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Encyclopedia > The Muppet Show
The Muppet Show

Kermit the Frog, as seen on the show's opening sequence.
Genre Live-action/puppet TV series
Created by Jim Henson
Starring Jim Henson
Frank Oz
Jerry Nelson
Richard Hunt
Dave Goelz
Steve Whitmire
Louise Gold
Kathy Mullen
Eren Ozker
John Lovelady
Country of origin Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom
Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Broadcast
Original channel ATV (ITV)
syndicated
Original run September 27, 1976June 8, 1981

The Muppet Show was a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand-operated puppets, typically with oversized eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981. The show stars Kermit the Frog, who was also a guest star on Sesame Street. Whereas Kermit was a happy, perky and somewhat avuncular character on Sesame Street, here he is trying to keep control of the varied, outrageous, kinetic Muppet characters (and his temper), as well as keep the human guest stars happy and secure. The television show depicted a vaudeville or music hall style song-and-dance variety show, as well as the backstage antics involved in putting the show on. Opening to The Muppet Show This is a screenshot of a copyrighted movie or television program. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... In film and video, live action refers to works that are acted out by human actors, as opposed to animation. ... A puppet is any controlled character, whether formed by a shadow, strings, by the use of a glove, by direct mechanical contrivance (for example a cable-controlled figure for film or TV) or electronic guidance (such as a radio or infrared remote controller). ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Jerry Nelson (born July 10, 1934) is a Muppet puppeteer. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... Dave Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is a puppeteer best-known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character Gonzo. ... Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1910) is a puppet with the Jim Henson Company. ... Louise Gold is a British singer-actress and Spitting Image puppeteer, formerly a The Muppet Show puppeteer. ... Kathryn Kathy Mullen is an actress, voice actress, and puppeteer most closely associated with Jim Henson projects. ... Eren Ozker (25 July 1948 - 25 February 1993) was born in Ankara, Turkey. ... John Lovelady is a right-handed puppeteer who worked with the Muppets, including on Sesame Street. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... This is a complete listing of episodes of the live-action/puppet television series The Muppet Show. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 159th day of the year (160th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Television series redirects here. ... The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson. ... Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Kermit singing Bein Green in the first season of Sesame Street. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Music Hall is a form of British theatrical entertainment which reached its peak of popularity between 1850 and 1960. ... A variety show is a show with a variety of acts, often including music and comedy skits, especially on television. ...


The show was well-known for outrageous, highly physical (slapstick), sometimes absurdist comedy, and particularly for using its puppet characters to create uniquely humorous parodies. Each show also featured a human guest star; after the show became popular with audiences, many major celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film. The diverse roster of guests included Christopher Reeve, Johnny Cash, Twiggy, Sandy Duncan, Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, characters from Star Wars, Mummenschanz, Diana Ross, Ethel Merman, Paul Simon, John Denver, John Cleese, Gene Kelly, Alice Cooper, and over a hundred others. Slapstick is a type of comedy involving exaggerated physical violence. ... Absurdism is a philosophy stating that the efforts of humanity to find meaning in the universe will ultimately fail (and, hence, are absurd) because no such meaning exists, at least in relation to humanity. ... In contemporary usage, a parody (or lampoon) is a work that imitates another work in order to ridicule, ironically comment on, or poke some affectionate fun at the work itself, the subject of the work, the author or fictional voice of the parody, or another subject. ... Christopher DOlier Reeve[1] (September 25, 1952 – October 10, 2004) was an American actor, director, producer and writer. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Twiggy (born 19 September 1949) is an English supermodel, actress, and singer, now also known by her married name of Twiggy Lawson. ... Sandra Kay Sandy Duncan (born February 20, 1946) is an American singer and actress of stage and television. ... Dame Julia Elizabeth Andrews, DBE (born Julia Elizabeth Wells[1] on 1 October 1935[2]) is a BAFTA, Emmy, Grammy and Academy Award-winning English actress, singer, author and cultural icon. ... For the football player of the same name see Steve Martin (football player). ... Star Wars is an epic science fantasy saga and fictional universe created by George Lucas during the late 1970s. ... Mummenschanz is a unique Swiss pantomime troupe who perform a surreal mask and prop oriented style. ... Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross[1] on March 26, 1944) is an American singer and actress, whose musical repertoire spans R&B, soul, disco, and pop. ... Ethel Merman (January 16, 1908 – February 15, 1984) was a Tony Award winning star of stage and film musicals, well known for her powerful voice and vocal range. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ... John Marwood Cleese (born 27 October 1939) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award winning English comedian and actor. ... Eugene Curran Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996), better known as Gene Kelly, was an American dancer, actor, singer, director, producer, and choreographer. ... Alice Cooper (born Vincent Damon Furnier, February 4, 1948), is a rock singer, songwriter and musician whose career spans four decades. ...


