History Series / TheMuppetShow

19th Apr '18 4:54:56 PM toregg
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* FunnyAfro: In the Victor Borge episode, the Muppets sing "Macho Man" as a competition between Link Heartthrob and Gonzo's sides. Gonzo has chickens for backup, several of which are wearing afros.



* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: This gets asked in the Kenny Rogers episode after several bad injuries happen to Kermit.

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* IsThereADoctorInTheHouse: This gets asked in the Kenny Rogers episode by Fozzie after several bad injuries happen to Kermit.
13th Apr '18 5:07:31 PM Chasem
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* HaveAGayOldTime: In one episode, a Koozebanian drinks another liquid Koozebanian and hiccups afterwards, with Kermit remarking that it's the first time a Koozebanian has been drunk on television. At the time, this was likely intended to be GettingCrapPastTheRadar, but as "drunk" is no longer used as a past-tense form of "drink", modern viewers wouldn't understand the scene as anything ''but'' the larger alien getting intoxicated.
26th Mar '18 11:38:18 PM toregg
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* DoubleStandard: Miss Piggy gets furious when a female guest star is close to Kermit, thinking there could be romance. But Miss Piggy has no problem hitting on handsome male guest stars.
2nd Mar '18 9:20:36 PM PaulA
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* FiveManBand: Of the main five Muppeteers:
** TheLeader: Creator/JimHenson
** TheLancer: Creator/FrankOz
** TheBigGuy[=/=]TheHeart: Jerry Nelson has [[CompositeCharacter the unusual distinction of taking on both roles]]
** TheSmartGuy: Dave Goelz and Richard Hunt share this role.
** SixthRanger: Steve Whitmire (he didn't start performing with the Muppets until the Music/AliceCooper episode in season 3).
2nd Mar '18 9:16:27 PM PaulA
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'''Bunsen:''' Which, I believe, is [[BilingualBonus the French word for fish!]]

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'''Bunsen:''' Which, I believe, is [[BilingualBonus the French word for fish!]]fish!



* FourFingeredHands: A vast majority of characters fit this trope. The few exceptions include Gonzo (three fingers), Kermit (five), and the Swedish Chef ([[JustifiedTrope five due to the usage of actual human hands]]).

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* FourFingeredHands: A vast majority of characters fit this trope. The few exceptions include Gonzo (three fingers), Kermit (five), and any Muppet (such as the Swedish Chef ([[JustifiedTrope five due to the usage of actual human hands]]).and Rowlf) with live hands (five, for obvious reasons).
2nd Mar '18 9:12:50 PM PaulA
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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Fozzie Bear only wears a trilby hat and polka-dot tie, which was once the basis for one of his routines. ("Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" [[IncrediblyLamePun "No he's a-not! He's a-wearin' a neck-a-tie!"]]) Rizzo the Rat wears a jacket and ballcap but no pants, as does Pepe the Prawn. Of course, most of them are never seen from the waist down, so it's usually a moot point.

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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Fozzie Bear only wears a trilby hat and polka-dot tie, which was once the basis for one of his routines. ("Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" [[IncrediblyLamePun "No he's a-not! He's a-wearin' a neck-a-tie!"]]) neck-a-tie!") Rizzo the Rat wears a jacket and ballcap but no pants, as does Pepe the Prawn. Of course, most of them are never seen from the waist down, so it's usually a moot point.
2nd Mar '18 2:23:06 PM jayharrison
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** A Swedish Chef skit where he's trying to open up a coconut.
** One randomly appears in Creator/PeterSellers' dressing room as he's trying remember what Queen Victoria looked like.
** One where Statler is Main/LampshadeHanging one episode's repeated usage of bombs.

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** A Swedish Chef skit where he's trying to open up a coconut.
** One randomly appears in Creator/PeterSellers' dressing room as he's trying remember what Queen Victoria looked like.
** One where
coconut. Immediately afterward, Statler is Main/LampshadeHanging one [[Main/LampshadeHanging lampshades]] this episode's repeated usage of bombs.



