The Muppet Show

Season 2 Episode 1

Don Knotts

Aired Unknown Nov 26, 1977 on
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Don Knotts

Floyd, pleased that Fozzie has planned a jazz classic as the closing number, pronounces him a hip dude--until Don Knotts joins the band for said number. Sketches/Songs: "Sweet Gingerbread Man", "Windmills of Your Mind", "Beast of the Week", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "I'm Burlington Bertie", "Talk Spot", "What a Wonderful World", "Swedish Chef", "Lullaby of Birdland"


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  • The late Don Knotts stops by The Muppet Show and joins Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem in a rendition of the jazz classic "Lullabye of Birdland."

    It's not often on The Muppet Show that the guest star overshadows the main cast. This episode is an exception. The late Don Knotts steals every scene he is in. From his opening scene, to his talking point with Fozzie (Knotts' explanation of "hip" is an all time classic.) to the rip-roaring hysterical "performance" of "Lullabye of Birdland" with Dr. Teeth & The Electric Mayhem, Knotts stands head and shoulders above all else and again shows the comedic talent that has made characters Barney Fife and Ralph Furley so memorable and made Knotts a comedy icon. Don't miss this episode.moreless
  • It is hard to go wrong with vintage muppets!

    This is a classic episode, guest starring Don Knotts. The humor for this episode is great.

    I especially like the muppets take on the song "Windmills of Your Mind" and I think that the muppet version is much, much better than the original. The frenetic pace of the song is truly the way the song was meant to be played.

    The ongoing plotline involving Fozzie Bear and the jazz song is also fun to watch. The house band of Doctor Teeth and the Electric Mayhem is very excited to be playing jazz, but in true muppet style they get sidetracked by Don Knotts.

    It is hard to sum up a Muppet Show episode, but this is a really good episode for some of the skits.moreless
Dave Goelz

Dave Goelz

Gonzo / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot / Muppy / Beauregard

Frank Oz

Frank Oz

Miss Piggy(1977-1981)/ Fozzie Bear / Animal / Sam the Eagle / The Swedish Chef (Hands)

Jim Henson

Jim Henson

Kermit the Frog / Rowlf the Dog / Link Hogthrob / The Swedish Chef (puppetry and voice) / Dr. Teeth / Muppet Newsman / Waldorf

Richard Hunt

Richard Hunt

Beaker / Miss Piggy (1976-1977) / Janice (1977-1981) / Wayne / Scooter / Statler / Sweetums

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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    • During "The Windmills of Your Mind" sketch, Jerry Nelson, who provided the voice for the screaming thing, did so many takes that eventually fellow muppeteer Jim Henson took over.

    • Although the opening theme song and music remained the same from the first season, this episode marked the first time the more iconic "arched" opening is used. Kermit's verse introducing the guest star is replaced with scenes showing antics and comments by Statler and Waldorf (the opening theme would be altered slightly every season).

    • Richard Hunt now provides the voice of Janice.

    • Don Knotts was originally best known as Barney Fife of The Andy Griffith Show.By today's standards however,he's probably more remembered as Three's Company's Mr.Furley.