Creator/JimHenson's (now Creator/{{Disney}}'s) [[LongRunners long-running]] franchise, starring his cast of puppet characters. For the type of puppets themselves and other puppets inspired by them, see {{Muppet}}.

The exact definition of the franchise is fuzzy, as it can refer to either the whole thing including ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''Series/FraggleRock'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', or just the latter and other shows and movies in its universe. Note that legally speaking, "The Muppets" now only refers to ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' characters owned by Disney, although Sesame Workshop has permission to use the term to refer to ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters. The ''Series/FraggleRock'' characters (still owned by the Henson company) were Muppets to start with, but are no longer referred to as such. For further details, see [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/What_is_a_Muppet Muppet Wiki]].

'''Shows:''' ("Muppet" universe)
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' (1976-1981)
* ''WesternAnimation/MuppetBabies'' (Animated) (1984-1991)
* ''Little Muppet Monsters'' (live action Muppets with animated shorts) (1985)
* ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'' (''[=MuppeTelevision=]'' section) (1989)
* ''Series/MuppetsTonight'' (1996-1998)
* ''Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony'' (2005-2006)
* ''WebVideo/MuppetViralVideos'' (2008-present)
* ''Disney Drive-On with The Muppets'' (2014)
* ''Series/TheMuppets'' (2015-2016) [[note]]Utilizes the traditional "Putting on a Show" premise, but has the conceit that this is all being seen from the POV of a behind-the-scenes documentary[[/note]]

'''Series:''' (not involving the "Muppet universe" of characters from ''The Muppet Show'' and beyond, but made by The Jim Henson Company and with the characters referred to officially as Muppets)
* ''Series/SamAndFriends'' (1955-1961)
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' (1969-present) [[note]]No longer legally a part of the franchise since Disney's acquisition of the Muppets. But Sesame Workshop -has- retained the legal right to refer to the characters as "Muppets of Sesame Street" in the credits and on the show's website.[[/note]]
* ''Series/FraggleRock'' (1983-1987) [[note]]Also no longer legally a part of the franchise since Disney's acquisition of the Muppets.[[/note]]
* ''The Ghost of Faffner Hall'' (1989) [[note]]This brief-lived HBO series holds the distinction of being one where the main characters were built by the Creature Workshop instead of the Muppet Workshop, giving them a look rather shockingly different from the paradigm seen on most other Muppet productions.[[/note]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DogCity'' (1992-1995)
* ''Big Bag'' (1996-1998)
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' (1997-2006)
* ''Mopatop's Shop'' (1999-2004)
* ''Series/{{Oobi}}'' (shorts in 2000; 2003-2005) [[note]]Co-produced by CTW and Nickelodeon for Creator/{{Noggin}} while the Jim Henson Company had control over the network. The characters were billed as "furless" Muppets in promo materials and referred to as such by Tom Ascheim, the former EVP of Sesame Workshop. The original shorts stopped airing on Nick when it ended its relationship with Sesame Workshop in 2007.[[/note]]
* ''Series/TheHoobs'' (2001-2006)

'''Feature-length films:'''
* ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' (1979)
* ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' (1981)
* ''Film/TheMuppetsTakeManhattan'' (1984)
* ''Film/SesameStreetPresentsFollowThatBird'' (1985)
* ''Film/TheMuppetChristmasCarol'' (1992)
* ''Film/MuppetClassicTheater'' (1994)
* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' (1996)
* ''Film/TheAdventuresOfElmoInGrouchland'' (1999)
* ''Film/MuppetsFromSpace'' (1999)
* ''Film/KermitsSwampYears'' (2002)
* ''Film/ItsAVeryMerryMuppetChristmasMovie'' (2002)
* ''Film/TheMuppetsWizardOfOz'' (2005)
* ''Film/TheMuppets'' (2011)
* ''Film/MuppetsMostWanted'' (2014)

