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Dinosaurs
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Format Sitcom
Created by Jim Henson
Michael Jacobs
Starring Stuart Pankin
Jessica Walter
Jason Willinger
Sally Struthers
Kevin Clash
Theme music composer Bruce Broughton
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 65 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Jacobs
Brian Henson
Producer(s) Michael Jacobs
Running time 23:15
Production company(s) Michael Jacobs Productions
Jim Henson Productions
Distributor Walt Disney Television (In association with)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (U.S.)
Canal 5 (Mexico)
ITV (UK)
Original run April 26, 1991 – July 20, 1994

Dinosaurs is an American television sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael Jacobs Productions and Jim Henson Productions in association with Walt Disney Television.

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Origins

News stories written at the time of the show's premiere highlighted Dinosaurs' connection to Jim Henson, who had died the year before. "Jim Henson dreamed up the show's basic concept about three years ago," said a New York Times article in April 1991. "'He wanted it to be a sitcom with a pretty standard structure, with the biggest differences being that it's a family of dinosaurs and their society has this strange toxic life style,' said [his son] Brian Henson. But until The Simpsons took off, said Alex Rockwell, a vice president of the Henson organization, 'people thought it was a crazy idea.'"[1]

In the late 1980s, Jim Henson had worked with illustrator/designer William Stout on a feature film starring animatronic dinosaurs with the working title of The Natural History Project; a 1993 article in The New Yorker said that Henson continued to work on a dinosaur project (presumably the Dinosaurs concept) until the "last months of his life."[2]

The television division of the Walt Disney Company began working on the series in 1990 for CBS before the series landed on ABC.[3]

Overview

Dinosaurs is initially set in 60,000,003 BC with the years, months and days counting toward zero. (In the first episode, Robbie asks his father if he ever questions what they are counting down to.) The show centers on the Sinclair family (a reference to Sinclair Oil Corporation which uses a dinosaur as its logo) - the father (Earl Sinclair, a reference to Earl Holding, Sinclair Oil's principal owner), the mother (Fran Sinclair), the son (Robbie Sinclair), the daughter (Charlene Sinclair), the baby (Baby Sinclair), and the grandmother (Ethyl Phillips, a reference to Phillips Petroleum and ethyl gasoline).

Earl's job is to push over trees for the Wesayso ("We Say So") Corporation (alluding to the fact that petroleum comes from compressed trees and other organic matter, keeping with the petroleum theme of the show) with his friend and coworker Roy Hess (Hess Corporation is another regional petroleum chain). Another reference to petroleum companies is Earl's boss, named B.P. Richfield (alluding to British Petroleum and Atlantic Richfield, the original name of Arco). Earl's employer, the Wesayso Corporation's logo also is a reference to DuPont Chemical's traditional oval logo.

Characters

The focus of the show's plot is the Sinclair family: Earl, Fran, Robbie, Charlene and Baby.

One of the show's most popular characters is the mischievous Baby (occasionally referred to as "Junior" until the second season, where he was officially named "Baby Sinclair"). Baby's mannerisms were loosely based on writer and producer Bob Young's youngest child Ethan.[citation needed]

Baby's favorite pastime is to hit Earl repeatedly over the head with a frying pan while shouting, "Not the mama!" Frequently, when Baby should be hurt (such as after having been hurled through the air), he will throw his arms up enthusiastically and exclaim, "Again!" A music video was produced for a song based on another of Baby's catchphrases, "I'm the Baby, Gotta Love Me".

Curiously, the Sinclair family members all appear to belong to wildly different species: while Earl identifies himself as a carnivorous Megalosaurus and Robbie is similar in appearance (albeit much slimmer), Fran most resembles an Allosaurus and Charlene resembles a Microceratops (another herbivore). Baby Sinclair looks vaguely ankylosaurid, but is much more human-looking than any real dinosaur.

