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The Muppet Show: Various Episodes [1976] (3 discs)

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Composer:Linsey De Paul
Length:243 minutes
(4 hours 3 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:7.8/10
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Synopsis: Kermit tries not to lose his mind each week as he puts together a variety show.


Reaction: A small collection of some funny episodes.


Personal Rating: 8/10


Highlights
"It's not my nose, it's my arm."
"Really? Then what's it doing in the middle of your face?"
"Look would you forget about the nose?"
"Well, I'll try, but I can't promise anything."

Select Guest Cast
Anthony Daniels => C-3PO (The Stars of Star Wars)
Mark Hamill => Mark Hamill / Luke Skywalker (The Stars of Star Wars)
Peter Mayhew => Chewbacca (The Stars of Star Wars)
Bob Hope => Bob Hope (Bob Hope)
Dom DeLuise => Dom DeLuise (Dom DeLuise)
Dudley Moore => Dudley Moore (Dudley Moore)
George Burns => George Burns (George Burns)
John Cleese => John Cleese (John Cleese)
Paul Simon => Paul Simon (Paul Simon)
Peter Sellers => Peter Sellers (Peter Sellers)
Raquel Welch => Raquel Welch (Raquel Welch)
Select Cast and Crew
Peter Harris => Director
Philip Casson => Director
Chris Langham => Writer
David Odell => Writer
Don Hinkley => Writer
Jerry Juhl => Writer
Jim Henson => Writer / Kermit the Frog
John Cleese => Writer
Joseph A. Bailey => Writer
Linsey De Paul => Composer
Dave Goelz => Gonzo
Frank Oz => Fozzie Bear
Jerry Nelson => Floyd Pepper
Louise Gold => Additional Muppets
Richard Hunt => Statler
Steve Whitmire => Additional Muppets

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Animal, the Muppet drummer, was inspired by [?] Keith Moon of The Who.
  • The two old men in the balcony are Statler and Waldorf and, after two New York City hotels. Statler is the taller, thinner one. Waldorf has a round head and is shorter. Waldorf's wife is named Astoria, after the famous Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
  • The Swedish Chef has been said to be inspired by the first and only television appearance of [?] Lars Beckmann. His appearance was a total failure, as he mumbled a strange mixture of English and Swedish while hectically preparing some sort of food. It was thought that the show's producers found it very funny and created the Swedish Chef in Baeckmann's likeness (including the thick mustache). However, show writer Jerry Juhl has refuted this statement and believes Baeckmann invented the rumor himself. Baeckmann, who presently earns his money with a traveling cooking show in Sweden, was paid $80 for the rights to the character. He is considered to be a good cook with a great sense of humor.
  • Jim Henson wanted the show to end during the peak of its popularity and creativity - and it did. The final year featured the highest Nielsen ratings of its existence.
  • Originally, the producers thought they would only have enough story material for three seasons. However, the characters they developed during the run provided so much creative inspiration that two more seasons were possible.
  • Sam, the self-proclaimed "all-American eagle" is voiced by Frank Oz, who is actually English, having been born in Hereford.
  • Piggy is asked by gossip columnist Fleet Scribbler to dish gossip about her fellow performers, but changes her mind when she is offered a picture spread on page three. This is a reference to the British tabloid [The Sun], which featured topless women on the third page.
  • George Burns was the earliest born guest star to appear on the series.
  • When Peter Sellers was chosen to guest star, he requested that a skit known as "The Wall" not be done with him. In this skit, Kermit interviews the guest for a short period just as themselves, and Sellers' stated that he couldn't be himself. "I can be Queen Victoria, but I cannot be myself," he said. The writers replaced "The Wall" with a skit where Sellers played Queen Victoria.
  • In the episode with John Cleese, there is a skit in which he plays a pirate, complete with a nagging parrot/possible wife. Shortly before the end of the skit, he asks, "Do you want to be an EX-parrot?" and fires off his gun, missing the parrot. This is a reference to the infamous Parrot Sketch from Cleese's [Monty Python's Flying Circus]. Also during the sketch, Cleese says to Capt. Link Hogthrob, "Of course I'm a pirate! What did you think I was? A management consultant?" In real life, Cleese has his own company that produces management consulting films.
  • During the "Veterinarian's Hospital" sketch, on the Raquel Welch episode, Rowlf suggests that Gonzo should "leave his body to science fiction". In the movie Muppets from Space, it is revealed that Gonzo is, in fact, an extraterrestrial alien.