Franchise / The Muppets

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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 The Muppet Show, Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock, or just the first 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:

Other series :These do not feature the characters from The Muppet Show and following (except for Kermit in the first two), but were made by The Jim Henson Company and with the characters referred to originally 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) note 
  • Mopatop's Shop (1999-2004)
  • Oobi (shorts in 2000; 2003-2005) [[note]]Co-produced by CTW and Nickelodeon for 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.
  • The Hoobs (2001-2006)

Feature-length films:

Sesame Street films:

TV specials:
  • 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)
  • A Muppet Family Christmas (1987)
  • Miss Piggy's Hollywood (1989)
  • The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)
  • The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990)
  • Studio DC: Almost Live (2008)
  • A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008)
  • The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala (2012) note 
  • Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (2013)

Sesame Street specials:

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

In other shows: Muppet Cameo

Albums

Comics

Advertising

Misc

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


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