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Barney Goes To School is the sixth video[1] in the Barney & The Backyard Gang series, originally released in August 15, 1990.


Educational Theme: School Routine

Join Barney as he enjoys a typical day at school with the Backyard Gang. And joining them in finger-painting, pretend, and learning such center activities as ABC's and 123's (not to mention scampering after a mischievous hamster named "Zippity"), he discovers why the kids love going to school each weekday - learning is so much fun!


National Talent Search Winners[]

  • Christina Bass
  • Michael Bertolino
  • Jenilee Candari
  • Jana Evans
  • A.J. Schrader


  1. "Barney Theme Song"
  2. "I Wish There Was School Every Day" (also plays instrumentally during the end credits)
  3. "Look Through the Window"
  4. "You're A Grand Old Flag"
  5. "There Are Seven Days"
  6. The Alphabet Medley: ("Alphabet Song"/"The Alphabet Chant")
  7. "The Weather Riddle Song"
  8. "The Fishing Song"
  9. "The Shape Song"
  10. "Alligator Pie"
  11. "Hug a Color"
  12. "What I Want to Be"
  13. "If All the Raindrops"
  14. "Three Bears Rap"
  15. "The Goodbye Song"
  16. "I Love You"



Filming for this video took place in June 1990 at ColorDynamics in Allen, Texas.

Music and Adaptation[]

An audio cassette and coloring book was released for this video.

Audio Cassette[]

Main Article: Barney Goes To School (Audio Cassette)


Main Article: Barney Goes To School (Coloring Book)



Behind the scenes[]


  • In the video, Tina mentions that every day in school they sing "You're A Grand Old Flag", but in reality, schools say The Pledge of Allegiance.
  • The Barney doll that Tina owns is the same doll that was given out from the Barney Fan Club.
  • For some reason, the spine on the original cover says "Barney Videos" rather than having the Backyard Gang logo.
  • This video serves as a pilot for Barney & Friends, due to the setting of this video taking place at a school and the duration of the video being 30 minutes.
  • This video has the longest end credits, not counting Barney's Great Adventure.
  • A Spanish dub of this video was made presumably around the same time as an alternate to the original. Due to it being produced around the same time as the English version, the dub was made by a different team compared to Barney y Sus Amigos, and the songs (except for "The Alphabet Chant") remain in English.
  • Five winners were selected from The Barney National Talent Search and they performed "What I Want to Be" in this video as their names were revealed in the end credits.
  • When the music had ended in the end credits, a small snippet of the "Shimbaree, Shimbarah" sound effect can be heard briefly.
  • This video takes place on October 14, 1989 (a Saturday).
  • On Disney Channel's Lunch Box/Music Box in 1990, aired this along with the other 5 videos of Barney & The Backyard Gang. Then on April 4th, 2021, Youtuber TF1945™Archive, upload the full video from Disney Channel's Lunch Box/Music Box.
  • When Barney Goes To School VHS was re-released under Lyrick Studios, the price of home video was $14.95
  • This and Barney in Concert are the only videos from the Backyard Gang series where the current Backyard Gang lineup (Michael, Amy, Tina, Luci, Derek, Adam) as well as their portrayals are credited.


This video marks:

  • The first appearance of Zippity the Hamster.
  • The first video to mention Barney’s name in twice, the name of the video series and episode title.
  • The first time "I Love You" is sung at the end.
  • The first time the Barney doll does not wink at the end.
  • The first video to use the Dakin Barney Doll from the Fan Club.
  • The current color for the Barney costume has remained that way ever since for all media in general, including live show performances since Waiting for Santa.
  • The second time where Barney is physically shown in doll form while speaking onscreen before coming to life as "Going Places!" also featured this albeit being heard off screen.
  • The final Barney video to feature the Kids Edutainment Video logo.
  • The final time Barney is performed by David Voss as he left the series to go into the army, and was replaced by David Joyner starting with the next video. Eventually, David Voss returned to the franchise in Barney Live! In New York City portraying the role of The Winkster alongside Ashley Wood.
  • The final appearance of the 1990 Barney costume, although it would continue to make public appearances until January 1992.
  • The final Backyard Gang video to have a preview released on home media.
    • It was the If All the Raindrops music video, and it would be featured on early prints of Barney in Concert 1991 and all 1991-92 prints of Rock with Barney.


