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The Muppet Show
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Genre Sketch comedy
Variety
Created by Jim Henson
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme "The Muppet Show Theme"
Ending theme "The Muppet Show Theme" (instrumental)
Country of origin
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
Language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 120 (List of episodes)
Production
Location(s) ATV Elstree, Borehamwood, England, UK
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–26 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor
  • ITC Entertainment
  • Disney–ABC Domestic Television (current)
Broadcast
Original channel
  • ITV (UK)
  • Syndication (US)
Picture format 576i
Audio format Mono
Original run 13 September 1976 (1976-09-13) – 15 March 1981 (1981-03-15)
Chronology
Followed by The Muppet Movie (1979)
Muppet Babies (1984–91)
The Muppets (2015–16)

The Muppet Show is a comedy television series created by Jim Henson and featuring the Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of network executives in the United States, Lew Grade approached Henson to produce the show in the United Kingdom for ATV. Five seasons, totalling 120 episodes, were broadcast on ATV and other ITV franchises in the United Kingdom from 1976 to 1981. The show was filmed at Elstree Studios, England.

The Muppet Show is presented as a variety show, featuring recurring sketches and musical numbers intertwined with plotlines taking place behind the show. Kermit the Frog is portrayed as a showrunner who tries to maintain control of the overwhelming antics of the other Muppet characters, as well as appease the rotating slate of guest stars. In addition to its guest stars, The Muppet Show is known for its uniquely designed characters, vaudevillian wit, physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist humor, and parodies. As the series' popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.

The cast of performers over the course of the series consisted of Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Fran Brill, Eren Ozker, Louise Gold, Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell, Brian Muehl, Bob Payne, and John Lovelady. Many of the performers also worked on Sesame Street, whose characters made sporadic appearances on The Muppet Show. Jerry Juhl and Jack Burns were two of the head writers. The music was performed by Jack Parnell and his orchestra.

Performers

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Fozzie Bear (left) and Rowlf the Dog (right) perform "English Country Garden" on episode 2.18 of The Muppet Show
  • Jim Henson - Kermit the Frog, Rowlf the Dog, Waldorf, Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Additional Muppets
  • Frank Oz - Miss Piggy (1977-1981), Fozzie Bear, Animal, Sam the Eagle, Additional Muppets
  • Jerry Nelson - Robin the Frog, Floyd Pepper, Crazy Harry, Lew Zealand, Additional Muppets
  • Richard Hunt - Scooter, Beaker, Janice, Statler, Miss Piggy (1976-1977), Additional Muppets
  • Dave Goelz - Gonzo the Great, Zoot, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Beauregard, Additional Muppets
  • Steve Whitmire - Rizzo the Rat, Foo-Foo, Lips, Additional Muppets

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