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Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have TVs, fridges, etc. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals.
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Series cast summary:
Stuart Pankin ...  Earl Sinclair 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Jessica Walter ...  Fran Sinclair 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Jason Willinger Jason Willinger ...  Robbie Sinclair 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Leif Tilden Leif Tilden ...  Robbie Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Allan Trautman ...  Fran Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Bruce Lanoil Bruce Lanoil ...  Charlene Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
David Greenaway David Greenaway ...  Roy Hess / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
John Kennedy John Kennedy ...  Baby Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Sally Struthers ...  Charlene Sinclair 64 episodes, 1991-1994
Kevin Clash ...  Baby Sinclair / ... 64 episodes, 1991-1994
Bill Barretta ...  Earl Sinclair / ... 64 episodes, 1991-1994
Michelan Sisti ...  Charlene Sinclair / ... 63 episodes, 1991-1994
Pons Maar ...  Roy Hess / ... 62 episodes, 1991-1994
Tom Fisher Tom Fisher ...  Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 62 episodes, 1991-1994
Jack Tate Jack Tate ...  Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 61 episodes, 1991-1994
Steve Whitmire ...  Robbie Sinclair / ... 58 episodes, 1991-1994
Mak Wilson ...  Earl Sinclair / ... 53 episodes, 1991-1994
Tony Sabin Prince Tony Sabin Prince ...  Fran Sinclair / ... 53 episodes, 1991-1994
Julianne Buescher ...  Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 52 episodes, 1991-1994
Star Townsend Star Townsend ...  Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 51 episodes, 1991-1994
Sam McMurray ...  Roy Hess / ... 50 episodes, 1991-1994
Rickey Boyd Rickey Boyd ...  Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 34 episodes, 1992-1994
Florence Stanley ...  Grandma Ethyl Phillips / ... 33 episodes, 1991-1994
Sherman Hemsley ...  B.P. Richfield 29 episodes, 1991-1994


The Dinosaurs are an animatronics stone-age working-class family created by Jim Henson for Disney. Incredibly overweight, even for a dinosaur, Earl Sinclair is married to Fran and tries/fails to support 14-year-old valley girl Charlene, 16-year-old Robbie (whose crest eventually turns into a mohawk and gets dyed purple), widowed, cranky Grandma Ethel, and terrible-twos Baby, the true master of the house. Sharp social commentary is featured surprisingly often; Earl is a tree-pusher for the Wesayso Development Corp., which regularly implements schemes to screw their workers even more and destroy the world for marginal profit increment. Chilled but live prey are kept in the refrigerator and are helpful when you can't find the milk, and caveman humans make occasional appearances as wild animals and pets. Written by Dave Blake

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The Funniest Family in 60 Million Years!


Comedy | Family | Fantasy


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Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurios See more »

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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In many episodes, a rock band can be seen on the TV called "Lizzard Skizzard." While the name is an obvious reference to classic Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, the actual band has far more in common with the many "hair bands" of the late '80s/early '90s. See more »


[repeated line]
Baby: Again!
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Crazy Credits

The Jim Henson Productions logo at the end of the credits features a pterodactyl that does something different from episode to episode (from a small assortment of 3 things, not something unique each time). See more »


Referenced in Nostalgia Critic: Theodore Rex (2010) See more »


Be a Herbivore
Performed by Earl Sinclair and the Food in the Refrigerator
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User Reviews

Really well done spoof of modern America!!!
3 May 2006 | by Tommy NelsonSee all my reviews

stars: Stuart Pankin as Earl Sneed Sinclair. Jessica Walter as Fran Sinclair. Jason Willinger as Robert Mark Sinclair. Kevin Clash as Baby Sinclair and Howard Handupme. Sally Struthers as Charlene Sinclair. Florence Stanley as Ethyl Phillips. Sam McMurray as Roy Hess and Mr. Lizard. Sherman Hemsley as BP Richfield. Suzie Plakson as Monica Divertibrae. (episode 14 plus) Chris Meloni as Spike (1991-1992) Jason Alexander as "Sexual" Harris, Gus Molehill, Job Wizard, Grown up Baby and various others. Michael McKean as Various. Tim Curry as Various. Brian Henson as Arthur Rizzic, fridge food and others. With Performers: Steve Whittemire, Dave Goelz and Bill Barretta.

Based on an idea by the late, but great Jim Henson, Dinosaurs is about Megalasaurus Earl Sinclair, who is your average dumb father. We have his slightly overbearing wife Fran, his baby who craves attention, his teenage son robbie and his unpopular but trying daughter Charlene. The show brings dinosaurs to life through animatronic puppeteering through facial movements, which looks great and really cool sets. The show kind of turns actual situations into dinosaur situations, like Charlene wanting to grow a tail because her friends have them and the boys will like her, or dirty politics (most plots containing Earl's boss). It actually shows how ignorant man can be. earl is a tree pusher, and pushes down trees for no reason. The dinosaurs eat anything smaller than them because they're big. It has clever dialogue that helps it along too. Other than the family, we also have Ethyl Phillips, who is Fran's paraplegic mother who hates Earl. There's Roy, Earl's bud at work. There's his evil Triceratops boss Mr. Richfield and Fran's long necked, four legged friend who just sticks her neck in because she has no hands. I totally recommend this show, and I hope you enjoy it!

My rating: 4/4. TV rating can differ, can contain some sexual candor or mild language. TVPG.

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