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  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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It has often been said that the ultimate purpose of rock 7 roll, in all of its many mutations, is to annoy one's parents; if that's true, then Barney may well be the ultimate rock & roller. Of course, as a doughy purple dinosaur aimed directly at the toddler market, Barney lacks considerable street credibility, but perhaps no musical entity in years has proven quite so irksome to parents, let alone anyone else with the ability to cut up their own food; young children love him unconditionally, and as a consequence, he has risen to enormous popularity, with any number of records, books, and videos bearing his image. Created by mother and former teacher Sheryl Leach, at its peak, Barney's eponymously titled program was the most watched preschool series on public television, garnering audiences of 13.5 million viewers weekly and appearing in 20 countries on six continents.

Acclaimed by educators for its educational value as well as an interactive format encouraging its very young audience to participate in various musical and dance segments, the series spawned a cottage industry of toys and other merchandise, including such LPs as 1995's Sleepytime Songs, 1996's Fabulous Funtime Tales, and Sleepytime Slumber Stories, and 1997's Run Jump Skip & Sing. Perhaps Barney's best-known song was the much-parodied singalong "I Love You, You Love Me," which epitomized the show's simple, gentle approach.


Barney may refer to:


Barney (given name)Barney (surname)Raymond van Barneveld, Dutch professional darts player (nickname)


Barney, Alabama, an unincorporated community in Walker County, Alabama, United StatesBarney, Georgia, an unincorporated community in the Valdosta, Georgia metropolitan area, United StatesBarney, Iowa, United States, an unincorporated communityBarney, North Dakota, United States, a cityBarney, Norfolk, an English villageMount Barney, Queensland, AustraliaBarney Island in the Torres Strait between Australia and New Guinea - see List of Torres Strait Islands5655 Barney, an asteroid

Other uses[edit]

Barney (dog), a pet of former U.S. President George W. BushBarney, title character of Barney & Friends, a children's TV show about a purple dinosaurBarney (TV series), a BBC children's television programmeBarneys New York, a luxury department storeUSS Barney, the name of two destroyers and a torpedo boatBarny Cakes, a brand of cakes distributed by Mondelēz International