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It doesn't take that much imagination,
In any given Real Life situation,
To integrate a Muppet for the realisation,
Life could be much, much more of a sensation!
Spray, "Everything's Better With Muppets"

Exactly What It Says on the Tin.

This is not about works that explicitly feature The Muppets, such as Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, Fraggle Rock or most other Jim Henson productions. This is about featuring Muppets in other works as Special Guest Stars (which is an interesting role reversal from The Muppet Show, in which singers and actors/actresses would regularly guest-star). This automatically makes the work better.

Note that when this happens, the Muppets are (almost) always treated as people (even when there are references to Muppetry-related things), an almost Kayfabesque convention that also extends to press junkets and interviews. (It really works, too—and not just on the audience. According to one story, Kermit was making an appearance on a talk show, and his audio was terrible, but nobody could figure out why at first. Eventually they realized that by mistake the techs hadn't miked the voice actor, but the puppet!) Also note that this frequently happens in live-action TV shows that otherwise use only normal life forms.

Contrast "Sesame Street" Cred, when a human personality cameos on a Muppet-hosted show or similar kid's show.


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  • Kate Spade New York has produced a series of online-video ads called Miss Adventures. Miss Piggy guest-stars in the episode "To the Top" and starts quarreling with Zosia Mamet in an elevator on the way to a party they're attending at the top of the Empire State Building. The reason for the quarrel? They've both bought the same outfit for the party.
  • A commercial for Disneyland theme parks with Cat Cora and Muppets in the kitchen (which foreshadowed their 2010 webseries The Muppet Kitchen With Cat Cora).
    • Expanded into a series of commercials, including Miss Piggy with Taye Diggs, and Fozzie and Pepe with Sara Ramirez.
  • The entire gang appears in a series of MasterCard commercials.
    • Jim Henson (& company) starred in an American Express commercial years before.
  • They have their own Disney Channel bumpers.
  • This BMW commercial with Kermit, throwing in some Furry Confusion for good measure.
  • Some Disney Channel promos have Miss Piggy give China Anne McClain and Sierra McCormick advice.
  • Several Pizza Hut commercials, sometimes with Jessica Simpson.
  • This SportsCenter commercial featuring the Swedish Chef as the new cafeteria chef.
  • 2014 gave us a brilliant Super Bowl Special for the Toyota Highlander SUV. "We ain't got no room for boring!"
  • Also in 2014, Lipton's "Be more tea" campaign. Which is still an internet meme.
  • Apple had an ad where Cookie Monster used Siri while waiting for cookies to bake.
  • Farmer's Insurance celebrated Sesame Street's 50th anniversary in 2019 by incorporating it into their "we know a thing or two because we've seen a thing or two"note  campaign featuring weird accidents they cover, showing that they can even handle the odd insurance claims the Sesame cast can come up with.
  • In 2019, the Muppets appeared in ads for Facebook Portal, with... decidedly mixed results.
  • DoorDash had a set of ads for food delivery involving Sesame Street, with things like Big Bird ordering all his food with birdseed and Cookie Monster ordering just plain everything.
  • GEICO's 2021 ads had the formula of stating a home problem, then revealing the Bait-and-Switch of something more absurd (like "the neighbor's fencing" meaning they keep sparring with rapiers, "dealing with birds" refers to the Angry Birds, or a "rat problem" referring to the rock band). In one, the homeowners had an animal in the attic — by which they meant they had Animal in the attic.

    Fan Works 
  • An early Internet-related Star Trek fanfic called Grades of Shay was either the Muppets guest starring on Star Trek: The Next Generation or the cast of ST:TNG guest starring on The Muppet Show. It's hard to tell exactly which, but it is crazy awesome.
  • The Castle fanfic Magic In The Air has Castle and Beckett investigating the murder of the Muppet Theater's human janitor several days before the premiere of the The Muppets' Christmas Extravagenza.

