Dinosaurs (television series)

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Charlene and Robbie in the episode "Refrigerator Day"

Dinosaurs was an American television sitcom on ABC, about a family of talking dinosaurs that ran for 65 episodes from April 1991 to July 1994. The show ended with of course the beginning of the ice age.

The show featured animatronic dinosaurs created by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. The show centered around the Sinclair family: the father (Earl), the mother (Fran), the son (Robbie), the daughter (Charlene), the baby (Baby), and the grandmother (Grandma Ethel). (Curiously, they all appear to belong to wildly different species: Earl and Robbie look like carnivorous dinosaurs, while Fran and Charlene resemble herbivores.) Earl's job was to push over trees for the Wesayso Corporation with his friend and coworker Roy Hess (who wore a hat much like Ed Norton, whom he resembled). If the petroleum references were not insistent enough, Earl's boss was named B.P. Richfield.

The most popular characters on the show were Earl and the mischievous Baby. Baby was voiced by Kevin Clash, best known as the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street. His favorite pastime was to hit Earl repeatedly over the head with a frying pan while shouting "Not the mama!" A music video was produced for the song "I'm the Baby, Gotta Love Me".

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Trivia

  • Gunge, a small rodent-like creature from Fraggle Rock, appeared in a dinosaur's stomach in one episode.
  • Earl exclaims "oh god!" over and over when the egg with Baby hatches, in the pilot episode, "The Mighty Megalosaurus", but later in the series, in "The Greatest Story Ever Sold", the dinosaurs say that they had no higher power or deity.
  • A running gag involved the calendars. They ran backward-i.e. "October" began with the 31st and ended with the 1st, in line with the idea that the years were counting down "B.C."
  • In the last episode, all the characters died as the ice age began. The network advertised that this could be upsetting to children (and eliminated a chance for any sequels).
  • Humans appeared in one episode, where a primitive girl followed one of the children home. Several of the characters expressed the belief that humans could never develop intelligence.

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