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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
29 January 1976 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Kermit the Frog and his friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show. Full summary »
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Awards:
Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational! See more (34 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 22)

Frank Oz ... Fozzie Bear / ... (119 episodes, 1976-1981)
Richard Hunt ... Statler / ... (119 episodes, 1976-1981)

Jim Henson ... Kermit the Frog / ... (119 episodes, 1976-1981)

Kermit the Frog ... Himself - Host (119 episodes, 1976-1981)

Dave Goelz ... Gonzo / ... (118 episodes, 1976-1981)

Jerry Nelson ... Floyd Pepper / ... (111 episodes, 1976-1981)
Louise Gold ... Additional Muppets / ... (84 episodes, 1977-1981)

Steve Whitmire ... Additional Muppets / ... (65 episodes, 1978-1981)
Kathryn Mullen ... Additional Muppets / ... (55 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Series Directed by
Peter Harris (56 episodes, 1976-1980)
Philip Casson (29 episodes, 1977-1980)
 
Series Writing credits
Jim Henson (98 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jerry Juhl (98 episodes, 1976-1980)
Don Hinkley (96 episodes, 1977-1981)
Joseph A. Bailey (32 episodes, 1977-1979)
Chris Langham (26 episodes, 1978-1980)
David Odell (26 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jack Burns (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Marc London (22 episodes, 1976-1977)
James Thurman (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
Jim Henson .... producer / executive producer (97 episodes, 1976-1980)
David Lazer .... executive producer / executive producer: Henson Associates (97 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jack Burns .... producer (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Hawkins (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Chandler (18 episodes, 1976-1980)
Malcolm Stone (16 episodes, 1977-1980)
Bryan Holgate (16 episodes, 1977-1979)
Paul Dean (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Richard Lake (6 episodes, 1978-1980)
Richard Plumb (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Leigh Malone (3 episodes, 1980)
Henry Graveney (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Costume Design by
James Dark (32 episodes, 1976-1980)
Stuart Currell (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Ann Hollowood (14 episodes, 1976-1980)
Sue Le Cash (5 episodes, 1976-1980)
K. Conry-Halley (3 episodes, 1976)
Dava Irwin (3 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Makeup Department
Shirley Muslin .... makeup artist (26 episodes, 1976-1979)
Mary Southgate .... makeup artist (20 episodes, 1976-1980)
Marion Phillips .... makeup artist (12 episodes, 1977-1980)
Sheila Mann .... makeup artist (11 episodes, 1977-1980)
Dianne Joyce .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sandy Staples .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
Marie Roche .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Art Department
Colin Harris .... production buyer (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
David Chandler .... design (10 episodes, 1976-1978)
Terry Royce .... stand-by props (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Stevenson .... character designer / storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
Paul Dean .... design (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Sal Denaro .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Malcolm Stone .... design (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Sound Department
Roger Knight .... audio / sound (41 episodes, 1976-1980)
Ted Scott .... audio / sound (33 episodes, 1976-1980)
Henry Bird .... audio (6 episodes, 1977-1980)
Len Penfold .... audio (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eddy Burns .... lighting technician (119 episodes, 1976-1981)
Phil Hawkes .... lighting director / lighting (40 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Rook .... lighting director / lighting / ... (39 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bill Brown .... senior cameraman / cameras (31 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Crane .... senior video engineer / vision (24 episodes, 1976-1980)
Brian Grant .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Willment .... senior video engineer / vision (21 episodes, 1976-1980)
Roy Simper .... senior cameraman / cameras (20 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jim Reeves .... senior video engineer / vision (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mike Whitcutt .... senior cameraman / cameras (18 episodes, 1976-1980)
Gerry Taylor .... senior video engineer / vision control (17 episodes, 1977-1979)
Dennis Bartlett .... senior cameraman / cameras (15 episodes, 1976-1980)
Hamilton J. Willis .... lighting / lighting director (3 episodes, 1976)
Jim Boyers .... lighting director (3 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Calista Hendrickson .... muppet costumes (36 episodes, 1978-1980)
Bonnie Erickson .... costume designer: muppets (15 episodes, 1976-1977)
James Dark .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Hawkins .... video tape editor / vtr editor (57 episodes, 1976-1980)
Carole Legg .... vision mixer (32 episodes, 1976-1980)
Moyra Bird .... vision mixer (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tim Waddell .... video tape editor / vtr editor (22 episodes, 1977-1979)
Felicity Maton .... vision mixer (15 episodes, 1976-1978)
Mary Forrest .... vision mixer (9 episodes, 1978-1980)
Al Pigden .... video tape editor (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Neil Guy .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Music Department
Sam Pottle .... composer: theme music (85 episodes, 1976-1980)
Derek Scott .... musical associate / conductor: Jack Parnell's orchestra (85 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jack Parnell .... conductor: orchestra (84 episodes, 1976-1980)
Larry Grossman .... music consultant (70 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ray Charles .... music consultant (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Conn Bernard .... musical associate (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
Mari Kaestle .... puppets / muppet designer / ... (85 episodes, 1976-1980)
Don Sahlin .... special puppets / muppet designer / ... (85 episodes, 1976-1980)
Caroly Wilcox .... puppets / muppet designer / ... (85 episodes, 1976-1980)
Richard Holloway .... senior floor manager / floor manager (84 episodes, 1976-1980)
Faz Fazakas .... puppets / muppet designer (82 episodes, 1976-1980)
Larry Jameson .... puppets / muppet designer (82 episodes, 1976-1980)
Dave Goelz .... puppets / muppet designer / ... (81 episodes, 1976-1980)
Frank Oz .... muppet creative consultant / creative consultant / ... (74 episodes, 1976-1980)
Michael K. Frith .... muppet creative consultant / muppet design consultant (73 episodes, 1976-1980)
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet designer / puppets / ... (61 episodes, 1977-1980)
Martin G. Baker .... floor manager (55 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Lovelady .... puppets / muppet designer / ... (52 episodes, 1976-1978)
Rollin Krewson .... puppets / muppet designer (51 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bonnie Erickson .... puppets / muppet maker (48 episodes, 1976-1978)
Joan Chaplow .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers / ... (45 episodes, 1976-1980)
Caryl Cruickshank .... stage manager (43 episodes, 1976-1980)
Sue Taylor .... assistant to producer / production assistant / ... (32 episodes, 1976-1979)
Calista Hendrickson .... puppets / muppet maker / ... (25 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jan Rosenthal .... muppet designer (23 episodes, 1978-1980)
Gillian Lynne .... choreographer (16 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tim Miller .... muppet designer (16 episodes, 1978-1980)
Barbara S. Davis .... muppet designer (15 episodes, 1978-1980)
Sherry Amott .... muppet designer (14 episodes, 1978)
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Nomi Frederick .... muppet designer (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robert McCormack .... muppet workshop supervisor (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Bob Payne .... muppet designer (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sara Paul .... stage manager / muppet workshop supervisor (10 episodes, 1977-1980)
Katie Coley .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norman Maen .... choreographer (9 episodes, 1976-1978)
Susan Paul .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
Alani Bray .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1976)
Steve Springford .... floor manager (7 episodes, 1977-1980)
Claire Sandford .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1978)
Wendy Midener .... muppet designer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Francesco Reidy .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1980)
Guy Frazer Jones .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1980)
Kermit Love .... puppets / muppet designer (3 episodes, 1976-1979)
Irving Davies .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1976)
Martin Essex .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Jane Gootnick .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Cheryl Henson .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
 

