The third season of Barney & Friends premiered on PBS from February 27 to October 6, 1995 and consisted of twenty episodes. This season continues to display Barney coming to life through a child's imagination, whenever he is needed for something, helping his friends, through educational themes tailored for toddlers, which is the viewing audience.
Now, the series becomes filmed at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. Due to series moving, the entire set was reconstructed as an expanded classroom and playground set and also introduces the treehouse. Also added to the series is The Adventure Screen, a video monitor that Barney and his friends use for taped field trips.
This became the first season to no longer feature any of the Backyard Gang kids as a part of the main cast, however, Derek and Tina do make a guest appearance. This season adds the two new main characters, Juan and Kenneth, adds the prominent character, Stella the Storyteller, and also served as the debut for the longtime character of Mr. Boyd. The character, Carlos, who first appeared in Barney Live! In New York City, also becomes a main character in this season.
From September 11 to October 6, 1995, PBS stations across the United States aired Barney's Back-to-School Celebration which saw the first twenty episodes air consecutively in a themed week. The week of September 11 was devoted to the theme of "My Home and My Neighborhood". The week of September 18 was devoted to the theme of "My Family and Me", followed by "Animal Friends" on September 25-29. The celebration lead to the final five episodes, that weren't broadcasted prior, in the theme of "On My Way", which focused on transportation.
Production for this season began in November 1994 and ended in March 1995. Filming for this season was originally scheduled for May 1994. But due to the lawsuit over the song "I Love You", the production was pushed back to November 1994.
This is the last season to feature Bob Singleton as the musical director. He would later serve as an alternate musical director for some of the home videos from 1997-2000.
This is also the first season in which viewers saw a shorter BJ. This height change was due to better represent his age. BJ is now played by Jeff Brooks for the first time in a Barney & Friends season.
Continuing to be aired on PBS, the network didn’t go after money in its deals for the first two seasons of Barney & Friends. For this season, PBS negotiated royalties covering a wider range of products, including all videocassettes, according to Larry Rifkin, plus the new guarantee that public television would recoup its spending.
- Barney (Voice: Bob West, Costume: David Joyner) [20/20]
- Baby Bop (Voice: Julie Johnson, Costume: Jeff Ayers) [9/20]
- BJ (Voice: Patty Wirtz, Costume: Jeff Brooks) [9/20]
- Min (Pia Manalo) [12/20]
- Shawn (John David Bennett II) [11/20]
- Tosha (Hope Cervantes) [11/20]
- Carlos (Corey Lopez) [10/20]
- Julie (Susannah Wetzel) [10/20]
- Kathy (Lauren King) [10/20]
- Jason (Kurt Dykhuizen) [7/20]
- Kenneth (Nathan Regan) (debut) [6/20]
- Juan (Michael Krost) (debut) [5/20]
- Robert Hurtekant (played David in "Shawn & The Beanstalk")
- Jessica Hinojosa (played Maria in "Shawn & The Beanstalk")
- Frank Crim (played Firefighter Frank in "I Can Be A Firefighter!")
- Dance Troupe ("Any Way You Slice It")
- Maurié Chandler (played Ashley in "Twice Is Nice!")
- Monét Chandler (played Alissa in "Twice Is Nice!")
- Rickey Carter (returned to play Derek in "On The Move")
- Jessica Zucha (returned to play Tina in "On The Move")
- Chase Gallatin (played Stephen in "On The Move", "Classical Cleanup", and "Are We There Yet?")
- Tomie dePaola ("It's Raining, It's Pouring...")
- Todd Everett (played Reggie the Deliveryman in "Hats Off To BJ!")
