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Miss Piggy's Sesame Street debut.
"Contact Bert of S.S." on The Muppet Show.
Jim and Frank in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
Baby Rowlf's Big Bird toy in The Muppets Take Manhattan.
"Statler and Waldorf" haberdashery in The Muppet Christmas Carol.
Sesame's stoop in Muppets from Space.
Joe Raposo's "cameo" in Count it Higher.
Real-world Sesame cameraman is credited in a sketch.
Martians encounter pigs in space.
Maria catches up on an old Monsterpiece Theater story.
Dr. Teeth's "cameo" in an episode of Monsterpiece Theater.
Mis Piggy in Don't Forget the Oatmeal!
The Dark Crystal on Fraggle Rock.
Kermit and Piggy costumes on Fraggle Rock.
Baby Gonzo on The Muppet Show stage in "The Incredible Shrinking Weirdo."
Big Bird in the Muppet Babies episode "Get Me to the Perch on Time."
Sesame Street on Farscape.
Bobo reads the newspaper featuring an ad for Muppet Treasure Island.
Squacky's copy of It's Not Easy Being Green on Pajanimals
Lisa Henson's credit with the Swinetrek on Unstable Fables.
Susana uses official Plaza Sésamo merchandise.
An Elmo's World book in Pancho's recording studio.
Pancho complement's Roosevelt's hair.

Muppet scenes mentioning names of performers, Henson employees, other Henson productions and other pieces of inside information.


Sesame Street

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

  • At one point, a picture of Big Bird is shown hanging on the wall.
  • In "At the Dance", Rowlf mentions he used to be a big star with Jimmy Dean.
  • In another part of the same sketch, Kermit mentions he works in an educational childrens' show.

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Movie

Fraggle Rock

  • In the first episode, Doc receives a letter from Caroly.
  • In "Don't Cry Over Spilt Milk," Doc receives a letter from Kermit.
  • In "All Work and No Play," Doc receives a letter from Duncan.
  • In "Red's Club," Doc and Sprocket are compiling a list of dogs to be in Sprocket's club; one of the names mentioned is Rowlf.
  • The Traveling Matt sequence in "Boober's Dream" includes a clip from The Dark Crystal.
  • The Traveling Matt sequence in "Sir Hubris and the Gorgs" shows children dressed as Kermit and Miss Piggy for Halloween.
  • In "Junior Sells the Farm", Doc orders the Clark-McElcheran Dog Feeder, referring to the show's two special effect gurus: George Clark and Tim McElcheran.
  • The Traveling Matt sequence in "A Cave of One's Own" features Bert and Oscar the Grouch plush dolls in the playroom of two little girls.
  • In "The Cavern of Lost Dreams," Sprocket does an imitation of The Swedish Chef while inventing a cereal -- complete with theme song hum and "Bork bork!"

Shalom Sesame

  • In an animated segment of "Here is Your Life" for an olive oil jug currently living in a museum, a picture from Ernie and Bert's trip to Egypt can be seen on the wall.

Follow That Bird

The Muppets Take Manhattan

Muppet Babies

  • In "Close Encounters of the Frog Kind," a brief shot from The Muppet Movie, of Kermit's legs exiting Bunsen's laboratory, is used during the Western scene between Baby Kermit and Baby Gonzo.
  • In "Once Upon an Egg Timer," when Baby Skeeter as a police officer is chasing after Baby Piggy for taking Baby Rowlf's voice, she calls on the radio for a roadblock on Henson and Frith Street.
  • As the curtain rises on Baby Piggy in "Musical Muppets," the college auditorium audience scene from the beginning of The Muppets Take Manhattan is used as a backdrop for the animated characters.
  • In "When You Wish Upon a Muppet", after Baby Kermit wishes that the Muppets stay together and make movies and TV shows when they grow up, a clip from The Great Muppet Caper is shown.
  • In "The Daily Muppet," a clip featuring Oscar the Grouch is shown during the title song.
  • In "Fine Feathered Enemies" when Scooter and Skeeter get angry with each other and "divorce" each other from being siblings, they are told to become the siblings of two other people. They turn out to be two Skeksis from The Dark Crystal (SkekAyuk and SkekEkt), who flee from them. This shot was originally used in The Dark Crystal, when the two Skeksis scream in horror and run from Kira.
  • "The Incredible Shrinking Weirdo" features a scene where a live-action adult Kermit interacts with an animated Baby Gonzo. A clip from The Muppet Show (Episode 223: John Cleese) was used, with Frank Welker dubbing new lines for Kermit and with Baby Gonzo matted into the scene. This fantasy sequence also featured a shot of the audience that was frequently used on The Muppet Show.
  • At the beginning of "This Little Piggy Went to Hollywood", the babies watch a TV special on Hollywood that showcased still photo of stars including Bert and Ernie, as well as a photo of Jim Henson.
  • In "Muppets Not Included," a live-action Dr. Teeth appears as one of the hundred of celebrities in Baby Piggy's game show, "Celebrity Circles."
  • In "Babes in Troyland," features clips from Labyrinth and The StoryTeller: Greek Myths. During the Minotaur's maze, scene clips include the Illusionary maze and the Labyrinth.
  • In "Muppet Babies: The Next Generation", when the other babies think that Baby Rowlf is playing charades, one of Piggy's guesses is "The Muppets Clean Manhattan".
  • "Gonzee's Playhouse Channel" features a parody of Sesame Street, called "Sesame Seed Boulevard". Highlights include Baby Kermit's attempts to teach viewers about the letter B, Baby Fozzie in the role of "Big Joke", Baby Animal appearing in a trashcan like Oscar the Grouch, and Kermit and Baby Scooter using paper bags in the roles of Kert and Bernie.
  • In "Get Me to the Perch on Time," as Baby Kermit and Piggy fly in a plane, they pass Mount Rushmore, as seen in The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence, with dubbed dialog. Later, Gonzo and Fozzie are trying to find a missing penguin in the arctic. They decide to put his picture up on their blimp board, but Fozzie includes an image of Big Bird instead.
  • "Nice to Have Gnome You" features clips from both Labyrinth and The Witches. Several of the Babies appear as characters from Labyrinth, intercut with footage of the actual Creatures, including Baby Gonzo as Hoggle, Animal as Ludo, and Scooter as The Worm.

