- January 14: Barney's Sense-Sational Day and Run, Jump, Skip and Sing are released to stores.
- March 18: Barney's Colors & Shapes is released to stores.
- Early April: Production for Season 4 began
- April 15: Barney's Big Surprise, the soundtrack, is released to stores, after being sold exclusively at performances.
- May 6: Barney's Musical Scrapbook is released to stores.
- July 1: The updated version of Barney Magazine is released
- July 8: Camp WannaRunnaRound is released to stores
- Late July: Production for Barney's Great Adventure began
- September 1: Hachaverim Shel Barney premiered in Israel.
- September 2: Barney's Adventure Bus is released to stores.
- September 11: Actimates Barney, Actimates TV Pack (along with Barney's Stu-u-upendous Puzzle Fun!), Actimates PC Pack are released to stores.
- September 30: Happy Holidays Love, Barney is released to stores.
- November 3: All Barney & Friends episodes become encoded with signals to interact with the Actimates Barney doll.
- November 4: Barney's Good Day, Good Night is released to stores.
- November 17: Season 4 Premieres
- November 27: Barney, Baby Bop, and BJ perform Imagine in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
- December 12: Season 4 finale
- Mid-December: Barney's Big Surprise is filmed at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
- The launch of www.barneyonline.com
Barney & Friends
Season 4 (1997)
Cast & Crew
- Barney (Body: David Joyner/Josh Martin/Maurice Scott, Voice: Bob West)
- Baby Bop (Body: Jenny Dempsey/Jeff Ayers, Voice: Julie Johnson)
- BJ (Body: Jenny Dempsey/Jeff Brooks /Adam Brown, Voice: Patty Wirtz)
- Min (Pia Manalo)
- Shawn (John David Bennett, II)
- Derek (Rickey Carter)
- Michael (Brian Eppes)
- Kathy (Lauren King)
- Tina (Jessica Zucha)
- Tosha (Hope Cervantes)
- Julie (Susannah Wetzel)
- David (Kenny Cooper)
- Jason (Kurt Dykhuizen)
- Carlos (Corey Lopez)
- Ashley (Monet Chandler)
- Alissa (Maurie Chandler)
- Stephen (Chase Gallatin)
- Maria (Jessica Hinojosa)
- Kristen (Sara Hickman)
- Hannah (Marisa Kuers) (debut)
- Kim (Erica Rhodes) (debut)
- Keesha (Mera Baker) (debut)
- Robert (Angel Velasco) (debut)
- Chip (Lucien Douglas) (debut)
- Jeff (Austin Ball) (debut)
- Danny (Jeffrey Hood) (debut)
- Curtis (Monte Black) (debut)
- Mr. Boyd (Robert Sweatman)
- Stella the Storyteller (Phyllis Cicero)
- Scooter McNutty (voiced by Todd Duffey) (debut)
- Miss Etta Kette (voiced by Brice Armstrong) (debut)
- Sheryl Stamps Leach
- Dennis DeShazer
- Stephen White
- Mark S. Bernthal
- Perri Verdino-Gates
- Mitch Loborvich
- Donna Cooner
- Heidi B. Kirby
- Troy Charles
- Fred Holmes
- Steven Feldman
- Jim Rowley
- Penny Wilson (Performance Director)
- Jim Rowley (Supervising Producer)
- Ben Vaughn (Senior Consulting Producer)
- Linda Houston (Consulting Producer)
- Jeff Gittle
- Bob Singleton
- David Bernard Wolf