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->''It doesn't take that much imagination,\\
In any given RealLife situation,\\
To integrate a Muppet for the realisation,\\
Life could be much, much more of a sensation!''
-->-- '''Spray''', "Everything's Better With Muppets"

ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

This is not about works that ''explicitly'' feature Franchise/TheMuppets, such as ''Series/SesameStreet'', ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'', ''Series/FraggleRock'' or most other Creator/JimHenson productions. This is about featuring Muppets in ''other'' works as Special Guest Stars (which is an interesting role reversal from ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', in which singers and actors/actresses would regularly guest-star). [[SugarWiki/RuleOfSeanConnery This automatically makes the work better.]]

Note that when this happens, the Muppets are (almost) ''always'' treated as people (even when there are references to Muppetry-related things), an almost {{Kayfabe}}sque convention that also extends to press junkets and interviews. Also note that this frequently happens in live-action TV shows that otherwise use only normal life forms.

Contrast SesameStreetCred, when a human personality cameos on a Muppet-hosted show or similar kid's show.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* A commercial for Disneyland theme parks with Cat Cora and Muppets in the kitchen.
** Expanded into a series of commercials, including Miss Piggy with Taye Diggs, and Fozzie and Pepe with Sara Ramirez.
* The entire gang appears in a series of [=MasterCard=] commercials.
** Jim Henson (& company) starred in an [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skor2mwvAAw American Express]] commercial years before.
* They have their own Disney Channel bumpers.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGzag6tA9WU This]] BMW commercial with Kermit, throwing in some FurryConfusion for good measure.
* Some DisneyChannel promos have Miss Piggy give [[ANTFarm China Anne McClain and Sierra McCormick]] advice.
* Several Pizza Hut commercials, sometimes with ''JessicaSimpson''.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybZiaSp-RzM This]] SportsCenter commercial featuring the Swedish Chef as the new cafeteria chef.
* And now a series for the Toyota Highlander SUV. "We ain't got no room for boring!"
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[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* An early Internet-related ''Franchise/StarTrek'' fanfic called ''[[http://www.st-minutiae.com/humor/muppets.html Grades of Shay]]'' was either the Muppets guest starring on ''Star Trek: The Next Generation'' or the cast of ST:TNG guest starring on ''The Muppet Show''. It's hard to tell exactly which, but it is crazy awesome.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Kermit cameos as a customer in ''Film/MrMagoriumsWonderEmporium''.
* Oscar shows up in ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum: Battle of the Smithsonian'' trying to get in with the bad guys. They're not impressed, saying he doesn't seem all that ''bad'', just a bit grouchy.
* Kermit makes a background cameo in ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid''.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' Muppets (Elmo, Grover, Oscar and an orange monster later named as [[http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Ex_Ray Ex Ray]]) appear in a Season 8 episode of ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', "My [=ABCs=]."
* In ''Series/SesameStreet'''s 1970s sibling show ''TheElectricCompany'', Grover became lost and wound up on the show, Oscar gave grouchy lessons, and Big Bird met Fargo North.
* In the ''Series/ThirtyRock'' episode "Apollo, Apollo", Kenneth hallucinates his castmates as Muppets.
** ...And in "Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001", he is shown by a conveniently placed high-definition ''[[ItIsPronouncedTroPAY camerah]]'' to be one himself.
** Kermit the Frog shows up to help Jack with [[spoiler: the eulogy for the last Mrs. Donaghy]]. This is treated the same as if Jack had invited anyone to help.
* An episode of ''DinnerImpossible'' has Robert Irvine catering the 40th anniversary of ''Sesame Street'' with the help of Elmo, Cookie Monster and Maria.
* The Season 5 episode of ''TheWestWing'' titled "Eppur Si Muove" had [[SesameStreetCred the first lady appear]] on ''Sesame Street''. CrowningMomentOfAwesome when C.J. Craig (Allison Janney) had a brief run-in with Big Bird.
* In ''TheCosbyShow'' Season 6 episode "Cliff's Nightmare", a bunch of Muppets (including Gonzo, Sweetums, Waldorf, and Leon and Digit from ''Series/TheJimHensonHour'') appear in the titular AcidRefluxNightmare.
* ''Studio DC Almost Live'' put Muppets and DisneyChannel stars together.