Other supporting characters are Ethyl Phillips, Roy Hess, B.P. Richfield, Fran's bright blue Apatosaurus neighbor and friend, Monica Devertebrae (voiced by Suzie Plakson), and Spike. These characters include Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Apatosaurus and a Megalosaurus while the miscellaneous characters are Pachycephalosaurus. Humans have appeared in several episodes as cavemen, and the dinosaur characters often expressed the belief that humans could never develop intelligence. Earl's favorite show on T.V. features a talking caveman named "Mr. Ugh" (a direct parody of "Mr. Ed," further expressing the dinosaurs' belief that humans are stupid). A recurring joke is that the dinosaurs do not know how to tell male and female humans apart and usually switch them in conversation, or as shown in one episode ("The Mating Dance") in which zookeepers unknowingly pair two obviously male humans together and cannot figure out why they will not produce offspring. There are also other recurring characters, typically Earl's Wesayso Corporation co-workers.

Topical issues

Topical issues featured in Dinosaurs include environmentalism, women's rights, sexual harassment, objectification of women, censorship, civil rights, body image, steroid use, allusions to masturbation (in the form of Robbie getting caught doing a mating dance by himself), drug abuse, racism, peer pressure, rights of indigenous peoples, corporate crime, government interference of parenting, and allusions to homosexuality and communism (in the guise of herbivorism).

The two-part episode "Nuts to War," in which the two-legged dinosaurs go to war with the four-legged dinosaurs over rights to pistachio trees, aired in February and March 1992, and was almost certainly in response to the Persian Gulf War. Dialogue in the episode addresses war profiteering (by the Wesayso Corporation of B.P. Richfield, Earl's boss, which sells weaponry to both sides), the casualties of war (limited to one two-legger, which the Sinclair family thought for a time was Robbie), the war's use as a distraction from domestic issues during an election year, government suppression of information, and the harassment of the antiwar movement. The (politically) hawkish dinosaurs created a catchphrase for their political party: "We Are Right" (W.A.R.). Earl, originally a hawk but later disillusioned, takes to protesting the war with a sign reading "Pistachio Eaters Against the Chief Elder" (P.E.A.C.E.), a backronym.

In the episode "I Never Ate For My Father," in lieu of carnivorism, Robbie chooses to eat vegetables, and the other characters liken this to homosexuality, irreverence, communism, and drug abuse.

In the final season, "The Greatest Story Ever Sold" (a take off of The Greatest Story Ever Told) even references religion when the Sinclair family becomes eager to learn the meaning of their existence. The Elders dictate a new system of beliefs, and the entire cast (with the exception of Robbie) abandons science to blindly following the newly popular "Potato-ism." The religion arbitrarily brings about a set of strange and pointless rules that they decree all dinosaurs must adhere to, possibly a parody of the Ten Commandments. Robbie and a reluctant Earl refuse to follow the rules leading to their punishment of being burned at the stake. Just as they are about to be executed, the fire mysteriously goes out. It is considered a sign, and the two are allowed to go free. The episode ends with them speculating as to whether there really is a god who created and watches over them.

In another episode, Earl switches bodies with a tree and raises the issue of conservation. This is more dramatically explored in the series finale.

Series finale

The series finale of Dinosaurs concerns the irresponsible actions of the dinosaurs toward their environment, and the ensuing Ice Age which leads to their demise. The episode "Changing Nature" begins with the failure of a beetle swarm to show up and devour a form of creeper vine. It is shown that the Wesayso Corporation has constructed a wax fruit factory on the swampland that serves as the beetles' breeding grounds, causing the extinction of the species. Fearing a public relations fiasco more than any environmental threat, Wesayso quickly puts Earl in charge of an attempt to destroy the vines, which have grown out of control without the beetles to keep them in check. Earl proposes spraying the plant with defoliant, which works only too well; not only does the defoliant eradicate all the vines, but all other plant life on the planet as well.