Muppet performers over the course of the show include Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Louise Gold, Kathy Mullen, Eren Ozker, and John Lovelady. Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns were two of the major show writers. Jim Henson (September 24, 1936 – May 16, 1990) was the most widely known American puppeteer in modern American television history. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... Jerry Nelson (born July 10, 1934) is a Muppet puppeteer. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... Dave Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is a puppeteer best-known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character Gonzo. ... Steve Whitmire (born September 24, 1910) is a puppet with the Jim Henson Company. ... Louise Gold is a British singer-actress and Spitting Image puppeteer, formerly a The Muppet Show puppeteer. ... Kathryn Kathy Mullen is an actress, voice actress, and puppeteer most closely associated with Jim Henson projects. ... Eren Ozker (25 July 1948 - 25 February 1993) was born in Ankara, Turkey. ... John Lovelady is a right-handed puppeteer who worked with the Muppets, including on Sesame Street. ... Jerry Juhl (July 27, 1937 - September 27, 2005) was a television and movie writer best known for his work with Jim Hensons Muppets. ... Jack Burns (born November 15, 1933) is an American comedian. ...

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History

Since 1969, Sesame Street had given Jim Henson's creations invaluable exposure; however, Henson began to perceive that he was being pigeonholed as a children's entertainer. He sought to create a program that could be enjoyed by young and old alike. The year 1969 in television involved some significant events. ... Sesame Street is an American educational childrens television series for preschoolers and is a pioneer of the contemporary educational television standard, combining both education and entertainment. ...


Two specials were produced and aired that are considered pilots for The Muppet Show. Neither led to the sale of a prime-time network series. However, the prime-time access rule had just been enacted, which took the 7:30 to 8 p.m. ET time slot from the networks and turned it over to their affiliates. CBS suggested it would be interested in Henson's proposal as a syndicated series it could purchase for its owned-and-operated stations, to run one night a week in that time slot. The Prime Time Access Rule (PTAR) was instituted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to restrict the amount of network programming that local television stations owned by or affiliated with a network may air during prime time. The first PTAR was issued in 1970 and was implemented at the beginning... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... CBS Broadcasting, Inc. ... In the television industry (especially in North America), an owned and operated station (frequently abbreviated as O&O) is a television station that is owned by the network with which it is associated. ...


Lew Grade, head of the British commercial station ATV, offered a deal to Henson that would see his show produced at the ATV studios in Elstree, England. ATV would network the show to other ITV stations in the United Kingdom, and its syndication arm, ITC Entertainment, would sell the show in the United States and around the world. Henson put aside his misgivings about syndication and accepted. Lew Grade, Baron Grade (birth name Louis Winogradsky) (December 25, 1906 - December 13, 1998) was an influential showbusiness impresario and television company executive in the United Kingdom. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Historically, the name Elstree Studios refers to any of several film studios that were based in the town of Elstree and Borehamwood in Hertfordshire, England. ... Independent Television (generally known as ITV but also as ITV Network or Channel 3) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990... The ITC Entertainment logo The Incorporated Television Company (ITC) was founded by television mogul Lew Grade in 1954. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...


