The Muppet Show - Season 1

(ended 1981)




Episode Guide

  • Mummenschanz
    Episode 26
    Piggy misinterpets a love letter outside her dressing room and assumes Kermit is waitng for her. He's not, but a long-suffering Gonzo who longs for acceptance is! To her disgust, the depressed little monster starts to follow Piggy around saying how much he loves her, earning himself a hard-knuckled punch more than once!moreless
  • Kaye Ballard
    Kaye Ballard
    Episode 25
    The band threatens to quit over the theme song. Sketches/Songs: "You Don't Want My Love", "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?", "Muppet Newsflash", "At the Dance", "Life Gets Tedious, Don't It?", "Talk Spot", "At the Barber Shop", "Vendaface", "One Note Samba"
  • Juliet Prowse
    Juliet Prowse
    Episode 24
    Muppy, Scooter's uncle's favorite pet, becomes a bigger diva than Piggy when Kermit lets he and Scooter do a musical act, the demands go on until he asks for the show name to be changed to the "the muppy show" when Kermit finally snaps. Song: "Mahna Mahna-Mahna Mahna" and the 2 snowths. Gonzo eats a tire to the music of "Flight of the Bumblebee." Solace-Juliet Prowse dances with the muppet gazelles. Sketch-At the Dance Uk sketch: Song- "You and I and George"-Rowlf Talkspot-Kermit and Juliet Sketch-Cowboy Time-Fozzie and Rowlf. Sketch-Juliet and Zoot Song-"Simon Smith and his Amazing Dancing Bear"-Scooter and Fozzie Song-"Temptation"-Muppet Glee Club with Kermit conducting.moreless
  • Avery Schreiber
    Avery Schreiber
    Episode 23
    Piggy enlists Scooter to make Kermit jealous of Avery Schreiber. Sketches/Songs: "Tenderly", Duel of insults sketch, "Muppet Labs", "The Old Living Painting Sketch", "At the Dance", "May You", "Talk Spot", "Some Enchanted Evening", "Veterinarian's Hospital", Fozzie's Act, "Muppet Newsflash", Avery and Muppets sing
  • Connie Stevens
    Connie Stevens
    Episode 22
    Fozzie, overhearing a conversation about Gonzo's teddy bear, thinks he's unwanted. Sketches/Songs: "Lydia, the Tattooed Lady", "Swedish Chef", "Teenager in Love", "At the Dance", "Ain't Misbehavin'", "Close to You", "Sax and Violence", Gonzo's Act, "Muppet Newsflash", "Some Enchanted Evening"
  • Ethel Merman
    Ethel Merman
    Episode 21
    Fozzie's agent negotiates his contract. Sketches/Songs: "Java", "Medley", "Don't Sugar Me", "Talk Spot", Shadow Puppets, Fozzie's Act, "There's No Business Like Show Business"
  • Phyllis Diller
    Phyllis Diller
    Episode 20
    Inspired by Phyllis Diller, Hilda gets a makeover. Sketches/Songs: "Mississippi Mud", Sketch, "Muppet Newsflash", "At the Dance", "Old Lazybones", "Hugga Wugga", "Muppet Labs", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "The Entertainer"
  • Twiggy
    Episode 19
    The Muppets see a phantom. Sketches/Songs: "Dance", "In My Life", "Let It Snow", "The King's Breakfast", "At the Dance", "Beethoven's Minuet in G", "Vendaface", "Muppet Newsflash", "Nobody's Business But My Own"
  • Vincent Price
    Vincent Price
    Episode 18
    A three-headed creature auditions for the show. Sketches/Songs: "Under My Skin", "House of Horror", "Bewitched", "Panel", "At the Dance", "I'm Looking Through You", "Talk Spot", "Muppet Newsflash", "Talking Houses", "You've Got a Friend"
  • Ben Vereen
    Ben Vereen
    Episode 17
    Crazy Harry blows up Ben Vereen; Fozzie gets locked in a trick cabinet. Sketches/Songs: "Bandstand Boogie", "Mr. Cellophane", "Muppet Newsflash", "At the Dance", "Fur Elise", "Talk Spot", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Talking Houses", "I'll Know", Fozzie's Act, "Pure Imagination"
  • Charles Aznavour
    Charles Aznavour
    Episode 16
    Scooter becomes Gonzo's manager. Sketches/Songs: "I Feel Pretty", "The Old Fashioned Way", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "At the Dance", "Does Your Chewing Gum Loose It's Flavor", "Talk Spot", "Panel", Fozzie's Act, "Inchworm"
