Dinosaurs: Season 1 (1991)

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Dinosaurs

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Dinosaurs marries astonishingly expressive puppetry with genuinely funny satire of social norms, making for a forward-thinking prehistoric sitcom.

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Critic Ratings: 15

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User Ratings: 8

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Episodes

Air date: Apr 26, 1991

Earl lays an egg when he asks his boss for a raise, and Fran lays an egg---literally. Voices: Sherman Hemsley, Sam McMurray, Stuart Pankin, Florence Stanley and Sally Struthers.

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Air date: May 3, 1991

Family duties and the baby combine to frazzle Fran, and Earl can't figure out her problem. Voices: Sherman Hemsley, Sam McMurray, Stuart Pankin and Florence Stanley.

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Air date: May 10, 1991

Earl has the honor of tossing his mother-in-law into the tar pits on "Hurling Day." Voices: Sherman Hemsley, Sally Struthers, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger, Sam MacMurray, Stuart Pankin.

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Air date: May 17, 1991

A monstrous male who notices Fran in the supermarket challenges Earl to a fight to the death. Voices: Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Sam McMurray, Sally Struthers, Florence Stanley, Kevin Clash.

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Air date: May 24, 1991

Robbie questions howling as a rite of passage---an act that puts Earl and Roy at odds with each other. Voices: Sam McMurray, Kevin Clash, Stuart Pankin, Jason Willinger, Jessica Walter, Sally Struthers.

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Critic Reviews for Dinosaurs Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4)

Dinosaurs stomps a path into ABC`s prime-time schedule with undeniable charm and superlative special effects but with less of the edgy humor I`d been expecting.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Dinosaurs, an endearingly bizarre little half-hour that is never quite as funny as it should be, but funny and different enough to invite tuning in again.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

At its most ambitious, Dinosaurs is smart, charming, if slightly pat family satire; at its laziest, it's an interchangeable mid-nineties sitcom with fancy puppets.

Feb 6, 2019 | Full Review…

Dinosaurs was also legitimately one of the most insane TV shows we've ever seen. The leading characters weren't human, but the juxtaposition between their true nature and their human-like identities made for some truly bizarre moments.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

This posthumous Jim Henson concept didn't have particularly memorable characters but it went further with social commentary than anybody expected.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Sure, the costumes are a bit clunky, and "I'm the baby" is one of the most annoying catchphrases in the history of television, but you have to give Jim Henson credit for thinking outside of the human sitcom box.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The show's look is enchanting. The animatronics gimmick is a winner. Judging by my 4-year-old's enraptured response, these characters won't be extinct for a long time.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

From both a critical and fan perspective, this show does surprisingly well for itself. Yes, it is your standard family sitcom. But Dinosaurs does this in a way that's unique, charming, and, perhaps most importantly, hilarious.

Feb 7, 2019 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

The series was technically and visually stunning. The puppets and sets were absolutely incredible. However, the story wasn't all that funny.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The prehistoric sitcom was often far more thought-provoking than its TGIF neighbors, tackling fairly deep subject matter for a show in which Jessica Walter is the voice of a bipedal dinosaur housewife.

Feb 7, 2019 | Full Review…

ABC's INVENTIVE new Dinosaurs has all the ingredients of a breakout hit. But it shows in its premiere episode that it still has to adjust the seasoning a little if it's going to become a staple of the American television diet.

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[Dinosaurs] was something like Eddie Izzard's non-starter Cows, just, you know, funny.

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Audience Reviews for Dinosaurs: Season 1

  • Feb 15, 2020
    Dinosaurs was a show that absolutely should be seen by everyone. The puppets may look really outdated at this point, but for 1991, it's really well-made. The biggest surprise of the show, however, is not in the puppets or Baby Saur's cute antics, but in how the social commentary and satire manages to remain fresh until the 21st Century and onwards. Themes that were hard  to be talked about, especially in a show that had somewhat of a kids appeal, were brilliantly tackled here, such as teenagehood's difficulties, environmental risks, feminism, religions and worker's conditions. Plus, it manages to satire the whole concept of the 'Family Sitcom' with maestry. Still fresh, Dinosaurs is a must for the ones who like reflection and a good dose of fun.
  • Nov 19, 2019
    A show way ahead of it's time
  • Dec 26, 2018
    This show is surprisingly amazing,from great jumpier for all ages to the look of the anamitronics,also with the extremely dark and life teaching finale

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