The Muppets

The Muppets Biography

Created by puppet pioneer Jim Henson and hosted by a showbiz-savvy frog named Kermit, The Muppet Show debuted on TV in September 1976 and was an instant hit with kids, college students, even grumpy old men. The weekly comedy-variety show featured Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, and their fellow Muppets rubbing elbows with special guests, including the biggest pop stars of the day.

At its peak, each episode of The Muppet Show went out to 235 million people in over 200 countries. The last of the original 120 shows aired in 1981, but by then The Muppets were already big-time movie stars, thanks to The Muppet Movie. Henson and company followed up with big-screen adventures like The Great Muppet Caper (1981), Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Beach Party (1993), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), and Muppets From Space (1999) -- each with an accompanying soundtrack album. The Muppets' most recent album, Kermit Unpigged, featured Kermie and friends riding the unplugged wave and singing duets with the likes of Ozzy Osbourne and Linda Ronstadt.

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