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The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

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Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show.


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Top Rated TV #157 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Fozzie Bear / ... (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Richard Hunt ...
 Statler / ... (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
 Gonzo / ... (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
 Kermit the Frog / ... (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
 Floyd Pepper / ... (112 episodes, 1976-1981)
Louise Gold ...
 Additional Muppets / ... (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
 Additional Muppets / ... (65 episodes, 1978-1981)
Kathryn Mullen ...
 Additional Muppets / ... (55 episodes, 1978-1981)


Kermit the Frog is the manager of a cabaret-style theatre house, which invariably has more drama behind the stage than on it. He has to contend with wannabe-comedian bears, the smothering advances of Miss Piggy, crabby regular theatre patrons, homicidal chefs, livestock, not to mention making the weekly guest star feel welcome. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

29 January 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Muppet Show  »

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(120 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


English television didn't have commercial interruptions during the programs, so many British telecasts feature scenes and musical numbers (mostly British music hall in nature) not seen in the US until Nickelodeon aired the show for a brief time in the spring and summer of 1994. Nickelodeon - a kids' channel - would edit out another sketch (mostly sketches that Nickelodeon thought shouldn't be seen by their audience) in favor of the usually less-offensive UK sketches. See more »


Statler: Now why did you do that to poor Fozzie?
Waldorf: Do what? I really was on the Titanic.
Statler: I know. You still have the dress you wore so they'd let you in the life boat. Heh heh heh.
Waldorf: D'oh!
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Crazy Credits

Occasionally, the end theme would be performed in a different way. Kaye Ballard show: All the band members, except Rowlf, quit the show. Rowlf is left to play a piano-only version of the theme tune. Loretta Lynn: Both the opening and closing credits in this show are done differently. The show is performed at the local railway station and, as such, the lyrics to the opening theme are appropriately changed - Cast: It's time to get things started, on the most sensational, inspirational... Fozzie Bear: This week's sort of, railroad stational. The band play an off-key version of the end theme. Rowlf explains the reason to the audience - "No wonder this sounds bad. We're playing a timetable!" Harry Belafonte: The cast sing the song "Turn the World Around" while the end credits roll. Spike Milligan: The cast sing the song "It's a Small World" while the end credits sing. Guest Spike Milligan tells them to keep quiet as he's trying to sleep. At the same time, the end theme is played down and Kermit the Frog, who is still on stage, yells out that the music be stopped. Roger Miller: The whole cast, except Dave Goelz, have turned into chickens. As a result, all the band play the end theme as chickens. Animal pecks at his drums, while Rowlf and another chicken play the piano. Dudley Moore: Dudley's Music Machine plays a bizarre rendition of the end theme. It sounds off-key and is done in various styles including jazz, stripper music, chase music. Mac Davis: This is the episode where Beaker gets duplicated by Dave Goelz's duplicator machine. During the last song "I Believe in Music", the band and even the hecklers Statler and Waldorf are changed into Beakers. The Beakers play the end theme. See more »


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The Muppet Show Theme
Music by Sam Pottle
Lyrics by Jim Henson
Performed by The Muppets
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One of the funniest shows around
18 December 1999 | by (Riverview, Michigan) – See all my reviews

In this t.v. show Kermit the Frog has to run a variety show, that has many "interesting" acts, like german sauerkraut singers, and many regular performers like Gonzo the Great, the only what-ever-he-is to catch a cannon ball with his hand; Fozzie the Bear, a stand up comic who can't get a laugh; and Miss Piggy, the wanna-be movie star who is, unfortunately, hopelessly in love with the frog. Kermit also has handle things like over-hand bowling and alligator wrestling backstage and food attacking the swedish chef onstage. All the while trying to keep the guest star happy, and putting up with the antics of Statler and Waldorf, two mean old hecklers who have a box seat at the show. The music for this show is also superb, it is played by three groups; the muppet show band, the electric mayhem (Zoot, Floyd Pepper, Janis, Animal, and the man himself, Dr. Teeth), and Rolf who is an excellent pianist, for a dog. I know this all sounds really weird, but it's really hilarious and unique, I mean where else can you see Viking pigs sing "In the Navy", or a pig judo chop superman? I give this show two flippers up.

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