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30 min (120 episodes)
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Trivia:
In the episode with John Cleese, there is a skit in which he plays a pirate, complete with a nagging parrot/possible wife. Shortly before the end of the skit, he asks, "Do you want to be an EX-parrot?" and fires off his gun, missing the parrot. This is a reference to the infamous Parrot Sketch from Cleese's "Monty Python's Flying Circus" (1969). Also during the sketch, Cleese says to Capt. Link Hogthrob, "Of course I'm a pirate! What did you think I was? A management consultant?" In real life, Cleese has his own company that produces management consulting films.See more »
Quotes:
Muppet Newsman:Here is a Muppet News Flash.
[runs to the desk]
Muppet Newsman:There is no news tonight.
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Soundtrack:
Swedish Chef's ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What is Miss Piggy's first name?
What are the differences between the US DVD Versions and the Uncensored DVD Versions?
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational!, 18 May 2002
Author: TC Raymond from England

The Muppet Show is certainly one of the funniest and most consistently entertaining television shows ever broadcast. Even twenty-five years later, Jim Henson's genius and humanity shine through. Presented from the stage, backstage and even dressing rooms of the Muppet Theatre, the Muppet Show featured a regular company of performers who would try to present a variety show with the odds stacked firmly against them. At the centre of it all was Kermit the Frog, whose natural charm and calm in the face of madness were regularly tested to breaking point. Kermit's supporting cast included Miss Piggy (in my opinion, the weakest character), The Great Gonzo (a reckless daredevil who'll do anything dangerous or painful in the name of entertainment), Fozzie Bear (a hopeless stand-up comedian with sad eyes but a smiling face), Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem (a hippie-style pit band whose most notable member was the insane drummer, Animal) and various other pigs, chickens, lobsters, frogs, freaks, misfits and lunatics. Every week a guest star would show up to be sabotaged, and the show's innocently anarchic style of humour meant that even when the scripts were lacking, the charm was not and there was always much to admire in the puppets themselves.

CLASSIC MUPPET MOMENTS...Leo Sayer singing 'When I Need You' with a bunch of woodland animals; Floyd Pepper's "I have a room for life at the home for the chronically groovy" speech; Animal's version of 'Wild Thing'; Kermit's classic and heart-rending 'It's Not Easy Being Green'; Crazy Harry helping Gonzo with his cannonball stunt; the ballroom dancing segments (under his hat, Zoot was bald!); John Cleese as Long John Silver with a moaning parrot; Dr Bunsen Honeydew's increasingly bizarre mistreatment of Beaker; the continuing hospital saga with Rowlf the pianist dog turning his paw to acting (and however many times you see it, the cast looking to see where the announcer's voice is coming from will always be funny); Animal drumming with Rita Moreno; Waldorf and Statler's heckling; Alice Cooper upsetting Sam the bald eagle; Sweetums; Lew Zealand's musical fish; the Muppaphone; James Coburn leading an oriental hoedown; Julie Andrews singing "high on a hill stood a lonely goatherd" with a goat; Angus McGonnagal the gargling Argyll gargoyle...and not forgetting 'Mahna Mahna'.

A classic from the top drawer of Muppetational mayhem.

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