The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 24

Juliet Prowse

Aired Unknown Apr 25, 1977 on



  • Trivia

    • Kermit wasn't the first choice for host. Instead Nigel was the host during the pilot "Sex and Violence"; An anything Muppet named Wally was used instead for the valentine's day pilot. On "The Muppet Show", Nigel is the conductor of the orchestra but Wally only made it to being reused as the Muppet in the pitch reel.

    • Fozzie's name was originally going to be Ozzie but it couldn't be used because of copyright reasons. So in honor of Muppet builder, Faz Fazakas an F was added to the name making Ozzie, Fozzie.

    • For "At the Dance," one performer was in charge of one pair of dancers. Extra voices were dubbed in later if necessary.

    • For the number "Solace," performers dressed head to toe in black to perform the Gazelles.

    • Frank Oz performed the Snowths with one puppet on each hand.

    • You can see Dave Goelz's head under the chickens at the end of the "Temptation" number when Miss Piggy dives on Kermit.

    • Right before the cowboy sketch, Fozzie tells Kermit he's going to use a "John Wayne voice."

      This little scene was added after the original episode was taped. The reason being that when they shot the cowboy sketch, Frank Oz used a very different voice for Fozzie then he would eventually settle on. They added the backstage dialouge between Kermit and Fozzie to explain why Fozzie would sound so odd in the sketch.

  • Quotes

    • Mildred: You're such a smooth dancer. Ever since we've started I feel like my feet have never touched the floor.
      George: They haven't. You've been standing on mine!

    • Statler: The question is, what is a manah manah?
      Waldorf: The question is, who cares?

    • Waldorf: More! More!
      Statler: Less! Less!

    • Fozzie: All right, everybody. Reach for the floor.
      Rowlf: Beg pardon?
      Fozzie: Reach for the floor. This is a stick-down.

  • Notes

    • This episode was taped the week of 1/29/1976.

    • Rolf's solo, "You and I and George," was originally only seen in the UK broadcast. Each episode of The Muppet Show features a "UK Spot" that was not shown in America. This is because the show aired without commericals in the UK and had the time for an extra skit or song.

      US audiences saw this song performed during the season 4 Phyllis George episode.

    • A live-action version of Muppy shows up two times in the backstage sequence while climbing upstairs.

    • This episode and the Connie Stevens episode were filmed at the same time, before the rest of the season, as sort of test episodes. The idea was to show these episodes to American executives as a way to sell the show into syndication in the US.

      While very similar to the rest of the season, there are a few things that stand out in this episode, notably Kermit giving Juliet Prowse a Muppet likeness of herself at the end of the show. The only other time this happens is in the Connie Stevens episode. This was going to be a tradition but it was obviously short lived.

    • Fozzie's joke: Hey, have I got an opening joke for you tonight! (Laughs) Oh, you're gonna love this...there's two kinda... (Curtain closes)

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo hits the "O" in the "The Muppet Show" logo and it explodes.

    • Before this episode aired, it went through some changes. Some sequences were deleted and others were added. For example, Scooter, who was introduced in the Jim Neighbors episode, wasn't in the original version of this episode. Thus, all the material with Scooter (Including "Simon Smith and his Dancing Bear") was added to this episode after it's original taping.

      The original version of this episode (Never broadcast, but used as a way to sell the Muppet Show in the USA) is available to view at the Museum of Television & Radio in New York and Los Angeles.

  • Allusions

    • "Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear" was written by Randy Newman for his 1972 album "Sail Away."

    • "At the Dance" was devised as a Muppet version of Laugh In's party sequence.

    • "Mahna Mahna" was originally released in 1968 written by Pieor Umiliani. It was used in a documentary "Svezia, Inferno e Paradise" (Sweden, Heaven and Hell). This song was also performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" and "Sesame Street."

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