Muppet Babies
Muppet Broadcasting Company
Air Date October 11, 1986
Written by Jeffrey Scott

"Let's Hear It for Your Ears"


When the power goes out, the babies make their own radio programs.


The babies play with dominoes, until Baby Piggy accidentally knocks them over. Then they fight, until an electrical storm hits that causes the TV to go out. So Nanny brings out a tape player and collection of old-time radio shows, telling the kids they can listen and use their imaginations in the darkness. Inevitably, the group picture themselves in the stories, and later recreate their own radio dramas. Baby Animal relishes the role of sound effects man.



A slew of radio programs are spoofed, including the following:

  • The Shadow (1930-1954): Gonzo as "The Weirdo," who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of kids.


Muppet Babies: Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, Baby Fozzie, Baby Gonzo, Baby Rowlf, Baby Scooter, Baby Skeeter, Baby Animal
Supporting Characters: Nanny, Baby Bunsen, Baby Beaker, Chief Inspector of Scotland Yard


  • According to the radio announcer, the Sherlock Holmes broadcast was presented by "The Jupiter Theater," a reference to Orson Welles' Mercury Theater on the Air. Welles' program did in fact produce a Sherlock Holmes installment, which aired on Sept. 25, 1938, and starred Welles himself as the great detective.

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