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 nine 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. This is also the first season since Season 8 as well as the final season to use the Barney Says segment.
This is 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, the producing station for PBS, became the presenting station of Barney & Friends.
This home video, A Super-Dee-Duper Day, features two episodes from this season for content.
Filming for this season took place from October 21, 2007 to January 2008.
This season marks the first television appearance of Emma, played by Deborah Cole, the only appearances of Daniel, Jackie, Destiny, Chloe, and Layla, the final appearances of Marcos, Melanie, and Ryan, and the final television appearance of David. Although this was Emma's first television appearance, she was introduced in "The Best of Barney".
This was the final season to feature Jeff Ayers as Baby Bop's costume performer.
- Barney (Voice: Dean Wendt, Costume: Carey Stinson) [10/10]
- Baby Bop (Voice: Julie Johnson, Costume: Jennifer Kendall / Jeff Ayers) [6/10]
- BJ (Voice: Patty Wirtz, Costume: Kyle Nelson) [7/10]
- Riff (Voice: Michaela Dietz, Costume: Jerad Harris / Jeff Ayers) [6/10]
- David (Emilio Mazur) [5/10]
- Emma (Deborah Cole) [3/10]
- Daniel (Casey Rodriguez) (debut) [3/10]
- Marcos (Jeremy Becerra) [3/10]
- Tracy (Victoria Lennox) [3/10]
- Holly (Justice Moore) (debut) [2/10]
- Jackie (Kate Aberger) (debut) [2/10]
- Taylor (Kacie Lynch) (debut) [2/10]
- Chloe (Athena Hawkins) (debut) [1/10]
- Destiny (Kennedy Donatto) (debut) [1/10]
- Grace (Madison McPherson) (debut) [1/10]
- Joshua (Jaren Lewison) (debut) [1/10]
- Layla (Layla Rostami) (debut) [1/10]
- Melanie (Kelly Eichenholz) [1/10]
- Myra (Lexi ten Napel) [1/10]
- Ryan (Reese Wilson) [1/10]
- Steven Walters (played Balloon Vendor in "Way to Go!: A Travel Adventure")
- Burt Kehoe (played the Man in the Moon in "The Misbegotten Moon: A Space Adventure" and the Man in the Park in "Lights! Camera! Action!: A Movie Adventure")
- Christina Vela (played Mrs. Martinez in "The Misbegotten Moon: A Space Adventure")
- Carrie Bourn (played Sharon/Dog Owner in "Lights! Camera! Action!: A Movie Adventure" and "To Catch a Thief: A Mystery Adventure")
- Halim Jabbour (played Hot Dog Vendor in "The Magic Lamp: A Travel Adventure")
- Mikayla Abdalla (played Jill in "A Game for Everyone: A Sports Adventure")
- Jacqueline Bergner (played Jill's Mother in "A Game for Everyone: A Sports Adventure")
|#||Episode||Written By||Directed By||New Barney Songs||Original Airdate|
|1||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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||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.|
The entirety of this season became available to stream on Amazon Prime Video on July 29, 2016.
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.
- This season marked:
- The first season to have only 10 episodes.
- The first season to be closed captioned by Captionmax.
- The final season to be filmed in 4:3 and standard definition.