There are so many things about this show that bother me. I don't even know where to begin! I guess I'll start with the characters. Baby Bop enforces the stereotype that young children are unintelligent. She is supposed to be three years old, but she acts more like a newborn who can speak in full sentences. Not to mention she is whiny, spoiled, and selfish. BJ has a very annoying voice (not as bad as Riff's though, but I'll get to that later) and he is sexist. In one episode he was pretending to be a super hero and Baby Bop wants to play with him. Then BJ says (and I quote) "You can't be a super hero!" Baby Bop: "Why not?" BJ: "Because you're a girl." Riff is less annoying than Baby Bop and BJ, he has creative hobbies (music, inventing) whereas Baby Bop only likes princesses and ballet and BJ likes baseball and super heroes (another stereotype). The only problems I have with Riff have nothing to do with his character, but rather the fact that he was just unnecessary. He also makes the boy/girl ratio even worse, and his voice is irritating, it's basically a rip-off of Chuckie from Rugrats. Now let's talk about the songs. The songs are okay, it's a mixture of classic songs such as "If You're Happy and you Know It" and "Down by the Bay" and some original songs. The only problem is the original songs are very poorly written with the same ABCB rhyme scheme constantly repeated, and the songs are repeated through out the series in very farfetched situations. Example: In one episode some kids are putting on a puppet show and before they start, they sing an often repeated song about putting on a show. In the song they sing "there's gonna be music, there's gonna be dancing!" The puppet show had no music nor dancing. This wasn't a very good example, but if you watch the show, you'll know what I mean. Another thing I dislike about this show is the "dance" numbers. The reason I put quotes on the word "dance" is because the dance numbers have simple movements and are poorly choreographed. Hey, I'm not expecting Broadway dance routines, but these kids are clearly capable of some slightly more advanced dance movements. Speaking of the kids, most of the child actors on the show are terrible, most of them don't even seem to enjoy it. And finally, the mixed and subliminal messages. The show promotes and encourages eating ice cream and cookies and other junk foods, they promote eating healthy foods as well and they identify junk foods as a treat, but they don't seem to get the message that junk food should be eaten in moderation out there. Also, in one episode, which is a parody of The Gift of Magi, after realizing how happy they feel even though their presents are useless, the items they need are quickly given to them and they completely forget about the message they learned. Now don't get me wrong, I am not biased towards shows aimed at younger kids. There are plenty of children's shows I not only not mind, but ENJOY watching with my younger siblings such as Mister Roger's Neighborhood, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Sesame Street, and others. There are even some shows I watched when I was little that I watch now from time to time that I enjoy, and Barney ISN'T one of them. It amazes me how such a bad show is one of the longest running children's television programs of all time. On one last note, I would like to point out how the Barney universe is one-dimensional and problems can be fixed with magic and not in a realistic manner. Kind of like Matilda.