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The Muppet Show 

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

Creators:

Jim Henson, Jack Burns
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1981   1980   1979   1978   1977   1976  
Top Rated TV #228 | Won 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 8 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Frank Oz ...  Fozzie Bear / ... 120 episodes, 1976-1981
Richard Hunt ...  Statler / ... 120 episodes, 1976-1981
Dave Goelz ...  Gonzo / ... 120 episodes, 1976-1981
Jim Henson ...  Kermit the Frog / ... 120 episodes, 1976-1981
Jerry Nelson ...  Floyd Pepper / ... 113 episodes, 1976-1981
Louise Gold 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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Storyline

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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Genres:

Comedy | Family | Music

Certificate:

TV-G | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Henson.com | Muppets.com | See more »

Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Muppet Show See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(120 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Because they found the character so funny, extraneous members of the crew would often crowd into the studio to watch filming of skits with the Swedish Chef. Often, the laughter heard in the final sketch is not from a laugh track, but from members of the crew who couldn't contain themselves. See more »

Quotes

Fozzie: [Phone rings] I'll get it!
[Picks up]
Fozzie: Muppet Show backstage.
[Coins start pouring out of the mike on the phone, and Fozzie takes off his hat quickly to catch them]
Kermit: Fozzie, who was it this time?
Fozzie: Las Vegas.
[Kermit walks off disgusted]
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the closing credits, Zoot blows his horn and the Henson International Television logo pops out of it onto the screen. See more »

Alternate Versions

Mid-1980s prints of this show used a special in-credit variant on the "Henson Associates, Inc." (or "HA!") logo, which was the name of The Jim Henson Company at the time, to replace the ITC in-credit logo (ITC only distributed the show). In the final shot of the end credits, when Zoot blew his saxophone, rather than fading out, as on ITC prints, a white bubble with the Hensons Associates logo on it flies out and takes its place in the center of the screen, to the amusement of the audience. However, this logo was dropped in the 1990s and beyond, when it was replaced by the 1989 Jim Hensons Productions logo. When Time-Life released the show on video and DVD, there is simply the shot of Zoot blowing his sax without any bubble or copyright, before fading out earlier than usual. On the season DVD releases, a Muppets Holding Company copyright notice is shown at the bottom of the screen. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Annually Retentive: Episode #1.5 (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

The Muppet Show Theme
Music by Sam Pottle
Lyrics by Jim Henson
Performed by The Muppets
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Frequently Asked Questions

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User Reviews

 
This show is not only BRILLIANT, it's GENIUS!
24 February 2004 | by Cini34See all my reviews

The Muppet Show is, by far, one of the best constructed variety shows out there. Plus, it has all our favorite Muppet characters, and seriously, who can go wrong with the Muppets? This show is a perfect blend of song and dance, Muppet and guest star interaction, and just plain fun for the whole family.

The humor in the show offers the perfect mix of adult jokes and gags that fly right over the heads of children, and laughs that both child and adult can enjoy. Jim Henson truly created a masterpiece with this show, not to mention his popular films and other spin-off shows. The Muppet Show also offers a wonderful glimpse of many of the stars of yesteryear (the mid- to late-1970s), many of whom still survive today.

This show definitely needs to be picked up by one of the networks for syndication because, although it seems somewhat dated at times (not much, though, really) it's genuine entertainment value could boost any network's ratings.

Deservedly so, I've given The Muppet Show a rating of 10 stars out of 10!


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