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Dinosaurs was conceived by the Muppet masters at Jim Henson Productions, who wanted to do a sitcom-style show with puppets using the animatronics processes the company had developed. The brain trust settled on the idea of doing a straightforward show about a family that happened to be composed of dinosaurs. Henson Productions offshoot The Creature Shop developed huge, lifelike puppets that could be operated from inside by puppeteers, and Brian Henson, Jim's son, devised a process called ‘audio animatronics' to bring the facial expressions of these puppets to life.

The show's premise mixed elements of The Flintstones and The Simpsons, focusing on a blue-collar family of dinosaurs. Earl, the father, worked for the Wesayso Corporation and leveled trees to make way for tract homes. His blustery qualities were balanced out by his even-tempered wife Fran. The dino clan had three children: rebellious teen Robbie, shopaholic pre-teen Charlene, and Baby, a smart-alecky infant. Rounding out the family was Grandma Ethyl, who always seemed to be locked in a battle of wills with Earl. Other characters included B. P. Richfield, Earl's fearsome boss, and Roy Hess, a pre-historic swinger buddy of Earl's.

Dinosaurs depicted dinosaur life as being very close to human life: they watched television, shopped at supermarkets, and held down nine-to-five jobs. This allowed the show to tackle relevant social concerns in their stories. For instance, in Steroids To Heaven Robbie tried to overcome feelings of inadequacy by building up his body with an artificial growth hormone called ‘thornoids.' You didn't expect a very special episode of Dinosaurs, now did you?

In making the dinosaurs human-like, the show allowed itself a unique opportunity to comment on our foibles as human beings. Much like modern homo sapiens, the show's prehistoric protagonists wasted their precious resources and allowed themselves to stay bound to outmoded ways of thinking when they could turn things around by trying out more progressive ways of thinking. The latter concern was usually voiced by Robbie, who questioned many of his dinosaur family's customs.

Dinosaurs managed to rack up 65 episodes before being cancelled in July of 1994. It is a memorable entry in the sitcom canon, not only for its use of technology but also for the social messages it passed on to its viewers...through a group of animatronic dinosaurs. The series was later brought to WB which later was giving to Disney Channel from late 1997 to 2000. Then after words it wasen't shown on TV again.

The series has finally released there DVD of all seasons which can now be found in entertainment stores everywhere.
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Episode Info

Final: 4x14 -- Georgie Must Die (Oct/19/1994)


In the series finale, after weeks and weeks of Georgie, Georgie, GEORGIE! Earl snaps and destroys one of Baby's tapes. To make up for it, Earl promises to get the Baby a Georgie hug. When Earl inadvertently realizes he sounds like Georgie, he makes a costume and pretends to be Georgie for the Baby... and ends up in jail for coypright infringement. Fran checks up on him and lets him know that Georgie is taking care of him, until he explains that he's evil and plans on taking the kids' minds out of their lives and education to create them as their own toys and slaves to make bigger money. Earl must find a way to stop Georgie from this disaster.
Cast
Christopher Meloni
voiced Spike
Florence Stanley
voiced Grandma Ethel
Gary Owens
voiced Narrator
Jessica Walter
voiced Fran Sinclair
Kevin Clash
voiced Baby Sinclair
Sally Struthers
voiced Charlene Sinclair
Sam McMurray
voiced Roy Hess
Sherman Hemsley
voiced B.P. Richfield
Stuart Pankin
voiced Earl Sinclair
Suzie Plakson
voiced Monica DiVertibrae
Reviews

JHR3RD55

Reviews: 1
The Complete Dinosaurs SeriesRating: 2 likes, 0 dislikes

DINOSAURS - The TV Series: One of the best Henson productions ever put on TV. At first it looks like it was made for kids, but don't let that fool you. Each episode covers some kind of human event in life, but done on the scale of how the dinosaurs might have handled it. It's definitely very funny, especially "Baby Sinclair". I was surprised that this show was on TV for only four seasons. It could have lasted much longer. Anyone who enjoys seeing life's justices and injustices played out in a fun loving way will love this series. I know I've waited along time for DINOSAURS to come out on DVD. Read more

Review posted on Wednesday, March 28th 2007 at 6:36 am

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Recurring Guests

Robert Picardo as Ted (3 eps)
Michelan Sisti as Cavemen (3 eps)
Jason Alexander as Conquest (3 eps)
Thom Sharp as Larry (2 eps)
Richard Portnow as Mel Luster (2 eps)
Suzie Plakson as Thighs of Thunder (2 eps)
Brian Henson as Arthur Rizzic (2 eps)

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Warning: Dinosaurs guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Animation
Genre: Animation General | Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: ABC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: April 26, 1991
Ended: July 20, 1994
Themes
   
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• Die Dinos (Used In Germany)
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