The Muppet ShowMuppets and Muppetry are the strange combination of keen design, googly eyes, lovingly crafted plastic, foam, rods, fuzzy eyebrows and a funny, unique personality in puppet form. Jim Henson's The Muppet Show was a popular television program featuring hundreds of Muppets and, now and then, some humans. The broken-down vaudeville experience usually consisted of a famous guest star, at least one musical number, skits and time spent backstage. The CBS show was a hit and lasted five seasons, a total of 120 episodes, from 1976 to 1981.
Muppets have their origins in the 1950s. The strange creatures debuted on a local Washington D.C. morning show and went on to appearances in variety shows and commercials. Rowlf the Dog, Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog all pre-date the 1976 premiere of The Muppet Show. Muppets also make up a substantial percentage of the cast of Sesame Street.
The variety show attracted many popular guest stars including Vincent Price, Meatloaf, Steve Martin, Mummenshanz, Danny Kaye, Sir Dudley Moore, Sir Roger Moore, Sir Elton John, Debra Harry, John Cleese, Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor and Johnny Cash. The Muppet Show is related to Sesame Street in that both are Henson creations and both have the ability to generate an astonishing amount of crap. Products include books, stuffed animals, feature films, DVDs, toothbrushes, magazines, records, software and what is now cubic tons of miscellaneous branded debris buried in landfills around the world.
In 2002, Kermit found himself on ABC Television's The Jimmy Kimmel Show. Kermit was his usual good-natured self, making jokes about Snoop Doggy Dogg and managing to avoid discussing some of Snoop's more interesting hobbies such as Girls Gone Wild and marijuana use.
The movie Meet the Feebles showed muppets in a decidedly different light, having sex and shooting smack. The film was directed by Peter Jackson who also directed Dead Alive and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The puppets in Feebles were quite different from the Muppets, so don't rent this expecting to see Miss Piggy and Kermit fucking.