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"A Different Kind of Mystery" is the eleventh episode from the fourth season of Barney & Friends.


Ashley, Kristen, and Curtis are trying to help Jeff think of a name for his new kitten when they hear strange noises from the classroom. Barney appears and together they become detectives to solve the case of the mysterious visitor. Along the way they learn about their individual differences. Stella arrives to tell the story of "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse." Scooter keeps popping in to give his opinion about who the mysterious visitor might be. The mystery is solved when Barney and the children discover Jeff's new cat is causing the mischief. They decide on a perfect name for the cat, Tiger.

Stories: "The City Mouse and the Country Mouse"


  1. "Barney Theme Song"
  2. "It's a Fun, Fun Sunny Day!"
  3. "Big and Little"
  4. "Colors All Around"
  5. "Everyone is Special"
  6. "Have a Snack!"
  7. "You've Got to Be You"
  8. "I Love You"



Filming for this episode took place in June 1997 at the Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas.


International edits[]

In some international versions, this episode was shortened.


Behind the Scenes[]



  • This episode marked:
  • Stella is uncredited, despite appearing in this episode.
  • This episode reveals that Ashley is allergic to milk and Curtis was named after his grandfather when he was born.
  • The working title for this episode was "The Case of the Mysterious Visitor".
  • After not being sung for two years, the song, "Everyone is Special" returns in this episode, since "Twice Is Nice!", and although it has been rearranged, this version is a prototype, and it would not be until "You've Got To Have Art" when the current arrangement was finalized.
  • The song, "Have a Snack!" was sung only in B-flat major, not in B-flat and C major as usual.
  • Jeff's cat, Tiger (cat), will be later mentioned in the season 6 episode, "You Are Special".


  • Although Jeff's cat, Tiger (cat) appeared in this episode and everyone saw it, in the season 6 episode, "You Are Special", when Jeff mentioned his cat by its name, Barney was surprised when he heard the name and he even thought that Jeff is talking about a real tiger.


Season Four episodes
"First Day of School" • "Is Everybody Happy?" • "Pennies, Nickels, Dimes" • "We've Got Rhythm" • "Tick Tock Clocks!"
• "Waiting For Mr. MacRooney" • "Let's Build Together" • "It's Tradition" • "A Picture of Health" • "Play Ball!"
• "A Different Kind of Mystery" • "Going On A Bear Hunt" • "Let's Eat" • "Tree-Mendous Trees" • "Good, Clean Fun!"
• "Easy, Breezy Day!" • "All Mixed Up" • "Oh, Brother...She's My Sister" • "Once A Pond A Time" • "E-I-E-I-O"