Fraggle Rock

Season 1 Episode 1

Beginnings

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Aired Monday 7:30 PM Jan 10, 1983 on HBO
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A kindly inventor named Doc and his dog, Sprocket, move into an old workshop, where Gobo's Uncle Matt discovers the opening to Outer Space and sets off to explore it, leaving Gobo behind to explore Fraggle Rock and pick up the postcards Matt will send.

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  • Good starter episode.

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    This was a wonderful first episode of the show. I found it entertaining and a fun episode. I really enjoy the idea behind this and am looking forward to the next episode. The Fraggles are really cool looking and different. They all have different personalities and yet they seem to all get along with each other really well. Uncle Max is truly hilarious. I enjoyed his goal to go and explore outer space and am looking forward to hearing his findings of the strange creatures that live there. I would recommend this episode to anyone that wants to get an idea of the show.moreless
  • Recap. Spoilers.

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    Summary:

    Gobo's Uncle Matt discovers the opening to Outer Space and sets off to explore it, leaving Gobo behind to explore Fraggle Rock and pick up the postcards Matt will send.

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    Doc and Sprocket:

    Doc decides to turn an old room into a workshop. He and Sprocket discover a large hole in the wall behind a box, the one that leads to Fraggle Rock.

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    Postcard:

    Matt's first postcard just tells Gobo that he is fine, while he actually discovers Doc's shop, Sprocket, humans and cars.

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    Trash Heap:

    "Get some friends. Friends help."

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    Notes:

    The title of this episode is sometimes given as "The Beginning...."

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    Principal Character(s):

    Gobo (sort of)

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    Director:

    Jim Henson

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    Writer(s):

    Jerry Juhl

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    Songs:



    1. Hip Hip Hooray [02:15]

    Singer(s): The Fraggles

    Notes: short

    2. Follow Me [02:12]

    Singer(s): Uncle Matt and Gobo

    Notes: also in episodes 29, 63 (w/ different words), and 87 (partial)

    3. A Little Doozer Music [00:59]

    Singer(s): Wembley (instrumental)

    Notes: played by Wembley on a Doozer construction like a xylophone

    4. Follow Me [00:57]

    Singer(s): Gobo

    Notes: Reprise

    5. I've Seen Troubles (Pain and Woe) [02:22]

    Singer(s): The Trash Heap, Philo and Gunge

    6. Hip Hip Hooray [00:53]

    Singer(s): The Fraggles

    Notes: Reprise

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    Special Appearances:



    * Characters:

    o Uncle "Traveling" Matt in the Rock

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Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Cantus The Minstrel / Cov

Myra Fried

Myra Fried

Ma Gorg

Townsend Coleman

Townsend Coleman

Gobo / Wrench / Architect

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt

Beige Cave Fraggle, Firechief Fraggle, Gillis Fraggle, Gunge, Herkimer Fraggle, Junior Gorg, Magical Spider-Fly, The Mean Genie,

Dave Goelz

Dave Goelz

Boober Fraggle, Large Marvin Fraggle, Philo, Sidebottom, Skenfrith, Uncle "Traveling" Matt Fraggle, The World's Oldest Fraggle,

Jerry Nelson

Jerry Nelson

Archbanger, Architect Dozer, Feenie Fraggle, Fishface Fraggle, Gobo Fraggle, Marjory/Marjorie The Trash Heap, Mervin Merggle, Pa

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  • QUOTES (4)

    • Boober: Listen, everybody, I just read in my book of superstitions that it's unlucky to tug your tail.
      Wembley: Unlucky to do this? (tugs his own tail)
      Boober: AAH! Don't do that! It'll bring death and pestilence!
      Wembley: Death and pestilence? Just from doing this? (tugs Boober's tail)
      Boober: AAAH! WEMBLEY!

    • Wembley: Hey Gobo, did Red fall this way? Whoa! (Falls over)
      Gobo: Yeah, sorta like that.

    • Uncle Matt: ...because it is a rock and Fraggles live there. Fraggles are a noble race: fearless, dignified, intellectual. They represent the very pinnacle of civilization and culture. A Fraggle is most assuredly the best of all possible creatures.

    • Boober: It's always exciting in Fraggle Rock. That's what's wrong with the place.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • The family relationship between Traveling Matt and Gobo is uncle and nephew, respectively. This is much like Kermit the Frog and his nephew Robin from "The Muppet Show".

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