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''Sam and Friends'' was the first television show to feature Franchise/TheMuppets. It ran from May 9, 1955, to December 15, 1961 on WRC, NBC's owned-and-operated station in Washington, D.C. This was where Jim Henson invented the idea of using the camera's viewpoint to make a television show with puppets more than just a filmed puppet show: there was no need to hide the performers as long as they were out of camera range, enabling the puppets to be filmed just like live actors.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* BigEater: Yorick.
* BreakoutCharacter: Kermit
* CastOfSnowflakes
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: This was the first appearance of Kermit the ... nondescript lizard thing. He didn't become a frog until some years after this show ended.
** Jim Henson wasn't comfortable voicing puppets yet, so the early run of the show was segments synced to novelty records.
* EnforcedPlug: Esskay Meats.
* ParodyEpisode:
** "Powder-Burn" is a parody of ''Series/{{Gunsmoke}}''.
** "Poison to Poison" is a parody of the TalkShow ''Person to Person''.
* ProtagonistAndFriends
* TrashTheSet: In the final episode, Kermit and Harry blow up all the scenery and equipment since they won't need it anymore.
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