The Jimmy Dean show was a weekly variety TV program with a down-home country feel to it, but was surprisingly popular all over the country. It also was different by having as his sidekick a soon-to-be famous type of puppet, a Muppet dog named Rowlf. This show ran from 1963 till 1966 and showcased a wide variety of performers, skits, and musical numbers. Written by
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First appearance of sidekick "Rowlf", a singing piano playing Muppet was on September 19, 1963. Jimmy Dean said Rowlf was so popular that the show received 2000 fan letters a week because of him. Rowlf also appeared in Purina Dog commercials and was the very first Muppet to have a weekly television series. See more