  • Harvey Korman
    Harvey Korman
    Episode 15
    Sketches/Songs: "Atom Bomb", "Talking Houses", "Animal Act", "Panel", "At the Dance", "Jam", "Talk Spot", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "I Get a Kick Out of You", Fozzie's Act, "Muppet Newsflash", "Halfway Down the Stairs"
  • Bruce Forsyth
    Bruce Forsyth
    Episode 14
    Sketches/Songs: "In a Little Spanish Town", "All I Need is the Girl", "At the Dance", "I'm My Own Grandpa", "Talk Spot", "Trees", Fozzie's Act, "Side by Side", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Let There Be Love"
  • Candice Bergen
    Candice Bergen
    Episode 13
    Sketches/Songs: "What Now My Love?", "Put Another Log on the Fire", "At the Dance", "Panel", "I'm Gonna Finish on Top", "Talk Spot", "Swedish Chef", "That Face", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "You've Got to Have Friends"
  • Valerie Harper
    Valerie Harper
    Episode 12
    Smitten Statler takes a plant backstage to Valerie Harper. Sketches/Songs: "Broadway Baby", "Swedish Chef", "Muppet Newsflash", "The Butterfly", "At the Dance", "Tit Willow", "Searchin'", "On a Clear Day", "Muppet Newsflash", "Nobody Does It Like Me"
  • Florence Henderson
    Florence Henderson
    Episode 11
    Piggy pursues Kermit, but gets jealous of Florence Henderson. Sketches/Songs: "The Bouncing Borcelano Brothers", "Talking Houses", "Elusive Butterfly", "At the Dance", "Talk Spot", "Cottelston Pie", "Panel", Fozzie's Act, "Happy Together", "Koozbanian Mating Ritual"
  • Peter Ustinov
    Peter Ustinov
    Episode 10
    Kermit feels jealous when the cast fawns over Peter Ustinov. Sketches/Songs: "Evening at the Pops", "Muppet Labs", "At the Dance", Professors sketch, "Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song", "You Do Something to Me", "Muppet Newsflash", "Falling Leaves", "Panel", "It's Not Easy Bein' Green"
  • Lena Horne
    Lena Horne
    Episode 9
    Piggy thinks her solo has been canceled so she won't overshadow Lena Horne. Sketches/Songs: "Ragmops", "I've Got a Name", "Muppet Newsflash", "At the Dance", "Love Story", "Talk Spot", "Swedish Chef", Gonzo's Act, "I'm Glad There Is You", Fozzie's Act, "Sing"
  • Kermit's Swamp Years
    Though having a comfortable life, young Kermit feels that there are bigger, more adventurous things in store for him than life in the swamp. Friend Croaker and bully Blotch being taken out of the swamp by humans gives him the chance to find out, however. Kermit, Goggles and Pilgrim head out to save them from life in a pet store or being someone's pet. As bad as that would be, Dr. Krassman has a worse fate in mind for every frog in the area – dissection in biology class. Can Kermit overcome these and other obstacles?moreless
  • Paul Williams
    Paul Williams
    Episode 8
    Paul williams seems self-conscious about his height; Fozzie impersonates a telephone pole. Sketches/Songs: "All of Me", "Just an Old Fashioned Love Song", "Muppet Labs", "Silence", "At the Dance", "I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog", "Talk Spot", "Pittsburgh", "Talking Houses", "You Do Something to Me", "Muppet Newsflash", "The Telephone Pole Bit", "Sad Song"moreless
  • Muppets From Space
    Muppets From Space
    Episode 7
    Life at the Muppet boarding house goes on as normally as possible, but for Gonzo, that is a very bad thing. Whereas the others have families and know their origins, Gonzo doesn't and feels very depressed about it. Meanwhile, strange messages appear across Earth. It turns out that they are for Gonzo, as he is an alien that was left behind years ago and now his family is trying to find him. Gonzo won't shut up about his alien origins or quit searching for a way to let them know where he is, but most don't believe him. However, government agent K. Edgar Singer does and takes him (plus Rizzo) into custody for experimentation. Kermit, Fozzie and others race to save their friends, but can they do so before the mother ship comes for Gonzo at midnight?moreless