'''TV specials:'''
* ''Series/ChristmasEveOnSesameStreet'' (1978)
* ''Film/ASpecialSesameStreetChristmas''
* ''The Muppets Go Hollywood'' (1979)
* ''John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together'' (1979)
* ''The Muppets Go to the Movies'' (1981)
* ''The Fantastic Miss Piggy Special'' (1982)
* ''Rocky Mountain Holiday'' (1983)
* ''The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years'' (1986)
* ''Film/AMuppetFamilyChristmas'' (1987)
* ''Miss Piggy's Hollywood'' (1989)
* ''The Muppets at Walt Disney World'' (1990)
* ''The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson'' (1990)
* ''Film/SesameStreetStaysUpLate!'' (1993)
* ''Film/ElmoSavesChristmas'' (1996)
* ''Film/ElmosChristmasCountdown'' (2007)
* ''Studio DC: Almost Live'' (2008)
* ''[[Film/AMuppetsChristmasLettersToSanta A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa]]'' (2008)
* ''The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala'' (2012) [[note]]A recording of a live performance by the Muppet Show characters at the 2012 Just For Laughs Comedy Festival[[/note]]
* ''Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular'' (2013)

'''Specials''' '''''not''''' '''starring the standard Muppet cast:''' (although Kermit introduces, narrates, or appears in several of them)

* ''Film/HeyCinderella'' (1969)
* ''The Great Santa Claus Switch'' (1970)
* ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheMuppetMusiciansOfBremen'' (1972)
* ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'' (1977)
* ''Film/TheTaleOfTheBunnyPicnic'' (1986)
* ''Film/TheChristmasToy'' (1986)
* ''Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree'' (1995)

In other shows: MuppetCameo

* ''Music/MuppetBeachParty'' (1993)
* ''Music/KermitUnpigged'' (1994)
* ''Music/SesameStreetPlatinumAllTimeFavorites'' (1995)

* ''ComicBook/TheMuppetShowComicBook''

* ''Advertising/WilkinsCoffee'' (1957-1961)

* A {{Downloadable|Content}} Level Kit for ''VideoGame/LittleBigPlanet''.

'''People involved in the Muppets franchise'''
* Creator/JimHenson
* Creator/FrankOz
* Creator/MuppetPerformers

The main members of ''The Muppet Show'' cast include:
||Kermit the Frog||||Perpetual StraightMan / [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Amphibian]] and leader of the motley crew
||Miss Piggy||||Kermit's LoveInterest with {{Tsundere}}-like tendecies
||Fozzie Bear||||Resident [[PungeonMaster jokester]] and Kermit's second-in-command
||The Great Gonzo||||Stuntman extraordinaire and eternal ButtMonkey
||Scooter||||TheEveryman and "gofer" of the group
||Rizzo The Rat||||DeadpanSnarker and Gonzo's best friend
||Sam the Eagle||||[[{{Eagleland}} Uber-patriot]] and the StopHavingFunGuy of the group
||Dr. Bunsen Honeydew||||GadgeteerGenius [[DitzyGenius Ditz]] who runs Muppet Labs
||Beaker||||Honeydew's [[TheUnintelligible Unintelligible]] assistant and ChewToy
||JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf||||Two old men who exist solely to heckle the other cast members
||Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem||||The Muppets' [[TheSeventies '70s]] RockAndRoll band, featuring [[AllDrummersAreAnimals Animal on drums]]
||Rowlf the Dog||||Expert [[ThePianoPlayer pianist]] and all-around nice guy
||The Swedish Chef||||[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin A chef who speaks solely in Swedish-like gibberish]]

For more detailed descriptions, see the [[Characters/TheMuppetShow Character Sheet]].

Minor Muppet characters include:
||Camilla the Chicken||||Gonzo's on-and-off girlfriend
||Clifford||||Resident cool guy
||Pepe the King Prawn||||JerkWithAHeartOfGold and suave [[TheCharmer Charmer]]
||Robin||||Kermit's nephew
||Sweetums||||The 9-foot-tall GentleGiant
||Crazy Harry||||[[LaughingMad Laughing]] MadBomber
||The Penguins||||An entire flock of PluckyComicRelief characters
||Marvin Suggs||||An egotistical FrenchJerk who uses a "[[EverythingIsanInstrument Muppaphone]]".
||Lew Zealand||||Enigmatic {{cloudcuckoolander}}, whose act involves boomerang fish.
||And a motley crew of pigs,||||monsters, creatures, talking food, and various human Muppets