For a brief moment in the early '90s, the Sinclairs were among the biggest sitcom stars on network TV. The family of anthropomorphic, prehistoric reptiles were the brainchild of Jim Henson (of course), who had wanted to make a sitcom about a family of dinos in the late '80s. The show used to address actual topical issues like environmentalism, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, objectification, and corporate crime, which all sounds HILARIOUS.
To be honest, I don’t really remember Dinosaurs being as deep as it obviously was. All I (or anyone) remember is the precocious Baby Sinclair saying “Not the mama!” in his Elmo voice while beating his dad with a frying pan. There were two other Sinclair kids, but Baby Sinclair was the star, so no one really cared about them. I bet he got super arrogrant yet passive-aggressive about it on set, too. He probably pulled stunts like gifting his costars with their very own signed Baby Sinclair dolls as his way of reminding them who the real moneymaker in that family was and constantly wanting to do extra takes of smacking his pops with a frying pan anytime Earl needed to be reminded who really called the shots.
Dinosaurs' mere existence proved two things: that Jim Henson was always an absolute visionary on a whole other level and that acid was still very popular in the '90s, otherwise how else did this make it to network? A show about anthropomorphic dinos is a bold move for a major network to invest in, and it was super expensive, which is probably why it only lasted four seasons. It also had one of the most messed-up finales ever, but let’s not ruin our day thinking about that sadness.
Also, I didn’t know it at the time, but LEGEND Jessica Walter voiced Fran Sinclair. Now that I’m aware of this, I’m going to need someone to reboot Dinosaurs, but this time with widowed Fran living her best boozy life verbally abusing her grandchildren and all the cavemen in their neighborhood. Since there’s pretty much no universe in which a major network would bring this show back, it only makes sense that it shows up somewhere on cable. Maybe a network dedicated to science fiction and fantasy. Perhaps one whose goal is to see exactly how many installments one can make in a franchise about man-eating sharks being swept onto land by a giant cyclone. I wonder where we can find one of those ...