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Barney & Friends Episode
The Exercise Circus!
Season 2, Episode 11
Air date October 11, 1993
Written by Mark S. Bernthal
Directed by Jim Rowley
Theme The Circus and Exercising
Characters Barney
Joe Scruggs (guest appearance/only appearance)
Luci (guest appearance)
Episode Guide
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"The Exercise Circus!" is the eleventh episode from the second season of Barney & Friends.


Tina's ready to play in a big way after getting her cast removed, and the kids suggest staging a playground circus. Michael, the Ringmaster, introduces Barney, the Balancing Dinosaur; Barney's Balancing clowns; Derek, the Juggler; and the Tightrope Twins, Terrific Tina and Magnificent Min. Special Guest, Joe Scruggs sings the song that really sets off the silliness, but in the end, the kids learn that exercise is good for your body and can still be lots of fun. Later on, Luci comes to visit. Barney also reminds us that hugging is an exercise that's good for the heart!

Song List

Exercise Circus

Title Card

  1. Barney Theme Song
  2. The Exercise Song
  3. Taking Turns
  4. The Clapping Song
  5. The Marching Song
  6. Snackin' On Healthy Food
  7. Wiggle in My Toe
  8. If All the Raindrops
  9. I Love You


BarneyDoll ExerciseCircus

The Barney doll closing from this episode.

  • This episode marks:
    • The only appearance of Joe Scruggs in the Barney franchise.
    • The final appearance of Luci.
    • The final time where the four Backyard Gang kids appeared together in the Barney franchise.
  • Some pictures of some scenes from this episode would later be seen in On the Move.
  • On July 2, 1996, this episode was released on VHS as "Barney's Exercise Circus" along with Barney's Parade of Numbers on a Barney VHS two-pack set. It was later released as a separate Barney Home Video on VHS in 1998.
  • On August 23, 2000, this episode was also featured in the Blockbuster Exclusive video, "Barney's Big Top Fun" (along with "Barney's Super Singing Circus").

International Edits

  • In dubbed versions to this, "The Exercise Song" was sung, but only sung for 2 verses. In addition, "Snackin' on Healthy Food" wasn't sung. 



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