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Creator/JimHenson's (now Creator/{{Disney}}'s) long-running franchise, starring his special type of puppets. For the type of puppets themselves, see {{Muppet}}.

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.

'''Shows:''' ("Muppet" universe)
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* ''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)
* ''Advertising/WilkinsCoffee'' (1957-1961)
* ''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)
* ''Series/BearInTheBigBlueHouse'' (1997-2006)
* ''Series/TheHoobs'' (2001-2006)
* ''MopatopsShop'' (1999-2004)

'''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)
* ''TheGreatSantaClausSwitch'' (1970)
* ''Film/TalesFromMuppetlandTheFrogPrince'' (1972)
* ''Film/TheMuppetMusiciansOfBremen'' (1972)
* ''Literature/EmmetOttersJugBandChristmas'' (1977)
* ''Film/TheTaleOfTheBunnyPicnic'' (1986)
* ''Film/TheChristmasToy'' (1986)
* ''MrWillowbysChristmasTree'' (1995)

In other shows: MuppetCameo

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

'''Comics'''
* ''ComicBook/TheMuppetShowComicBook''

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


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

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