It's Important to Remember ‘Dinosaurs'

I’m so old that when I was your age, I watched dinosaurs on TV. Dinosaurs! On TV! I’m for realz, yo. Kids these days don’t know how to appropriately slam their parents over the head with a frying pan and the lack of dinosaurs on TV is to blame. I’m talking, of course, about the TV show Dinosaurs. (I’m not that old and neither are TVs!)

Nobody under the age of 21 seems to remember this ol’ fossil. The year was 1991. The network was ABC. The timeslot was–I forget what time it was on, but I’m assuming around 8pm. The television viewership at the time was blessed with the brilliant idea of a sitcom based on the lives of the Sinclair family as they endure mundane days at work, crazy days at school, parenting woes, teenage drama and more… and who also just happened to be the most hilarious dinosaurs ever caught on film. Think Family Matters, but in the set in 60,000,003 BC Pangaea instead of mid-1990′ Chicago.

Earl Sinclair, the lumberjack-plaid-shirt wearing father, brings home the bacon by pushing over trees with his BFF Roy at the Wesayso Corporation. Frances “Fran” Sinclair is the resident matriarch of the family serving as loving but underappreciated wife of Earl and mother of her three kids. The oldest of Earl and Fran’s clan is their son, Robert “Robbie” Mark, who can be spotted in his varsity jacket sporting conveniently placed horns on his head that resemble a mohawk. He’s a total babe. His younger sister, Charlene is super fly, stylish and essentially the Cher Horowitz of Pangaea. The youngest of the kids, and perhaps the most notorious of them all, is Baby. This little demon child has a serious case of the “Terrible Two’s”  that wou that would definitely warrant a “You’re in big trouble, mister!” from Michelle Tanner. Baby became known for enjoying seemingly violent games and hitting his father on the head with a cast iron skillet while yelling, “Not the Mama.” Spoiler alert: Earl was not, nor would he ever be, “the Mama”. Sometimes, even ol’ Ethyl, Fran’s mother, joins in on the fun. Another spoiler alert: Dinosaur grandmothers are even sassier than human grandmothers.

Alas, the beauty of this anthropomorphic cast of characters has been lost on the most recent sector of this generation. It’s possible Barney is the only childhood prehistoric earth walker that kids remember, and that’s a shame. Sure, these dinos were ugly, a little scary and didn’t wear pants,  but they dealt with real issues like how to save energy while using a refrigerator, adapting outdated traditions to a “modern” world, dealing with workplace harassment, and controlling urges to do the mating dance, and what to do when you want to eat your frenemies.  Plus, the wordplay classic. The We-Say-So Corporation? These guys were working for “The Man” before there were even any men at all! That’s corporate humor at it’s finest and I will applaud it until I, too, am extinct.

Luckily, anyone with $8 can rent the DVDs for a private screening and relive the magic every day until they decide they’re ready to continue marathoning The Wonder Years. Wait. 13-year-olds know about The Wonder Years, right?

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  • Nick Derksen

    I watched this show all the time when it was on! When it came out on DVD I was there pronto to buy it! Thanks for writing this nostalgic gem of a show :)

    • Nick Derksen

      *writing about this nostalgic gem of a show!*

  • Joni Heylens

    I remember! My brother and I used to watch it all the time (my brother was born in 1992, thank heaven for reruns!) 😀

  • Taylor Phillips

    I love this post so, so much.

  • Samantha Chapman

    i used to love this show and had a talking baby too which was actually a little scary!? only the other day i saw a woman in a wheelchair who had an uncanny resemblance to the ethyl! nice to reminisce :)

  • Skye Tenorio

    I LOVED this show!

  • Sarah Sammel

    My roommate and I used to sing “I’m the baby, gotta love me” to each other all the time in college!!

  • Lauren Lee Bolek

    I loved this show!

  • Holly Lehmer

    I definitely loved this show! My brother and I used to watch it on Saturday mornings, it’s how we learned that Penicillin is actually just moldy bread! I remember baby being sick one time and that’s what they gave him. Anyway, my brother is now a pharmacy tech!

  • Catrin Morgan

    This used to be on in the UK in the mid to late 90’s and my sister and I would watch it every Sunday on BBC2 😀

  • Paulina Alejandra

    era tan pequeña cuando daban esta serie, la amo <3 tuve un pequeño muñeco del bebé C:!!!!!

    I was just a little girl when I saw this tv show, i love it, i had a doll baby dinosaur C:!!!!

  • Deanne Condret

    My brother and I LOVED Dinosaurs! I found a VHS at a thrift store and I have watched those 4 episodes at least a dozen times since. “Earl was not, nor would he ever be, “the Mama”. <— literally lol'd.

  • Tali Stein

    LOVED THIS SHOW! And actually still quote it regularly…

  • Paige Swarbrick

    it was on Thursdays at 8pm… 😀

  • Lisa Knox

    I remember this show, and I’m WAAY older than 21. My little sister, who’s in her early 30’s watched it all the time, and we still do the “not the mama” line all the time.

  • Daisy Campbell

    I loved Dinosaurs!! I’m actually only 21, but know and adore this old gem!

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