    Films — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 

    Live-Action TV 
  • Sesame Street Muppets (Elmo, Grover, Oscar and an orange monster later named as Ex Ray) appear in a Season 8 episode of Scrubs, "My ABCs."
  • In the 30 Rock episode "Apollo, Apollo", Kenneth hallucinates his castmates as Muppets.
    • ...And in "Dealbreakers Talk Show #0001", he is shown by a conveniently placed high-definition camerah to be one himself.
    • Kermit the Frog shows up to help Jack with the eulogy for the last Mrs. Donaghy. This is treated the same as if Jack had invited anyone to help.
  • An episode of Dinner: Impossible has Robert Irvine catering the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with the help of Elmo, Cookie Monster and Maria.
  • The Season 5 episode of The West Wing titled "Eppur Si Muove" had the first lady appear on Sesame Street. C.J. Craig (Allison Janney) had a brief run-in with Big Bird.
  • In The Cosby Show Season 6 episode "Cliff's Nightmare", a bunch of Muppets (including Gonzo, Sweetums, Statler, and Leon and Digit from The Jim Henson Hour) appear in the titular Acid Reflux Nightmare.
  • America's Got Talent:
    • Terry Fator, a ventriloquist, in the second season finals; and as all the finalists got to perform with a celebrity, his performance was with Kermit. For bonus points, there was a mock judging afterward by Beaker, the Swedish Chef and Animal.
    • They also made a cameo or two in the fourth season:
      Sharon Osbourne: [on Kermit and Piggy] And they say Ozzy and I have an odd relationship!
    • In Season 9, they were on again, but Nick tried to tell Miss Piggy that she wasn't slated to perform. Cue Hostile Show Takeover of the opening sequence.
    • The first season of America's Got Talent: The Champions once again had a ventriloquist in the finals pair off with one of the Muppets; this time Rowlf with Darci Lynne Farmer.
  • When Extreme Makeover: Home Edition added the gimmick of involving a celebrity attend every renovation, in one episode it was the Muppets. In one of the episodes in Season Three, Kermit was the substitute team leader instead of Ty Pennington.
  • The Colbert Report:
    • Stephen Colbert once interviewed Cookie Monster regarding a minor controversy over Sesame Street segments with Cookie being taught to regard his namesake treat as a "sometimes food", perceived by many as a knee-jerk reaction to childhood obesity concerns. ("Me have craaaazy times in '70s and '80s.") Colbert caught Cookie eyeballing the host's large, round Peabody award and warned the monster off — only to find the award gone missing in the episode's stinger.
    • "ME like the Robert Downey Jr. of COOKIES!!"
    • Colbert later brought on Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on his show to debate in his new debate segment "Pointless Counter Pointless", asking them to debate the letter S for looking like "a scary snake". However, the two agreed that they liked the letter, infuriating Stephen.
    • Big Bird also appeared in the series finale with many more legendary guests singing "We'll Meet Again".
  • The Daily Show with Jon Stewart:
    • Years earlier, Jon Stewart had Kermit as a guest and, later, Miss Piggy. At one point, when Kermit made a point that Stewart couldn't refute, Stewart said, "I can't believe it. The frog's runnin' circles around me." Both interviews had awkward moments, with Stewart self-consciously lampshading the fact that he was interacting with a puppet, but he did get in some good lines.
      Stewart: [to Piggy] Got a little frog in your throat?
    • Since then, The Daily Show has featured reports from correspondent "Gitmo" (an Elmo puppet with a full beard, voiced by Stewart).
    • TDS also did an interview with a Muppet Michael Steele as he was preparing for a fourth of July barbecue... on the fifth of July. Muppet Michael Steele had a few further appearances since then. Including an appearance with the human Michael Steele.
  • Two episodes of Dancing with the Stars in 2009 had Muppet appearances, likely inspired by Aaron Carter dancing to the theme to "The Muppet Show" (or is it the other way around?). Neither of these had any prior warning, BTW. The first time, Gonzo trumpeted briefly. The second time (season finale), Miss Piggy was being a diva and knocked out Samantha Harris(!).
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!:
    • An episode where Jimmy Kimmel visited the set of Lost during its first season, revealed The Monster to be the Cookie Monster — who promptly proceeded to eat Kimmel.
    • Grover has also been interviewed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. See it here.
    • In January 2017, Jimmy Kimmel visited Sesame Street to teach the cast about a new letter of the alphabet.
  • On Cake Boss, Buddy & Co. were hired to do Sesame Street's 40th anniversary cake (Which was an 8'x3' scale model of the show's primary set, complete with buildings made of cake and miniature Muppets made out of modeling chocolate). Buddy went the extra mile and made a giant (At least a foot and a half in diameter and an inch thick) cookie for Cookie Monster, his childhood inspiration, insisting that Cookie Monster was real. The resulting cookie shocked and amazed Cookie, eventually becoming a popular reaction gif.
  • Kermit and Robin make an appearance on The Earth Day Special.
  • Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? celebrated Sesame Street's 40th anniversary by bringing in some of the Muppet characters to co-host.
  • Martha Stewart Living:
    • Cookie Monster once made a guest appearance, in which he "helps" Martha and ends up destroying her kitchen. ("Me no feel pain. Cookies are like Novocaine.") It can be seen on YouTube in two parts.
    • Miss Piggy made a couple of guest appearances on Martha Stewart's Christmas Special, first in 1995 and then in 1996.
  • Back when Jim Henson was starting out, the Muppets were regulars on a number of variety shows, such as The Ed Sullivan Show (to the point that the 1970 Christmas show was given over to them via the special The Great Santa Claus Switch) and Dinah!. During the height of their popularity at the end of The '70s, this shifted over to appearances on late night talk shows — including a guest hosting stint on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
  • The joint interview by Ricky Gervais and Elmo in honor of Sesame Street's 40th anniversary is a thing of beauty, with such moments as Gervais warning Elmo that they shouldn't discuss necrophilia and Elmo turning to the camera and demanding, "Elmo wants this tape."
