Parents' Guide to

Barney & Friends

By Andrea Graham, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Love him or hate him, Barney is a hit with preschoolers.

TV PBS Educational 1992
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age 2+

Based on 8 parent reviews

age 2+

Barney is the best kids show for pre-schoolers PERIOD.

I grew up LOVING Barney, the songs are catchy, the show can be educational and was inclusive of ALL kids from different cultures and races. It teaches about manners, hygiene, art, IMAGINATION. No show could match Barney from the early-mid 90’s for me as a kid. Also the movies were also classics from Imagination island to Barneys great adventure and Barney and the backyard gang: Waiting for Santa, my sister and I LOVED it. Do not listen to the ignorant haters. This show is so under-rated and i find it heartbreaking that people are so ignorant about this show. Barney taught me how to love EVERYONE and be creative. I’ll love you forever Barney! - I’m 26 now. :)
age 2+

Great for young kiddos!

This was my favorite show as a child. I'll admit, it can be a bit simplistic but it is designed for very young children. The show isn't meant to raise your child, just help start conversations and get kids active and imaginative. That being said, Barney and shows like it did raise me and I'd like to think I turned out quite alright. It's also my go to show while nannying kids between the ages of 2-6. It's also great for craft and game ideas. I mostly let the kids watch the 90s and early 2000s versions of the show but the newer stuff isn't too bad! Great roll models, lessons, stories and songs. A perfect show for young minds.

Is It Any Good?

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Younger children will love Barney's colorful musical world. Every episode is filled with song and dance, and Barney really encourages little ones to get up and boogie along. Barney and his friends also love crafting and will likely inspire your child's creative side. Among all the fun, each episode is based on a pro-social theme such as respect, teamwork, and courtesy for others.

While Barney & Friends does offer quality entertainment for kids, parents should know that the show's songs have been criticized for being overly infectious and may wind up stuck in your head. And while preschoolers will love watching Barney's adventures, older kids may find the program's happy, sappy style a little too much. Nonetheless, Barney & Friends is a well-loved classic and will likely continue to delight preschoolers for years to come.

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