The video clip features the opening titles and theme music from The Muppet Show which first aired in September 1976 on CBS in America, and in the UK was shown on ITV. The show was produced at the ATV studios in Herts, England and ran for five seasons (120 episodes) with two pilot episodes.
In ode to the chaotic nature of the show, I haven't listed the main characters below in any particular order.
The show's main muppet was, of course, Kermit The Frog who was the manager of the cabaret-style theatre, and created by Jim Henson, the puppeteer who also created The Muppet Show. The long-suffering frog had to deal with some very strange characters on and off the stage.
The domineering Miss Piggy (played by Frank Oz) was not one of the main characters until well into the series. She was obsessed with becoming a star, but had unpredictable mood swings and would often fly into a rage, karate-chopping poor kermit in the process!
Fozzie Bear (Voiced by Greg Berg and puppeteered by Frank Oz) was an orange-coloured comedian bear who was terrible at telling jokes. He would always wear a spotty neckerchief and pork pie hat, and was often heckled by the two spiteful old men Statler and Waldorf. He was a big character earlier on in the series, but had less airtime as Miss Piggy became more popular.
Based on TV chefs of the time, the Swedish Chef was a stereotypical swede who would talk gobbledygook (muttering odd words in English) and would always start singing while waving or throwing his utensils around. He had no regard for health and safety rules and created his meals using utensils not normally found in a kitchen such as work tools and firearms.
Statler and Waldorf were two cantankerous, but witty old men who sat in the balcony heckling the acts, especially Fozzy Bear who they would sometimes throw tomatoes at. These two were always laughing at their own humour, and even though they were always criticising the acts on the show, they always returned the next week.
Beaker had to be the funniest muppet, and I adore his funny-looking face which looks permanently startled with shocking red hair, bulbous eyes and a wide-open mouth. He was Dr. Bunsen Honeydew's assistant, but didn't appear until season two. He was always suffering from bad luck and seriously injured himself in each episode. His only form of communication was a nervous "meep" noise which he repeated over and over. A great character!
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