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"Barney & Friends" is an American children’s television series that aired from 1992-2009 with reruns playing on multiple Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) stations. The show features a friendly, unmistakable purple dinosaur, Barney, as he and his dinosaur friends learn, sing, and dance together. Barney the dinosaur has garnered much success since his modest conception in 1987 by Sheryl Leach of Dallas, Texas. Looking to fill the lack of educational programming for her young son at the time, her solution helped entertain and educate local kids in Texas. Barney became a household name after PBS turned it into the series many kids from the 1990s and early 2000s have come to love. A few Texas natives can also attribute their success to their early contributions to the show. Stars such as Selena Gomez (Disney Channel’s Wizards of Waverly Place), Demi Lovato (X Factor judge, Disney’s Camp Rock), and Madison Pettis (voice of Izzy on Disney Junior’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates) started off in the Barney & Friends cast. With its widespread success, it’s no wonder that Barney toys are available in a variety of different forms. Kids can make believe that Barney the dinosaur will come to life right before their eyes with the classic Barney plush, sing along to their favorite songs with the Singing Barney doll, and even have a Barney-themed birthday party with an assortment of Barney party supplies. Barney books offer tales of his adventures with Baby Bop, BJ, and Riff. Some books chronicle the beloved purple dinosaur’s adventures to the dentist, the fair, and even at school. Other books focus on coloring, shapes, counting, and even learning about different types of hugs. Barney merchandise can be found online, at party supply stores, and at your local toy stores.