At first, signing guest stars for the series was a challenge and the producers had to call on their personal contacts to appear. The breakthrough is thought to have occurred with the appearance of the hailed ballet dancer, Rudolf Nureyev. The publicity of the dancer appearing on such an unusual show generated such positive publicity that the series became one of the sought-after productions to appear in. The Muppet Show premiered in 1976 and finally, after 5 years and 120 episodes, it went off the air in 1981, not from a lack of popularity, but because of Jim Henson's desire to move on to bigger and better projects, such as The Muppet Movie (released in 1979) and his first fantasy film, The Dark Crystal (1982). Painting of ballet dancers by Edgar Degas, 1872. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1976. ... The year 1981 in television involved some significant events. ... The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... // Events March 5 - Production begins on Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. ... The Dark Crystal is a 1982 fantasy film by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. ... // This is the year of film E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, which will become the highest grossing movie for almost 15 years (until Titanic), earning double or triple against any major film of the 1980s. ...


List of recurring Muppet Show characters

The Muppet Show poster
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From Left to Right Janice, Floyd, Animal, Zoot and the band leader Dr. Teeth Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band that appeared on The Muppet Show. ... Eren Ozker (25 July 1948 - 25 February 1993) was born in Ankara, Turkey. ... Richard Hunt (August 16, 1951 - January 7, 1992) was an American puppeteer best known for his association with The Muppets. ... The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band that appeared on The Muppet Show. ... Frank Oz (born May 25, 1944) is an American film director, actor and puppeteer. ... From Left to Right Janice, Floyd, Animal, Zoot and the band leader Dr. Teeth Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem is the name of a Muppet rock band that appeared on The Muppet Show. ... Dave Goelz (born July 16, 1946) is a puppeteer best-known for his association with The Muppets, and in particular with the Muppet character Gonzo. ... 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Recurring skits

