It started as a home video series in 1988 called Barney & The Backyard Gang created by Sheryl leach and starring Sandy Duncan. But From the moment Barney & friends hit the airwaves on PBS in 1992, the famous purple dinosaur become a phenomenon and eventually a pop culture icon. He was even given his own park at Universal Studios in Orlando Florida. We know the songs, we know about Other characters such as Baby Bop, BJ, and Cousin Riff, but this series also unintentionally launched the careers of future mega stars and real life longtime best friends Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez