Bring Barney Back?

My children have graduated from PBS Kids, Nick Jr and Playhouse Disney.

That’s mostly a good thing. I’m sorry, but Caillou’s voice was SUPER annoying. And one can only answer Dora’s questions so many times.

Sometimes,  though, I miss the little kid shows. I really loved Diego’s “Rescue Pack” song. I used to salsa around the house whenever that came on. If I wasn’t in the room, my kids would call for me, knowing I wouldn’t want to miss it.

But here’s what I especially miss — those shows, shows like Barney and Dora, Dragon Tales and Blue’s Clues, they had nice people in them. Or nice animals. Or accessories. Whatever. And they were even nice to the bad guys. They didn’t yell or scream or curse. They taught good lessons like share with your friends, use kind words, always carry a blow-up raft with you in case you’re caught in the terrible current of raging river rapids while looking for an endangered bird.

Why are shows like that only for little kids? Don’t older kids need those lessons? Teenagers? Adults?

Don’t you think this world would be a better place if Barney moved up with us? If there were a cute song all about how we shouldn’t yell at our brother just because he ate that candy bar we had been saving? An adorable Vera Bradley purse waltzing around and keeping us out of trouble? Some peep-toe pumps that led us to clues about where to go to college?

How much nicer would we be if we all walked around singing the “I love you” song? If we really were all a big, happy family. “With a great big hug and kiss from me to you”?

Maybe the solution to all the violence and anger in this world is simply because we leave the shows like Barney behind when we grow up.



  1. Sarah
    Feb 6, 2014

    I was never allowed to watch Barney when I was little. 🙂 I do miss the old shows they had for kids, though. They were about being kind to one another, sharing, and other important things like that. From what I’ve seen and heard, most of those lessons aren’t in the new shows. Someone said around 2005, they started taking them out, though I have no idea why. Kids still need them, and a lot of other people do too.

  2. Klee
    Feb 6, 2014

    This is sooooooooo true! I miss those shows! Why isn’t someone out there making good shows for tweens/teens???? I know many people thought Barney was annoying but my daughter loved that show! I have fond memories of us singing to his CD over and over again. The funny thing is she loves MUSIC and DANCING! I now understand why she loved Barney, the Wiggles, and the Doodlebops so much! It was the MUSIC!

  3. Kelsey
    Feb 7, 2014

    That’s so true. I think that’s why I have such strong reactions to shows, etc. that have a good message; you just don’t come across it as often anymore.

  4. April
    Feb 21, 2014

    I don’t agree with this. I hated all the kid show when I was younger. And I’m very glad I did because now I’m into watching crime shows. They are the best.

  5. Megan
    Oct 23, 2014

    I agree! and I think they should bring Barney back! My two year old watches Barney on netflix and he loves him.

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