Barney & the Backyard Gang
Episodes 8
Executive Producers Richard C. Leach
Sheryl Stamps-Leach
Kathy O'Rourke-Parker
Writers Frank Olsen
Pat Reeder
Kathy Parker
Sheryl Leach
Dennis DeShazer
Directors John Grable
Dwin Towell
Garry Potts
Jim Rowley
Musical Directors Stephen Bates Baltes
Lory Lazarus
Bob Singleton
Production Company The Lyons Group
Premiere August 29, 1988
Finale August 1991
Followed By
Barney & Friends
Barney & the Backyard Gang is a home video series produced from 1988 to 1991. The series focused on a purple tyrannosaurus rex named Barney, and a group of kids known as The Backyard Gang, and the adventures they take, through their imaginations.

The series made more than $3.5 million. The first three tapes alone sold 50,000 copies and the whole series would end up selling 500,000 copies. The series was a success across the US and Canada, but especially in the creators' native Texas.

The first six videos of this series were written by Frank Olsen. After he left the Barney franchise after the first six videos of this series, Sheryl Leach, Dennis and Kathy Parker (The creators) wrote the last 2 videos.





Guest Appearances 


# Image Title Writer Director Original Release Date
1 Thebackyardshow "The Backyard Show" Frank H. Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable August 29, 1988
The Backyard gang puts on a birthday show for Michael and Amy's dad. Barney encourages the gang to use their imagination to make old props seem like new.

New Barney Songs: Barney Theme Song, I Love You, Hello, Hello, Hello

2 Threewishes "Three Wishes" Frank H. Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable January 2, 1989
After a Saturday leaves the Backyard Gang bored, Barney grants the Backyard Gang three wishes to go anywhere in their imagination.

New Barney Songs: The Rocket Song, Friends Are Forever

3 Adayatthebeach "A Day at the Beach" Frank H. Olsen
Pat Reeder
John Grable April 3, 1989
After beach plans for Michael and Amy's family are ruined, Barney takes the Backyard Gang to the beach. They play in the sand, explore a pirate ship, and meet a mermaid.

New Barney Songs: Barney is Our Dinosaur, This is the Way We Walk the Beach, Swimming, Swimming, This is the Way We Leave the Beach

4 Waitingforsanta "Waiting for Santa" Frank Olsen Dwin Towell May 1, 1990
Barney and the Backyard Gang takes their new friend Derek to the North Pole to ensure him that his name is on Santa's list. While at the North Pole, they frolic on the ice, explore Santa's Workshop, and discover the true meaning of Christmas.

New Barney Songs: Waiting for Santa, Winter's Wonderful, Skating, Skating, The Elves' Rap

5 Campfiresingalong "Campfire Sing-Along" Frank Olsen Dwin Towell June 1, 1990
After listening to a story about camping read by her mom, Tina wishes that she could go camping someday. She dreams about taking a camping trip with Barney and the rest of the Backyard Gang.

New Barney Songs: S'Mores

6 Barneygoestoschool "Barney Goes to School" Frank Olsen
Sheryl Leach
Kathy Parker
Dennis DeShazer
Deborra Murphy
Garry Potts August 1, 1990
On a Saturday, Barney brings Tina to her school to show him a typical school routine.

New Barney Songs: I Wish There Was School Every Day, There Are Seven Days, The Alphabet Chant, The Weather Riddle Song, The Shape Song, Hug A Color, What I Want to Be, Three Bears Rap

7 Barneyinconcert "Barney in Concert" Kathy O'Rourke-Parker
Sheryl Stamps-Leach
Dennis DeShazer
Jim Rowley July 29, 1991
Barney and the Backyard Gang perform a special concert at the Majestic Theater in Dallas, Texas. Barney introduces the gang and the audience to Baby Bop.

New Barney Songs: Everyone is Special, The Backyard Gang Rap, We Are Barney and the Backyard Gang, Baby Bop's Song, Baby Bop's Street Dance, Bubble, Bubble Bath

8 Rockwithbarney "Rock with Barney" Sheryl Stamps-Leach Jim Rowley August 1, 1991
Barney and the Backyard Gang explore a movie studio.

New Barney Songs: Help Protect the Earth, Me and My Teddy, My Dear Country, I Can Laugh, Good Manners


Title Cards




Stills and Behind the Scenes


  • Music for the Backyard Gang videos was done by Stephen Bates (Baltes) and Philip A. Parker (as with the television series that aired later), while Lory Lazarus wrote the first original song created for Barney, Friends Are Forever.
  • In the first five videos, "I Love You" was sung at the beginning. However, it was sung at the end of Barney Goes to School and Barney in Concert and is frequently sung at the end of Barney & Friends
  • The first six videos of this series aired on Disney Channel in November 1990 as a part of its "Lunch Box" program.[1]
  • Related merchandise to the Backyard Gang videos include read-along books (of the first three videos) and tape sets (of the entire series), and later in the series, the first Barney dolls (two of them actually used in the videos).
  • The earlier videos from 1988 and 1989 featured actress Sandy Duncan as Michael and Amy's mother.
  • The first three videos of this series featured Barney with a slightly deeper voice, perhaps larger eyes, a visible red tongue (until 2000), and a much darker color of purple (which turned more magenta as the series went on).
  • All eight videos were re-released in 1992, and the last five titles were re-released in 1996. Two of them, Waiting for Santa and Barney in Concert, were also re-released by Lyrick Studios, in 1997 and 2001.
  • After David Voss left the show to join the military, Barney was performed by a woman for one concert. She couldn't stay in the costume for a long time and she ended up freaking out, so she was never heard from again. Then David Joyner did the rest of the concerts and continued as Barney's costume performer.
  • This is a prologue to the actual series, Barney & Friends, similar The Tracey Ullman Show, whose shorts serve as a prologue to The Simpsons.
  • There were plans to re-release the first three videos in 1994, but plans fell through and Lyons instead re-released the last four videos in 1995/1996


  1. On the set of Barney
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