  • Joel Grey
    Joel Grey
    Episode 7
    Fozzie's new act annoys the cast. Sketches/Songs: "Comedy Tonight", "At the Dance", "Muppet Newsflash", "Wilkommen", "Talk Spot", "Pachalafaka", "Stormy Weather", Fozzie's Act, "Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues", "Muppet Newsflash", "Razzle Dazzle"
  • Ruth Buzzi
    Ruth Buzzi
    Episode 6
    A robot Kermit annoys the real thing. Sketches/Songs: "Sunny", "At the Dance", "Row, Row, Row", "Muppet Newsflash", "You're Just Too Good To Be True", "I Never Harmed an Onion", "Talk Spot", Fozzie's Act, Spy sketch, "Talking Houses", "You Can't Roller Skate In a Buffalo Herd", "Panel"
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
    For years, Ebenezer Scrooge has been a bitter, greedy man that treats virtually everyone around him with disdain. The approaching Christmas day doesn't mellow his mood, but something else might. He is given a ghostly warning that the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future will appear in order to him to show him the error of his ways. If he fails to repent, he will suffer a horrific fate. This retelling of the classic story sees Gonzo (as Charles Dickens) and Rizzo with hosting duties, and other Muppets assuming the story roles.moreless
  • Rita Moreno
    Rita Moreno
    Episode 5
    The backstage phone keeps ringing, with amusing results. Sketches/Songs: "Slapstick Cafe", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Muppet Newsflash", "Swedish Chef", "At the Dance", "Tomorrow", "Lady of Spain", "Panel", "Muppet Newsflash", "Talk Spot", "Goody Goody", Fozzie's Act, "Fever"
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
    Kermit and company want their musical – Manhattan Melodies – on Broadway – believing it would be a surefire hit (though Kermit thinks it still needs work). Unfortunately, they face rejection after rejection. With their prospects low and money scarce, a difficult decision is made – much to Kermit's regret. Most of the Muppets go their separate ways, leave Manhattan and find other jobs. A determined Kermit, however, remains – working toward selling the show and reuniting his friends. Mayhem ensues, but just when it looks like Kermit will succeed, things go horribly wrong. Can the Muppets find their missing, amnesic friend and put the show on in time?moreless
  • Sandy Duncan
    Sandy Duncan
    Episode 4
    Everyone except Kermit has heard of Fozzie's new writer. Sketches/Songs: "A Nice Girl Like Me", "Swedish Chef", Fozzie's Act, "At the Dance", Sweetums and Sandy sketch, "Nobody", "Never Smile at a Crocodile", "Talk Spot", "Muppet Newsflash", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Try to Remember the Kind of September"
  • Jim Nabors
    Jim Nabors
    Episode 3
    The theater owner's nephew requests a job. Sketches/Songs: "Money", "Talking Houses", "Gone With The Wind", "Muppet Newsflash", "The Danceros", "At the Dance", "Dog Eat Dog", "Talk Spot", "Indian Love Song", Fozzie's Act, Bakery guard sketch, "Thank God I'm a Country Boy"
  • The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
    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.moreless
  • The Muppets Valentine Show
    The Muppets Valentine show was the first of two pilots for The Muppet Show. Valentine aired on ABC in 1974. Though the second pilot, The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence would be a closer prototype of the series, Valentine laid the groundwork with some characters, the idea of having a guest star, appealing to both adults and children, and the format of putting on a show with "behind the scenes" mayhem.moreless