* ''AmericasGotTalent'' had Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, in the second season finals; and as all the finalists got to perform with a celebrity, his performance was with Kermit. For bonus points, there was a mock judging afterward by [[TheUnintelligible Beaker, the Swedish Chef and Animal]].
** They also made a cameo or two in the fourth season:
--->'''Sharon Osbourne:''' ''(on Kermit and Piggy)'' And they say ''[[Music/OzzyOsbourne Ozzy]]'' and I have an odd relationship!
* When ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'' added the gimmick of involving a celebrity attend every renovation, in one episode it was the Muppets. In one of the episodes in Season Three, Kermit was the substitute team leader instead of Ty Pennington.
* On ''Series/TheColbertReport'', Creator/StephenColbert once interviewed Cookie Monster regarding a minor controversy over ''Sesame Street'' segments with Cookie being taught to regard his namesake treat as a "sometimes food", perceived by many as a PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad reaction to childhood obesity concerns. Colbert caught Cookie eyeballing the host's large, round Peabody award and warned the monster off--only to find the award gone missing in the episode's stinger.
** Years earlier, on ''Series/TheDailyShow'', Creator/JonStewart had Kermit as a guest and, later, Miss Piggy. Both interviews had awkward moments, with Stewart self-consciously [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] the fact that he was interacting with a puppet, but he did get in some good lines.
--->'''Stewart (to Piggy):''' Got a little frog in your throat?
** At one point, when Kermit made a point that Stewart couldn't refute, Stewart said, "I can't believe it. The frog's runnin' circles around me."
** Since then, TDS has featured reports from correspondent "Gitmo" (an Elmo puppet with a full beard, voiced by Stewart).
** TDS also did an interview with a Muppet Michael Steele as he was preparing for a fourth of July barbecue... on the fifth of July. Muppet Michael Steele had a few further appearances since then. Including an appearance with the ''human'' Michael Steele.
** Colbert later brought on Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on his show to debate in his new debate segment "Pointless Counter Pointless", asking them to debate the letter S for looking like "a scary snake". However, the two agreed that they liked the letter, infuriating Stephen.
* Two episodes of ''Dancing with the Stars'' in 2009 had Muppet appearances, likely inspired by Aaron Carter dancing to the theme to "The Muppet Show" (or is it the other way around?). Neither of these had any prior warning, BTW. The first time, Gonzo trumpeted briefly. The second time (season finale), Miss Piggy was being a diva and knocked out Samantha Harris(!).
* An episode of ''Jimmy Kimmel Live'', where he visited the set of ''Series/{{Lost}}'' during its first season, revealed The Monster to be the Cookie Monster -- who promptly proceeded to eat Kimmel.
** Grover has also been interviewed on ''Jimmy Kimmel Live''. See it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmm98JKIAog here.]]
* The cast of ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' gave the ''AceOfCakes'' bakers puppet-versions of themselves as a thank-you; the puppet-bakers reappeared in the intro to the ''Lost'' episode.
* On ''Cake Boss'', Buddy & Co. were hired to do ''Series/SesameStreet'''s 40th anniversary cake. Buddy went the extra mile and made a giant cookie for Cookie Monster, his childhood inspiration, insisting that [[CrowningMomentofHeartwarming Cookie Monster was real]]. The resulting cookie shocked and amazed Cookie, eventually becoming a popular reaction gif.
* Kermit and Robin make an appearance on ''TheEarthDaySpecial''.
* ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader?'' celebrated ''Sesame Street'''s 40th anniversary by bringing in some of the Muppet characters to co-host.
* Cookie Monster once made a guest appearance on ''Martha Stewart Living'', in which he "helps" Martha and ends up destroying her kitchen. ("Me no feel pain. Cookies are like Novocaine.") It can be seen on [=YouTube=] in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Orxd5L5qFLI two]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FYvxa9RKp0 parts]].
** Miss Piggy made a couple of guest appearances on Martha Stewart's ChristmasSpecial, first in 1995 and then in 1996.
* Back when Jim Henson was starting out, the Muppets were regulars on a number of variety shows, such as ''The Ed Sullivan Show'' (to the point that the 1970 Christmas show was given over to them via the special ''The Great Santa Claus Switch''). During the height of their popularity at the end of TheSeventies, this shifted over to appearances on late night talk shows -- including a guest hosting stint on ''The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson''.
