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"The Exercise Circus!" is the eleventh episode from the second season of Barney & Friends.


Tina's ready to play in a big way after getting her cast removed, and the kids suggest staging a playground circus. Michael, the Ringmaster, introduces Barney the Balancing Dinosaur; Barney's Balancing clowns; Derek, the Juggler; and the Tightrope Twins, Terrific Tina and Magnificent Min. Special Guest, "Joe Scruggs" sings the song that really sets off the silliness, but in the end, the kids learn that exercise is good for your body and can still be lots of fun. Later on, Luci comes to visit. Barney also reminds us that hugging is an exercise that's good for the heart!


  1. "Barney Theme Song"
  2. "The Exercise Song"
  3. "Taking Turns"
  4. "The Clapping Song"
  5. "The Marching Song"
  6. "Snackin' On Healthy Food"
  7. "Wiggle in My Toe"
  8. "If All the Raindrops"
  9. "I Love You"


1998/1999 VHS


International edit

In international cuts, "The Exercise Song" was only sung for two verses. In addition, the song, "Snackin' on Healthy Food", was not sung.

PBS Pledge Drive

On the PBS Pledge Drive version, "Taking Turns" and "A Wiggle In My Toe" were removed.

Home media

  • On July 2, 1996, this episode was released on video as "Barney's Exercise Circus" along with Barney's Parade of Numbers on a two-pack. It was later re-released as a separate video in 1998.
  • On August 23, 2000, this episode was also featured in the Blockbuster Exclusive video, Barney's Big Top Fun (along with Super Singing Circus).


  • This episode marked:
    • The only appearance of Joe Scruggs.
    • The final appearance of Luci.
    • The final time where the remaining four Backyard Gang kids appeared together.
  • Images from this episode would later be seen in the season three episode, "On The Move".
  • The working title for this episode was "Clowning Around".[1]


Season Two episodes
"Falling For Autumn!" • "Grandparents Are Grand!" • "May I Help You?" • "Red, Blue And Circles Too!"
• "Honk! Honk! A Goose On The Loose!" • "Hoo's In The Forest?" • "I Can Do That!" • "Grown-Ups For A Day!" • "Picture This!"
• "Look At Me, I'm 3!" • "The Exercise Circus!" • "My Favorite Things" • "The Dentist Makes Me Smile"
• "Stop, Look And Be Safe!" • "An Adventure In Make Believe" • "The Alphabet Zoo" • "Having Tens Of Fun!"
• "A Very Special Delivery!"