** One randomly appears in Creator/PeterSellers' dressing room as he's trying remember what Queen Victoria looked like.



* DropTheCow: Brian Henson cited that this was a common strategy with Jim: a sketch going nowhere could end with blowing something up, eating something, or throwing penguins into the air.

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* DropTheCow: Brian Henson cited that this was a common strategy with Jim: a sketch going nowhere could end with [[MadeOfExplodium blowing something up, up]], [[ExtremeOmnivore eating something, something]], or [[EverythingsBetterWithPenguins throwing penguins into the air.air]].



'''Bunsen:''' Which, I believe, is the French word for fish!

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'''Bunsen:''' Which, I believe, is [[BilingualBonus the French word for fish!fish!]]



* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins... and chickens... and rats... and fish... and the occasional Argyle Gargoyle. One of the show's [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] is "frogs and dogs and pigs and chickens [and things]".

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* EverythingsBetterWithCows: Creator/JulieAndrews' episode features a subplot involving a cow that stays backstage.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins... [[EverythingsBetterWithChickens and chickens...chickens]]... and rats... and fish... and the occasional Argyle Gargoyle. One of the show's [[CatchPhrase catchphrases]] is "frogs and dogs and pigs and chickens [and things]".



* ExpospeakGag: In a 'Pigs in Space' sketch, First Mate Piggy is highly gratified to be told that she alone can "operate the independent heating/unifying element across the horizontal equalizing plane and save the entire crew" -- until she works out that this means "iron the laundry".

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* ExpospeakGag: In a 'Pigs "Pigs in Space' Space" sketch, First Mate Piggy is highly gratified to be told that she alone can "operate the independent heating/unifying element across the horizontal equalizing plane and save the entire crew" -- until she works out that this means "iron the laundry".



** For the ladies, Rudolf Nureyev appears wearing only a towel for his part in the ''Baby, it's Cold Outside'' duet. [[EatingTheEyeCandy Miss Piggy]] [[FemaleGaze appreciates it.]]

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** For the ladies, Rudolf Nureyev appears wearing only a towel for his part in the ''Baby, it's Cold Outside'' duet. [[EatingTheEyeCandy Miss Piggy]] [[FemaleGaze appreciates it.]]it]].



* NoFourthWall: The fact that the series takes place on a stage show seems like justification for the lack of such... until you realise that the Muppets constantly break it backstage. And the audience keeps laughing at everything said and occuring off stage, even though there's absolutely no way they'd be seeing or hearing them.
* NonFatalExplosions

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* NoFourthWall: The fact that the series takes place on a stage show seems like justification for the lack of such... until you realise that the Muppets constantly break it backstage. And the audience keeps laughing at everything said and occuring occurring off stage, even though there's absolutely no way they'd be seeing or hearing them.
** Even StatlerAndWaldorf are no exception to this, as they once ask why they continue to watch the show, then immediately asks the viewers, "Why do ''you'' watch this?"
* NonFatalExplosionsNonFatalExplosions: Mostly result in AshFace.
2nd Mar '18 2:12:04 AM jayharrison
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** TheSmartGuy: Dave Goelz and Richard Hunt share this role
** SixthRanger: Steve Whitmire (he didn't start performing with the Muppets until the Alice Cooper episode in season 3)

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** TheSmartGuy: Dave Goelz and Richard Hunt share this role
role.
** SixthRanger: Steve Whitmire (he didn't start performing with the Muppets until the Alice Cooper Music/AliceCooper episode in season 3)3).



* FourFingeredHands: A vast majority of characters fit this trope. The few exceptions include Gonzo (three fingers), Kermit (five), and the Swedish Chef ([[JustifiedTrope five due to the usage of actual human hands]]).



* FreakyFridayFlip: One "Pigs in Space" sketch has Dr. Strangepork developing an experimental TeleportGun that he first uses to steal a beverage from First Mate Piggy. The second time he uses it, Link and Piggy are the test subjects, which causes their voices and personalities to change bodies. As a side effect, [[spoiler:Dr. Strangepork and Janice's bodies switch with each other,]] not long before [[spoilier:Kermit appears on set with the Swedish Chef's voice; the chef, with Kermit's voice, cancels the sketch]].

