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“It’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to raise the curtain on the Muppet Show tonight…”

Every week, Kermit the Frog and his friends put on ‘The Muppet Show’, a variety stage show featuring acts of varying degrees of what passes for entertainment. Whether it be the terrible jokes of Fozzie Bear’s comedy routine, Miss Piggy’s outrageously self-aggrandising musical numbers, the Great Gonzo’s bizarre and ludicrously death-defying stunts, or even the groovy tunes played by Dr. Teeth and his Electric Mayhem band, the Muppets strive to give their audience an evening of amusement - come what may. Despite the heckling of two grumpy old men, Statler and Waldorf, Kermit tries his best to make sure that the show runs smoothly, although it never seems to…

As well as the usual - and unusual - songs, sketches, newsreports, and general madness, the show has regular ‘drama’ in the form of ‘Veterinarian's Hospital’, ‘Pigs in Space’ and ‘Bear on Patrol’. Not only that, but each week sees a new guest-star unwittingly arrive at the Muppet Theatre ready to give their all, taking part in elaborate routines and sketches, and invariably falling afoul of the strangeness that goes on and off-stage.

Initially, two pilots were made, 'The Muppets Valentine Show' (set in a house and hosted by Wally), and 'The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence’ (now set in a theatre and it's control room, and hosted by Nigel), before the format was finally decided on as being set in a vaudeville theatre and hosted by Kermit. The televised show ran for five seasons of twenty-five minutes, and is quite simply one of the most innovative, insane, funny and downright surreal shows you'll ever see!

Jim Henson (Kermit the Frog / Rowlf / Link Hogthrob / Swedish Chef / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Newsman / Waldorf [voice]), Frank Oz (Animal / Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Sam the Eagle / Swedish Chef [Hands]), Jerry Nelson (Camilla / Sergeant Floyd Pepper / Robin the Frog / Crazy Harry / Uncle Deadly / Dr. Julius Strangepork / Pops / J.P. Grosse / Thog / Lew Zealand / Fleet Scribbler / ‘Vend-a-Face’ / Announcer [Voice]), Richard Hunt Beaker / Miss Piggy {1976-1977} / Janice / Wayne / Scooter / Statler / Sweetums [Voice]), Dave Goelz (the Great Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Muppy / Beauregard / Timmy Monster [Voice]), Louise Gold (Annie Sue Pig [Voice]), John Lovelady (Crazy Harry / Nigel [Voice]), Eren Ozker (Janice / Wanda / Hilda [Voice]), Steve Whitmire (Foo-Foo / Rizzo the Rat / Lips [Voice]), Kathryn Mullen (Gaffer the Backstage Cat / Various voices), Betsy Baytos (Betsy Bird / Various voices), Brian Muehl (Various voices), Karen Prell (Various voices)


Pilot 1: 'The Muppets Valentine Show' (with Mia Farrow) - 1974
Pilot 2: 'The Muppet Show: Sex And Violence’ (no guest star) - 1975

UK TX - ITV:
Season 1
Juliet Prowse - 25th April 1977
Connie Stevens - 28th February 1977
Joel Grey - 18th October 1976
Ruth Buzzi - 10th November 1976
Rita Moreno - N/A
Jim Nabors - 27th September 1976
Florence Henderson - 15th November 1976
Paul Williams - 25th October 1976
Charles Aznavour - 17th January 1977
Harvey Korman - 13th December 1976
Lena Horne - 11th January 1977
Peter Ustinov - 11th August 1976
Bruce Forsythe - 12th June 1977
Sandy Duncan - 10th April 1977
Candice Bergen - 29th November 1976
Avery Schreiber - 18th April 1977
Ben Vereen - 24th January 1977
Phyllis Diller - 14th February 1977
Vincent Price - 31st January 1977
Valerie Harper - 22nd November 1976
Twiggy - 2nd July 1977
Ethel Merman - 21st February 1977
Kaye Ballard - N/A
Mummenschanz - N/A

