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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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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
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Jason Willinger ...
 Robbie Sinclair 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Leif Tilden ...
 Robbie Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Fran Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Bruce Lanoil ...
 Charlene Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
David Greenaway ...
 Roy Hess / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
John Kennedy ...
 Baby Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Charlene Sinclair 64 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Charlene Sinclair / ... 63 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Roy Hess / ... 62 episodes, 1991-1994
Tom Fisher ...
 Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 62 episodes, 1991-1994
Jack Tate ...
 Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 61 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Robbie Sinclair / ... 58 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Earl Sinclair / ... 53 episodes, 1991-1994
Tony Sabin Prince ...
 Fran Sinclair / ... 53 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 52 episodes, 1991-1994
Star Townsend ...
 Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 51 episodes, 1991-1994
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 Roy Hess / ... 50 episodes, 1991-1994
Rickey Boyd ...
 Additional Dinosaur Performer / ... 34 episodes, 1992-1994
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 Grandma Ethyl Phillips / ... 33 episodes, 1991-1994
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Family | Fantasy

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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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26 April 1991 (USA)  »

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Dinosaurios  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Jim Henson originally got the idea of a live action show featuring animatronic Dinosaurs after being impressed by the technology his Creature Shop was developing for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film. When the show went into production the same technology was then used to create the Dinosaurs, as Jim Henson envisioned. Many of the Ninja Turtle suit actors even worked as various Dinosaur suit actors for the series. See more »

Quotes

Earl: Good morning, my family who loves me.
Baby: Not the mama.
Earl: All right, that ends right now. I've had it up to here with this "not the mama". I am not "not the nama", I'm your daddy, and you only get one, buster, and that's what you're gonna call me. Daddy. Now say "Daddy".
[Baby refuses]
Earl: Say "Daddy".
[Baby still refuses]
Earl: Okay, all right, all right. Say "da".
Baby: Da.
Earl: Say "dee".
Baby: Dee.
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Crazy Credits

Although the credits list actors/puppeteers for the characters individually in the credits, the Howard Handupme newscaster character, despite being in multiple episodes, is never listed separately and credited directly (presumably his portrayer(s) is/are listed under the "other actors" credits). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Ben Stiller/Foster the People (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Dinosaur (I Can Do Whatever I Want)
Performed by Baby Sinclair
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One of the ten greatest sitcoms ever.
28 January 2000 | by See all my reviews

This show is hilarious! Whether it's Baby hitting Earl with a frying pan while saying, "Not the mama!" or Robbie accidentally becoming leader of a gang, or Charlene and Fran having another discussion about money... ...this is a show that was guaranteed to make me laugh out loud. People say it's a ripoff of the Simpsons. Well, in my view it's BETTER than the Simpsons.

And then the stupid TV execs decide to give it the axe. Grrrr! But it had one of the best and most heart-tugging final episodes of any TV series.

In fact, the time is right for a new series, in my view...


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