This Day in Television History – September 15th, 1984 – Muppet Babies Debuts

Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, featuring toddler versions of the popular Muppet characters from the TV and movies, debuted on CBS on September 15th, 1984.

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Jim Henson’s Muppet Babies, featuring toddler versions of the popular Muppet characters from the TV and movies, debuted on CBS on September 15th, 1984. Courtesy: CBS / Jim Henson Productions

The series follows infant versions of the popular Muppet characters created by Henson, such as Kermit, Gonzo, Miss Piggy, and many others. The episodes largely center around the imaginings of the babies while they are under the care of the heard-but-rarely-seen Nanny.

The voice talents of the series included Frank Welker, Laurie O’Brien, Katie Leigh, Dave Coulier and Barbara Billingsley–among others.

The series was a smash hit, with over 100 episodes produced during its eight-year run. At the height of its popularity, CBS aired 90 minutes of Muppet Babies at one time on Saturday mornings.It also won several Emmys for outstanding animated program.

Muppet Babies also spawned the trend of childhood versions of popular animated characters—leading to such shows as A Pup Named Scooby-Doo and Tiny Toon Adventures.

Despite the enduring length of the series and its popularity at the time, it has not seen a complete DVD release. However, a few episodes have been packed together with toys.

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