* The joint interview by Ricky Gervais and Elmo in honor of ''Sesame Street'''s 40th anniversary is a thing of beauty, with such moments as Gervais warning Elmo that they shouldn't discuss necrophilia and Elmo turning to the camera and demanding, "Elmo wants this tape."
* While Jim Henson was shopping ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' around, he and his crew were given an opportunity to show that Muppets weren't just for children with a regular weekly feature on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive''. For this, they created a new set of Muppets for the adult-themed "Land of Gorch" sketches. All relevant details and a thoughtful analysis can be found [[http://www.toughpigs.com/anthgorcha00.htm here]].
** When Robert [=DeNiro=] hosted, he shared a special moment with our Kermie during the monologue, during which the two sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
** When Seth Rogen has been on the show, there have been sketches spoofing the Muppets in which he and members of the cast dress up in Muppet Costumes, including one in which Andy Samberg as the Swedish Chef sings "Beyond the Sea" with accompaniment by Rowlf the Dog and the Muppet Show Band, and another in which most of the primary Muppet cast perpetrate a hit and run.
** Cookie Monster appeared in the opening monologue of a 2010 episode hosted by Jeff Bridges. This was a culmination of a campaign orchestrated by Sesame Workshop to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PkQRh3QXA let Cookie Monster host]]. Highlights included Bridges calling the Monster "Cook", and an ad-libbed portion involving a broken prop cookie.
** When Jason Segel hosted SNL on November 19th, 2011, [[TheMuppets his famous Muppet co-stars]] made special appearances with him, alluding in Jason's monologue to the Muppets' original appearances on the show. Of course, one of the highlights of that episode was Seth Meyers' priceless "REALLY?!" skit on Weekend Update with the Main Frog.
*** Notable in that Seth Myers at one point "mistakenly" refers to Kermit as a "puppet." When Kermit corrects him and Seth apologized and politely asks for Kermit to explain the difference, Kermit replies that a puppet is a marionette operated by a human, whereas as a Muppet, he (Kermit) is an actual talking frog.
* ''Series/TopChef'' All-Stars had Telly, Elmo, and Cookie Monsters judge the Quick Fire Challenge, with Elmo likening a contestant's cookies to cow pies.
* The Electric Mayhem backed a DisneyChannel special performance of Music/DemiLovato. Kermit was set to duet with Demi, but naturally, Piggy wasn't okay with that... so Beaker took over.
** That was for ''Studio DC Almost Live'', a massive BaseBreaker of a Muppets TV special aired in 2008.
* JimmyFallon on ''Late Night'' has been enjoying having over his own group of ''Series/SesameStreet'' characters.
** Including Grover 2.0 who came on set [[http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/super_grover_20_92410/1251371 to promote]] the 41st season.
** Elmo and Jimmy Fallon had a fun time fooling around- [[http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/elmo_part_1_5311/1324718 even if it nearly]] [[http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/elmo-part-2-5311/1324709/?__cid=thefilter ended in tears]].
** Jimmy Fallon is a big Muppets fan. One year just before Christmas, he and the Muppets sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas"(based on the version that originally aired on "John Denver and the Muppets; A Christmas Together"). For his very last scene on ''Late Night'' before moving to ''Series/TheTonightShow'' he accompanied the Muppets on drums in [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome an epic version of "The Weight".]] This may have been an homage to 'The Last Waltz'', the film of Music/TheBand's final concert.
* Kermit made a few appearances on the Tom Bergeron-hosted version of ''HollywoodSquares''. One fantastic bit had him [[CrowningMomentOfFunny do a quick impression]] of fellow square [[WhoseLineIsItAnyway Colin Mochrie]].
** Big Bird also made a few appearances on the Peter Marshall version of the Squares.
** The Muppets also made a guest appearance on a Bergeron-hosted episode of ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' in 2005.
* On Halloween 2011, the Muppets guest starred on WWE RAW to promote ''Film/TheMuppets''. And yes, Beaker did interact with {{Sheamus}}.
** In fact, the Muppets showed up on a TON of non-Muppet shows to promote. They showed up on ESPN, talk shows galore, the abovementioned ''SaturdayNightLive'' gig with JasonSegal, and plenty of others.
