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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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Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 7 wins & 25 nominations See more »
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Cast

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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 / ... (83 episodes, 1977-1981)

Steve Whitmire ... Additional Muppets / ... (65 episodes, 1978-1981)
Kathryn Mullen ... Additional Muppets / ... (54 episodes, 1978-1981)
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Series Directed by
Peter Harris (51 episodes, 1976-1980)
Philip Casson (23 episodes, 1977-1979)
 
Series Writing credits
Don Hinkley (96 episodes, 1977-1981)
Jim Henson (75 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jerry Juhl (75 episodes, 1976-1981)
Joseph A. Bailey (32 episodes, 1977-1981)
Chris Langham (26 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jack Burns (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Marc London (22 episodes, 1976-1981)
David Odell (3 episodes, 1976-1981)

James Thurman (unknown episodes, 1976-1981)

Series Produced by
Jim Henson .... producer / executive producer (73 episodes, 1976-1980)
David Lazer .... executive producer / executive producer: Henson Associates (55 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jack Burns .... producer (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mike Whitcutt (1 episode, 1978)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Hawkins (8 episodes, 1976-1980)
Tim Waddell (4 episodes, 1977-1979)
 
Series Production Design by
David Chandler (1 episode, 1978)
Malcolm Stone (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Chandler (13 episodes, 1976-1979)
Paul Dean (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Bryan Holgate (3 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Costume Design by
James Dark (9 episodes, 1976-1980)
Ann Hollowood (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
K. Conry-Halley (3 episodes, 1976)
Stuart Currell (2 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Makeup Department
Shirley Muslin .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 1976-1979)
Mary Southgate .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1977-1980)
Marion Phillips .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Art Department
Colin Harris .... production buyer (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Terry Royce .... stand-by props (5 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Stevenson .... character designer / storyboard artist (4 episodes, 1978-1981)
David Chandler .... design (2 episodes, 1976)
Sal Denaro .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
 
Series Sound Department
Ted Scott .... audio / sound (14 episodes, 1976-1980)
Roger Knight .... audio / sound (12 episodes, 1976-1979)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eddy Burns .... lighting technician (119 episodes, 1976-1981)
Brian Grant .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Willment .... senior video engineer / vision / ... (12 episodes, 1976-1979)
John Rook .... lighting director / lighting (11 episodes, 1976-1978)
Phil Hawkes .... lighting director / lighting (10 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bill Brown .... senior camera operator / senior cameraman / ... (8 episodes, 1976-1980)
Dennis Bartlett .... senior cameraman / cameras / ... (7 episodes, 1976-1977)
John Crane .... senior video engineer / video engineer / ... (6 episodes, 1976-1980)
Roy Simper .... senior camera operator / camera operator / ... (6 episodes, 1976-1980)
Hamilton J. Willis .... lighting director / lighting (3 episodes, 1976)
Jim Reeves .... video engineer / vision engineer (3 episodes, 1978)
Mike Whitcutt .... cameras / senior camera operator (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bonnie Erickson .... costume designer: muppets / costume designer: Muppets (12 episodes, 1976-1977)
Calista Hendrickson .... muppet costumes (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
James Dark .... costumes / wardrobe (2 episodes, 1977-1978)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Hawkins .... video tape editor / vtr editor (14 episodes, 1976-1978)
Moyra Bird .... vision mixer (10 episodes, 1976-1980)
Carole Legg .... vision mixer (10 episodes, 1976-1979)
Felicity Maton .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Mary Forrest .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
 
Series Music Department
Jack Parnell .... conductor: orchestra (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Sam Pottle .... composer: theme music (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Derek Scott .... musical associate (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Larry Grossman .... music consultant / musical consultant (23 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ray Charles .... music consultant (2 episodes, 1980)

Jim Henson .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Richard Holloway .... senior floor manager / floor manager (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Don Sahlin .... special puppets / muppet designer / ... (26 episodes, 1976-1980)
Dave Goelz .... puppets / muppet designer (25 episodes, 1976-1980)
Mari Kaestle .... puppets / muppet designer (25 episodes, 1976-1980)
Caroly Wilcox .... puppets / muppet designer (25 episodes, 1976-1980)
Faz Fazakas .... puppets / muppet designer (23 episodes, 1976-1980)
Larry Jameson .... puppets / muppet designer (23 episodes, 1976-1980)
Michael K. Frith .... muppet creative consultant / muppet design consultant (20 episodes, 1976-1980)
Rollin Krewson .... puppets / muppet designer (20 episodes, 1976-1980)
Frank Oz .... muppet creative consultant / creative consultant (20 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bonnie Erickson .... puppets / muppet designer (20 episodes, 1976-1978)
Martin G. Baker .... floor manager (16 episodes, 1976-1979)
Sue Taylor .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer / ... (14 episodes, 1976-1978)
John Lovelady .... puppets / muppet designer (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Caryl Cruickshank .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1976-1980)
Joan Chaplow .... assistant to producers / production assistant / ... (10 episodes, 1976-1979)
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet designer / muppet workshop supervisor (9 episodes, 1977-1980)
Alani Bray .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1976)
Sara Paul .... stage manager / muppet workshop supervisor (5 episodes, 1977-1980)
Calista Hendrickson .... muppet designer (5 episodes, 1977-1979)
Jan Rosenthal .... muppet designer (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norman Maen .... choreographer (3 episodes, 1976-1978)
Gillian Lynne .... choreographer (3 episodes, 1976-1977)
Tim Miller .... muppet designer (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Steve Springford .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1978-1980)
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Barbara S. Davis .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Nomi Frederick .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Jane Gootnick .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Cheryl Henson .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Robert McCormack .... muppet workshop supervisor (2 episodes, 1980)
Susan Paul .... assistant to producer (2 episodes, 1980)
Bob Payne .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (120 episodes)
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Trivia:
The "Turn the World Around" number was so beloved by the Muppet performers that Harry Belafonte sang the song at Jim Henson's funeral.See more »
Quotes:
Kermit:Ladies and gentlemen, it's the Muppet Show!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Swedish Chef's ThemeSee more »

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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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