Trivia: The Jim Henson Hour

  • Executive Meddling: Henson's idea would involve each of the segments getting their own episode on a four week rotation. NBC execs insisted people wouldn't have the attention span for this and made him put bits and pieces from everything in each episode, resulting in a chaotic mess that shed viewers rapidly.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: When The Walt Disney Company purchased the Muppets in 2004, it included the rights to the MuppeTelevision half-hours and the specials Miss Piggy's Hollywood and The Secrets of the Muppets, while The Jim Henson Company retains the rights to the rest of the show. A DVD release of the series as it originally aired is unlikely because of this. However, bits and pieces of the Henson Company-owned material have made it to the home market: The Storyteller via Sony and The Song of the Cloud Forest and Dog City via Lionsgate.
  • Screwed by the Network: NBC first scheduled the show on Fridays against ABC's popular family sitcom block, and then moved it to Sundays against CBS's juggernaut 60 Minutes, which only made matters worse.