* Big Bird once visited his friend X the Owl in the [[MisterRogersNeighborhood Neighborhood of Make-Believe]], much to the jealousy of Henrietta. Big Bird's performer, Carroll Spinney, denied Fred Rogers' request to do a segment explaining how the Big Bird costume worked because he didn't want to ruin the character for the children, so Rogers compromised by delivering this line right before Big Bird appeared:
-->"When you see big make-believe creatures in parades or in plays or on television, you can know that the people inside are just pretending to be something else. There are people inside. Sometimes of course there are machines inside of them too, that make them move. But they're just pretend. Just pretend."
* Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, and Elmo once made cameo appearaces in ''Series/BetweenTheLions''.
* One AprilFoolsDay episode of Creator/{{CNN}} TalkShow ''LarryKingLive'' had Kermit the Frog as the entire episode's ''GuestHost'', conducting all the interviews for the full hour. Larry King appears at the end to critique Kermit on his interview performance.
* Oscar the Grouch is part of the mob in an episode of ''1 vs 100.''
* Miss Piggy guest-starred in one episode of ''SoRandom''.
* A ''SesameStreet'' segment was filmed with Elmo and Katy Perry, with Perry wearing a rather risqué outfit. Some parents complained about the video (which had appeared on Website/YouTube, but not Sesame Street itself). News show TheEarlyShow brought in Elmo and Sesame Street Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente to discuss the issue. Elmo mentioned that he didn't understand what the fuss was about. (Watch the news broadcast here: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2QgvAuKqkg]])
* Kermit and Miss Piggy being interviewed on Michael Parkinson's BBC series - see it here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_fKqMgkRa0
* The CITV puppet chat show ''The Pig Attraction with Billy the Pig'', which normally interviewed British puppets such as Roland Rat and the Honey Monster, once had an episode devoted to a live satelite uplink with Miss Piggy ... which, much to Billy's disappointment, didn't work. Eventually, they managed to get a connection, but interviewed Big Bird instead.
* An episode of ''[[ProjectRunway Project Runway All Stars]]'' challenged the designers to design a dress for Miss Piggy, who served as a guest judge that episode.
* Elmo made a cameo in the ''BigBag'' episode "Elmo's Visit", where it is revealed that Elmo is Chelli's pen pal. The show was made by the same people as ''Sesame Street'', but the puppets in the show are not Muppets.
* The Muppets have made several appearances at the AcademyAward ceremony.
** In 1980, Kermit sang ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'''s "The Rainbow Connection" (which was up for, but did not win, Best Song) while Miss Piggy confronted host Johnny Carson over not being nominated for Best Actress. When she asked him if she were "Oscar material", he replied, "Oscar Mayer, maybe!"
** In 1982, ''Film/TheGreatMuppetCaper'' was up for Best Song with "The First Time It Happens", so Kermit and Miss Piggy sang it together.
** In 1996, Whoopi Goldberg's attempt at a live video interview with Film/{{Babe}} the pig was foiled by a jealous Miss Piggy hacking into the broadcast.
* In TheEighties, Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson appeared on the Nickelodeon movie reviews-and-news show ''Rated K -- For Kids, By Kids''. The episode opened with Kermit trying to give a speech introducing Henson, only to realize he got the paper with his speech and the one with directions to the studio on it -- which he was supposed to give to Henson -- switched by mistake. Luckily, Henson had no problem getting to the studio for an interview with the show's pint-sized critics.
* Cookie Monster [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgaLnYbNuRg was interviewed]] on ''{{Newsnight}}'', to promote TheBBC's new ''SesameStreet'' spinoff ''The Furchester''.
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[[folder:Music]]
* The Weezer music video for "Keep Fishin'."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgbNymZ7vqY The Muppets Bohemian Rhapsody]]
** "Wipeout" and "Kokomo", both from the 1993 album ''Muppet Beach Party'', received music videos (though the former was a UK exclusive and the latter's video was made mainly for a sing-along songs VHS).
** Ladies and gentlemen, we give you [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDFgtFXfnv0 Habanera, Muppet Show style]]. [[EarWorm we dare you to try and get it out of your head]].
** Not an official Muppet video, but still a popular video: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KANI2dpXLw here]].
