating Around The World • Barney's Animal ABC's • Hi! I'm Riff!
The Best of Barney
• Once Upon a Dino-Tale • Top 20 Countdown • Let's Go on Vacation • Sharing is Caring! • Barney's Jungle Friends
We Love Our Family
• Please & Thank You • Egg-Cellent Adventures • Let's Play Outside • Furry Friends • A-Counting We Will Go
Best Fairy Tales
• Musical Zoo • Shapes and Colors All Around • I Can Do It! • 1-2-3 Learn • Big World Adventure
A Very Merry Christmas
• I Love My Friends • Clean Up, Clean Up! • Planes, Trains & Cars • All About Opposites • Most Loveable Moments
Let's Go to the Doctor
• Let's Go to the Moon • Play with Barney • Dance with Barney • Imagine with Barney • Most Huggable Moments
• Story Time with Barney • Happy Birthday, Barney! • A Super-Dee-Duper Day
This Is How I Feel
• Tee-Rific Bugs & Animals • It's Showtime with Barney
Barney's Worldwide Adventure!
Dinos in the Park
Barney's Great Adventure
Play and Learn with Barney • Barney's Favorite Songs• Barney's Big Top Fun • Barney's Time For School • Barney's Rockin' Rhyme Time • Barney's Valentine Adventure • Moving and Grooving with Barney • Barney's Night Light Stories• Barney's Island Safari • Barney's Learning Round-Up• Going Places with Barney • On The Move with Barney • Barney's Summertime Fun • Barney: Sing Along Fun
Barney's ABCs and 123s • Barney's Outdoor Fun! • Let's Go to the Beach • Barney's Book Fair • Fun on Wheels • Mother Goose Collection