Franchise / The Muppets

Jim Henson's (now Disney's) 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 Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock and The Muppet Show, or just the latter and other shows and movies in its universe. Note that legally speaking, "The Muppets" now only refers to The Muppet Show characters owned by Disney, although Sesame Workshop has permission to use the term to refer to Sesame Street characters. The Fraggle Rock characters (still owned by the Henson company) were Muppets to start with, but are no longer referred to as such. For further details, see Muppet Wiki.

Shows: ("Muppet" universe)
  • The Muppet Show (1976-1981)
  • Muppet Babies (Animated) (1984-1991)
  • Little Muppet Monsters (live action Muppets with animated shorts) (1985)
  • The Jim Henson Hour (MuppeTelevision section) (1989)
  • Muppets Tonight (1996-1998)
  • Statler and Waldorf: From the Balcony (2005-2006)
  • Muppet Viral Videos (2008-present)
  • Disney Drive-On with The Muppets (2014)
  • The Muppets (2015-2016) 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)
  • Sam and Friends (1955-1961)
  • Sesame Street (1969-present) note 
  • Fraggle Rock (1983-1987) note 
  • The Ghost of Faffner Hall (1989) note 
  • Dog City (1992-1995)
  • Big Bag (1996-1998)
  • Bear in the Big Blue House (1997-2006)
  • Mopatop's Shop (1999-2004)
  • Oobi (shorts in 2000; 2003-2005) note 
  • The Hoobs (2001-2006)

Feature-length films:

TV specials:

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

In other shows: Muppet Cameo





People involved in the Muppets franchise

The main members of The Muppet Show cast include:
Kermit the FrogPerpetual Straight Man / Only Sane Amphibian and leader of the motley crew
Miss PiggyKermit's Love Interest with Tsundere-like tendecies
Fozzie BearResident jokester and Kermit's second-in-command
The Great GonzoStuntman extraordinaire and eternal Butt-Monkey
ScooterThe Everyman and "gofer" of the group
Rizzo The RatDeadpan Snarker and Gonzo's best friend
Sam the EagleUber-patriot and the “Stop Having Fun” Guy of the group
Dr. Bunsen HoneydewGadgeteer Genius Ditz who runs Muppet Labs
BeakerHoneydew's Unintelligible assistant and Chew Toy
Statler and WaldorfTwo old men who exist solely to heckle the other cast members
Dr. Teeth and the Electric MayhemThe Muppets' '70s Rock & Roll band, featuring Animal on drums
Rowlf the DogExpert pianist and all-around nice guy
The Swedish ChefA chef who speaks solely in Swedish-like gibberish

For more detailed descriptions, see the Character Sheet.

Minor Muppet characters include:
Camilla the ChickenGonzo's on-and-off girlfriend
CliffordResident cool guy
Pepe the King PrawnJerk with a Heart of Gold and suave Charmer
RobinKermit's nephew
SweetumsThe 9-foot-tall Gentle Giant
Crazy HarryLaughing Mad Bomber
The PenguinsAn entire flock of Plucky Comic Relief characters
Marvin SuggsAn egotistical French Jerk who uses a "Muppaphone".
Lew ZealandEnigmatic cloudcuckoolander, whose act involves boomerang fish.
And a motley crew of pigs,monsters, creatures, talking food, and various human Muppets