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Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies (CBS, 1984 – 1991)

This American animated series featured child versions of the Muppets that lived together in a large nursery and were cared for by Nanny, a human (animated) woman. Nanny was mostly shown by her striped green and white socks; her face was never shown. (Some episodes showed her in a purple sweater and pink skirt.) All the popular Muppets were there: Kermit, Piggy, Rowf, Gonzo, Animal, Fozzie, Scooter and his (never before or since seen) twin sister Skeeter.

Muppet Babies debuted September 15, 1984 and ran for 8 seasons or 107 episodes; ending on November 2, 1991. (The rights for the program are now held by Disney-ABC Domestic Television). Voice talent: Frank Welker, Greg Berg, Howie Mandel (only during season one — Dave Coulier replaced him), Katie Leigh, Laurie O’Brien, Russi Taylor and Barbara Billingsley as Nanny.

Unfortunately, there haven’t been any plans to release the series on DVD. A number of Muppet Babies episodes featured clips of other TV shows and movies during the Muppets’ imagination sequences, which presents copyright issues. Hopefully, they can resolve this and the series can live on in DVD. If you still own (and/or use) a VCR, a number of episodes were released on VHS during 1993 – 1995. If you’re looking for a more high-tech way to watch Muppet Babies, head to YouTube, you can catch the entire series.