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"The Muppet Show" (1976) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1976-1981

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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
29 January 1976 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
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If the powers that be are reading this then please bring it back! 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)

Dave Goelz ... Gonzo / ... (119 episodes, 1976-1981)

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

Kermit the Frog ... Himself - Host (119 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 (59 episodes, 1976-1980)
Philip Casson (32 episodes, 1977-1980)
 
Series Writing credits
Jim Henson (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jerry Juhl (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Don Hinkley (96 episodes, 1977-1981)
Chris Langham (48 episodes, 1978-1981)
David Odell (48 episodes, 1979-1981)
Joseph A. Bailey (32 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
David Lazer .... executive producer / executive producer: Henson Associates (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jack Burns .... producer (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
 
Series Film Editing by
John Hawkins (1 episode, 1979)
 
Series Art Direction by
David Chandler (19 episodes, 1976-1980)
Malcolm Stone (19 episodes, 1977-1980)
Bryan Holgate (17 episodes, 1977-1980)
Paul Dean (6 episodes, 1976-1977)
Richard Lake (6 episodes, 1978-1980)
Leigh Malone (4 episodes, 1980)
Richard Plumb (3 episodes, 1979-1980)
Henry Graveney (2 episodes, 1978)
 
Series Costume Design by
James Dark (32 episodes, 1976-1980)
Ann Hollowood (17 episodes, 1976-1980)
Stuart Currell (16 episodes, 1978-1979)
Sue Le Cash (5 episodes, 1976-1980)
Dava Irwin (4 episodes, 1978-1980)
K. Conry-Halley (3 episodes, 1976)
Dawn Evans (3 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Makeup Department
Shirley Muslin .... makeup artist (27 episodes, 1976-1980)
Mary Southgate .... makeup artist (24 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 (4 episodes, 1977-1980)
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 (42 episodes, 1976-1980)
Ted Scott .... audio / sound (34 episodes, 1976-1980)
Henry Bird .... audio (6 episodes, 1977-1980)
Len Penfold .... audio (4 episodes, 1978-1979)
Bob Woodhouse .... audio (3 episodes, 1980)
Peter Wernham .... audio (2 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eddy Burns .... lighting technician (119 episodes, 1976-1981)
Phil Hawkes .... lighting director / lighting (45 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Rook .... lighting director / lighting / ... (40 episodes, 1976-1980)
Bill Brown .... senior cameraman / cameras (31 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Crane .... senior video engineer / vision (30 episodes, 1976-1980)
Brian Grant .... camera operator (24 episodes, 1976-1977)
Roy Simper .... senior cameraman / cameras (22 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Willment .... senior video engineer / vision (21 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jim Reeves .... senior video engineer / vision (20 episodes, 1977-1978)
Mike Whitcutt .... senior cameraman / cameras (19 episodes, 1976-1980)
Dennis Bartlett .... senior cameraman / cameras (18 episodes, 1976-1980)
Gerry Taylor .... senior video engineer / vision control (17 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 (59 episodes, 1978-1981)
Polly Smith .... muppet costumes (24 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 (62 episodes, 1976-1980)
Carole Legg .... vision mixer (32 episodes, 1976-1980)
Moyra Bird .... vision mixer (27 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 (13 episodes, 1978-1980)
Al Pigden .... video tape editor (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Neil Guy .... vision mixer (3 episodes, 1978-1979)
 
Series Music Department
Sam Pottle .... composer: theme music (108 episodes, 1976-1981)
Derek Scott .... musical associate / conductor: Jack Parnell's orchestra (108 episodes, 1976-1981)
Jack Parnell .... conductor: orchestra (107 episodes, 1976-1981)
Larry Grossman .... music consultant (70 episodes, 1976-1979)
Ray Charles .... music consultant (36 episodes, 1979-1981)
Conn Bernard .... musical associate (2 episodes, 1977)
 
