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The Barnyard is an American computer-animated adult sitcom co-created by Steve Oedekerk, John A. Davis, and Seth MacFarlane for the adult programming block Nick@Nite a spin-off from the 2004 film, Barnyard

The show is rated TV-14-DLSV for suggestive dialogue, use of strong language, sexual content, and violence. Uncensored episodes are rated TV-MA.

The show parodies American culture and society. Much like The Simpsons, South Park, SpongeBob SquarePants, Sonic the Hedgehog, Family Guy, Futurama, Rick and Morty, and BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, The Barnyard was designed for mature audiences, featuring comical/bloody violence, adult humor, coarse language, running gags, and pop culture references.

Since its debut on August 21, 2005, 152 episodes of The Barnyard have been broadcast. Its fifteenth season began on September 15, 2019. The show has been widely acclaimed, The Barnyard has also received criticism, including unfavorable comparisons to The Simpsons, SpongeBob SquarePants, and BlooJ's Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends

In 2008, MacFarlane and Oedekerk confirmed that the cast was interested in producing the sequel to the feature film and that he was working on a story for a film adaptation.

A spin-off series, The Snotty Show, featuring Snotty Boy, aired from September 27, 2015, to May 19, 2019.

The Barnyard is a joint production by O Entertainment, Omation, DNA Productions, Fuzzy Door Productions, Paramount Television Animation, Games Animation, Inc., Krusty Krab Productions and Paramount Television and syndicated by Paramount Television.

On February 12, 2019, Nick@Nite renewed the series for a fifteenth season, which premiered on September 15 , 2019.

Premise 

The plot generally revolves around Otis, a cow, and his barnyard friends. Otis wants to horse around, but has to be responsible and protect the inhabitants of the Barnyard. He and his friends Pip the mouse, Abby the cow (who replaced Daisy in the film), Pig the pig, Freddy the ferret, Peck the rooster, Duke the sheepdog, and Bessy the cow have many crazy adventures, while at the same time help Otis protect the farm. The setting is unknown but it is heavily implied to be in the fictional Arizona town of Oedeville. Otis and his friends have to overtake many obstacles like preventing Mrs. Beady from proving that animals know how to talk and distracting the farmer, so that they can throw a party. In many episodes, Otis gets himself in a sticky situation where his friends have to come to the rescue, resulting in him learning a lesson. Sometimes, the animals dress up like people when out in public, which nobody notices except Mrs. Beady.

Characters

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Episodes

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Production 

Development

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Animation 

Unlike many other sitcoms, this show is animated in CGI. The animation is done in-house by Omation and DNA Productions.

International broadcast

United States

  • Nick@Nite (2005-present)
  • The Bloo DeTour (2008-present)
  • MTV (2005-present)
  • Adult Swim (2007-present)
  • TBS (2011-present)
  • FXX (2014-present)

Canada

  • Citytv (2005-present)
  • Showcase (2005-present)
  • Adult Swim (2019-present)
  • Sériesplus (2005-present)

Mexico

  • Canal 5 (2001-present)

United Kingdom

  • Paramount Comedy 1 (2005-2010)
  • Gold (2015-2019)
  • Channel 4 (2005-present)
  • Pick (2011-2015)
  • E4 (2019-present, part of Adult Swim Fridays)
  • Bravo (2010-2011)

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Titles in different countries

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