Little Muppet Monsters

  • The door to the basement has a picture of the cast from Pigs in Space.

The Jim Henson Hour

  • When Digit has a case of "the reruns" in Episode 101: Science Fiction and strings together a number of television catch phrases, one of the sentence fragments he utters is "Today's show is brought to you by the letter--", a reference to the sponsor letters on Sesame Street.

Ghost of Faffner Hall

  • In "Improvised Music", a Muppet director wears a necklace with a miniature Kermit dangling from it.
  • In "Notation: The Sign That Gets the Sound, a nursery set is decorated in with Muppet Babies wallpaper.

The Muppets at Walt Disney World

  • When Miss Piggy takes control of the army tank in the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular, Kermit calls "Big Bird will never forgive us!"


Good Morning America

The Muppet Christmas Carol

The Animal Show

Muppet Classic Theater

Muppets Tonight

Muppets from Space

  • According to the book Muppets From Space: The Making of Muppet Movie Magic, the "door in a jar" provided by Muppet Labs was intended to be a replica of the front door of 123 Sesame Street. As realized, there are several differences. 123 Sesame Street's stoop has 6 steps and the "door in a jar" had 7, and the window above the door differs from the Sesame design. The "door in a jar" was also red whereas 123 Sesame Street's door was green (the door of 123 Sesame was red for a period of time but that did not happen until 3 years after Muppets From Space was released). However, the door is a replica of the the door used in The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, which was filmed concurrently with Muppets From Space.
  • The newspaper that Kermit reads during the breakfast scene is called the "Hensonville News Observer".


  • In "Thanks for Sharing," Crichton names several alien villains. Among them are the Skeksis.
  • In "Kansas," Aeryn tries to learn to speak English by watching Sesame Street -- specifically, the Muppet & Kid Moment in which Kermit and Joey say the alphabet and she keeps adding "Cookie Monster!"
  • In Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars, John Crichton comments that he's being chased by The Electric Mayhem.

Kermit's Swamp Years

  • There are several behind-the-scenes references in the pet store, including Muppet performer names and an ad for "Salmon Friends" (Sam and Friends) fish food.
  • Mr. Wilson's license plate is JMH-924 -- James Maury Henson, September 24 (his birthday).
  • Wilson also has an Animal keychain on his truck keys.
  • When Kermit speaks to the star from the swamp, he says, "You called my name," a reference to the lyric from "The Rainbow Connection."
  • The Hartis movie theater is name after Muppet builder Paul Hartis, who was heavily involved with this film.

Muppet Action Figures

  • The regular variant of Sam the Eagle Action Figure Series 8 by Palisades Toys includes a book titled "Standards and Practices - The code of Ethics and The Standards of Professional Conduct, 118th Edition". Inside the book is the "Nudity" speech from episode 206 and The Muppet Show 2 album.
  • The "shifty-eyed" variant of Sam the Eagle Action Figure Series 8 by Palisades Toys includes a book titled Strategies for the All-American Campaign: Sam the Eagle 2004. Inside the book is a list of "Important people to mention in speeche" (sic). The list includes Wayne and Wanda.


  • One of the books that fly off the library shelves is entitled "Muppets in Space."

The Muppets' Wizard of Oz

Plaza Sésamo

  • In Episode 835, during Maria's song about hands, scenes of kids drawing are shown. Some kids are seen drawing Plaza Sésamo characters, including Kermit the Frog.
  • In Episode 885, Pancho's radio studio is covered with various posters featuring the Sesame Street characters and the book "Elmo's World: Music!".
  • In various episodes, official Plaza Sésamo party supplies are seen being used by the characters.
  • Also in assorted episodes, a photo of Big Bird is used as a stamp on various letters and packages (including a letter sent to Abelardo by Big Bird himself).
  • In one episode, La Abuela reads "C is for Cooking: Recipes from the Street", but with a modified, Spanish cover.
  • Images of the Sesame Street characters are seen all over the plaza, such as on magazine covers, newspapers and posters.
  • In a healthy tip closing insert, Mauricio Barcelata and a parrot show Pancho pictures of people who keep their hair neat. A picture of Roosevelt Franklin is used.

Sesame Beginnings

Unstable Fables

Sid the Science Kid

  • Arnie, Sid's stuffed dinosaur, is similar in design to Dog from Living with Dinosaurs (albeit much larger and with a horn on his nose).
  • In the episode "Sid's Amazing Lungs", Gerald pretends to be various characters during playtime; when pretending to be a baby he looks directly into the camera and exclaims "I'm a baby, gotta love me!" with the same style and tone as the baby on Dinosaurs.

A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa


Emmet Otter musical

  • While sifting through a box of old objects, Jane's dad pulls out an old Elmo doll.
  • A piano and guitar amp are branded as "Henson" manufactured.

Disney Xtreme Digital

  • In the bottom right corner of the main stage, among a box and other clutter, sits the original version of Ernie's Rubber Duckie.

Muppet Peter Pan

Muppet Robin Hood


  1. Personal communication, from Dave Goelz, to Emma Shane, April 2003.

See also


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