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* FreakyFridayFlip: One "Pigs in Space" sketch has Dr. Strangepork developing an experimental TeleportGun that he first uses to steal a beverage from First Mate Piggy. The second time he uses it, Link and Piggy are the test subjects, which causes their voices and personalities to change bodies. As a side effect, [[spoiler:Dr. Strangepork and Janice's bodies switch with each other,]] not long before [[spoilier:Kermit appears on [[spoiler:Kermit walks onto the set with the Swedish Chef's voice; the chef, with Kermit's voice, cancels appears immediately afterward to cancel the sketch]].



--->'''Sam:''' ''[nervously]'' Why are they ''laughing?''

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--->'''Sam:''' ''[nervously]'' Why are they ''laughing?''''laughing''?



** In the Harvey Korman episode during the debate portion, Korman says "That's the first time that pig (Miss Piggy) scored in her life." due to losing a meaning of life/tennis analogy.

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** In the Harvey Korman episode during the debate portion, Korman says "That's the first time that pig (Miss Piggy) scored in her life." life" due to losing a meaning of life/tennis analogy.



* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Fozzie Bear only wears a trilby hat and polka-dot tie, which was once the basis for one of his routines. ("Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" "No he's a-not! He's a-wearin' a neck-a-tie!") Rizzo the Rat wears a jacket and ballcap but no pants, as does Pepe the Prawn. Of course, most of them are never seen from the waist down, so it's usually a moot point.

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* HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Fozzie Bear only wears a trilby hat and polka-dot tie, which was once the basis for one of his routines. ("Good grief, the comedian's a bear!" [[IncrediblyLamePun "No he's a-not! He's a-wearin' a neck-a-tie!") neck-a-tie!"]]) Rizzo the Rat wears a jacket and ballcap but no pants, as does Pepe the Prawn. Of course, most of them are never seen from the waist down, so it's usually a moot point.



* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the Jonathan Winters episode, with a gypsy curse having rendered the entire cast only able to speak (the Muppetverse version of) Swedish, the gypsy who placed the curse on the show introduces the final act (three trolls dancing to "English Country Garden"):

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* IAlwaysWantedToSayThat: In the Jonathan Winters Creator/JonathanWinters episode, with a gypsy curse having rendered the entire cast only able to speak (the Muppetverse version of) Swedish, Swedish [[spoiler:except for the Newsman]], the gypsy who placed the curse on the show introduces the final act (three trolls dancing to "English Country Garden"):



'''Crazy Harry:''' Did somebody say, "dynamite"? ''[BOOM!]''

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'''Crazy Harry:''' Did somebody say, say "dynamite"? ''[BOOM!]''



* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Gonzo tries to get out of looking after Miss Piggy's dog by claiming "Oh my god! I left an anvil in the oven!". Of course, this being Gonzo, it's entirely possible he actually ''had'' left an anvil in the oven.

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* INeedToGoIronMyDog: Gonzo tries to get out of looking after Miss Piggy's dog by claiming "Oh my god! I left an anvil in the oven!". oven!" Of course, this being Gonzo, it's entirely possible he actually ''had'' left an anvil in the oven.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Miss Piggy, Floyd Pepper, Statler & Waldorf and others.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Miss Piggy, Floyd Pepper, Statler & Waldorf and Waldorf, among others.



* LampshadeHanging: In the Rich Little episode, Kermit tells Gonzo he's never heard of anything as ridiculous as a dancing chicken. Gonzo counters with, "How about a talking frog?".

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* LampshadeHanging: In the Rich Little episode, Kermit tells Gonzo he's never heard of anything as ridiculous as a dancing chicken. Gonzo counters with, "How about a talking frog?".frog?"



* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: One could argue the Muppets fall under this as most Muppets are some species of animal, but there's also the Swedish Chef, Statler and Waldorf who all seem to be human and on equal footing as the animal Muppets.

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* LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy: One could argue the Muppets fall under this as most Muppets are some species of animal, but there's also the Swedish Chef, Statler Statler, and Waldorf who all seem to be human and on equal footing as the animal Muppets.



