Barney was originally the product of author and tv show creator, Sheryl Leach, who wanted to create a program specifically targeting older kids. The mother-of-one came up with the idea of the hot pink, rotund T-rex whilst driving around her hometown in Texas, and soon enough, the first tapes were made. 

However, Barney didn’t launch on television until 1992 — the year until  Larry Rifkin, an executive of the Connecticut Public Television decided to broadcast the program. 

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