If you’re of a certain age, you’ll definitely remember those endless days of your preschoolers obsessing over this adorable singing and dancing purple dinosaur. Barney and his friends. It aired on PBS from 1992 to 2010 (and on repeat for another eight years on the former Sprout cable network and its successor, Universal Kids).
Admit it…you too hired someone in an oversized dinosaur costume to entertain at your child’s birthday party! And, of course, there was the endless merchandising around your home. Do you remember Baby Bop and BJ?
Now, with your preschoolers, many of whom remember those early “Barney days,” comes a two-part limited series I love you, you hate me, which tells the backside of Barney the Dinosaur. It will premiere on the Peacock streamer on Wednesday, October 12.
“I love you, you hate me unpacks how a children’s character who stood for inclusion, understanding and kindness sparked a movement of anger and criticism that threatened the show, its creators and their future,” said Joel Chiodi, Head of Documentaries and vice president of strategic development at Scout Productions to a statement. “As it sheds light on the beginnings of modern hate culture, this documentary traces the creation of the character and how he impacted those closest to him, examining the surprising and enduring impact that the ‘Big Purple Dinosaur “left on American society. .”
“Barney came out on TV when I was barely 10, and I’ll admit, I didn’t understand him,” said director Tommy Avallone. so my friends and I can beat him on camera. Many years later, creating this docuseries, it feels good to be on the other side and not hating Barney anymore. Now that I have kids of my own, I understand all the love that went into making the purple dinosaur.”
Created by Sheryl Leach, a mother from Dallas, Texas, looking for ways to entertain her son, more than 100 children appeared as regulars during the series of Barney and his friends (including Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez). Each episode ended with Barney singing his song “I Love You” before dissolving into his original stuffed form (hence the title of this limited series).
“From Barney-bashing to frat parties to murderous video games, something in American society has shattered into a million pieces, and it has never been put back together,” reads the official logline for I love you, you hate me. “Or is it just who we were all along?” he asks.
Quote from Joel Chiodi, Head of Documentaries and Vice President of Strategic Development at Scout Productions
Quote from the director, Tommy Avallone
“Barney came out on TV when I was barely 10, and I admit, I didn’t understand him. As a teenager, for one of my birthdays
I had my aunt make me a Barney costume, so my friends and I could beat him on camera. Many years later, creating this documentary series, it feels good to be on the other side and not be a Barney hater anymore. Now that I have kids of my own, I understand all the love that went into making the purple dinosaur.”