B.P. Richfield assumes that the creation of clouds will bring rain, allowing the plants to grow back, and so decides to create clouds by dropping bombs in the planet's volcanoes to cause eruptions and cloud cover. The dark clouds instead instigate global cooling, in the form of a gigantic cloudcover (simulating the effects of what the viewer would recognize as nuclear winter) that scientists estimate would take "tens of thousands of years" to dissipate; viewers are thus left in no doubt as to the final fate of the dinosaurs.

The final scene of the series has Earl apologizing to his family for causing the end of the world, causing Baby Sinclair to question what will happen to them. The credits then roll over a shot of the Sinclairs' house, slowly disappearing beneath a snowdrift followed by the Wax Fruit Factory that brought on the disaster, all while a melancholy string instrumental plays. This was followed by a color-warped broadcast from newscaster Howard Handupme, staring into the camera in a slowly freezing studio, and droning, "And, taking a look at the long-range forecast, continued snow, darkness, and extreme cold. This is Howard Handupme. Goodnight. (pause) Goodbye."

The episode was a marked change from the series' normal humor. "Changing Nature" merited a special parental warning in TV Guide's listings the week it aired, cautioning that its subject matter might frighten or disturb younger viewers.

The shows within the show

The Sinclair family watches TV.

While Dinosaurs was a TV show, several jokes in the series were at the expense of television shows in general. Earl often wants to watch TV rather than do something more practical, and several jokes accuse television of "dumbing down" the population and making it lazy. Four episodes had themes related to television. In "Family Challenge", Earl gets the family to go on a game show in order to win a new TV when both of the household's televisions are destroyed. In "Fran Live", Fran gets a call-in show when she suggests that the host of the show "Just Listening With Frank" should give advice rather than just listen. In "Network Genius", Earl starts working for ABC (the Antediluvian Broadcasting Company) and recommends several "stupid" shows for the network; when these shows drastically reduce the IQ of the population, he recommends "smart" shows to save the world. In "Georgie Must Die", Earl attempts to thwart the evil plans of an orange hippo reminiscent of Barney from Barney & Friends. In "The Last Temptation of Ethyl" is a double spoof of Unsolved Mysteries and TV evangelists.

A few characters in the shows within Dinosaurs made repeat appearances. Howard Handupme, whose name was a reference to the fact that he was a hand puppet, was the standard news anchor for the Dinosaur News Network (DNN). Mr. Lizard, a parody of Mr. Wizard, was a scientist demonstrating several dangerous aspects of nature and science for his child assistant, who inevitably died in each episode (by such methods as watching the effects of what happens when you put an open flame next to a mixture of sulfur, potassium nitrate, and coal (black powder); having Timmy see how a rocket engine works by sticking his head into the exhaust while Mr. Lizard turns it on; and the effects of putting nitroglycerine in a blender), prompting Mr. Lizard to quip, "We're going to need another Timmy!" Captain Action Figure shows up in children's programming that Fran mistakes for a commercial. Whenever Captain Action Figure mentions a product, the screen flashes "Tell Mommy I WANT THAT!". Before the appearance of Georgie, Dinosaurs used a puppet highly reminiscent of Barney named "Blarney" in two episodes. During his appearances, members of the Sinclair family commented on his annoying characteristics and failure to teach anything to children. As the powers behind Barney & Friends have threatened legal action to subdue Anti-Barney Humor, it is possible that Dinosaurs received a legal warning, resulting in the creation of the Georgie character.

International screening

The show was screened on ITV in 1992 and in reruns from 1995 to 2002 in the UK on Disney Channel. In Mexico, the show was aired three times on Televisa Canal 5, first 1993/94, then from 1999 to 2001 and again in 2005.[citation needed]

In Germany, a dubbed version titled "Die Dinos" ran on ARD from 1993 to 1995, with later reruns on some of the network's regional stations and between 2001 and 2005 on Super RTL.[4] In the Netherlands and Belgium (northern part), Dinosaurs ran with subtitles on the commercial tv network RTL, in 1992.

