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The long-running puppet show franchise created by Jim Henson, starring his cast of characters. For the type of puppets themselves and others inspired by them, see the Muppet trope.

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 former series and other works in its universe. Note that legally speaking, "The Muppets" now only refers to the Muppet Show characters owned by Disney, although Sesame Workshop also has permission to use the term to refer to its Sesame Street characters. The Fraggle Rock characters (still owned by the Henson company) were designated as Muppets to start with, but are no longer referred to as such. For further details, see the Muppet Wiki (which very much includes Henson works that are not part of the franchise such as The Dark Crystal).



Other series:These do not feature the characters from The Muppet Show and following (save for Kermit in the first two), but were made by The Jim Henson Company and with the characters originally referred to as Muppets:

  • Sam and Friends (1955–1961)
  • Sesame Street (1969–ongoing)note 
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  • Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)note 
  • The Ghost of Faffner Hall (1989)note 
  • Dog City (1992–1995)
  • The Animal Show with Stinky & Jake (1994–1997)
  • Big Bag (1996–1998)
  • The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996–1998)
  • Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2006)note 
  • Mopatop's Shop (1999–2004)
  • Oobi (shorts in 2000; 2003–2005)note 
  • The Hoobs (2001–2006)
  • Panwapa (2007)
  • Fraggle Rock: Rock On (2020)
  • The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (2020–ongoing)
  • Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock (2022-ongoing)

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)

Theme park attractions:

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 Ditzy Genius who runs Muppet Labs
BeakerHoneydew's incomprehensible assistant and Chew Toy
Statler and WaldorfTwo elderly 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 precocious 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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"You are all weirdos!"

Sam the Eagle's iconic quote, has become a bit of a meme due to its usefulness.

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