Series Other crew
Mari Kaestle .... muppet designer / puppets / ... (108 episodes, 1976-1981)
Don Sahlin .... special puppets / muppet designer / ... (108 episodes, 1976-1981)
Caroly Wilcox .... muppet designer / puppets / ... (108 episodes, 1976-1981)
Richard Holloway .... senior floor manager / floor manager (107 episodes, 1976-1981)
Faz Fazakas .... muppet designer / puppets (105 episodes, 1976-1981)
Larry Jameson .... muppet designer / puppets (105 episodes, 1976-1981)
Dave Goelz .... muppet designer / puppets / ... (104 episodes, 1976-1981)
Frank Oz .... creative consultant / muppet creative consultant / ... (97 episodes, 1976-1981)
Michael K. Frith .... muppet design consultant / muppet creative consultant (96 episodes, 1976-1981)
Amy Van Gilder .... muppet designer / puppets / ... (84 episodes, 1977-1981)
Rollin Krewson .... muppet designer / puppets (74 episodes, 1976-1981)
Martin G. Baker .... floor manager (55 episodes, 1976-1980)
John Lovelady .... puppets / muppet designer / ... (52 episodes, 1976-1978)
Bonnie Erickson .... puppets / muppet maker (48 episodes, 1976-1978)
Joan Chaplow .... assistant to producer / assistant to producers / ... (47 episodes, 1976-1980)
Caryl Cruickshank .... stage manager (46 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jan Rosenthal .... muppet designer (46 episodes, 1978-1981)
Tim Miller .... muppet designer (39 episodes, 1978-1981)
Barbara S. Davis .... muppet designer (38 episodes, 1978-1981)
Edward G. Christie .... muppet designer (36 episodes, 1979-1981)
Nomi Frederick .... muppet designer (36 episodes, 1979-1981)
Robert McCormack .... muppet workshop supervisor (36 episodes, 1979-1981)
Bob Payne .... muppet designer (36 episodes, 1979-1981)
Sara Paul .... muppet workshop supervisor / stage manager (33 episodes, 1977-1981)
Sue Taylor .... assistant to producer / production assistant / ... (32 episodes, 1976-1979)
Calista Hendrickson .... puppets / muppet maker / ... (25 episodes, 1977-1979)
Cheryl Henson .... muppet designer (25 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jane Gootnick .... muppet designer (24 episodes, 1980-1981)
Gillian Lynne .... choreographer (16 episodes, 1976-1980)
Sherry Amott .... muppet designer (14 episodes, 1978)
Katie Coley .... stage manager (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Susan Paul .... assistant to producer (12 episodes, 1979-1980)
Norman Maen .... choreographer (9 episodes, 1976-1978)
Steve Springford .... floor manager (8 episodes, 1977-1980)
Alani Bray .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1976)
Claire Sandford .... stage manager (7 episodes, 1978)
Wendy Midener .... muppet designer (5 episodes, 1978-1979)
Guy Frazer Jones .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1980)
Francesco Reidy .... floor manager (5 episodes, 1980)
Kermit Love .... muppet designer / puppets (4 episodes, 1976-1980)
Trevor Lowndes .... floor manager (4 episodes, 1980)
Irving Davies .... choreographer (2 episodes, 1976)
Martin Essex .... floor manager (2 episodes, 1977)
Marianne Harms .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Janet Kuhl .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
Tim Rose .... muppet designer (2 episodes, 1980)
 

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30 min (120 episodes)
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Trivia:
Ruth Buzzi recently revealed that she was originally supposed to be the first guest on the show, but scheduling conflicts pushed her back to episode #4. The guest star on the first episode was Juliet Prowse.See more »
Quotes:
Fozzie:[the phone rings] I'll get it!
[Picks up]
Fozzie:Muppet Show backstage.
[Thick white smoke comes out of the phone]
Kermit:Fozzie, who was that?
Fozzie:[Coughing] The fire department.
Kermit:[Towards the camera] I think this is what's called a running gag.
[At that the Muppet Newsman runs by towards the stage]
Fozzie:[Pointing at him] No, THAT'S what's called a running gag.
See more »
Soundtrack:
The Muppet Show ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the US DVD Versions and the Uncensored DVD Versions?
If Statler and Waldorf do not like the show, why don't they just leave?
Was this Kermit's premiere appearance?
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16 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
If the powers that be are reading this then please bring it back!, 1 September 2006
Author: Bradley Baum from London, England

I cannot fault it in any way. It gets a maximum ten out of ten from me. I am laughing at it just as much now (I'm watching the first series on DVD at the moment and I will buy the other series as and when I can) as I did when I were a child! Fabulous! The special guests were plentiful, varied, and always 'A' list for the time (some still are but a lot of them have now very sadly passed away and they and their talents will always be very greatly and very sorely missed) and always willing to send themselves up in a big way. Sure the singers all sang and the actors all acted etc. in the way the pieces were supposed to be done but, you see, it wasn't what they were singing/saying that sent them up but what was going on around them with the puppets, the scenery their clothes etc. they had put on for their sections. Spike Milligan, John Cleese, Steve Martin, Bob Hope, Harry Bellafonte, Shirly Bassy, Andy Williams, Roger Moore, Mark Hammil, Sylvester Stallone, Gene Kelly, Peter Ustinov, Liberace, Elton John, Alice cooper, Ethel Merman, Glenda Jackson, Liza Minelli, Juliette Prowse, Twiggy, are just a few of the many famous people that appeared on The Muppet Show and they were all more than happy to join in the general mayhem and ludicrousness in the show.

The jokes are wonderful and have not lost their impact or become stale over time. Every line and every sketch is as fresh now as it was all those years ago when the programme first aired and could (no, make that would) easily hold up in today's world with today's families if they were to be repeated in all their glory. And if the children of today haven't heard of some of the stars well that wouldn't make any difference at all because you don't have to have heard of a star to enjoy watching them doing what it is that they do best and have the puppets take the mickey out of it! Muppets Tonight was the last time they all got together for at least one series and I loved it as much as I love this and long for it to happen again! OK so the script may not have been as sharp in Muppets Tonight, But I love anything and everything to do with them (and the fact that they are now owned by Disney is just too fantastic for words as I ADORE most things by Disney and Love the rest!)! I have got some of the programmes on video tape and I am now looking to replace them with dvds which (apart from the complete first series) don't appear to be around at the moment. Not the last time I looked anyway which could have been the wrong place(s) if they have been released at all. I have since found out they are yet to be released so I'll be buying them as and when they are! Or at the very least, as and when I can afford them!

Easily above 10/10!

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