  • At the DanceLaugh-In style one-liners from the characters as they ballroom dance. The sketch was a regular during the first season but was used less frequently from the second season onward.
  • Muppet Labs – The latest invention from Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, with his assistant, Beaker, getting the worst of its inevitable malfunction. The character of Beaker was introduced in the second season; during the first season Bunsen hosted Muppet Labs by himself, but the writers soon realized that another character was necessary to show Bunsen's failings.
  • Muppet News Flash – A news announcer (a variation of the Guy Smiley puppet) gives a newsbrief only to have some disaster typically befall him (usually the same disaster he was just describing), or another strange scenario (such as the time that he ran on, stated "There is no news tonight.", and ran off). In the first season, the Muppet News Man read out news items that occasionally featured the guest star for that week playing a character that was somehow involved in the item. Muppet News Flashes often used absurdist humor: In one one sketch, the announcer stated that the Atlantic Ocean had been kidnapped.
  • Pigs In Space – Parody of science fiction shows like Star Trek, but also old '30s sci-fi serials. The spacecraft is called USS Swinetrek and the title voice-over is a parody of main Star Trek competitor Lost in Space. It featured Captain Link Hogthrob, Miss Piggy as first mate, and Dr. Julius Strangepork (the name a takeoff on "Dr. Strangelove"). Usually, the sketches would involve the long-suffering Piggy putting up with the wacko Strangepork and the braindead Link treating her as an inferior because she was a woman.
  • Swedish Chef – Cooking show parody. It consists of the Swedish Chef, who speaks mock Swedish, semi-comprehensible gibberish which parodies the characteristic vowel sounds and intonation of Swedish. He attempts to cook a dish with great enthusiasm, until the punch line hits. A hallmark of these sketches was the improvisations between Jim Henson (who performed the Chef's head and voice) and Frank Oz (who was his hands). One would often make something up on the spot, making the other puppeteer comply with the action. Perhaps the best example is a sketch where Frank Oz repeatedly adds pepper to a sauce, leading to Jim Henson cracking up. Famous gags include "chicken in du basket (two points!)", meatballs that bounce, chocolate "moose", and attempting to cook Kermit's nephew.
  • Vend-a-face – A vending machine that offers unique face-changing services—usually agonizing contortions of the Muppets who are dumb enough to feed the machine.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital – Parody of soap opera General Hospital and other medical dramas, consisting of Dr. Bob (Rowlf) cracking jokes in the operating room with Nurses Piggy and Janice; each installment ends with Dr. Bob and his nurses looking around in puzzlement as a disembodied voice tells viewers to tune in next time to the "continuing stooory". On one occasion, both this sketch and "At the Dance" went on at the same time, with the dancers dancing in the Vet's Hospital set. On another occasion, the cast of "Vet's Hospital" appeared on the "Swedish Chef" set, and on another episode, Doctor Bob and Nurse Janice appeared on the "Pigs in Space" set. The voice of the announcer was usually performed by John Lovelady in the first season, but Jerry Nelson originally performed the role in the Harvey Korman and Rita Moreno episodes (the first two episodes in recording order that had the sketch) before taking over the role permanently from the Phyllis Diller episode. In the introduction, Dr. Bob went from "a former orthopedic surgeon" to "a quack" who's "gone to the dogs." Nurse Janice's recurring tag line was "Fascinating, Dr. Bob".
  • Wayne and Wanda – Usually introduced by Sam the Eagle, Wayne and Wanda—a slapstick tribute to Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald—are plagued by bad fortune. Every song attempted by this duo inevitably ends in disaster. It is considered an accomplishment for them to get to the chorus. They disappeared in later seasons. It was eventually revealed that Kermit had fired them, but forgot why he did and decided to rehire them. Unfortunately, seconds after they started to sing, Kermit remembered why he fired them and instantly fired them again and forced them off the stage.
  • Bear on Patrol – Fozzie is an unlucky police officer and Link Hogthrob is his stupid superior who always get into the silliest situations with the criminals brought in. The voice of the announcer was performed by Jerry Nelson.
  • Fozzie's Act - Fozzie Bear gets on stage and performs his infamously bad jokes. Statler and Waldorf heckle him, in a perpetual rivalry. The sketches became slowly less frequent as Fozzie's character came into play and he became more prevalent in Backstage scenarios.

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List of guest stars

Harry Belafonte with The Muppets on The Muppet Show, performing one of the series' most celebrated numbers, "Turn The World Around."
Harry Belafonte with The Muppets on The Muppet Show, performing one of the series' most celebrated numbers, "Turn The World Around."

No guest star ever appeared twice on The Muppet Show, although John Denver appeared both on the show and in two specials (John Denver & the Muppets: A Christmas Together and John Denver & the Muppets: Rocky Mountain Holiday). Additionally, several guest stars from the show had cameos in one of the first three Muppet theatrical films. Harry Belafonte on The Muppet Show This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Harry Belafonte on The Muppet Show This is a screenshot of a copyrighted website, video game graphic, computer program graphic, television broadcast, or film. ... Harold George Belafonte, Jr. ... The Muppets are a group of puppets and costume characters, and the company created by Jim Henson. ... John Denver (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), born Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. ...


One unusual guest star was one of the series writers, Chris Langham, who took the place for Richard Pryor when the star was unable to attend taping. Christopher Langham (born 14 April 1949) is a British writer and comedian. ... Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, and writer. ...

This is a complete listing of episodes of the live-action/puppet television series The Muppet Show. ...

DVD Releases

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, a division of The Walt Disney Company, released the first season on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on August 9, 2005. Bits of the show also sometimes pop up in movies (An American Werewolf in London and Rocky III). The rights to the episodes and characters used in The Muppet Show, and subsequent film outings, were bought in February 2004 by The Walt Disney Company. The Buena Vista Motion Pictures Group is a collection of affiliated motion picture studios, all subsidiaries of The Walt Disney Company. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ... DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ... is the 221st day of the year (222nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An American Werewolf in London is a comedy/horror film released in 1981, written and directed by John Landis. ... Rocky III (1982) is the third installment in the Rocky movie series. ... 2004 : January - February - March - April - May - June - July - August - September - October - November - December- → // February 29, 2004 Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns as president of Haiti and flees the country for the Central African Republic. ... The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) is one of the largest media and entertainment corporations in the world. ...


