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The Muppet Show Characters Names

Updated on April 1, 2012

The Muppet Show rocked. And still does. For me at least. As a child, tt was the highlight of my week and I never missed a show. I ate up every single moment of slapdash absurdity and always caught Kermit’s famous inept attempts to rid himself of Miss Piggy.

The best thing about the Muppets was the fact that I watched it with my dad – meaning that it appealed to him as much as it did to me. Despite the 20 year age gap, we both rolled around in mutual appreciation of this often very satirical parody of life in a musical hall.

Pure genius.

The Muppet Show

The Muppet Show came into being in the late sixties, a product of the imaginative mind of Jim Henson. Two shows (pilots) were created but, at the time, the Muppets didn’t gain a foothold in the tricky, fast flowing waters of TV land.

It wasn’t until 1976 that the Muppets appeared again – only this time around, the Muppets found an audience. The show ran for five years, until 1981. However, it spawned a host of spin off movies, further embedding the show in the hearts and minds of its audience. Oddly, some 15 years after the original shows ended, in the mid-nineties – my daughter discovered a liking for the Muppets almost equal to that of mine and my dad.

That just evidences the Muppets timeless appeal.

Muppet Movies

The Muppet Show

The seven films that the Muppet Show generated were:

  • The Muppet Movie
  • Muppets From Space
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • The Muppets Wizard Of Oz
  • The Muppets Take Manhattan
  • Muppet Treasure Island
  • The Muppets Christmas Carol

All were well received (again by young and old alike) and can now be bought on DVD. The shows were also packaged up and sold as ‘Season One’ etc, though initially via video release.

 Muppet Show Venue

The premise of the Muppets was based around an old cabaret style theatre. Supposedly, the central theme was the ‘acts’ themselves.

However, the behind the scenes shenanigans were also a big part of the show – which created a second perspective for the viewing audience.

We got to watch the somewhat incompetent ministrations of the backstage director, Kermit the Frog – who, to be fair, had the best interests of the show at heart.

Unfortunately he was often hindered by the tomfoolery of his performers and his runner/go-fer, Scooter. Added to all this was Kermits’ sometime girlfriend and nemesis, Miss Piggy.

Kermits' reluctant association with Miss Piggy was the foundation for many an unfortunate accident (for Kermit) and of course generated many of the shows funnier, slapstick moments.

Muppet Sketches

Statler & Waldork. Champion Hecklers

As the show established itself, several sketches began to appear on a regular basis. The Muppet News Flash, Pigs In Space and the Swedish Chef, to name but a few. Also highlighted in the shows were the comedy performances of the rather hapless Fozzie Bear.

Lacking in any real comic talent, Fozzie often found himself heckled by two old men in the balcony, the infamous Statler & Waldorf.

For me – the Statler & Waldorf double act was one of the highlights – though I suspect that the popularity of the two characters was probably incidental.

However, that didn't prevent the two miserable old hecklers from becoming among the most popular of the Muppet characters.

Muppet Show Guest Stars

John Cleese

During the five years that the show was on air, a whole range of stars appeared – though initially it was seemingly a tough job attracting famous folks to send themselves up and/or become involved in some of the more comedic scenes.

However, as the show gained in popularity, the stars were literally queuing up to put in an appearance. Some of the more famous names that appeared were:

· Elton John

· Diana Ross

· Sylvester Stallone

· Liberace

· Peter Sellers

· Bob Hope

· Vincent Price

· Johnny Cash

· And over 120 other various film, singing and dance stars

The Muppets

It’s quite hard to believe, thinking back, how much the show packed in within its 30 minute time slot. Or even how much work it must have involved. Although the Muppet Show wasn’t Jim Hensons’ only creation, it was certainly up there with the success he found after he established himself with Sesame Street.

For me, my childhood memories will always include the Muppet Show. I know all the characters - and remember some of the funnier, slap stick scenes like I’ve watched them yesterday. And before I go, I have to name my favourite Muppet.

Probably a surprising one due to the fact that he had such a small role in the grand Muppet scheme of things … Animal. The craziest, nuttiest and altogether most unpredictable percussionist since the late, great Keith Moon. And allegedly the guy that Animal was based on.

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    • weestro profile image

      Pete Fanning 

      8 years ago from Virginia

      This is a hub that had to be written! Great..

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      HNM AND HNM 

      8 years ago

      i love mr beaker and animal with all my heart

      o and my friend loves kermit the frogggg

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      Selina Kyle 

      9 years ago

      Oh yes how I do love the Muppets! Kermit and Beaker especially meep meep :)

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      no name 

      10 years ago

      how could u say that the muppets r awesome!! someday we'll find it the rainbow connection the lovers the dreamers and me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      no one 

      10 years ago

      the muppets are the awesomeist thing ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      love my - hey :) Gulliver is travelling, somewhere. He was in France and as soon as I work out how to load pictures that don't vanish from wordpress, you can see what he's been up to ;)

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      love my yorkies 

      11 years ago from way out west

      hey there froggy. this is off the subject. but what has happened to Gulliver? Is he still traveling?

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      love me - good day :) There's no need to bow down. Though i won't stop you ...

      And yup, you just gotta love the muppets. The Statler and Waldorf skits were fab :)

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      love my yorkies 

      11 years ago from way out west

      hooray, hooray, oh happy day, the good frog remembers the muppet show. oh, how i loved that show. the hecklers always cracked me up. I just love this hub, has brought back lots of good memories. I bow down in awe and wonder to the mighty frog. :)

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      ralwus - so lovely, thankyou :) They were rather good. And sooooo funny. To me anyway!

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      ralwus 

      11 years ago

      I have been waiting for this from you. Good job dear. I do remember watching them with my kids as well, much like your own dad with my kids on my knee or by my side laughing the whole time. It was brilliant. thanks CC

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      RooBeeeeeeeeeeee! - hello :) And boy I'm sure glad to hear you're a Muppeteer too! Fab they are huh?!

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      Arby Bourne 

      11 years ago from USA

      I knew we wuz kindred spirits, froggyd! :D I absolutely adore the Muppets & Jim Hensen- Fraggle Rock, too!!! Great, informative Muppet-ography here. As usual, excellent work.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      jim - nice to find a fellow muppet :) And perhaps you could write about kermit or one of the Muppet characters? There's a lot ao bits and pieces kicking about round the web but it wouldn't hurt to do a few comprehnsive hubs about them?

      ffgfmom - great! And thankyou too :)

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      ftgfmom 

      11 years ago

      I enjoyed this walk down memory lane. thank you

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      jim10 

      11 years ago from ma

      I love everything Muppets. The Muppet Show was the best. A few years ago I was ready to buy a few DVDs of the show. But, they were kind of pricey. Luckily my wife didn't let me. A few months later I got the whole thing from Time Life and used a coupon. I got all 15 dvds for the price of 2. I was so excited and the kids and I watched them all. I can't believe I didn't make this Hub yet. I guess I have been slacking. great job.

    • frogdropping profile imageAUTHOR

      Andria 

      11 years ago

      Mayhmong - hey :) It was revived in the 90's. Used to watch it with my daughter, then bought her various re-runs on video. I really did watch just about everything they did. I never developed a love for Sesame St but I was almost as bad about Fraggle Rock :)

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      mayhmong 

      11 years ago from North Carolina

      Ohhhh I miss the mupphets! Especially my Kermit!

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