  • While Jim Henson was shopping The Muppet Show around, he and his crew were given an opportunity to show that Muppets weren't just for children with a regular weekly feature on Saturday Night Live. For this, they created a new set of Muppets for the adult-themed "Land of Gorch" sketches. All relevant details and a thoughtful analysis can be found here.
    • When Robert DeNiro hosted, he shared a special moment with our Kermie during the monologue, during which the two sang "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."
    • When Seth Rogen has been on the show, there have been sketches spoofing the Muppets in which he and members of the cast dress up in Muppet Costumes, including one in which Andy Samberg as the Swedish Chef sings "Beyond the Sea" with accompaniment by Rowlf the Dog and the Muppet Show Band, and another in which most of the primary Muppet cast perpetrate a hit and run.
    • Cookie Monster appeared in the opening monologue of a 2010 episode hosted by Jeff Bridges. This was a culmination of a campaign orchestrated by Sesame Workshop to let Cookie Monster host. Highlights included Bridges calling the Monster "Cook", and an ad-libbed portion involving a broken prop cookie.
    • When Jason Segel hosted SNL on November 19th, 2011, his famous Muppet co-stars made special appearances with him, alluding in Jason's monologue to the Muppets' original appearances on the show. Of course, one of the highlights of that episode was Seth Meyers' priceless "REALLY?!" skit on Weekend Update with the Main Frog.
      • Notable in that Seth Myers at one point makes a joke about Congress being "a puppet to the food industry" before saying "no offense" to Kermit. When Kermit corrects him, saying "I'm not a puppet, I'm a muppet", Seth asks Kermit to explain the difference. Kermit replies that a puppet is a marionette operated by a human, whereas as a Muppet, he (Kermit) is an actual talking frog.
    • Shortly after the Obama campaign made a political advertisement that referenced Sesame Street in 2012 (As an attack add inspired by Romney's statement that he planned to cut funding to public television in one of the debates), Big Bird did a cameo on a SNL news sketch. All of Big Bird's lines were carefully scripted to be funny but apolitical, so that the character could not be said to be implicitly endorsing either candidate.
  • Top Chef All-Stars had Telly, Elmo, and Cookie Monsters judge the Quick Fire Challenge, with Elmo likening a contestant's cookies to cow pies.
  • Jimmy Fallon on Late Night has been enjoying having over his own group of Sesame Street characters.
    • Including Grover 2.0 who came on set to promote the 41st season.
    • Elmo and Jimmy Fallon had a fun time fooling around — even if it nearly ended in tears.
    • Jimmy Fallon is a big Muppets fan. One year just before Christmas, he and the Muppets sang "The Twelve Days of Christmas" (based on the version that originally aired on "John Denver and the Muppets; A Christmas Together"). For his very last scene on Late Night before moving to The Tonight Show he accompanied the Muppets on drums in an epic version of "The Weight". This may have been an homage to The Last Waltz, the film of The Band's final concert.
  • Kermit (solo and with Piggy) made a few appearances on the Tom Bergeron-hosted version of The Hollywood Squares. One fantastic bit had Kermit do a quick impression of fellow square Colin Mochrie.
    • Big Bird also made a few appearances on the Peter Marshall version of the Squares, and an appearance during a special week in New York during the Bergeron era.
    • The titular character of Bear in the Big Blue House made a few appearances during the Bergeron era as well, including Whoopi Goldberg's final episode before Henry Winkler took over and turned the show into H2.
    • The Muppets also made a guest appearance on a Bergeron-hosted episode of America's Funniest Home Videos in 2005.
  • Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Big Bird once visited his friend X the Owl in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe, much to the jealousy of Henrietta. Big Bird's performer, Carroll Spinney, denied Fred Rogers' request to do a segment explaining how the Big Bird costume worked because he didn't want to ruin the character for the children, so Rogers compromised by delivering this line right before Big Bird appeared:
    "When you see big make-believe creatures in parades or in plays or on television, you can know that the people inside are just pretending to be something else. There are people inside. Sometimes of course there are machines inside of them too, that make them move. But they're just pretend. Just pretend."
  • One April Fools' Day episode of CNN Talk Show Larry King Live had Kermit the Frog as the entire episode's Guest Host, conducting all the interviews for the full hour. Larry King appears at the end to critique Kermit on his interview performance.
  • Oscar the Grouch is part of the mob in an episode of 1 vs. 100.
  • Miss Piggy guest-starred in one episode of So Random!.
  • A Sesame Street segment was filmed with Elmo and Katy Perry, with Perry wearing a rather risqué outfit. Some parents complained about the video (which had appeared on YouTube, but not Sesame Street itself). News show The Early Show brought in Elmo and Sesame Street Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente to discuss the issue. Elmo mentioned that he didn't understand what the fuss was about.
  • Kermit and Miss Piggy were interviewed on Michael Parkinson's BBC series.
  • An episode of Project Runway All Stars challenged the designers to design a dress for Miss Piggy, who served as a guest judge that episode.
  • The Muppets have made several appearances at the Academy Awards Ceremonies.
    • In 1980, Kermit sang The Muppet Movie's "The Rainbow Connection" (which was up for, but did not win, Best Song) while Miss Piggy confronted host Johnny Carson over not being nominated for Best Actress. When she asked him if she were "Oscar material", he replied, "Oscar Mayer, maybe!"
    • In 1982, The Great Muppet Caper was up for Best Song with "The First Time It Happens", so Kermit and Miss Piggy sang it together.
    • In 1986, Jim Henson, Kermit and Scooter presented the Best Animated Short Film award.
    • In 1996, Whoopi Goldberg's attempt at a live video interview with Babe the pig was foiled by a jealous Miss Piggy hacking into the broadcast.
    • In 2012, Kermit and Miss Piggy attended the ceremony and introduced a Danny Elfman inspired Cirque du Soleil performance. This was also the first year a Muppet production actually won an Oscar, with "Man or Muppet" winning Best Song.note 