Several songs were cut from the Season 1 DVD release due to music licensing issues. There have also been some cuts in the intro sequence, and backstage scenes leading up to these songs. DVD (Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc) is an optical disc storage media format that can be used for data storage, including movies with high video and sound quality. ...

  • "Stormy Weather" (Joel Grey episode) Sung by Wayne and Wanda;
  • "Gone with the Wind" (Jim Nabors episode) Sung by Jim Nabors;
  • "The Danceros" (Jim Nabors Episode) Sung by The Danceros;
  • "All Of Me" (Paul Williams Episode) Sung by Two Monsters;
  • "Old Fashioned Way" (Charles Aznavour episode) Sung by Charles Aznavour with Mildred;
  • "You’ve Got A Friend" (Vincent Price Episode) Sung by Vincent Price, Uncle Deadly and a chorus of Muppet Monsters

In addition, the version of the Joel Grey episode on the DVD is in fact an earlier edit as it does not include two Muppet News sketches and a balcony scene featuring Statler and Waldorf that were added to the episode at a later date. This appears to have simply been a mistake of Disney using the wrong tape. Joel Grey (born Joel Katz on April 11, 1932 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American stage and screen actor, who graduated from Beverly Hills High School in Beverly Hills, California in 1950. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Paul Hamilton Williams (born September 19, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska) is an American composer, songwriter, and actor. ... Charles Aznavour (Armenian: Õ‡Õ¡Õ¼Õ¬ Ô±Õ¦Õ¶Õ¡Õ¾Õ¸Ö‚Ö€; born May 22, 1924) is an Armenian-French singer, songwriter and actor. ... Vincent Leonard Price Jr. ...


The second season DVD will be released on August 7, 2007[1]. is the 219th day of the year (220th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is now the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ...

Cover Art DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Season One 24 August 9, 2005
  • The original pilot, "Sex and Violence!"
  • The original pitch reel of the show
  • Muppet morsels viewing mode with fun facts about the Muppets
  • Promo gag reel
Season Two 30 August 7, 2007
  • The Muppet Valentine Special
  • The Muppets on the Muppets (interviews)
  • Weezer & The Muppets (music video)

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Spin-offs

The Muppet Show characters went on to star in The Muppet Movie, which was the first film to feature puppets interacting with humans in real-world locations, and later films such as The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, and a Muppet remake of The Wizard of Oz. The Muppet Movie is the first of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Great Muppet Caper is the second of a series of live-action musical feature films, starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Muppets Take Manhattan DVD cover The Muppets Take Manhattan is the third of a series of live-action musical feature films starring Jim Hensons Muppets. ... The Muppet Christmas Carol was the fourth feature film to star The Muppets, and the first produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. ... DVD cover Muppet Treasure Island was the fifth feature film to star The Muppets, and the second produced after the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson. ... Muppets from Space DVD cover Muppets from Space was the sixth feature film to star The Muppets, and the first since the death of Muppets creator Jim Henson to have an original Muppet-focused plot. ... The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film based on L. Frank Baums turn-of-the-century childrens story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, in which a resourceful American girl is snatched up by a Kansas tornado and deposited in a fantastic land of witches, talking...


The Jim Henson Hour featured many of the same characters, plus new and boldly different content. The Muppet Show format was later revived as Muppets Tonight in 1996. The first 10 episodes aired on ABC while the rest aired on The Disney Channel. Today, all three incarnations are syndicated together as a single package. The Jim Henson Hour was a television show that aired on NBC in 1989. ... Muppets Tonight was a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring the Muppets. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... The Disney Channel is a cable TV network run by The Walt Disney Company in the United States. ...