|#||Episode||Written By||Directed By||New Barney Songs||Original Airdate|
|1||Mark S. Bernthal
Stephen White ("Jack and the Beanstalk" Story Adaption)
|Bruce Deck||"The Raindrop Song"||February 27, 1995|
|Shawn's disappointment with a science project leads Barney and the children to explore the joys of nature, gardening, and caring for plants.|
|2||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"I'm Glad I Have a Brother", "We've Got Shoes"||February 28, 1995|
|Baby Bop and BJ's desire for a new pair of shoes prompts Barney and the children to create a special gift that will make their old shoes seem new.|
|3||Mark Bernthal||Bruce Deck||March 1, 1995|
|Barney helps the children create their favorite rooms in a house to cheer up Carlos, who must temporarily share his bedroom with his younger brother, Juan.|
|4||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"Here Comes the Firetruck", "When I'm a Firefighter"||March 2, 1995|
|Barney and the children have fun learning about fire safety from Firefighter Frank and his dog Chief.|
|5||Rebecca Self Snider||Bruce Deck||"Gonna Have a Party", "The Mail Song"||March 3, 1995|
|After reading a story about a feast, the children decide to go shopping for all the items they will need to have a party for a surprise guest.|
|6||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"Pumpernickel", "Make the Bread"||June 7, 1995|
|With a little help from Stella the Storyteller, the children decide to feature breads from around the world at their school's annual International Festival.|
|7||Rebecca Self Snider||Bruce Deck||"The Baby Bop Hop", "Friends of Mine"||June 8, 1995|
|A scavenger hunt and a pair of fun-loving twins are the highlight of the day when Barney and his friends get together to play.|
|8||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"Our New School"||June 9, 1995|
|Barney, BJ, and the children welcome a new boy to their school, and they all work together to create a special present for some old friends who have recently moved to a different school.|
|9||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"Someone to Love You Forever"||June 12, 1995|
|Barney and the children try to find someone to adopt a puppy needing a good home.|
|10||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||June 13, 1995|
|When Baby Bop accidentally sets off a chain reaction resulting in a messy classroom, the children work cooperatively to help clean up, demonstrating how they are family helpers at home.|
|11||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"Let's Do the Tricks My Doggie Does", "Let's Take Care of Our Pets"||July 24, 1995|
|The children have brought their pets to school for "show n' tell." They have fun demonstrating how they care for their pets.|
|12||Rebecca Self Snider||Bruce Deck||"Big and Little"||July 25, 1995|
|Barney helps his friends learn the importance of taking turns while they all participate in a variety of under-the-sea activities.|
|13||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"Hooray for Moms and Dads"||July 26, 1995|
|The threat of rain drives the children and Barney into the treehouse where they notice a bird's nest. This prompts curiosity about different animal homes.|
|14||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"What Can We Play on a Rainy Day?"||July 27, 1995|
|When Barney and his friends are driven indoors by a rainstorm, a discussion about sheep is sparked while the children are sharing their favorite rainy-day activities. Special guest Tomie dePaola visits.|
|15||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"Jungle Adventure (Safari Version)", "The Elephant Song","Here, Kitty Kitty"||July 28, 1995|
|Baby Bop's confusion between a kitty cat and a tiger during a safari adventure presents an opportunity for Barney and his friends to discover the world of cats.|
|16||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"Have a Snack!"||October 2, 1995|
|Barney and his friends miss seeing the trains that keep mysteriously passing through the playground. When they finally got to see the trains, Stella the Storyteller arrives to tell a fun, familiar train story.|
|17||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"Wash the Car"||October 3, 1995|
|The children surprise Barney by making a Barney-sized car for him from odds and ends. He takes them for a fun ride after running some interesting errands.|
|18||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"Let's Go On An Adventure"||October 4, 1995|
|Barney and his friends, with Stella the Storyteller's help, have a boating adventure that includes a faraway island and treasure.|
|19||Mitch Lobrovich||Bruce Deck||"BJ's Dance Thang", "That's Hats"||October 5, 1995|
|While the children are having fun creating a block town and playing with trucks, BJ's news of his lost hat sends Barney and the children on a search for the perfect hat for BJ.|
|20||Mark S. Bernthal||Bruce Deck||"My Kite", "Hey, Look at Me! I Can Fly!"||October 6, 1995|
|Barney and his friends are intrigued by several mysterious rhymes which appear attached to some flying object. BJ is in for a high-flying surprise himself, thanks to Barney!|
The first fifteen episodes were originally broadcasted with longer credits, similar to the first two seasons. Starting in September 1995, all episodes were re-edited to contain shorter credits. However, the UK airings of the last five episodes of this season as well as the US and Spanish releases of Riding In Barney's Car and the screener and Spanish versions of Barney's All Aboard For Sharing used the longer credits.
- This season marked:
- In a rare move, this is the first season to have an episode release on home video before its television premiere which was "Are We There Yet?" in which would be named Riding In Barney's Car.
- Initially, in the first draft for Barney's Great Adventure, All of the kids cast for this season, including Derek, appeared in the opening scene as cameos. Also, according to the original script, Marcella is Tosha's cousin. This scene probably got cut because, by the time they started filming, the cast was too old.
- This season marked:
- The first appearances of Stella the Storyteller, Mr. Boyd, Ashley, Alissa, Stephen, and Maria.
- The only television appearance of Carlos.
- The only appearances of Juan and Kenneth.
- The final appearances of Julie, Derek, and Tina.
- The only season where Kathy is no longer seen with her teddy bear.
- The final television appearances of Min, Shawn, Tosha, Kathy, and Jason.
- For this season, with the exception of "Ship, Ahoy!", Stella the Storyteller uses props to act out the stories.
- A new walking animation is used for the Barney & Friends logo.
- The Barney Bag has been modified with a brighter look and this design of the bag would be used until season six.
- Although the tire swing from the playground was removed after season one, the promo shot of the Barney doll sitting in a tire swing that is shown at the end of theme song has been reshot.