Barney & Friends is an American children's television series aimed at children from ages 1 to 8, created by Sheryl Leach and produced by HIT Entertainment. It premiered on PBS Kids on April 6, 1992. The series features the title character Barney, a purple anthropomorphic tyrannosaurus rex who conveys educational messages through songs and small dance routines with a friendly, optimistic attitude. Production of new episodes originally ceased on September 18, 2009, although reruns of the series were still shown on many PBS stations in the following years. Reruns aired for 10 years on Sprout from 2005 until 2015. A revival of the series was set for a 2017 launch. However, nothing new has since been announced from this, leading the revival being pushed to an undated date.
Barney & Friends was one of the initial shows on Sprout when it first aired, along with favorites like Sesame Street and Bob the Builder. The show lasted on the channel until September 2015, making it one of Sprout's longest lasting programs.
Timeline of Barney & Friends on Sprout Edit
2005: Barney & Friends becomes one of the launch shows for Sprout, with episodes from Seasons 4-8 initially shown.
September 27, 2007: Season 1-3 episodes added
April 2, 2008: Season 9 episodes added
March 21, 2011: Season 10 episodes added
August 2011: Season 1-6 episodes removed from the channel
October 2011: Season 11 and 12 episodes added.
2012: Season 13 episodes added.
September 26, 2015: Barney & Friends is removed from the Sprout schedule, along with other HIT Entertainment properties, in order for original shows on its network.
- After the 20th century episodes (Seasons 1-6) were removed in 2011, no television stations have aired them since then.
- Season 13 has the shortest time on Sprout (4 years).