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The Muppet Show: Season 3 [1978] (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
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  • Family
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Synopsis: Kermit the Frog and his friends seriously struggle to put on a weekly variety show.


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Select Guest Cast
Alice Cooper => Alice Cooper (Alice Cooper)
Caroll Spinney => Big Bird (as Carroll Spinney) (voice) (Leslie Uggams)
Leslie Uggams => Herself (Leslie Uggams)
Cheryl Ladd => Herself (Cheryl Ladd)
Dale Evans => Dale Evans (Roy Rogers and Dale Evans)
Roy Rogers => Roy Rogers (Roy Rogers and Dale Evans)
Danny Kaye => The Swedish Chef's Uncle / Himself (Danny Kaye)
Elke Sommer => Herself (Elke Sommer)
Gilda Radner => Herself (Gilda Radner)
Harry Belafonte => Himself - Special Guest Star (Harry Belafonte)
Helen Reddy => Herself (Helen Reddy)
James Coco => Himself (James Coco)
Jean Stapleton => Herself (Jean Stapleton)
Kris Kristofferson => Himself (Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge)
Rita Coolidge => Herself (Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge)
Leo Sayer => Himself (Leo Sayer)
Lesley Ann Warren => Herself (Lesley Ann Warren)
Liberace => Himself (Liberace)
Loretta Lynn => Herself (Loretta Lynn)
Lynn Redgrave => Herself (Lynn Redgrave)
Marisa Berenson => Herself (Marisa Berenson)
Pearl Bailey => Herself (Pearl Bailey)
Raquel Welch => Herself (Raquel Welch)
Roger Miller => Himself (Roger Miller)
Roy Clark => Himself (Roy Clark)
Spike Milligan => Himself (Spike Milligan)
Sylvester Stallone => Himself (Sylvester Stallone)
Select Cast and Crew
Peter Harris => Director
Philip Casson => Director
Chris Langham => Writer
Don Hinkley => Writer
Jerry Juhl => Writer
Jim Henson => Writer / Link Hogthrob / Dr. Teeth / Waldorf / Rowlf / Plenty of Others (voice) / Kermit the Frog / The Swedish Chef / Muppet Newsman
Joseph A. Bailey => Writer
Sam Pottle => Composer
Dave Goelz => Gonzo / Plenty of Others (voice) / Dr. Bunsen Honeydew / Zoot
Frank Oz => Sam the Eagle / Animal / Fozzie Bear / Miss Piggy / Plenty of Others (voice)
Graham Fletcher => Additional / The Spider / Fletcher Bird
Jerry Nelson => Crazy Harry / Plenty of Others (voice) / Floyd Pepper / Robin the Frog / Lew Zeland / Dr. Julius Strangepork
Kathryn Mullen => Additional Muppets (voice)
Louise Gold => Additional Muppets (voice)
Peter Friedman => Additional Muppets (voice)
Richard Hunt => Sweetums / Scooter / Statler / Janice / Beaker / Plenty of Others (voice) / Wayne
Steve Whitmire => Thog / Plenty of Others (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • In the Roman Gladiator sketch, Sylvester Stallone faces off with a lion. The theme song of Stallone's later film Rocky III which he plays Italian-American boxing champion Rocky Balboa is {Eye of the Tiger} by Survivor. Stallone fighting a lion in that sketch, foreshadows that song in the film.
  • During the course of the show, Jim Henson wrote out a list of dream guests, and urged the writers and puppeteers to do the same. Henson's list included [?] Bil Baird, Shari Lewis, [?] Burr Tillstrom, [?] Stan Freberg, [?] Mae West, Mia Farrow, [?] Princess Anne, Kim Novak, and [?] Katharine Hepburn. The Muppet performers and writing staff list included Dustin Hoffman, David Bowie, [?] Salvador Dalí, Michael Caine, [?] Robert De Niro, [?] Frank Zappa, Meryl Streep, the entire Monty Python troupe, and The Beatles.
  • Kermit and Waldorf are the only characters to appear in all 120 episodes.
  • Many guest stars would be asked about their favorite Muppet and be given scenes with them. Miss Piggy was reportedly the most requested. Animal was a close second.
  • The Swedish Chef is the only character to have bare human hands, presumably because of the dexterity needed.
  • English television didn't have commercial interruptions during the programs, so many British telecasts feature scenes and musical numbers (mostly British music hall in nature) not seen in the US until Nickelodeon aired the show for a brief time in the spring and summer of 1994. Nickelodeon - a kids' channel - would edit out another sketch (mostly sketches that Nickelodeon thought shouldn't be seen by their audience) in favor of the usually less-offensive UK sketches.
  • Five pairs of relatives were guest stars on the series. Three married couples made joint appearances: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and [?] Robert Shields and [?] Lorene Yarnell Jansson. Candice Bergen and her father Edgar Bergen appeared in different episodes. Loretta Lynn and her younger sister [?] Crystal Gayle also appeared in different episodes.
  • Besides the theme song, very few songs were actually written for the show. Most of the songs came from old comedy albums, vaudeville standards, and British music hall routines.
  • During Jean Stapleton's duet with Fozzie, she calls him a "dingbat." This word was popularized by the sitcom [All in the Family], for which Stapleton is best known for playing Edith Bunker.
  • Of all the musical numbers they cooked up for the show, the one the producers were most proud of was created from Harry Belafonte's request for a meaningful piece, which had the singer singing {Turn the World Around} with puppets made to resemble traditional African tribal masks. Harry Belafonte also sung it at 'Jim Henson''s funeral.
  • The song Alice Cooper did with Miss Piggy can be found on his [Whiskey and Lace] album.
  • Guest star Liberace was a big inspiration for Rowlf the Dog's playing style. Rowlf frequently looks around and smiles while playing, and sometimes has a candelabra on his piano.
  • One of the most persistent stories over the years is about Spike Milligan's T-shirt with Arabic lettering. Supposedly it was discovered that the Arabic lettering translated to "hashish" only after the show was aired. This was untrue. Milligan's T-shirt actually says "Kuwait", a reference to his own television series [Q9], which had been renamed in various versions over the years to [Q8] in one of its incarnations. Kuwait = Q8.