* LookBehindYou: In a sketch where Cloris Leachman is trapped on a FarSideIsland with a monster, she shouts "Look! Up there! Quick!". When the monster announces he's not going to fall for that old gag, a coconut from the island's lone palm tree falls on his head.

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* LookBehindYou: In a sketch where Cloris Leachman is trapped on a FarSideIsland with a monster, she shouts "Look! Up there! Quick!". Quick!" When the monster announces he's not going to fall for that old gag, a coconut from the island's lone palm tree falls on his head.



'''Janice:''' Okay, "Isn't somebody missing?".

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'''Janice:''' Okay, "Isn't somebody missing?".missing?"



** Fozzie and Kermit have agreed that upon Fozzie's saying "hear" at a certain point in his act, Kermit is to rush on-stage and yell, "Good grief, the comedian's a bear!!". Except that Fozzie naturally keeps saying "''here''" throughout his routine, causing Kermit to keep rushing out before his cue. The confusion escalates until Fozzie comes up with a different prompt.

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** Fozzie and Kermit have agreed that upon Fozzie's saying "hear" at a certain point in his act, Kermit is to rush on-stage and yell, "Good grief, the comedian's a bear!!". bear!!" Except that Fozzie naturally keeps saying "''here''" throughout his routine, causing Kermit to keep rushing out before his cue. The confusion escalates until Fozzie comes up with a different prompt.
2nd Mar '18 1:53:48 AM jayharrison
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** There's also the Creator/JonathanWinters episode, which concludes with ''everyone'' speaking Swedish.



* CartoonBomb: These were common on the show. Such occurrences include:
** A Swedish Chef skit where he's trying to open up a coconut.
** One randomly appears in Creator/PeterSellers' dressing room as he's trying remember what Queen Victoria looked like.
** One where Statler is Main/LampshadeHanging one episode's repeated usage of bombs.
--->'''Statler:''' Now, wait just a minute! That's the second time tonight they've used a bomb joke!\\
''(Waldorf picks up a bomb, which blows up)''\\
'''Waldorf:''' [[RuleOfThree Three's the charm!]]



* FreakyFridayFlip: One "Pigs in Space" sketch has Dr. Strangepork developing an experimental TeleportGun that he first uses to steal a beverage from First Mate Piggy. The second time he uses it, Link and Piggy are the test subjects, which causes their voices and personalities to change bodies. As a side effect, [[spoiler:Dr. Strangepork and Janice's bodies switch with each other,]] not long before [[spoilier:Kermit appears on set with the Swedish Chef's voice; the chef, with Kermit's voice, cancels the sketch]].



* MadeOfExplodium: Henson's usual ''modus operandi'' when it came to ending a scene.



* MeatOVision: Played with in the Pearl Bailey episode's "Pigs in Space" skit -- the explorers, hopelessly lost in space, start seeing each other as food... because of a NegativeSpaceWedgie that's ''actually turning them into'' food.

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* MeatOVision: Played with in the Pearl Bailey episode's "Pigs in Space" skit -- the explorers, hopelessly lost in space, start seeing each other as food... because of a NegativeSpaceWedgie that's ''actually turning them their heads into'' food.



* NameTron: In the Harry Belafonte episode, the "Pigs in Space" sketch revolves around Dr Strangepork's new invention, the Dissolvatron.

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* NameTron: In the Harry Belafonte episode, the "Pigs in Space" sketch revolves around Dr Strangepork's new invention, the Dissolvatron.[[TeleportGun Dissolvatron]].
17th Feb '18 11:02:57 AM CountDorku
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** Kermit also did a duet with Miss Mousy on "How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You", which is explicitly about a serial philanderer. Presumably it passed because it doesn't specifically use the word "sex", even if there's no other way to interpret some of the lines:
--->'''Miss Mousy:''' You said you had some business you had to complete.\\
'''Kermit:''' What I was doing I would be a cad to repeat!\\
'''Miss Mousy:''' But what about the evenings you were with your mother?\\
'''Kermit:''' I was romping with another honey-clam!
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