Season 2
Don Knotts - 28th November 1977
Zero Mostel - 13th December 1977
Milton Berle - 14th November 1977
Rich Little - 26th September 1977
Judy Collins - 30th January 1978
Nancy Walker - 24th October 1977
Edgar Bergen - 10th October 1977
Steve Martin - 31st October 1977
Madeline Kahn - 10th March 1978
George Burns - 9th September 1977
Dom DeLuise - 17th October 1977
Bernadette Peters - 11th July 1978
Rudolf Nureyev - 23rd January 1978
Elton John - 2nd June 1978
Cleo Laine - 15th May 1978
Julie Andrews - 20th January 1978
Jaye P. Morgan - 3rd June 1978
Peter Sellers - 27th February 1978
Petula Clark - 5th August 1978
Bob Hope - 13th February 1978
Teresa Brewer - 21st November 1977
John Cleese - 12th May 1977
Cloris Leachman - 22nd May 1978

Season 3
Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge - N/A
Leo Sayer - N/A
Roy Clark - 25th September 1978
Gilda Radner - N/A
Pearl Bailey - N/A
Jean Stapleton - 10th February 1978
Alice Cooper - 30th October 1978
Loretta Lynn - N/A
Liberace - 16th October 1978
Marisa Berenson - N/A
Raquel Welch - N/A
James Coco - 10th September 1978
Helen Reddy - 18th September 1978
Harry Belafonte - N/A
Lesley Anne Warren - N/A
Danny Kaye - 2nd May 1978
Spike Milligan - 22nd January 1979
Leslie Uggams and Big Bird - N/A
Elke Sommer - 29th January 1979
Sylvester Stallone - N/A
Roger Miller - N/A
Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - N/A
Lynn Redgrave - N/A
Cheryl Ladd - 11th June 1978

Season 4
John Denver - N/A
Crystal Gayle - 10th February 1979
Shields and Yarnell - 10th January 1979
Dyan Cannon - N/A
Victor Borge - 29th September 1978
Linda Lavin - 22nd October 1978
Dudley Moore - 29th October 1978
Arlo Guthrie - 11th December 1978
Beverly Sills - N/A
Kenny Rogers - 26th Novembet 1978
Lola Falana - N/A
Dizzy Gillespie - 19th November 1979
Liza Minnelli - N/A
Phyllis George - N/A
Anne Murray - N/A
Jonathan Winters - 29th February 1980
Mark Hamill, C-3PO and R2-D2 - N/A
Christopher Reeve - N/A
Linda Carter - N/A
Carol Channing - N/A
Doug Henning - N/A
Andy Williams - N/A
Alan Arkin - N/A
Diana Ross - N/A

Season 5
Gene Kelly - N/A
Loretta Swit - N/A
Joan Baez - N/A
Shirley Bassey - N/A
James Coburn - N/A
Brooke Shields - N/A
Glenda Jackson - N/A
Senor Wences - N/A
Debbie Harry - 12th August 1980
Jean-Pierre Rampal - N/A
Paul Simon - N/A
Melissa Manchester - N/A
Tony Randall - N/A
Mac Davis - N/A
Carol Burnett - N/A
Gladys Knight - N/A
Hal Linden - N/A
Marty Feldman - N/A
Chris Langham - N/A
Wally Boeg - N/A
Johnny Cash - N/A
Buddy Rich - N/A
Linda Ronstadt - N/A
Roger Moore - N/A


Written by Joseph A. Bailey, Jack Burns, Jim Henson, Don Hinkley, Jerry Juhl, Chris Langham, Marc London, David Odell, James Thurman, John Cleese*
*(Episode 23 only, uncredited)

Production - 1976-1977:
Directed by Philip Casson and Peter Harris
Executive Producers Jim Henson and David Lazer

Production - 1977-1981:
Directed by Philip Casson and Peter Harris
Produced by Jim Henson
Executive Producer David Lazer

Notes:
*Featuring Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great and a host of more mad muppets!