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Genre: Sitcom
Running Time: 23 minutes, one 46 minute special
Country: United States
Release Date: April 26, 1991 - October 19, 1994
Network(s): ABC
Created by: Michael Jacobs
Bob Young
Distributed by: Buena Vista Television
Starring: Stuart Pankin
Jessica Walter
Jason Willinger
Sally Struthers
Kevin Clash
Sherman Hemsley
Florence Stanley
Sam McMurray
Susie Plakson
Christopher Meloni
Seasons: 4
Episodes: 65 (79 segments)

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom comedy television series that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to October 19, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs (portrayed by puppets), was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Productions in association with Walt Disney Televisionand distributed by Buena Vista International, Inc.. The characters were designed by Henson team member Kirk Thatcher.


The show takes place in Pangaea 60 million years ago and is about the Sinclairs, a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs which consists of Earl Sinclair, a Megalosaurus (the father), Francis Philips-Sinclair, an Allosaurus (the mother) and their three children, Robbie, a Hypsilophodon, Charlene, a Protoceratops and Baby Sinclair, whom is a Megalosaurus just like his dad. Earl is employed as a low level tree pusher for the voluminous Wesayso Corporation, alongside his best friend Roy Hess, a dimwitted Tyrannosaurus rex. He and Roy, work under the supervision of their tyrannical and greedy boss B.P. Richifield, a green Triceratops.

Why It Rocks

  1. Memorable theme song.
  2. The concept of a dinosaur sitcom is a great and interesting one.
  3. Likable characters, such as Earl and Baby Sinclair.
  4. The acting is decent.
  5. Pays homage to pop culture. For example, one episode has a Barney parody called "Blarney".
  6. It's a memorial to the late Jim Henson
  7. Good puppet/animatronic work.
  8. It sometimes has good lessons.

Bad Qualities

  1. The animatronics can be creepy at times.
  2. In the last episode, Changing Nature, all the characters die, which is pretty sad, especially for a series finale. In fact, the ending is one of the most tragic TV finale of all time.


  • It is now available to stream on Disney+ on January 29, 2021.