** And then we have Beaker's "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAtBki0PsC0 Dust in the Wind]]" cover - unfortunately, the YouTube commentors [[PaintingTheFourthWall don't agree on it being good]]... [[spoiler: until [[KillItWithFire Beaker catches fire]].]]
** Similarly, there's Beaker's "Ode to Joy" cover... [[spoiler: where one of the 6 on-screen catches fire from playing the violin too quickly]], among other hazards.
* Everything's Better With Muppets is the literal title and theme of the song by the English band [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBz46xC5t7E Spray]].
** Bandmember Ricardo also exercises a bit more Grover love in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFM140rju4k "Golden Age of Video"]] too.
* Music/LadyGaga's [[http://www.celebitchy.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/fp_3298204_bulls_lady_gaga_excl_072109.jpg Kermit dress]].
* What's better than Cee Lo Green singing "The Song Otherwise Known As 'Forget You'" with ''{{Glee}}'''s Gwyneth Paltrow on the Grammys? [[http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/gossip/2011/02/cee-lo-green-grammys-muppets-elton-john-crocodile-rock.html How about being backed by]] a "JimHenson puppet" band ''from space''?
** Cee Lo and the Muppets re-teamed for the song "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6ttXzJq42Y All I Need Is Love]]", which has an amazing hook sampled from ''Mahna Mahna''.
* Originally, the ensemble that performed the "Christmas is #1" song on ''SaturdayNightLive'' consisted of Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tracy Morgan. After the latter three left the show, Horatio performed with the Muppets.
* OK Go and The Muppets joined forces to create a [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiMZa8flyYY music video]] for the former's cover of "Series/TheMuppetShow Theme", to be featured on the CoverAlbum ''The Green Album'' that year.
* Music/BenFolds Five teamed up with [[Series/FraggleRock the Fraggles]] for the video [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mEyrfFwf3rI "Do It Anyway".]] [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome Let the music play.]]
** In keeping with the "kayfabe" ethos mentioned in the trope description, the "Making of..." video doesn't show a pupeteer at any point, but does have an interview with Red.
* The music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUY9w3zVF1M Grit/Love You Like This]]" by Danny Byrd has cameos from various Muppets.
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[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* As a means to promote ''Film/TheMuppets'', the cast guest-starred on WWE's RAW, leading to some great moments.
** First was one of the Divas kissing Kermit in front of Miss Piggy (and escaping unscathed, surprisingly).
** Then you had Beaker running into {{Sheamus}} - who immediately [[BrickJoke welcomed his cousin]] and expressed regret that he couldn't make the family reunion that year.
** Followed by Hornswoggle (a ''huge'' fan of theirs in reality, to the point that he has tattoos of 6 characters) hitting on (and getting hit ''by'') Miss Piggy.
** And culminating in Beaker getting [[GargleBlaster a mysterious concoction]] to the ring to help SantinoMarella win his match... which works because Santino was so disgusted by the taste of it that he did a SpitTake into his opponent's face.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* ''More Or Less'' TheBBC Radio 4 series about numbers in the news, once had an interview with [[SesameStreet Count von Count]].
* The Radio 4 current events programme ''Today'' has a feature called "Tweet of the Day", a quick ornithology lesson beginning with a bird-call. During Radio 4's Character Invasion theme day, in which the factual programmes all featured fictional characters as if they were real people, the "Tweet of the Day" featured the distinctive sound of ''avis gigantes'', better known as Big Bird.
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[[folder:Videogames]]
* In ''VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines'', the player character is apparently a big fan. At one point you can mention how you don't like horror films because there's never enough Muppets, and after getting an unmarked, presumably gruesome tape, the description states "You hope it's one of the Muppet Movies."
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb once interviewed Miss Piggy.
* Several Muppet characters occasionally made cameos on ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''.
* StatlerAndWaldorf appeared on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'', in their balcony, in the Griffins' living room.
* In the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar short]] ''Presto'', Statler and Waldorf can be seen in the stands.
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[[folder:Meta]]
* TVTropesWiki is fond of JustForFun/StatlerAndWaldorf.
-->'''[[StatlerAndWaldorf Statler:]]''' Well, they got something right for once. We are the best of the Muppets.
-->'''Waldorf:''' That's not exactly a high mark to reach, is it?
-->'''Both:''' Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
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