  • In The '80s, Kermit the Frog and Jim Henson appeared on the Nickelodeon movie reviews-and-news show Rated K — For Kids, By Kids. The episode opened with Kermit trying to give a speech introducing Henson, only to realize he got the paper with his speech and the one with directions to the studio on it — which he was supposed to give to Henson — switched by mistake. Luckily, Henson had no problem getting to the studio for an interview with the show's pint-sized critics.
  • Cookie Monster was interviewed on Newsnight, to promote The BBC's new Sesame Street spinoff The Furchester Hotel.
  • The Muppets have appeared in some form or other at every Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade since 1974 - wow! Most times this has been in the form of the Sesame Street float, but the classic Muppets have appeared on occasion, and a total of four balloons (six counting redesigns) have been based on Muppet characters.
    • Muppets have appeared in numerous other parades across the country as well. In one Fourth of July parade in Bristol, RI, Cookie Monster got a more enthusiastic welcome than the governor!
  • In a 2011 episode of The X Factor (UK version), 2009 runner-up Olly Murs dueted with Miss Piggy, with backing from Fozzie, Animal and the penguins, and Statler and Waldorf at the judges' table.
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver had a few segments with the Muppets, such as parents in jail. A Running Gag in the 2021 season involved John being able to summon George Clooney with a snap of his fingers, often by accident; at one point Clooney is annoyed and states that he has a similar ability to summon Kermit the Frog, but he respects Kermit too much to abuse it. John dares him to do it anyway.
  • The Game Awards
    • In 2018, Pepe the King Prawn was the presenter for the award for "Best Indie Game", teaming up with prolific streamer Ninja, all while trying to take "Shelfies"
    • In 2019, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and Beaker showcased the new VR device from Muppet Labs, offering an irreversible immersive experience as it was superglued onto Beaker's head as he played Untitled Beaker Game. After that, they presented the "Games for Impact" award, but the goose that was harassing Beaker during the game escaped into reality as a Muppet and took the envelope, so there was a bit of slapstick before revealing the winner was Geese. Er, GRIS.
    • Scooter and Miss Piggy appeared in the 2020 Summer of Gaming event, wherein Piggy explained that she is actually a hardcore gamer.
    • In 2020, the Swedish Chef made an appearance to promote his appearance in Overcooked! 2 as a playable character.
    • In 2022, Animal was the co-presenter for the "Best Music and Score" award, and was excited to play more Elden Ring. Geoff Keighley asked him what his favourite boss was, to which Animal responded with Malenia. Animal was also asked about if he wanted to appear in a game, calling out to Hideo Kojima in the audience because "Animal can hide in a box!" He was also asked about if he wanted to make a game on his own, but the name he chose for this potential game was already taken.
  • When Brain Games was revived in 2019, there was a recurring segment featuring Dr. Honeydew and Beaker from Muppet Labs giving lessons on the topic of the episode.
  • Disney+ shows:
    • Prop Culture features props from movies in Disney's library and discussion about them with members of those movies' cast and crew. When covering The Muppet Movie, the host talked with Gonzo himself before moving on to Gonzo's puppeteer.
    • Snow carving competition Best in Snow had teams carve snow sculptures based on Disney movies. One team did Statler and Waldorf as the Marley brothers from The Muppet Christmas Carol, leading to Kermit himself dropping by.
  • ABC had a series of "Family Sing-Along" specials, with the Muppets making several appearances:
    • Of the first two near the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the second one started with the Muppets performing The Muppet Show theme song (with lyrics altered for the special), and later included a short message from Miss Piggy.
    • In the Holiday Sing-Along the next winter, Kermit and Miss Piggy appeared in a between-song segment.
    • For the Queen Family Sing-Along celebrating the band's 50th anniversary, Miss Piggy sang "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" with Jimmie Allen; while skits between the songs involved someone making a ruckus, which turned out to be Animal on his drums. Both also appeared with all the other celebrities in the Grand Finale "Bohemian Rhapsody".
    • The Schoolhouse Rock! 50th Anniversary Sing-Along saw Kermit sing "Unpack Your Adjectives" while Fozzie handled adjective-label props.
  • The Masked Singer:
    • Season 5 had The Snail unmasked as Kermit!
    • Season 8 had a number of theme nights, including a Muppets Night. The show started with Kermit and the hosts performing "Rainbow Connection", and Miss Piggy joined as a guest judge while Kermit accompanied some of the singers on-stage during their performances. Several other Muppets made appearances as well.
    • Season 9 similarly had a Sesame Street Night, with a number of the Muppet cast members guest-starring, and some of the performances were themed on the characters (like "Just the Two of Us" for the Count and "You're No Good" for Oscar).
  • Season 4 of Holey Moley had an ongoing plotline in the interstitials heavily featuring the Muppets. Rob Riggle worries about the show's future, and recruits the Muppets to pitch ideas for the show that would make the executives at ABC approve of more seasons, and makes an underhanded deal with Pepe the King Prawn that Pepe takes a bit too far. Kidnapping Stephen Curry and holding him ransom, which didn't go as planned as Pepe and Stephen became friends and pitched their own sitcom instead of more seasons of Holey Moley. The network picked up their show pitch, Sweet Curry Prawns, but it ended up cancelled before the pilot could air. After that situation was resolved, Rob gets Kermit to have other Muppets audition for the role of co-host, with the intent of replacing Joe Tessitore, but after none of the Muppets proved themselves up to snuff, Kermit decides that Joe is irreplacable. Rob's Plan C was to try to hire Miss Piggy to make a big performance during the final hole of the season, a special edition of The Distractor, and ends up falling in love with her in the process. While Rob did manage to hire Miss Piggy, when the time came, she was accidentally locked in her trailer, so Jeannie Mai had to take her place. As for appearances outside the interstitials, Kermit appears as a co-commentator during a couple of holes.

