The little bits with the animated standup comedian dinosaur were just as lame as I remember, but the dump trucks and the trip to Dinosaur National Park was just as cool as I remember.
Oh man, RR was my favorite show on TV when I was younger, right up there with Mister Rogers (because he thought you were special just the way you are). My brother and I were big book nerds, and RR made us feel good about that.
I would definitely buy the plush doll..it would remind me of the episode where they have the little LeVar puppet at the end..and they showed how they built him.
Another big favorite was the behind-the-scenes look at the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, checking out the big floats, and seeing how the ballooms are designed and built.
Is the show still in trouble? I haven't heard anything about it in years, and didn't even realize it had gone this long. I have to say I agree with whomever said that when they see it now, it's still the same old eps from the late 80's. Those seem to be the ones I catch, too.
Oh, and word on the creepy goats. But I did like learning the diner lingo--though I can't remember much of it now...I think there was something about Adam & Eve, and coffee being "mud".