In Malaysia, the series aired in English with Malay subtitles on TV3 on weekday afternoons in the early 90s through the mid-90s.

In France and Belgium (center and southern parts), the series was aired under the name "Dinosaures" dubbed in french on the RTL network in the 90's.

In New Zealand the series began screening on TV3 at the start of 1992 originally in prime time. Re-runs of the show screened in 1993-94 during weekday afternoons. The final series screened on Saturday mornings in 1995-96.

DVD releases

On May 2, 2006 Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released Dinosaurs: The Complete First And Second Seasons as a four-disc DVD box set. The DVD set includes "exclusive bonus features including a never-before-seen look at the making of Dinosaurs". The complete third and fourth seasons were released May 1, 2007 with special features, including the episodes not aired on US TV. Both sets are currently available only on Region 1.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons 29 May 2, 2006
The Complete 3rd & 4th Seasons 36 May 1, 2007

Pop Culture References

Earl Sinclair appeared occasionally in the video game Quest for Glory: So You Want to Be a Hero as a dinosaur with a plaid shirt and a metal lunchbox that would walk by at times in a specific screen.

The Simpsons episode 03x21, "Black Widower", references the similarity of family structure between the two shows.

Lisa: These talking dinosaurs are more real than most real families on TV!
Homer: Look Maggie, they have a baby too!
Bart: It's like they saw our lives and put it right up on screen.

Credits

See also

References

  1. ^ Kahn, Eve M. "All in the Modern Stone Age Family", The New York Times (Apr. 14, 1991). Accessed Feb. 20, 2009.
  2. ^ Owen, David. "Looking Out for Kermit", The New Yorker (Aug. 16, 1993.)
  3. ^ Grover, Ron. The Disney Touch. Homewood, IL: Business One Irwin, 1991. pp. 167-168.
  4. ^ "Die Dinos". Fernsehlexikon.de. 18 August 2009. http://www.fernsehlexikon.de/6895/die-dinos/. Retrieved 2009-10-05. 

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Dinosaurs was an American television show created by Walt Disney Television and Jim Henson Productions. It was broadcast from April 1991 to July 1994 on ABC. In May 2006, seasons 1 and 2 were released as a single set. The show was about the lives of a family of dinosaurs as a satire on modern American life.

Dinosaurs episodes
Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
"The Mighty Megalosaurus" "The Golden Child" "Nature Calls" "Monster Under the Bed"
"The Mating Dance" "Family Challenge" "Dirty Dancin'" "Earl, Don't Be a Hero"
"Hurling Day" "I Never Ate for My Father" "Baby Talk" "The Greatest Story Ever Sold"
"High Noon" "Charlene's Tale" "Network Genius" "Driving Miss Ethyl"
"The Howling" "Endangered Species" "The Discovery" "Earl's Big Jackpot"
"Employee of the Month" "Little Boy Boo" "Terrible Twos"
"When Food Goes Bad" "Germ Warfare" "Changing Nature"
"Career Opportunities" "Hungry for Love"
"Unmarried ... With Children" "License to Parent" Unaired Episodes*
"How to Pick Up Girls" "Charlene's Flat World" "Into the Woods"
"Switched at Birth" "Wilderness Weekend" "Scent of a Reptile"
"Refrigerator Day" "The Son Also Rises" "Working Girl"
"What "Sexual" Harris Meant" "Getting to Know You" "Variations on a Theme Park"
"Fran Live" "Green Card" "Earl and Pearl"
"Power Erupts" "Out of the Frying Pan" "Life in the Faust Lane"
"The Clip Show" "Out of the Frying Pan" "Georgie Must Die"
"A New Leaf" "Honey, I Miss the Kids"
"The Last Temptation of Ethyl" "Honey, I Miss the Kids"
"Nuts to War (part 1)" "If I Were a Tree"
"Nuts to War (part 2)" "We Are Not Alone"
"And the Winner Is..." "Charlene and Her Amazing Humans" Misc.
"Slave to Fashion" "The Clip Show II" Repeated lines
"Leader of the Pack" Characters
"WESAYSO Knows Best" External links

*These episodes were not aired during the original showing of season 4 but were later shown in syndication.

