Can you imagine if a sitcom about the "modern stone age family" starred dinosaurs instead of The Flintstones? It actually happened in Dinosaurs, a TV series that featured a family of dinosaurs that was conceived by Jim Henson himself before he passed away in 1990. But in 1991, Disney and Jim Henson Productions carried Henson's vision to fruition with a combination of puppetry and animatronics to bring its anthropomorphic dinosaurs to life.
Believe it or not, Dinosaurs owes a lot to The Simpsons. Until Fox's breakout hit came along, no one outside of Henson's crew really believed in the show. And unlike a lot of shows that came after The Simpsons, Dinosaurs actually had some staying power. It ran for four seasons and had 65 episodes by the end.
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. No other show would dare to literally throw a baby across the room as a joke. But Dinosaurs did it.
Additionally, the ending of Dinosaurs is one of the bleakest series finales in the history of television. It teased the extinction of the entire race. Who does that?! It was such a dark note to go out on that it's amazing this was considered a kid friendly show in the early '90s.
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