v - e
Barney Home Video (Wink Gif)
Barney & The Backyard Gang
The Backyard Show (1988) • Three Wishes (1988) • A Day At The Beach (1989) • Waiting for Santa (1990) • Campfire Sing-Along (1990) • Barney Goes To School (1990) • Barney in Concert (1991) • Rock with Barney (1991)
1992: Barney's Magical Musical AdventureBarney's Birthday

1993: Barney's Best MannersBarney Rhymes with Mother GooseBarney's Home Sweet HomesLove To Read, With Barney

1994: Let's Pretend with BarneyBarney's Alphabet ZooBarney Live! In New York CityImagination Island

1995: Barney's Families are SpecialBarney SafetyMaking New FriendsBarney's Birthday / Home Sweet HomesRiding In Barney's CarBarney Songs

1996: Barney's All Aboard For SharingBarney's Talent ShowBarney's Fun & GamesBarney's Exercises Circus / Barney's Parade of NumbersBarney's 1-2-3-4 SeasonsOnce Upon A Time

1997: Barney's Sense-Sational DayBarney's Colors & ShapesBarney's Musical ScrapbookCamp WannarunnaroundBarney's Adventure BusBarney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun!Barney's Good Day, Good Night

1998: It's Time For CountingDown on Barney's FarmBarney in Outer SpaceMy Party with BarneyBarney's Big SurpriseBarney's Halloween PartyBarney's First AdventuresBarney's Good, Clean Fun! / Barney's Oh, Brother...She's My Sister

1999: Sing & Dance With BarneyWhat A World We ShareWalk Around The Block With BarneyLet's Play School!Barney's Night Before ChristmasMore Barney Songs

2000: Barney's Rhyme Time RhythmBarney's Super Singing CircusCome on Over to Barney's HouseBe My Valentine Love, Barney

2001: Barney's Musical CastleA to Z with BarneyBarney's Dino Dancin' TunesLet's Go To The ZooBarney's Pajama Party

2002: You Can Be Anything!Barney's Beach PartyRound and Round We GoBarney's Christmas Star

2003: Barney Songs from the ParkRead With Me/Dance With MeBarney's It's A Happy Day!It's Nice To Meet YouBarney's Red, Yellow and Blue!Barney's Numbers! Numbers!Barney's Best Manners: Your Invitation to Fun!Happy Mad Silly Sad

2004: Movin' and Groovin'Let's Pretend with BarneyNow I Know My ABCsBarney's Colorful World!Ready, Set, Play!

2005: Let's Go to the FarmJust ImagineEveryone Is SpecialThe Land of Make BelieveCan You Sing That Song?

2006: Let's Make Music

2007: Let's Go To The FirehouseShake Your Dino Tail!Dino-Mite Birthday

2008: Celebrating Around The WorldBarney's Animal ABC'sHi! I'm Riff!The Best of Barney

2009: Once Upon A Dino TaleTop 20 CountdownLet's Go on VacationSharing is Caring!Barney's Jungle FriendsWe Love Our Family
2010: Please & Thank YouEgg-Cellent AdventuresLet's Play OutsideFurry FriendsA-Counting We Will GoBest Fairy Tales

2011: Musical ZooShapes & Colors All AroundI Can Do It!1-2-3 LearnBig World AdventureA Very Merry Christmas

2012: I Love My FriendsClean Up, Clean Up!Planes, Trains & CarsAll About OppositesMost Loveable MomentsLet's Go to the Doctor

2013: Let's Go To The MoonPlay with BarneyDance with BarneyImagine with BarneyMost Huggable MomentsPerfectly Purple

2014: Story Time with BarneyHappy Birthday, Barney!A Super-Dee-Duper DayThis Is How I Feel

2015: Tee-rific Bugs & AnimalsIt's Showtime with BarneyBarney's Worldwide Adventure!

2016: Dinos in the Park

2017: Playground Fun
Other releases
Feature film: Barney's Great Adventure

Blockbuster: Play and Learn with BarneyBarney's Time for SchoolBarney's Rockin' Rhyme TimeBarney's Favorite SongsBarney's Big Top FunBarney's Valentine AdventureMovin' & Groovin' with BarneyBarney's Learning Round-UpBarney's Island SafariBarney's Night-Light StoriesBarney's Summertime FunGoing Places With BarneyOn The Move with BarneySing-Along Fun!

Re-releases: Barney's ABC's and 123'sBarney's Outdoor Fun!Let's Go to the BeachBarney's Book FairFun on WheelsMother Goose Collection