Season 1

The Mighty Megalosaurus

Earl [to Baby, who just demanded a story]: Once upon a time, dinosaurs didn't have families. They lived in the woods and ate their children. It was a golden age.

Fran [to Earl]: If you love me you'll get them [a new set of pots and pans] for me. Do you love me?

Charlene: Hi daddy. How was your day?
Earl: Not a dime, Charlene.
Charlene: Daddy, can't I even say hello without you thinking that I want something?
[Earl looks at her for a moments without saying anything]
Charlene: A sweater. I just want a sweater.

Fran [sternly]: Earl Snead Sinclair!
Earl : Oh, God. My whole name.

Earl [to Robbie]: School is not for asking questions. It's a place you go to be out of this house.

Earl : I went to work.
Baby : Why?
Earl : Your mother makes me.

Earl [Sees the not-yet-born Baby's egg]: That better be breakfast.

Earl : No matter how low you are in this world, as long as you have a family to come home to, well, they're lower.
Fran : It isn't often I get to see the sentimental side of you.

The Mating Dance

[Baby is crying at three in the morning]
Fran: Earl, feed the baby.
Earl: Why?
Fran: Because if you don't feed it, it'll die
Earl: How many other kids we got?
Fran: Two
[Earl goes back to sleep]

Earl: I've got a wife who's unhappy about something.
Roy: This is without historical precedent.

Earl: Anyway, just this morning I said "I love you" [to Fran].
Roy: Did you say it sincerely?
Earl: Nah, it was a defense mechanism.

DNN Reporter: And finally, in local news, officials at the city zoo report no luck in trying to mate Ling-Ling and Chang-Chang, the two rare imported humans. Zookeepers are baffled at why two seemingly healthy cavepeople have not yet produced offspring.
[The news report switches to the zoo, showing two human males in the cage]

Hurling Day

Earl [very excited]: One more day til I throw your mother over the cliff and into the pit.
Fran: Earl, this is supposed to be a solemn and holy day.
Earl: No, that's tomorrow. Today is a day of saying "Yippee, yippee!"

Earl to B.P. Richfield: I'm overwhelmed by your sudden lack of cruelty.

[B.P. Richfield is telling Earl about when he hurled his mother-in-law into the tar pits]
B.P. Richfield [sadly]: My, it's sad how the memories fade.
B.P. Richfield [cheerfully]: Good thing I got it on VHS!
[Earl and B.P. Richfield watch the tape]
Earl: Nice trajectory, sir.
B.P. Richfield: Damn right.
Earl: The moment goes by so quickly, my captain.
B.P. Richfield: Well, not on slow-mo. Ha!
[plays tape again, this time in slow motion, as B.P and Earl laugh]

High Noon

Earl: Hello family ... and Ethyl [his mother-in-law]

Earl: I know they just crawled out of the sludge, and I hate to be critical of other life forms, but God, I hate lawyers.

[Roy is telling Earl about the Code of the Wilderness escape clause]
Roy: Well, basically, you're entitled to escape from his claws. The Code of the Wilderness clearly states that you have the legal right to run away like a scared bunny.

[Ethyl see's the size of Gary's (the guy who is challenging Earl to a fight to the death) sock]
Ethyl [to Fran]: Congratulations. You're a widow.

Earl: Hey, hey. Hold on there. I'm the father and if anyone is going to your school and beat up a kid, it's gonna be me.