  • Weezer's music video for "Keep Fishin'" features most of the band performing on The Muppet Show while drummer Patrick Wilson escapes from Miss Piggy's clutches after getting kidnapped by her (of course, Animal fills in for him while he's unavailable).
  • "Everything's Better With Muppets" is the literal title and theme of the song by the English band Spray.
  • Lady Gaga's Kermit dress.
  • What's better than Cee Lo Green singing "The Song Otherwise Known As 'Forget You'" with Glee's Gwyneth Paltrow on the Grammys? How about being backed by a "Jim Henson puppet" band from space?
    • Cee Lo and the Muppets re-teamed for the song "All I Need Is Love," which has an amazing hook sampled from Mahna Mahna.
  • Originally, the ensemble that performed the "Christmas is #1" song on Saturday Night Live consisted of Horatio Sanz, Chris Kattan, Jimmy Fallon, and Tracy Morgan. After the latter three left the show, Horatio performed with the Muppets.
  • OK Go and The Muppets joined forces to create a music video for the former's cover of "The Muppet Show Theme", to be featured on the Cover Album The Green Album that year.
  • Ben Folds Five teamed up with the Fragglesnote  for the video "Do It Anyway". Let the music play.
    • In keeping with the "kayfabe" ethos mentioned in the trope description, the "Making of..." video doesn't show a puppeteer at any point, but does have an interview with Red.
  • The music video for "Grit/Love You Like This" by Danny Byrd has cameos from various Muppets.
  • A music video for a remastered edition of the disco classic "We Are Family" crossed over the casts Sesame Street and Bear in the Big Blue House with the core Muppets characters, Barney, the Lion family, and the cast of Zoom. In addition to these, characters from nearly the entire animated show catalogs of Nickelodeon, PBS Kids, and Disney Channelnote  appeared via archival footage. This video was produced to promote diversity and tolerance among primary-aged children.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • As a means to promote The Muppets (2011), the cast guest-starred on WWE's RAW, leading to some great moments.
    • First was one of the Divas kissing Kermit in front of Miss Piggy (and escaping unscathed, surprisingly).
      • Kermit and Miss Piggy later had a confrontation with Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger with Kermit accidentally calling Vickie Jack's mother and then Vickie and Miss Piggy shouting "EXCUSE ME"!/"Excuse Moi!" for a few seconds.
    • Then you had Beaker running into Sheamus - who immediately welcomed his cousinnote  and expressed regret that he couldn't make the family reunion that year.
    • Followed by Hornswoggle (a huge fan of theirs in reality, to the point that he has tattoos of 6 characters) hitting on (and getting hit by) Miss Piggy (who was hitting on John Morrison at the time).
    • Gonzo meeting Jack Swagger and getting an arm stretched (as in stretched like noodles).
    • And culminating in Beaker getting a mysterious concoction to the ring to help Santino Marella win his match... which works because Santino was so disgusted by the taste of it that he did a Spit Take into Jack Swagger's face.
    • Animal was the one who got to ring the bell for a match.
  • The Muppets would later meet up with WWE again for the Tribute to the Troops special.
    • Daniel Bryan gets into a Big "NO!" / Big "YES!" shout-out with Animal before he leaves and calls him a "Goat face". Then a goat comes in and assumes Daniel is a cousin of his.

