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Dinosaurs 

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This show follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have televisions, refrigerators, et cetera. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals.
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4   3   2   1  
1994   1993   1992   1991  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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 ...  Robbie Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Allan Trautman ...  Fran Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
Bruce Lanoil ...  Charlene Sinclair / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
David Greenaway David Greenaway ...  Roy Hess / ... 65 episodes, 1991-1994
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
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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 (Stuart Pankin) is married to Fran (Jessica Walter) and tries and fails to support fourteen-year-old valley girl Charlene (Sally Struthers), sixteen-year-old Robbie (Jason Willinger) (whose crest eventually turns into a mohawk and gets dyed purple), widowed, cranky Grandma Ethyl Phillips (Florence Stanley), and terrible-twos Baby Sinclair (John Kennedy and Kevin Clash), the true master of the house. Sharp social commentary was 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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Taglines:

The Funniest Family in 60 Million Years!

Genres:

Comedy | Family | Fantasy

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

Jim Henson originally got the idea of a live-action show featuring animatronic dinosaurs after he was impressed by the technology his Creature Shop was developing for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990). When this show went into production, the same technology was used to create the Dinosaurs. Many of the Ninja Turtle suit actors worked as various Dinosaur suit actors for the series. See more »

Quotes

Fran: Maybe I've learned something today. Good parenting does come from here
[points to heart]
Fran: but when you need a little help, you can find it here
[points to parenting manual]
Fran: .
Earl: Gee, now there's something you don't see on TV.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

Original airings of season one featured a laugh track, which was deleted from all network repeats, syndicated re-runs, and home video releases. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Lab: The Great Extinction (2020) See more »

Soundtracks

Leave her Tail Alone
Performed by Pearl Sinclair
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User Reviews

One of the ten greatest sitcoms ever.
28 January 2000 | by Thanos6See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dinosaurs See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (65 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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