The Muppet Show

Season 1 Episode 18

Vincent Price

Aired Unknown Jan 31, 1977 on



  • Trivia

    • Ths is the first time that that someone is shown watching the Newsman's sketch. This also marks the first time that anyone's been seen watching "The Muppet Show" on TV.

    • Uncle Deadly will return as the Phantom of the Muppet Theater and later as a recurring character

    • Vincent Price would work with the Muppets again when Kermit guest hosted an episode of "The Tonight Show" when Price was a guest.

  • Quotes

    • (After hearing the monster's act)
      Fozzie: I never thought I'd be jealous of a guy with three heads...

    • Vincent Price: I must warn you, I am traveling with my beautiful assistant, and a hideously deformed monster.
      Fozzie: Oh, hideously deformed is right!
      Uncle Deadly: Watch it! I'm the beautiful assistant

    • Ghost #1: Who writes this stuff?
      Ghost #2: Who else? the ghost writer!

    • House #3: My youngest boy is very interested in medicine.
      House #4: Oh. He's a doctor?
      House #3: No. A hospital.

  • Notes

    • This isn't the first time Jerry Nelson used his Dracula impression in one of his characters. He has been performing a Dracula-style vampire, Count von Count, on Sesame Street since 1972.

    • This episode was taped from 10/19-21/1976.

    • "I'm Looking Through You" is the UK spot. It was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

    • Debuts: Uncle Deadly, the right two houses talk.

    • When this episode was released on dvd in the Season One box set, the song "You've Got a Friend," sung by Vincent Price and Uncle Deadly, was cut due to issues with the song's rights.

      This is especially too bad since this was Price's only song in the episode - and Uncle Deadly's too!

      It must have also been confusing to the viewer considering that a shot of Vincent in costume along with the other muppet monsters is shown in the opening credits.

    • In a special "At the Dance" segment in the Valerie Harper episode, Boppity appeared as normal and his partner Gloat was in drag. Today, Boppity appears in drag and danced with Miss Kitty. In both instances, he ends up headless.

    • This is the first themed episode taped (shown?) of The Muppet Show.

    • Fozzie's joke: Hey, I once met a vampire who was so rich he lived in a split-level coffin!

      Gonzo's gong: Gonzo fires a gun at the gong.

  • Allusions

    • The three-headed monsters song "Tea for Three" is an obvious refrence to "Tea for Two" written by Vincent Youmans and Irving Caesar.

    • "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" was written by Rodgers and Hart. It's from the musical Pal Joey.

      "I've Got You Under My Skin" was written by Cole Porter.

    • Newsman: "When contacted for comment, Sheriff Dave Goelz assured Muppet News Central that the rumor was false. According to Goelz, there is no way for a piece of furniture to turn into a monster."
      Dave Goelz, performer of Gonzo and Muppet builder, is referenced by the Newsman.

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