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Live-Action Films

  • Jurassic Park III: At the climax of the film on the river, Grant is trying to contact Ellie so she can send a rescue party while the Spinosaurus rips their boat apart. He reaches Ellie's home and her son answers. Grant tells him to bring his phone to her, but the boy quickly gets distracted by Barney's Musical Castle playing on the TV screen.

Live-Action TV

  • America's Funniest Home Videos:
    • One episode from 1993 (Season 4) features a parody entitled ''NYPD Purple'', a cross between Barney and NYPD Blue. A costumed purple rabbit named Bunny joins the police force and, with his cast of kids, helps teach criminals to the tune of traditional kid's songs:
    (Sung to "Row, Row, Row Your Boat")
    Don't cheat, steal, or lie
    Always try to share
    Don't be a crook or you could fry
    In the electric chair
    • During one Tom Bergeron era episode, he introduces a clip by describing Barney (without mentioning him by name, in fear of legal action) and him being annoyed by the character when his kids were young. Said clip involves Mr. Blobby getting beaten up, rather than Barney.
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  • Full House: In the episode "The Day of the Rhino", Michelle falls in love with a Barney-like orange rhinoceros named Rigby the Rhino. She stands up to him when his company deceives her and other kids by sending them a tiny figurine. Unlike most Barney parodies, Rigby does set things right by giving all the kids plushies instead.
  • iCarly: In "iCarly Saves TV", when a TV producer offers to make iCarly into a hit TV show, he makes numerous unfavorable changes, one of which is getting rid of the iCarly band to fit in Zeebo, a Barney-like dinosaur. At the end of the episode, the producer puts Zeebo and Amber Tate into another TV show, which performs terribly.
  • The premiere of Saturday Night Live's 22nd season featured host Charles Barkley challenging Barney note  to a basketball match where the former kicks the purple guy's ass and beats him senseless.
  • One episode of The Sinbad Show features a Barney-like brontosaurus called Buddy, complete with a parody of the "I Love You" song that sneaks in Product Placement for stuffed dolls of his likeness.


  • "Weird Al" Yankovic: The song "Jurassic Park" has the line "I'm afraid those things'll harm me/Cuz they sure don't act like Barney" The music video accompanies this with Barney getting head getting bitten off by a real T-rex. When shown at his concerts, the crowd regularly responds with thunderous applause.
  • "Mr. Mom" by Lonestar has the reprise of the song say, "Rewind Barney for the fifteenth/sixteenth/eighteenth time" at one point. Barney appears in the Animated Music Video for the song during the sixteenth and eighteenth variations of the line.

Puppet Shows

  • Dinosaurs had two different character spoofing Barney: The benign Blarney and Affably Evil Georgie. The latter's only episode, "Georgie Must Die!," takes potshots at the Barney franchise (i.e. "Backdoor Pals" instead of "Backyard Gang") and Lyons Partnership's legal threats against impersonators.
  • The Mr. Potato Head Show: In "Royal Pain", Mr. Potato Head and Baloney test out their preschool show's format on Dr. Fruitcake's ham monster, Hammy, who has the brain of a two-year-old child. When Baloney asks Mr. Potato Head what would entertain Hammy, Mr. Potato Head's response is "A giant ham monster with the brain of a big purple dinosaur?".
  • Sesame Street: In Episode 3856, Slimey tries on a T. rex finger puppet as a "Wormy Gras" costume. A worm dressed as Barney walks in humming "I Love You" and is immediately scared away. Said worm later appears in the parade with Baby Bear and Oscar not knowing what he's dressed as.

Video Games

  • In Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time, the Yoob bears a loose resemblance to Barney. As a matter of fact, a Nintendo Power issue predating the release of Partners in Time mentioned the similarities in a pre-release screenshot of the game.
  • In Power Pete, Hopping Henry, a pudgy purple dinosaur enemy present in Prehistoric Plaza, suspiciously resembles Barney. Word of God says the resemblance is coincidental.
  • In Stay Tooned!, the "The Quick and the Tooned" mini-game in the Western room has a Barney-like dinosaur appear in the saloon. You have to avoid shooting him, because he is not a gun-toting enemy.

