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 in both children's television and pop culture. He was even given his own little theme 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 un-intentionally launched the careers of future super stars and real life longtime friends Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez.