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The tenth season of Barney & Friends premiered on the PBS children's block, PBS Kids from September 18, 2006 to October 13, 2006 and consisted of twenty episodes (40 segments). This is the first season of Barney & Friends to have episodes broken into twelve minute segments. The first segment of each episode would conclude with the song, "A Friend Like You", while the second segment would end with "I Love You". Continuing to breakaway from the typical Barney & Friends format following season nine, this season displays Barney coming to life after the theme song, rather than in the episode, through the imaginations of four children including Tracy, Josh, and Haley who are apart of the new cast this season.

This season introduces a cast of forty-seven children, however unlike previous seasons, the cast of children are now reduced to background characters. With this season also comes the debut of Riff, the cousin of BJ and Baby Bop, who loves music.

This was the first season to be executive produced by Karen Barnes, who had no involvement with the series prior to this. This season also sees the show's first permanent head writer with Carter Crocker, another newcomer who had no involvement with the franchise prior.

Development

Karen Barnes, executive producer at the time, with Riff.

In December 2004, Karen Barnes became the new executive producer of the series, replacing Randy Dalton who served for the previous three seasons. During that time, management decided to revamp the show beginning with this season in order to appeal to international broadcasters globally. This meant for the show to no longer follow a traditional half hour format and instead break the episodes into twelve minute segments.[1]

According to Barnes, the primary focus of this season was to construct a music curriculum using pop-inspired compositions. The music curriculum was fused with the introduction of Riff, a six-year-old hadrosaur who was the cousin of BJ and Baby Bop. His addition was to further diversify the music in the series.

Production

This season was first announced in February 2006.[1] Filming for this season took place from June 20, 2005 to February 20, 2006. For the production of this season, a few set renovations occurred:

  • The Park: The roof of the gazebo is now taken off and the magical musical stepping stones are added.
  • The Caboose: The green closet now appears inside.

Casting

Children

Jackson is the only kid from Season 8 to appear in this season, and this season also marks his last appearance on the show. Absorbed from the previous season were Rachel, Laura, and David. However, Mario returns in the episode, "Sharing", while former cast members Makayla Crawford, Grayson Lee Vanover, and Katherine Pully made guest appearances in the episode, "Mother Goose".

At a cast of forty-seven children, this season has the largest cast of any season. However, the kids are significantly downplayed, so that this season could focus on Barney and the dinosaurs. The kids rarely have any lines or get to sing. In fact, Jamal and Michael are the only two kids that get to sing this season: Jamal sang "Look at Me I'm Dancing!" and Michael sang "I Can See It on Your Face" with Barney.

Cast

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Dinosaurs

Children

Adult

Guest Appearances

Episodes

# Episodes Written By Directed By New Barney Songs Interestrial Original Airdate
1
"Welcome, Cousin Riff" and "Special Skills"
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Carter Crocker Fred Holmes "I Hear Music Everywhere", "A Friend Like You", "You Can Make Music with Anything" Barney-Toon September 18, 2006
"Welcome, Cousin Riff": Barney informs Baby Bop and BJ that their cousin Riff has moved into town!

"Special Skills": Baby Bop and BJ decide to put on a special puppet show in the park. Riff utilizes his music ability to enhance the show.

2
"Airplanes" and "Boats"
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Michael Anthony Steele Jim Rowley "Flying in a Plane", "Together, Together" Barney-Toon September 19, 2006
"Airplanes": BJ brings his new airplane toy to the park. Riff decides to borrow BJ's airplane toy. But when Riff can't seem to put BJ's toy airplane back together, BJ puts his toy airplane back together to make it good as new.

"Boats": Barney shows Baby Bop about boats. BJ and Baby Bop build a boat for Barney and Baby Bop.
3
""Butterflies"" and ""Bugs""
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Cheryl Ammeter Fred Holmes Barney-Toon September 20, 2006
"Butterflies": Baby Bop cares for a caterpillar that is going through metamorphosis.

"Bugs": BJ shows Barney, Baby Bop, Riff, and the kids his bug collection. When Riff is scared of bugs, Barney shows him that bugs can be cool!

4
"Shapes" and "Colors"
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Michael Anthony Steele Jim Rowley "Playing the Shapes" Barney-Toon September 21, 2006
"Shapes": At the shapes carnival in the park, Riff is upset that his good lucky medal is gone. Barney and his friends set out to help him find it.

"Colors": Baby Bop, BJ and the kids paint a big rainbow in the park.
5
"Seeing" and "Hearing"
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Stephen White Jim Rowley "When You Hear" Barney-Toon September 22, 2006
"Seeing": Baby Bop tries to convince to BJ and Riff that she had seen an elephant in the park.

"Hearing": BJ and Riff compete to see who can make the loudest noise in the park.
6
"Glad to Be Me" and "Arts"
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Cheryl Ammeter Fred Holmes Barney-Toon September 25, 2006
"Glad to Be Me": Barney helps Riff overcome his shyness by introducing him to some friends.

"Arts": Barney introduces his friends to different forms of art at an art festival.

7
"Movement" and "BJ's Snack Attack"
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M.G. Hamilton Fred Holmes "Exercise Is Good For You" Barney-Toon September 26, 2006
"Movement": Coach Baby Bop and BJ help Barney prepare for the sack race.

