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The Muppet Show
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The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show is a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand operated puppets, typically with huge eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. In the United States, it aired in syndication; in Britain it aired on ITV.

The television show depicted a vaudeville-style song-and-dance variety show, as well as the backstage antics involved in putting the show on. Most of the shows revolved around the timid and gentle Kermit the Frog (performed by Henson) trying to keep control of the varied, outrageous, kinetic Muppet characters, as well as keep the human guest stars happy and secure. The show was well known for outrageous, highly physical (slapstick), sometimes absurdist comedy, and particularly for using its puppet characters to create uniquely humorous parodies. Many major celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film. Each show featured a human guest star, as diverse as Twiggy, Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, and Alice Cooper.

Though they appear in various earlier forms (see Jim Henson), The Muppets gained widespread popularity on the landmark PBS series Sesame Street. The Muppet Show became the cornerstone of Jim Henson's enormously popular ongoing productions.

Other "Jim Henson's Muppets" creations featured in the films The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and the Sesame Street based Follow That Bird, as well as in a large variety of films, made-for-TV movies, direct-to-video children's releases, and television specials.

Major show writers included Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns.

Long term Muppet performers include Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Karen Prell, Brian Henson, and Brian Muehl.

Select episodes can be found on videotape and DVD.

The rights to the episodes and characters used in The Muppet Show, and subsequent film outings, were bought in February 2004 by The Walt Disney Company.

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1 Spin-offs
2 List of Muppet characters
3 Related topics


The Muppet Show characters went on to star in The Muppet Movie, which was the first film to feature puppets interacting with humans in real-world locations. Later films included The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, and Muppets From Space.

The Jim Henson Hour and Muppets Tonight are considered by some as spin-offs of The Muppet Show.

List of Muppet characters

Related topics