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"When I Grow Up..." is the eighteenth episode of the first season of Barney & Friends.


Shawn mentions he's not too thrilled about getting big and taking all that responsibility. But Barney materializes with an amusing, musical look at the wonders of work. The Big Guy's message? You can be anything you want to be! Derek wants to be a doctor, while Shawn wants to be a cowpoke. Min yearns to fight fires, and Kathy makes a great waitress backing up the hugest, purplest maire d' you've ever seen. The kids see that making money's just one benefit of a career. Helping people and satisfaction are also part of the picture. Costumes and make-believe make this youthful career great fun.


  1. "Barney Theme Song"
  2. "What I Want to Be"
  3. "The Career March"
  4. "When I Grow Up"
  5. "Johnny Works with One Hammer"
  6. "People Helping Other People"
  7. "The Waitress Song"
  8. "Home on the Range"
  9. "Me and My Teddy"
  10. "I Love You"



Hachaverim Shel Barney[]

  • "The Career March" and "Johnny Works with One Hammer" were not sung.
  • An underscore of "People Helping Other People" is used when Gal and Yana are playing pretend grocery shopping. Also, an underscore of "I Love You" is used before it was sung in this version.
  • The Super Dee Duper Sound Machine was not used in this version.
  • Before "Home on the Range", a camera can be briefly seen when Barney and the kids are playing their guessing game.

Home media[]

This episode was released on VHS by Time Life Video.





  • Moral: Growing up isn't anything to be scared of.
  • Although Barney is not seen coming to life in this episode, his magic sparkles are seen for when he comes to life offscreen.
  • Min wears the same shirt she was wearing in "Four Seasons Day", and the same outfit in "Everyone is Special".

Season One episodes
"The Queen Of Make-Believe" • "My Family's Just Right for Me" • "Playing It Safe" • "Hop to It!" • "Eat, Drink And Be Healthy!" • "Four Seasons Day" • "The Treasure Of Rainbow Beard" • "Going Places!" • "Caring Means Sharing" • "Down On Barney's Farm" • "What's That Shadow?" • "Happy Birthday, Barney!" • "Alphabet Soup!" • "Our Earth, Our Home" • "Let's Help Mother Goose!" • "Be a Friend" • ""I Just Love Bugs"" • "When I Grow Up..." • "1-2-3-4-5 Senses!" • "Practice Makes Music" • "Hi, Neighbor!" • " A Camping We Will Go!" • "A Splash Party, Please" • "Carnival Of Numbers • "A World Of Music" • "Doctor Barney Is Here!" • "Oh, What A Day!" • "Home Sweet Homes" • "Hola, Mexico!" • "Everyone Is Special"