"BJ's Snack Attack": BJ's binge on sweet treats leads him to dream about a world full of sweet treats.
8
"Counting" and "Letters"
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Fred Holmes / Perri Verdino-Gates Fred Holmes "The Mad Song", "Way to Count" Barney-Toon September 27, 2006
"Counting": To teach Baby Bop how to count, Barney takes her on a treasure hunt for buried treasure.
"Letters": Everyone makes a sign for Riff's music concert.
9
"Pets" and "Vets"
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Jim Lewis Jim Rowley "The Boo Boo Song", "The Vet Song" Barney-Toon September 28, 2006
"Pets": When BJ loses Bryan's dog, he learns the importance of taking care of pets.

"Vets": When Baby Bop's teddy bear gets injured, Doctor Barney and Doctor Riff help fix her up.
10
"Winter" and "Summer"
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Karl Geurs Fred Holmes "If All the Snowflakes" Barney-Toon September 29, 2006
"Winter": Baby Bop waits for the first snowfall of the year.

"Summer": It's summertime, and Everybody enjoys summer activities!
11
"Caring" and "Rhythm"
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Cheryl Ammeter / Karl Geurs Fred Holmes / Jim Rowley "Why Can't I?", "Barney's Birthday Song" Barney-Toon October 2, 2006
"Caring": It's Barney's Birthday, and his friends are throwing him a party. After many of Barney's friends give him store-bought presents, Riff questions if Barney would like his homemade gift.

"Rhythm": Barney and his friends perform a marching band parade to teach Baby Bop all about rhythm.
12
"Playing Games" and "Fun with Reading"
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Carter Crocker Jim Rowley "Won't You Imagine with Me?" Barney-Toon October 3, 2006
"Playing Games": Everyone teaches Baby Bop the importance of following the rules when playing games with friends.



"Fun with Reading": Barney, Baby Bop and Riff help BJ's toe feel better.

13
"Making Mistakes" and "Separation"
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Karl Geurs Jim Rowley "What a Big Mistake!", "I Miss You" Barney-Toon October 4, 2006
"Making Mistakes": After BJ accidentally paints the caboose red, yellow, and blue on "Make the Park Pretty Day!"; Barney, Baby Bop, Riff, and the kids help him fix it by working together.

"Separation": Baby Bop is upset that she misses BJ and Riff, so Barney helps her by keeping friends close.
14
"Days of the Week" and "Sharing"
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Jim Lewis Jim Rowley "A Bright New Day", "Best of Friends" Barney-Toon October 5, 2006
"Days of the Week": Barney comes up with fun activities for his friends to do during the week, as they wait for the petting zoo.

"Sharing": After Riff busts BJ's new scooter, he holds a rummage sale in order to buy a new one!
15
"Rabbits" / "Ducks and Fish"
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Michael Anthony Steele Fred Holmes Barney-Toon October 6, 2006
"Rabbits": Detective BJ helps Baby Bop figure out which animal is eating her snacks.

"Ducks and Fish": Riff takes care of some baby duck eggs.
16
"Mother Goose" and "Fairy Tales"
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Charlotte Spivey / Fred Holmes Fred Holmes Barney-Toon October 9, 2006
"Mother Goose": Characters from The Land of Mother Goose come to the caboose in search for their lost things.

"Fairy Tales": Barney tells Baby Bop the story of Pandora's Box while she waits for her surprise.
17
"Things I Can Do" and "Differences"
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Hannah Hall / Jim Lewis Fred Holmes "Being Me" Barney-Toon October 10, 2006
"Things I Can Do": Baby Bop becomes frustrated that there's one more thing that she can't do, and Barney, Riff and the kids help her find something that she can do.

"Differences": When the kids leave a boy in a wheelchair out of their fun, Barney decides to let him know that he feels the same way sometimes.
18
"Dancing" and "Singing"
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Perri Verdino-Gates Jim Rowley Barney-Toon October 11, 2006
"Dancing": Barney encourages Jamal to dance at the dance party.



"Singing": Barney tells the story called "The Princess Without a Song to Sing" where a princess found her song with the help of a very wise king.

19
"Neighborhoods" and "Careers"
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Stephen White Fred Holmes Barney-Toon October 12, 2006
"Neighborhoods": Riff loses his drumsticks, so Barney and the others help him find them by looking around their neighborhood in the park.

"Careers": Baby Bop wants to be three forever, until Barney shows her the fun of taking on a grown-up job.
20
"China" and "Kenya"
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Michael Anthony Steele Jim Rowley "The Dance of the Dragon" Barney-Toon October 13, 2006
"China": BJ's Chinese Pen Pal visits the park.

"Kenya": Kenyan dancers and musicians are performing in the park! Baby Bop loves dancing, while Riff loves music. But when they are asked to do opposite roles, they learn to appreciate both dancing and music.


Release

Barney (back) with Riff (front) during the filming of season ten. This photo was used to promote the upcoming season and new character of Riff.

Broadcast

Originally, a series of small cartoon segments called Barney-Toons were placed between the first and second segments in each whole episode. Season elven introduced the "Barney's Music Box" segments, replacing the Barney-Toons in reruns.

Alternatives

The following episodes this season have alternate endings that did have the song "I Love You" sung, that can either be seen in HIT Favorites episode videos, the UK iTunes, Season 14, Netflix For Extra and The Kindle:

Streaming

  • The entirety of this season became available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on July 29, 2016.

2021

In 2021, this season became available to stream on many different streaming services, including The Roku Channel, XUMO, FilmRise Streaming Network, Peacock, Kidstream and due to a content deal between streaming service Tubi and 9 Story Media Group, the entirety of this season also became available to stream on Tubi on April 9, 2021.[2][3][4]

Trivia

References

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