There is talk of a new revival of the format, with FOX being the initial serious contender. Disney is using the America's Next Muppet mini-series to test the viability of a full-fledged series. Americas Next Muppet is a six-episode mini-series, which ABC announced in 2005 it was purchasing. ...


Worldwide broadcasters

Country Broadcaster
Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom ITV
Flag of United States United States syndicated
Flag of Australia Australia Channel Seven, Disney Channel Australia
Flag of Brazil Brazil Rede Globo
Flag of Canada Canada CBC
Flag of France France Antenne 2, (later France 2)
Flag of Germany Germany ZDF
Flag of Netherlands Netherlands KRO
Flag of Italy Italy RAI
Flag of Romania Romania TVR1
Flag of Spain Spain TVE1
Flag of Denmark Denmark DR1, TV2 and Disney Channel
Flag of Israel Israel Channel 1 (Israel)
Flag of Norway Norway NRK

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Trivia

  • Because the show was produced in the United Kingdom, it was recorded in PAL video as opposed to the NTSC format used on typical United States productions. For broadcasting and sale on home video formats in the US and other NTSC regions, the video has to go through a standards conversion process to modify the video into the NTSC standard - this (like with any other PAL-to-NTSC video conversion, e.g. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Father Ted or seventies-to-eighties-era Doctor Who) significantly degrades video quality.
    • The reason for shooting purely in PAL is unknown; ATV's Elstree facilities were equipped to shoot and record both in PAL and NTSC simultaneously as ATV made significant sales to the United States. The company recorded a number of shows there by the singer Tom Jones in 1970 primarily for UK transmission and for U.S. export using both systems.
    • It has been suggested that the stranglehold broadcasting trade unions had on British television at that time may have dictated the decision. Indeed the unions often boycotted the use of colour equipment during disputes and many shows were recorded using only the monochrome facility on such equipment (for example the drama Upstairs, Downstairs). However this is unlikely as Lew Grade was noted within ITV for paying whatever it needed to get shows for export made and was often considered by other ITV management as being the 'weak link' in management-union relations.
  • In 1979, there was no Muppet Show for 11 weeks from August-October 1979 due to an ITV strike, but on the night of the restarting of almost every ITV station in Britain,there was a special guest appearance from Dudley Moore. It aired at 6:05 p.m. GMT after the first program post-ITV strike. ITN Evening News (now the ITV Evening News).
  • The first two episodes taped were pilots featuring guest stars Connie Stevens and Juliet Prowse. Both episodes were later reworked but the original version of the Juliet Prowse pilot can be seen at the Museum of Television and Radio in Los Angeles or New York. The pilot has also been included as part of the Muppet Show episode guide[2] at the Muppet Central web site.
  • According to the Guinness Book of Records, The Muppet Show was the most widely viewed program in the world, with an estimated audience of 235 million in 106 countries in August 1989.
  • In a dream sequence in An American Werewolf in London, we see a scene with werewolf victim David Kessler at home when a werewolf attacks his family while his sister is watching The Muppet Show.
  • Initially, the plan was to present each celebrity guest with a Muppet version of him- or herself. This was scrapped after the third episode due to costs. Only Connie Stevens, Juliet Prowse, Andy Williams, and Paul Williams received Muppet clones.
  • During his 1977 appearance, Peter Sellers did not once appear on screen as "himself" (that is, outside of any specific role or part)--he appeared in some outrageous or unusual costume in every single sketch featuring him, as well as speaking in a variety of accents.

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See also

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References

  1. ^ http://muppetnewsflash.blogspot.com/2007/05/full-muppet-show-season-two-details.html
  2. ^ http://www.muppetcentral.com/guides/episodes/tms/pilots/3_prowse.shtml

External links

  • Muppet Wiki: The Muppet Show
  • The Muppet Show at the Internet Movie Database
  • "Of Muppets and Men," a 1981 documentary on the making of the show

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