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The Muppet Show
is a television program featuring a cast of Muppets (diverse hand operated puppets, typically with huge eyes and large moving mouths) produced by Jim Henson and his team from 1976 to 1981.
The show stars Kermit the Frog, also one of the main Muppet characters of Sesame Street. Whereas he was a happy, perky and almost grandfather-like character there 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. 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.
Many major celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film. Each show featured a human guest star.
The diverse roster of guests included Twiggy, Julie Andrews, Steve Martin, characters from Star Wars, Mummenschanz, Ethel Merman, Paul Simon, and Alice Cooper. Though they appear in various earlier forms (see Jim Henson), the Muppets gained widespread popularity on the landmark PBS live?action/puppet series Sesame Street.
The Muppet Show became the cornerstone of Jim Henson's enormously popular ongoing productions. Other Henson Muppet creations were featured in the films The Dark Crystal, Labyrinth, and the Sesame Street based Follow That Bird, as well as in a large variety of films, made for TV movies, direct to video children's releases, and television specials. ......
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