    Puppet Shows 
  • In Sesame Street's sibling show The Electric Company (1971), Grover became lost and wound up on the show, Oscar gave grouchy lessons, and Big Bird met Fargo North.
  • The cast of Avenue Q gave the Ace of Cakes bakers puppet-versions of themselves as a thank-you; the puppet-bakers reappeared in the intro to the Lost episode.
  • The CITV puppet chat show The Pig Attraction with Billy the Pig, which normally interviewed British puppets such as Roland Rat and the Honey Monster, once had an episode devoted to a live satellite uplink with Miss Piggy ... which, much to Billy's disappointment, didn't work. Eventually, they managed to get a connection, but interviewed Big Bird instead.
  • Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, and Elmo once made cameo appearances in Between the Lions.
  • Elmo made a cameo in the Big Bag episode "Elmo's Visit", where it is revealed that Elmo is Chelli's pen pal. The show was made by the same people as Sesame Street, Children's Television Workshop, but the puppets in the show are not Muppets.
  • The Sesame characters made occasional appearances on The Muppet Show:
    • Bert and Ernie appeared in the Connie Stephens episode.
    • Big Bird appeared with Leslie Uggams.
    • The entire cast appeared at the end of the Marty Feldman episode as part of an obligatory Open Sesame joke.
  • After Jim Henson's death, Kermit rarely ever appeared in new material on Sesame Street, but when he did, it was considered this. Probably the best known recent appearance of Kermit was the 2001 hurricane storyline when he was once again cast as a reporter.