The Howling

[Earl and Robbie are arguing about traditions and the Sacred Book of Dinosaur]
Earl: Hey, this book's been around a million years and you've been around what, 15 years? Guess who wins?!

Roy: Earl, you hurt my feelings and embarassed me in front of my lunch.
Earl: Would it be so hard to close your mouth while you're eating?
Roy: Would it be so hard to close your eyes while I'm eating?

Earl [to Robbie]: I'm going to tell you a little something that my sweet old dad told me just before I went up the hill. I remember he said, "Earl, unlock that bathroom door". Of course, that doesn't apply here, but you get the gist.

Robbie: This isn't the dark ages. This is 60 million BC!

Fran: I'm going to be very disappointed if this world ends and you and Robbie are still angry at each other.
Earl: He destroyed the universe!

Roy: Hey Earl, what about my stuff?
Earl: The kid will get it. That's why you have kids.
Roy: Hmmm. Maybe I should get one.

Season 2

The Golden Child

[Earl walks into the living room and sees Robbie and Charlene watching TV while the baby is alone in the kitchen.]
Earl: Morning, kids. What are you doing?
Robbie: Watching the baby.
Earl: Nice to see you you're accepting more responsibility.

Earl [to the Elders]: Please don't make me bite off my own head. I was practicing in the lobby, and it just wasn't happening.

Elder [reading from the Sacred Book of Dinosaur]: ...and his father [Earl] shall be courageous and wise.
[Earl chuckles]
Elder [to another Elder]: Give me the Wite-Out.
[Elder edits the sacred book]
Elder [reading from the (revised) Sacred Book of Dinosaur]: ...father shall be a blithering idiot.
Earl: Can he do that?

[Robbie is refusing to help manage the people coming to see the new king (Baby)]
Robbie: Those dinosaurs out there are just sheep.
Earl: Have you noticed that some of those sheep are cheerleaders?
[Robbie runs outside to help.]

Family Challenge

Howard Handupme: A meteor watch has been put into effect throughout the Pangean panhandle. Scientists have specifically pinpointed this particular house as the point of probable impact.
[A picture of the Sinclair house appears on the tv screen]
Earl: Come on, come on! What does this have to do with me?

[Earl is talking to the insurance agent about the cost of replacing the tv]
Earl: Don't try to cheat me on this! 'Cause I know you insurance guys, you have absolutely no ethics.
Insurance Agent: Well, how much would you say your television is worth?
Earl: Ten thousand dollars. Good thing I popped for that extra meteor coverage, huh?
Insurance Agent: For us, yes. But if you refer to that large bound volume we sent you labeled "exclusions", you'll find that a meteor is only a meteor until it enters the Earth's atmosphere, at which time it become a meteorite.

Earl: As you can see, I have separated all known dinosaur wisdom into three categories: "Animal, vegetable, rocks."
Robbie: Well, what about fire?
Earl: Vegetable.
Charlene: What about water?
Earl: Water is the opposite of fire, which we have previously established as a vegetable. What's the opposite of a vegetable? Fruit. So water is a fruit. Fruit is not a vegetable, so it has to be either an animal or a rock. We know it's not an animal. Therefore, fruit is a rock.
Charlene: Daddy, I asked you about water.
Earl: Could we hold all questions until the end of the lecture, please?

Baby [pointing the remote at Earl]: Not the TV!

Charlene: I'm used to being embarrassed by you guys on a local level, I don't know how I feel about being humiliated nationally.

Earl: And what makes you the Ancient History expert?
Ethyl: I was there.

I Never Ate for My Father

Ethyl: Television is responsible for the utter degradation of our society. We should write a letter.
Fran: Mom? Get a life.

Earl: If your mother can take the time kill this dinner, you can take the time to eat it.

[Robbie leaves the table, refusing to eat meat]
Earl: Charlene, you are now my son.
Charlene: Thanks Caddy. Can I have money for lipstick?
Earl: Of course, son.