Web Original

  • The Angry Video Game Nerd
    • In his review of McKids, The Nerd notes that Grimace's house looks like "Barney the Dinosaur's testicle".
    • In some openings, Barney's Hide and Seek Game can be seen in a Model 3 Genesis.
    • In the second part of his Action 52 review, The Nerd mentions Barney when discussing Dyno Tennis on the Genesis Action 52 cart.
  • The Nostalgia Critic
    • In his review of Thomas and the Magic Railroad, the Critic compares Mr. Conductor asking the audience for their help in the movie to Barney doing the same thing.
    Barney (singing): I love you, you love me,
    Critic (as Barney): Some shit's goin' down, be ready for it!
    Barney (continues singing): We're a happy family!
    • The Nostalgia Critic has reviewed the film Barney's Great Adventure.
  • SuperMarioLogan:
    • In "Evil Bowser", after suffering Villain Decay, Bowser decides to summon the Devil to help him get his evil back. He does so by singing the "Evil Devil Chant", which is actually the "I Love You" song.
    • At the beginning of "Bowser Junior's Clown Car!", Bowser goes through his box of items from his senior year of high school (1985), one of which is a Barney doll. When Junior questions him, Bowser claims that Barney was cool back then, but maybe not now.note 
    • In "Black Yoshi's Kool-Aid Problem!", when Kool-Aid becomes illegal, Black Yoshi tries to buy some Kool-Aid from The Loan Dolphin, referring to it as "Cremated Barney" and "Barney Dust".
Western Animation
  • Animaniacs
    • Baloney and Kids features Yakko, Wakko, and Dot as they get stuck with Baloney and try to escape his show. The episode itself completely spoofs Barney & Friends, parodying the show's opening and ending theme as well as mocking the show's premise.
      Unnamed Boy: Boy, there's nothing better to do after school than stay at school and play!
    • Baloney shows up again in "Please, Please, Please, Get a Life Foundation" to torment a nerd at the Warner siblings' request.
    • In the Star Wars parody episode "Star Warners", Baloney takes the place of Jabba's Rancor beast.
  • Arthur
    • Mary Moo Cow and her show spoof Barney's, singing songs to traditional tunes per the purple dinosaur.
    • In "Sue Ellen and the Brainasaurous", Sue Ellen tries to sculpt a dinosaur head out of clay for school. She ends up building Barney's skeleton before squishing it back together.
    • Rapty, Bud Compson's imaginary friend, is a stuffed dinosaur who comes to life through his imagination, very much like Barney.
  • The Critic:
    • In "A Little Deb'll Do Ya", Jay hates a Barney-like character named Humphrey the Hippo. He is then shocked to learn that the performer who plays Humphrey is the woman he had been dating, revealed in a scene spoofing The Crying Game. Humphrey makes various appearances in later episodes as well.
    • In "A Pig Boy and His Dog", Jay reviews Barney the Dinosaur: The Motion Picture, starring Marlon Brando as Barney.
  • Dog City: In "Doggy See, Doggy Do", Bugsy Vile disguises himself as beloved children's TV star Bernie The Big Pink St. Bernard for his latest bank heist. The real Bernie, meanwhile, is trapped and is only let go by his captors after his singing gets to them. Bugsy likewise drops the gig after being unable to continue a sickly-sweet duet with Bernie.
  • Family Guy:
    • In "Mind Over Murder," Mindy offers Stewie a Barney pen when his pencil breaks.
    • In "Fast Times at Buddy Cianci Jr. High," Stewie dances the robot and quips:
      Stewie: Let's see the kid with the hearing aid from Barney note  do this!
  • The Garfield and Friends episode, "The Beast From Beyond" features Sidney, a T-Rex who survived the comet that wiped out his species, as the episode's antagonist. He decides to take over the world by painting himself pink and getting his own television show where he sings sappy hypnotic songs.
  • The Hey Arnold! episode "Ransom" features a Barney parody called Wally the Alligator, who Gerald's sister Timberly is a fan of and owns a plush for (that gets stolen, kicking off the plot of the episode). Wally's theme song encourages children to buy all his merchandise.
  • The Loud House also has a Barney parody called Blarney, who Lana, Lola, and Clyde are fans of.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls episode "Child Fearing", Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup watch a Barney parody called Blarney the Sea Serpent. They try to dance along to Blarney's songs, much to Mojo Jojo's annoyance.
  • Recess: In "Bonky Fever", out of fear of turning ten, Mikey briefly goes through a phase where he develops an obsession with a dragon named Bonky.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer is watching it in "Rosebud".
      Barney: "Two plus two is four, two plus two is four, two plus two is four..."
      Homer: "(chuckles) Heh, heh, heh, I can see why this is so popular."
    • In "The Joy of Sect," the Movementarians use Barney to brainwash the toddlers:
      Barney (singing): We love him, he loves we/We're the leader's family
    • In "The Book Job", children are terrified by realistic animatronic dinosaurs in a stage show, with Milhouse crying that dinosaurs are supposed to sing and dance. He then throws his Barney doll at one of the dinosaurs, who eats it.
    • In the end of "Treehouse of Horror XXVI," Maggie turns Homerzilla into a giant Barney.

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