The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 3/19/75
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  • Episode Description
  • In this second pilot for "The Muppet Show," a character named Nigel attempts to keep rein on the mayhem while preparing a Seven Deadly Sins pageant. Familiar characters like Sam the Eagle, Floyd Pepper and the Swedish Chef are around, but there are a number of unusual and unique segments, such as "Mount Rushmore" and a crazy wrestling match.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Fran Brill

    Receptionist voice / Janice / Ohreally Bird / Leafy Green Vegetables / Piggy / Dancer

  • Richard Hunt

    Ohboy Bird / Pig / Lust

  • Dave Goelz

    Averice / Zoot / Righton Bird / Brewsters

  • John Lovelady

    Crazy Harry / Abraham Lincoln / Vanity

  • Marshall Brickman

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The Simpsons of their day

    By tomakalinus1, Nov 11, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Notes (13)

    • Keep a sharp eye in the background during the end when the Sins, Sam, Nigel, and Crazy Harry are chasing each other for Boppity, the Blue Frackle (Muppet Monster) - in drag! - being chased off the set by Sam.

    • In their 1987 video for "It's A Sin", music group Pet Shop Boys featured characters based on the Seven Deadly Sins, some of which seem interestingly similar in concept to the versions presented here.

    • The interplay between Floyd and Sam Eagle is hilarious and sets up a great comedic pairing that would lay dormant until around the third season of The Muppet Show.

    • In hindsight, it's interesting to note some frightening similarities between the scifi sketch and "Farscape" a successful serious science fiction drama series that the Jim Henson Company would debut in the late '90's. The Muppet human hero, Hudson, could actually resemble a Muppet version of Farscape's human lead, John Crichton (Ben Browder). Both characters are the only human in a strange new world and just as Hudson will don a pig disguise and infiltrate his new society, Chrichton would often pose as a Sebacean Peacekeeper. Perhaps the oddest foreshadowing of all comes at the sketch's climax which bears an uncanny plot resemblance to Farscape's season two cliffhanger!

    • Not only does Miss Piggy appear in prototype form, but the recurring Muppet Show sketch, "Pigs In Space" also sees some initial inspiration here. Pigs In Space would debut during the series' second season and along with Miss Piggy and new character Link Hogthrob, would feature Dr. Julius Strangepork, who looks and sounds very much like Dr. Nauga.

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    Trivia (2)

    • Only in this episode's ending credits do we get to see the muppeteers performing during an episode.

    • This is the first and only episode with no human guest star.

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