Earl: I shoulda shown [Robbie] the beauty of killing small things.

Bob Dylan-like Singer:
Has anybody here
Seen my old friend Bambi's mother?
Can you tell me where she's done?
She fed a lot of people
But the tasty, they die young.
Just like antelope, mutton, and Bambi's mom.

[Earl is telling Robbie about his father.]
Earl: He expected me to live in the woods, have kids in the mud, eat my mate and die in pieces. And you know? That was okay for him. But I wanted better.

Charlene's Tale

Earl: It doesn't take a genius to figure that out.
Ethyl: Then you're the guy for the job.

Earl [to Fran]: It's not [Charlene's] tail. That would be a female problem. She isn't a female yet, so she doesn't have a problem. Which if she did, we wouldn't discuss it in front of the son.
Robbie: Fine, I'll leave.
Earl: I'll go with you.

[Earl punches Roy]
Roy: Hey! Earl, I don't want to pry into your personal business, but is something bothering you?
Earl: Not that I'm aware of.

[Earl is putting the uneaten food back into the refrigerator]
Food: And don't be putting me in no vegetable bin. I wake up in the vegetables and I'll come out and kick you big, flabby dinosaur butt all up and down the super-continent.

Earl [to Charlene]: I don't think nature knows what it's doing. What I think you need is something to protect you from nature.
Charlene: You mean, like a father?
Earl: Well, actually, I was thinking more like a machine gun. But, I guess a father would do in a pinch.

Earl: How'd I do Fran?
Fran: Well, "not the mama", but you'll do in a pinch.

Career Opportunities

[Earl is watching television, dejectedly, after becoming disillusioned with his job]
TV: Why are you stuck in a boring dead-end job?
Earl: I don't know.
TV: Why does your boss always yell at you?
Earl: Can't figure it out.
TV: Why is your life such a complete mess?
Earl: Will you stop pickin' on me?
TV: Why ask 'Why'? Drink alcohol! Nobody likes a thinker! You may not be able to change your life, but you can change the way you look at it. Alcohol. The more you drink, the less you think!

Nuts to War (part 1)

[Baby is crying because a mouse like creature ate his cookie]
Fran: No, crying isn't going to help.
Baby [sobbing]: My cookie's gone!
Fran: Because you ate it.
Baby: No, the cookie creature took it.
Fran: All right. A cookie creature took it.
Baby: Don't talk down to me!
Fran: This is between you and the cookie creature, so you two will have to work it out.
Baby [angrily]: Oh well, thanks for nothing.
[During a series of commercials using war references and jingoism to sell products]
Girl on TV:Mom, do you ever feel... you know... not patriotic?

Season 3

Changing Nature

[Last words of the series]
Howard Handupme: And, taking a look at the long-range forecast, continued snow, darkness, and extreme cold. This is Howard Handupme. Good night. [pause] Goodbye.

Repeated lines and catch phrases

Earl: Honey, I'm Home.

Baby: Not the Mama!

Baby: I'm the baby, gotta love me!

Baby [after being severely injured]: Again!

Mr. Lizard: We're going to need another Timmy!

B.P. Richfield: Sinclair!

Roy: Hey there, pally boy.

Characters

  • Earl Sinclair - The father (aka "The Mighty Megalosaurus"), a tree-pusher for the WeSaySo Corporation.
  • Fran Sinclair - The mother and family homemaker.
  • Robbie Sinclair - The eldest child (fifteen years old) and someone who often questions established traditions.
  • Charlene Sinclair - The middle child (twelve years old) and very materialistic.
  • Baby Sinclair - The youngest child, "Baby" is his actual name.
  • Ethyl Phillips - Fran's mother and Earl's nemesis.
  • Roy Hess - Earl's best friend and co-worker.
  • B.P. Richfield - Earl's intimidating boss, whom Earl fears and will not stand up to.
  • Spike - Robbie's best friend from school, a very bad influence.

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