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My Favourite Muppet Show Characters

Updated on December 2, 2017
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Ben has held a life-long interest in language and has a special interest in the expressions, phrases and idioms that contribute to its use.

Greetings From The Muppets

The Muppets - Greetings
The Muppets - Greetings

My Favourite Muppet Show Characters

Welcome to my article: My Favourite Muppet Show Characters.

There cannot be many children, or adults for that matter, out there who have not heard of the Muppet's. As a child I was totally in awe at the antics of these crazy characters when they first burst onto the scene some 30 years ago. I still love them today and I know that a new generation of kids are finding them just as special as I did.

Kermit Frog - Muppet
Kermit Frog - Muppet

Kermit The Frog. The Muppet Show Front Man - sorry - Frog

Kermit the Frog - probably the most well-known of all the Muppet characters. Kermit was first introduced in 1955. But did you know that Kermit looked more lizard like when first created.

Each episode took place in the Muppet Theatre and took the form of a musical and comedy revue. Kermit in his role of Stage Manager and front man on the show, was integral to most sketches. I often consider Kermit to be the voice of reason in a show ruled by anarchy.

The first time I remember seeing Kermit was prior to the Muppet's when he was cast as roving reporter on the Sesame Show.

Kermit on Sesame Street - Discussing Happy and Sad

Muppet Fact

Did you know that the Muppets debuted on television program Sam and Friends which was on air from 1955 to 1961

My First Experience of the Muppet Show

I adored The Muppet Show as a young teenager. Perhaps it was the fact that back then they were incredibly "out there" - so on the edge of what was acceptable -and yet loved by children and adults alike. I would spend Sunday mornings, visiting my Nan's house - just in time to watch the weekly episode as we ate cake and drank tea, it was a magical time - and one I will always remember with great affection.

Animal from the Muppets Show

Animal - the wild and frenzied drummer. Definitely a gust of mayhem when he appeared on the show. But can you remember the name of the band that this crazy drummer belonged too? It was Dr Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

The part of the "Animal's" routine that I particularly enjoyed was when the band were playing a slow, sedate song: Animal would go along with it for a little while then suddenly announce in usual gravel voice "Too Slow!" before launching into a frenzied drum routine.

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The Great Gonzo

The Great Gonzo.

In my view one of the most memorable Muppet's. I just love his crazy voice and antics. Gonzo was great - this was a point stressed by the fact that he was referred to as both "Gonzo the Great" and "The Great Gonzo". This unusual character was quite a snappy dresser. But can you remember who the love of his life was? That's right. It was "Camilla - the Chicken".

Gonzo & Camilla The Chicken Video

Fozzie Bear

Fozzie Bear

What would the Muppet Show be without its resident stand-up comedian?

Dressed in his trade mark pork pie hat and polka dot necktie, this likable, but hopelessly ineffective comedian, would do his best to make the audience laugh. I loved Fozzie because he was irrepressible, in spite of the constant heckling he received from those mean Muppet Show critics - Statler and Waldorf.

Can you remember Fozzie's catchphrase? That's right - it was "Wocka Wocka Wocka!"

Miss Piggy

Miss Piggy - The Muppets Wannabe Star

After Kermit, Miss Piggy was the Muppet shows biggest character. Her larger than life persona and stop at nothing attitude in her quest for stardom made her a favourite for many.
Seemingly demure and sweet talking with a French accent, Miss Piggy was famous for her outrageous response when things didn't go her way. Poor Kermit the Frog, would often be on the receiving end of her trade mark karate chop and "hi-yah!"

Whether you loved her or hated her - Miss Piggy could never be ignored.

Muppet Show Fact

Did you know that in 1996, Miss Piggy was ranked by TV Guide as the 23rd in its top 50 list of the Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

It seems that Miss Piggy's quest for stardom was finally achieved.

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    • Ben Reed profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Reed 

      11 months ago from Redcar

      Thank you Kari. It is amazing to think that these zany muppets retain the ability to make people smile after all these years.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      11 months ago from Ohio

      Thank you for the memories. I loved (and still love) the Muppets. I loved the show and movies. I did not know that Kermit was more lizard like in the beginning. Lol, I'm still smiling!

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