Stuff We Miss: Gotta Love Me!

Not a day goes by that I don’t miss the awesomeness that was ABC’s TGIF.  From the genius that was Urkel to the family love on Step by Step, how was I to choose something for Stuff We Miss, when I am missing so much great stuff all the time? In the end, Dinosaurs, the  sitcom about a regular family just trying to make it in the year 60,000,003 B.C., won out.

Brainchild of Jim Henson, Dinosaurs appealed to adults and children alike for its relatable characters, sharp dialogue, and of course, the adorable and frying pan-wielding Baby Sinclair. Using some of the most masterful puppetry television has ever seen, Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charlene, and Baby won our hearts by living average dinosaur lives.

During their four season run, the Sinclairs dealt with everything from workplace issues branching from Earl’s job as a tree pusher for Wesayso Corporation, to the problems that stem from not developing as fast as the other girls in class (we mean growing one’s tail, of course!), to larger issues like recession and global warming.

Despite being hidden beneath a flurry of animatronics and having their characters cut down by extinction, several of the show’s stars went on to have flourishing careers, including Kevin Clash (better known as Elmo) and Jessica Walter (known for her role as world’s greatest TV mom, Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development).

Feel like catching up with the Sinclairs? Check them out on DVD!


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    Jennifer (ModCloth) 02/03/2010 at 2:59 pm #


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    Natalie B. (ModCloth) 02/03/2010 at 3:12 pm #

    I LOVED Dinosaurs!!! I still sing Baby’s song on occasion. Although, I have to admit that I think I missed some of the serious life issue references, haha…

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    Franny 02/03/2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Yes Modcloth good call !!

    I vividly remeber the episode when the grandma was dying (Cant remember the arc of the story) the scary swap and its creatures stayed with me for years

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    Shara 02/03/2010 at 3:39 pm #

    Oh Dinosaurs, how I miss you!!! I was beginning to wonder if anyone else in the world actually watched that show. We would actually set up our VHS camcorder and tape the TV so we could watch them over and over! My favorite is the one when baby grows a horn. Or maybe the one where grandma tries to throw herself of a cliff!

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    Catherine 02/03/2010 at 3:58 pm #

    Oh my god!!! When I was little I would wake up at 5:00 in the morning to watch it!

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    Kristen Renee 02/03/2010 at 4:03 pm #

    Yes!!! I totally remember watching that show! I recently have been finding myself looking up other Jim Henson greats on YouTube… Frog Prince, Hey Cinderella and The Christmas Toy are all there!

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    Jesslyn 02/03/2010 at 4:36 pm #

    I loved the “not the Mama!” part of that show! My husband sometimes feels that way with our baby girls. 🙂

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    Samantha 02/03/2010 at 5:41 pm #

    Oh my gosh, it scared me so much when I first watched it, but now the baby makes me laugh~ haha c:

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    Emily (ModCloth) 02/03/2010 at 9:05 pm #

    Sadly this TV gem only lasted one season, if that. Probably because it was so pricey to make, with all the crazy puppetry action! Ah, memories.

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    Aire (ModCloth) 02/04/2010 at 11:16 am #

    Sarahhhhhhhh such a good call!!! I used to love TGIF!! And “not the Mama”!!!! Great post!!

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    Becca Boo 02/04/2010 at 12:17 pm #

    I miss this show so much!

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    Tracy J 02/04/2010 at 1:28 pm #

    I miss this show too!! I wish it was still on along with Boy Meets World, Step by Step and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper!!!

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    Yo Mama 02/04/2010 at 1:31 pm #

    Now THAT’S entertainment!

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    Erin 02/04/2010 at 2:39 pm #

    OMG! That’s so funny you posted this! My boyfriend has the entire series on dvd and we’ve been watching them obsessively the past couple of days. It’s hysterical!

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    Savannah 02/04/2010 at 3:20 pm #

    This was one of my favorite shows growing up. It was so different and of course funny!

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    Kate 02/04/2010 at 4:22 pm #

    XD My mum and I were just talking about this show because no onee else seemed to remember it at all! Thank you!

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    Nikki 02/05/2010 at 10:19 am #

    Loved this show! My husband and I rented the DVDs in a flashback moment. We watched it with our kids (ages 8 and 3) and they loved it too!

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    Jen Erickson 02/06/2010 at 8:54 pm #

    haha i remember that show!! man.. in all honesty.. it really wasnt for kids… lol that kid was demonic.. lol but i still remember growing up watching it… good stuff.. lol =D <3

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    Monica 02/07/2010 at 7:31 pm #

    OMG…memories. =D

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    Meredith 02/09/2010 at 9:21 pm #

    Now I remember where my younger sister got that from! She’d always say “I’m the baby, gotta love me!” in that same high-pitched voice.

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    Lish 02/23/2010 at 1:05 am #

    Im so glad I got to grow up watching shows like this. I remember watching this show on Sat mornings!

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