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The Muppet Show: Season 2 [1977] (4 discs)

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Composer:Sam Pottle
Length:612 minutes
(10 hours 12 minutes)
MPAA Rating:TV-G
Sorting Category:TV Show
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
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  • Puppets
  • Kids
  • Family
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Synopsis: Kermit the Frog and his friends continue to struggle to put on a weekly variety show.


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Select Guest Cast
Bernadette Peters => Herself (Bernadette Peters)
Bob Hope => Himself (Bob Hope)
Cleo Laine => Herself (Cleo Laine)
Cloris Leachman => Herself (Cloris Leachman)
Dom DeLuise => Himself (Dom DeLuise)
Don Knotts => Himself (Don Knotts)
Edgar Bergen => Mortimer Snerd / Himself / Charlie McCarthy (Edgar Bergen)
Elton John => Himself (Elton John)
George Burns => George Burns (George Burns)
Jaye P. Morgan => Herself (Jaye P. Morgan)
John Cleese => Himself (John Cleese)
Judy Collins => Herself (Judy Collins)
Julie Andrews => Maria Von Trapp / Herself (Julie Andrews)
Lou Rawls => Himself (Lou Rawls)
Madeline Kahn => Herself (Madeline Kahn)
Milton Berle => Himself (Milton Berle)
Nancy Walker => Herself (Nancy Walker)
Peter Sellers => Himself (Peter Sellers)
Petula Clark => Herself (Petula Clark)
Rich Little => Himself (Rich Little)
Rudolf Nureyev => Himself (Rudolf Nureyev)
Steve Martin => Himself (Steve Martin)
Teresa Brewer => Herself (Teresa Brewer)
Zero Mostel => Himself (Zero Mostel)
Select Cast and Crew
Peter Harris => Director
Philip Casson => Director
Don Hinkley => Writer
Jerry Juhl => Writer
Jim Henson => Writer / Rowlf / Kermit the Frog / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Zeke / Muppet Newsman / The Swedish Chef / Plenty of Others (voice) / Link Hogthrob
John Cleese => Writer
Joseph A. Bailey => Writer
Sam Pottle => Composer
Dave Goelz => Gonzo / Plenty of Others (voice) / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot
Faz Fazakas => Additional Muppets (voice)
Frank Oz => Animal / Sam the Eagle / Miss Piggy / Fozzie Bear / Plenty of Others (voice)
Jerry Nelson => Dr. Julius Strangepork / Crazy Harry / The Announcer / Floyd Pepper / Plenty of Others (voice)
Louise Gold => Additional Muppets (voice)
Richard Hunt => Sweetums / Scooter / Plenty of Others (voice) / Janice / Statler / Beaker

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • The Swedish Chef was a favorite of Jim Henson and Frank Oz, as they both got to perform him. Henson was the head and voice, while Oz provided the hands. Frequently, one of the two would ad lib a line or bit of business, forcing the other one to keep up.
  • The Steve Martin episode featured "auditions" of new acts for the show. It was actually a dumping ground for all of the ideas that hadn't quite formed into coherent scenes. Since there was no "audience", the laugh track wasn't used. Instead, the producers had a few stagehands provide the laughter. Because there is no audience track in this episode, it is thus the only episode in which the closing theme is audible for its entirety; in all other episodes the closing theme is obscured by canned applause and audience laughter.
  • Zero Mostel died before his episode aired making it his last television performance.
  • The Don Knotts episode is the first episode in which Richard Hunt performs Janice. He would become her regular performer until his death in 1992.
  • Featuring Milton Berle as the guest star opens with Timmy, a Muppet monster, hitting Berle in the face with a giant powder puff, while shouting, "Makeup!" This was an often-repeated gag on Berle's first TV show, [Texaco Star Theatre].
  • George Burns, born January 20, 1896, was the series' earliest-born guest star. [?] Seņor Wences, born April 17, 1896, was the oldest guest star at the time of his appearance; he was 84 when he guest-starred in 1980. Fourteen-year-old Brooke Shields was the series' youngest guest star.
  • Beaker makes his debut in the Zero Mostel episode.
  • Kermit is the only Muppet character to be a regular staple on both this series and [Sesame Street].
  • The flamboyant costumes and mannerisms of Dr. Teeth were modeled after New Orleans jazz musician, [?] Dr. John.
  • An episode was usually filmed in three days.
  • Floyd Pepper's name combined the name of the rock band Pink Floyd with the title of The Beatles's Sgt. Pepper album. Reflecting this was Floyd's pink color. His outfit and mustache were similar to those of The Beatles in their Lonely Hearts Club Band persona.
  • Three guest stars lived to be 100 years old. George Burns died March 9, 1996 at the age of 100. [?] Seņor Wences died on April 20, 1999 at the age of 103. Bob Hope died on July 27, 2003 at the age of 100.
  • Guest stars were allowed to appear on the show only once and never appeared a second time.
  • Because they found the character so funny, extraneous members of the crew would often crowd into the studio to watch filming of skits with the Swedish Chef. Often, the laughter heard in the final sketch is not from a laugh track, but from members of the crew who couldn't contain themselves.