What We Grew Up On: Dinosaurs


You thought we took it back with Ghostwriter? You will definitely take a walk down memory lane with this show: Dinosaurs.

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.

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. Earl’s employer, the Wesayso Corporation’s logo also is a reference to DuPont Chemical’s traditional oval logo.

One comment

  • assataSAYS

    omg! i remember the night this show went off the air. why is it that when i brought it up, no one ever knew what i was talkin about? jus like the duck game on nintendo (which has now popped up as a myspace widget).

    AND… today i read that one of the original power rangers was sentenced to death for killing two people. i don’t believe that the dude was an original power ranger though.

    April 13, 2009

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