  • More Or Less The BBC Radio 4 series about numbers in the news, once had an interview with Count von Count.
  • The Radio 4 current events programme Today has a feature called "Tweet of the Day", a quick ornithology lesson beginning with a bird-call. During Radio 4's Character Invasion theme day, in which the factual programmes all featured fictional characters as if they were real people, the "Tweet of the Day" featured the distinctive sound of avis gigantes, better known as Big Bird.

    Video Games 
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines, the player character is apparently a big fan. At one point you can mention how you don't like horror films because there's never enough Muppets, and after getting an unmarked, presumably gruesome tape, the description states "You hope it's one of the Muppet Movies."
  • The Muppets DLC in LittleBigPlanet has the Muppets themselves running a show in Craftworld, and you, the Sackboy can join the show.
  • Overcooked! 2 had a DLC skin that allowed players to play as the Swedish Chef.


    Web Original 
  • During the Vlogbrothers' 2016 Project For Awesome charity drive, Big Bird made an appearance during the livestream.
  • TVTropes is fond of Statler and Waldorf.
    Statler: Well, they got something right for once. We are the best of the Muppets.
    Waldorf: That's not exactly a high mark to reach, is it?
    Both: Do-ho-ho-ho-hoh!
  • Wired has a video where the cast of Sesame Street answer Google Autocomplete questions about themselves. They even kept with the canon of the show and had someone read the questions to three-year-old Elmo.
  • YouTube's 2021 "Dear Earth" environmental stream kicked off with Kermit being the first to speak, and later on the Electric Mayhem performed "Mr. Blue Sky".
  • Vsauce, Matthew Santoro and the Muppets collaborated on a video entitled "What if Quicksilver Ran Past You?", scientifically breaking down what would happen if a speedster like Quicksilver ran by someone, a few feet away. It's in a Noir style, with Gonzo narrating, Rizzo commentating, Jake Roper and Matthew Santoro playing the role of two detectives working on "The Quicksilver case", Constantine playing the role of a witness and Beaker playing the role of a scientific consultant knowledgeable about the extreme wind speeds generated by someone running as fast as Quicksilver could would be 20 times faster than that of a category 5 tornado.

    Western Animation 
  • Phineas and Ferb once interviewed Miss Piggy.
  • Big City Greens has an episode with a guest spot from Fozzie Bear (Eric Jacobson) voicing a non-Muppet dentist. The episode announcement was accompanied by an interview video with Fozzie in the recording booth in a spectacular commitment to Muppet Kayfabe. Fozzie is even listed in the credits as the voice actor, with Jacobson being credited as Fozzie's "personal handyman".
  • Amphibia has multiple behind-the-scenes meta-examples with Kermit, seeing as it's a show about frogs.
    • Kermit is a guest star in a D23 panel focused on the above Big City Greens and Amphibia.
    • Kermit has also been shown to be a frog consultant for the crew, making sure they're portraying his culture accurately.
    • And the Disney Channel YouTube Channel has a reaction video of Kermit watching the opening.
    • Kermit the Frog guest stars in the episode "Swamp and Sensitivity", playing Crumpet the Frog, who is basically Kermit from the shape of his pupils to the way he is lip-synced. Unlike the Big City Greens example above, the credits list Kermit's actor Matt Vogel with the role of Crumpet, but promotional material refers to Kermit as the guest star.


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Alternative Title(s): Everythings Better With Muppets


Weezer - Keep Fishin'

The music video for Weezer's "Keep Fishin'" features most of the band performing on The Muppet Show while drummer Patrick Wilson escapes from Miss Piggy's clutches after getting kidnapped by her.

How well does it match the trope?

5 (7 votes)

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