"It's Not Easy Being Green"

Empty Nest is a sitcom from the producers of The Golden Girls (with periodic cast crossovers), running from 1988 to 1995. It focused on pediatrician Dr. Harry Weston and his adult daughters, who have moved back in with him.

Muppet Mentions

  • In the first season episode "Strange Bedfellows," Barbara reads in the newspaper that Muppets on Ice is in town.
  • Later that season, in the episode "My Sister, My Friend," Carol asks Barbara if she can back out of going to Muppets on Ice. "It's just I read where somebody else is going to be playing Kermit, and I just don't think it's going to be the same."
  • In the third season episode "The Boy Next Door," Carol tells Charley he should be at home watching Sesame Street... they are doing the letter M for moron.
  • A fifth season Halloween episode is titled "It's Not Easy Being Green," in which Carol has her boyfriend Patrick dress up in a green suit as radium.


  • Loni Anderson played Casey MacAfee in three episodes (1993) and on the spinoff Nurses (1993-1994)
  • Jason Bernard played Mr. Noack in "Tinker to Evers to Tucson" (1988)
  • Harold Gould played Dr. Stanfield Weston in "Man of the Year" (1989)
  • Carol Kane played Shelby in "The Courtship of Carol's Father" (1994)
  • Joey Lawrence played Wade in "Aunt Verne Knows Best" (1993)
  • David Leisure played Charley Dietz
  • Edie McClurg played Peggy Prockett in "Stand by Your Man " (1995)
  • Richard Mulligan played Dr. Harry Weston
  • Jenny O'Hara played Mrs. Kravitz in "Lonely Are the Brave" (1991)
  • Paul B. Price wrote nine episodes and appeared in three episodes
  • Glenn Shadix played Bud Larkin in "Food for Thought" (1991)
  • Thom Sharp played Dr. Mitch Helpern in "Barbara Gets Shot" (1988) and Mr. Logan in "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (1992)
  • Jeffrey Tambor played Dr. Binder in "The Dreyfus Affair" (1991)
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