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For works featuring costumed children's show hosts in the style of Barney, see Kids' Show Mascot Parody.

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Fan Works

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.


  • Harmonic Feedback: When Drea was in first grade, most of the class convinced her as a joke that the teacher was secretly Barney the purple dinosaur.
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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg mentions his elementary school days where he would listen to the "clean-up" song, but without doing any actual cleaning.
  • Anthony from Love Anthony remained obsessed with Barney long after most children outgrow him, with Barney-themed birthday parties year after year.
  • TJ from Miracle Creek loves Barney and will have panic attacks if he isn't allowed to watch Barney videos in the HBOT chamber. Minutes before the oxygen tank explodes, he's watching "Let's Go to the Zoo". Matt still hears "What'll we see at the zoo-zee-zoo?" in his nightmares.
  • In Wicked Good, Darcy wears a hospital top with pictures of Barney on it. Archer remembers that when Rory was a little boy, he would laugh at the shirt, sing the theme song, and add a line about Mommy being a dinosaur. He still has a Barney clock his grandma gave him when he was three.

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
  • Beakman's World: The Season 2 episode "Money, Beakmania, and Water Power" begins with Lester the Rat showing Liza a newspaper article about the purple dinosaur note :
    Lester: Barney the Dinosaur is telling old friends that he is "purple and green with envy" over Lester the Rat's growing popularity.
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: In a 2013 episode, when discussing racial profiling allegations against retailer Barneys New York, Jon decries the behavior of "a store owned by such a lovable, tolerant dinosaur of color" before being corrected on the matter.
  • 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.


  • "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 a spoof called Blarney, a red dinosaur hand puppet who appears on TV in "Terrible Twos" and "Into the Woods." In the latter, Blarney advertises "The Blarney Home Video Library," which not only parodies the real Barney's many videotapes (and a similar ad from Time-Life that ran around this period), but other mail-order videotapes ranging from fitness and health titles, to spoofs of other common self-help tapes of the time. Such gems include Blarney Just Sits There, Blarney and Omar Sharif Teach You Contact Bridge, Blarney Helps You Stop Stop Smoking, Blarney's Juice Your Way to Better Health, Blarney Helps you Organize Your Blarney Video Tapes, Blarney's Cure for Baldness and Blarney Teaches You Microsoft Windows.
  • 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

  • Early in Dino Crisis, Regina informs teammate Rick that their leader Gail has gone missing and she was attacked by a dinosaur. Rick sarcastically asks if it was Barney.
  • Among the many pop culture references Working Designs inserted into their RPG localizations, Lunar: Eternal Blue has a book titled Killing Barney Made Easy in one of the setting's libraries.
  • 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.

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!
  • Sonic Stopmotion Adventures: Yoshi dresses up as Barney in Halloween Special.
  • 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".
  • Referenced in the 2019 HD video "Channel Surfing," although the songs played ("That Magic E" and "Short Vowels") are both from Edu Tunes with Miss Jenny, and the title card says "Back to Barny!"

Western Animation

  • Animaniacs
    • Baloney the Dinosaur, the big orange star of the "Baloney and Kids" show. He's also one of the few characters Yakko, Wakko and Dot actually fear, but they manage to make the best of him by dropping anvils on his head, even though Baloney enjoys it.
  • Arthur
    • 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 skull before squishing it back together.
    • Mary Moo Cow, the lead character of D.W. Read's favorite TV show, is a parody of Barney, and her show is very similar to Barney and Friends, but taking place at a barn instead of a school.
    • Rapty, Bud Compson's imaginary friend, is a stuffed dinosaur who comes to life through his imagination, very much like Barney.
  • Beavis and Butt-Head:
    • In "Tornado", Beavis and Butt-Head watch an episode of Barney where the titular dinosaur (who is colored green and orange instead of purple and green) bakes a cake. When he tries to take the cake out of the oven, he sets himself on fire and he (the guy in the highly flammable Barney suit) screams "Ow, ow! I'm burning! Kids, help! This sucks!" behind the caption. note 
    • In "Pregnant Pause", Beavis asks Butt-Head what it's like to have babies, having met a guy who asked the same question. Butt-Head tells Beavis that one of the disadvantages of having a baby is having to watch Barney videos for years instead of the cool TV shows you want to watch.
    • In "T.V. Violence", Mrs. Stevenson makes Beavis and Butt-Head watch Barney (this time depicted in his purple and green palette) when they look after Stewart, saying it's her job to eliminate bad influences from Stewart's life.
  • The Critic:
    • In "A Pig Boy and His Dog", Jay reviews Barney the Dinosaur: The Motion Picture, starring Marlon Brando as Barney.
  • Daria:
    • In "Fair Enough", Mack plays a dragon at Lawndale High's medieval fundraiser. One of the kids attacking him asks if he's Barney.
  • 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!
  • In the first episode of Flying Rhino Junior High, Billy needs a diversion to prevent the dinosaurs from following them. Ruby then yells to them "Oh look, it's Barney!".
  • Robot Chicken: Three sketches from "Easter Basket" feature Barney singing "I Love You". First, to a girl who says she's not in love with him, then to a prostitute who charges him $50.00, and finally to a prison inmate.
  • The Simpsons:
    • Homer is watching it with Maggie in "Rosebud".
      Barney (singing): "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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