Trivia / Fraggle Rock

  • Adored by the Network: Interestingly enough, when The Hub was first starting up, Fraggle Rock was one of the shows the network was giving a big push in the marketing, probably because it was the most recognizable program on their original schedule. They even had Karen Prell film new footage as Red Fraggle for bumpers between shows. Little did they know that My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was about to steal every Hub show's thunder. The Hub stopped airing Fraggle Rock in June of 2012 (barring a 3-hour marathon on April 21, 2013 to celebrate the show's 30th anniversary). Reruns resumed on a regular basis on June 4, 2013 until the network became Discovery Family in October 2014.
  • The Character Died with Him: Doc's counterpart "The Captain" in the UK adaptation of the show was only featured in the first two seasons of the show because of Fulton MacKay's unfortunate death. The Captain's nephew P.K. took over the lighthouse in season 3. After P.K. left, for the final two seasons B.J. was introduced as the Captain's son.
  • Development Hell: Dear God, The Movie!
  • Early-Bird Cameo: In Season 1, "The Great Radish Famine," Cotterpin Doozer is first seen as an unnamed baby.
  • International Coproduction: With the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Britain's Television South.
  • Missing Episode: The British localization of Fraggle Rock suffered this fate, when the master tapes were junked. An effort led by fan Alex Taylor on the Missing Episodes Forum has confirmed that of the 96 episodes made, 29 still have official copies, 58 only have off-air recordings, and nine are wholly or partially lost. This, coupled with the rights hell surrounding the Television South catalogue (which has changed hands several times, and the paperwork confirming who owns what has been lost in the shuffle), is why there's never been a DVD release.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Ma Gorg was voiced by Myra Fried in the first season, with Cheryl Wagner taking over the role in the second season.
    • The Storyteller Fraggle was performed by Richard Hunt in her first appearance, with Terry Angus taking over the role after that.
    • After Jerry Nelson died, John Tartaglia took on the role of Gobo for The Hub's celebration of the show's 30th anniversary as well as an appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image in May of 2013.
  • Short Run in Peru: HBO divided the fourth and final season into two very short seasons. Fortunately, although it took an agonizingly long time, the Final Season set has been released!
  • The fifth episode of the first season "The Thirty Minute Work Week" was actually the very first episode to be filmed; it was shot in March 1982. The pilot "Beginnings" was not filmed until June 1982. The reason was simple: Jim Henson wanted the puppeteers to be comfortable with their characters before doing the very first episode. You can also see that some of the characters look slightly off in "The Thirty Minute Work Week" (most notably Sprocket, the Trash Heap, and to some extent Gobo), because several puppets underwent slight design changes after the episode was filmed.

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