THE MUPPET SHOW
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
The video clip features the opening titles and theme music from the 70s kids TV show 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!
Gonzo The Great was, perhaps, the ugliest muppet and was a stuntman who didn't like to conform to any rules. He had a pretty weird appearance to say the least, with a long bent nose, huge boggle-eyes purple fur. He was in love with Camilla The Chicken and always played the final trumpet note at the end of the opening titles, with unpredictable results!
One of my favourite characters, Animal, lived up to his name and was a crazy drummer in the band Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. He was operated by Frank Oz and his only form of communication was shouting and grunting. He had an outrageous, almost violent drumming style, and it is believed by some that he was based on The Who's drummer Keith Moon.
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.
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!