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The twelfth season of Barney & Friends premiered on the PBS children's block, PBS Kids from September 15-26, 2008, and consisted of ten episodes. This season goes back to the format from the original eight seasons and displays Barney coming to life through a child's imagination, whenever he is needed for something, helping his friends. Some episodes this season use educational themes tailored for toddlers, which is the viewing audience and others continue off the social-emotional curriculum from the previous season, which is outside the target audience.

This season focused on the theme of adventures, hence every episode title ends with the word "adventure". Other than the "Barney Theme Song" and "I Love You", the song "Let's Go" appeared in every episode in this season emphasizing that Barney and his friends will go on adventure. Similar to seasons nine and ten, episodes this season display Barney singing "I Love You" alone. During the second verse of "I Love You", flashbacks are shown from each episode in this season.

This season returns to the original full-length thirty minute format that was originally used on the show.[1] This is also the first season since season eight to use the Barney Says segment.

This was the first season to not be produced by Connecticut Public Television, the PBS station that brought Barney & Friends on television. Earlier in the year, WNET New York, a producing station for PBS, became the presenting station of Barney & Friends.[2]

The home video, A Super-Dee-Duper Day features two episodes from this season for content.

Production

Filming

Filming for this season took place from October 21, 2007 to January 2008.

Casting

The show welcomed again another new set of kid characters: Daniel, Holly, Jackie, Taylor, Chloe, Destiny, Grace, Joshua, and Layla.

This season marks the first television appearance of Emma, played by Deborah Cole, the only appearances of Daniel, Jackie, Destiny, Chloe and Layla, the last appearances of Marcos, Melanie and Ryan, and the last television appearance of David.

This was the last season to feature Jeff Ayers as Baby Bop's costume performer.

Cast

Dinosaurs

Children

Guest Appearances

Episodes

# Episode Written By Directed By New Barney Songs Original Airdate
1
"Way to Go!: A Travel Adventure"
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Michael Anthony Steele Steven Feldman September 15, 2008
Daniel explains to everybody how he and his family will use different modes of transportation on their vacation. With some imagination, Barney and his friends create cars, planes, a city bus, and a sailing ship.
2
"The Misbegotten Moon: A Space Adventure"
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Debbie Boyle Perry Steven Feldman "Mr. Moon" September 16, 2008
After noticing parts of the moon are missing in the sky, Baby Bop is determined to find the rest of it. Barney and the kids take her to outer space.
3
"The Sword in the Sandbox: A Storybook Adventure"
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Douglas Booth Brian Mack September 17, 2008
Because of his small size, Daniel is reluctant to jump rope with the bigger kids. So, Barney tells him a story about how an ordinary chef became the king of the land.
4
"Riff to the Rescue!: A Wild West Adventure"
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Mark Valenti Brian Mack September 18, 2008
After Riff is reluctant to be a captain of a baseball team, Barney tells him the story of how his great-great grandfather, Riffle, saved his town from never singing again!
5
"Lights! Camera! Action!: A Movie Adventure"
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Fred Holmes Steven Feldman "I Love Stories" September 19, 2008
To help raise canned goods for Grace's food drive, Melanie decides to make a movie with all of her friends.
6
"To Catch a Thief: A Mystery Adventure"
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Michael Maurer Steven Feldman September 22, 2008
Someone is taking all the park's balls, so Detective BJ is on the case. However, when he falsely accuses Riff as the ball thief, he learns that one needs to know the whole story before making a decision.
7
"The Magic Lamp: A Travel Adventure"
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Halim Jabbour Fred Holmes September 23, 2008
Layla is celebrating her birthday with all her friends. Her mom brings traditional Lebanese food and gives her some family heirlooms past down from generation to generation. However, Layla is not very excited or interested. So, Barney takes her to Lebanon to show Layla her culture.
8
"The Amazing Captain Pickles: A Hero Adventure"
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Karl Geurs Steven Feldman "The Superhero Song" September 24, 2008
Thinking he can beat out Wonder Princess (Baby Bop), Captain Pickles (BJ) claims he can jump over the moon. Barney teaches him to always tell the truth.
9
"A Game for Everyone: A Sports Adventure"
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Jim Lewis Fred Holmes September 25, 2008
Barney sets up a sports day in the park. Baby Bop encourages a special needs child to join the fun.
10
"The Reluctant Dragon: A Fairy Tale Adventure"
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Michael Maurer Fred Holmes "I Look a Little Scary, But I'm Not" September 26, 2008
After the kids judge a spider by its creepy looks, Barney tells them a story about how a shepherd became friends with a dragon, who was judged by her appearance.


Release

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 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.[3][4][5]

Trivia

  • This season marks:
    • The first season to have only 10 episodes.
    • The first season to be closed captioned by Captionmax.
    • The last season to be filmed in standard definition.

Videos

Promo

References

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