The Muppets

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The Muppets are an ensemble cast of puppet characters known for their self-aware, burlesque, and meta-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Created by Jim Henson in 1955, they are the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, theme park attractions, print publications, merchandising, and other media works associated with the characters.

The Muppets debuted on the television program Sam and Friends, which aired from 1955 to 1961. After appearing on skits in several late night talk shows and advertising commercials during the 1960s, the Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street in 1969. The Muppets attained celebrity status and international recognition through their breakout roles in The Muppet Show (1976–1981), a primetime television series that garnered four Primetime Emmy Award wins and twenty-one nominations during its five-year run. In the late 1970s and into the 1980s, the Muppets diversified into theatrical feature films, such as The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). The Walt Disney Company began involvement with the Muppets in the late 1980s, seeking to acquire the characters from the Jim Henson Company. The Muppets continued their presence in television and film in the 1990s with The Jim Henson Hour (1989), Muppets Tonight (1996–98)—a series continuation of The Muppet Show—and three films, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), and Muppets from Space (1999). Disney acquired the rights to the Muppets in 2004, allowing the characters to gain broader public exposure than in previous years. Under Disney's control, the Muppets enjoyed revitalized success, starring in two films—The Muppets (2011) and Muppets Most Wanted (2014)as well as a short-lived primetime television series on ABC.

Throughout their six decades of existence, the Muppets have been regarded as a staple of the entertainment industry and popular culture in the United States, receiving recognition from various cultural institutions and organizations, such as the American Film Institute, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Library of Congress, and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 A Christmas Together John Denver & The Muppets 6
1993 Muppet Beach Party The Muppets 1
1994 Kermit Unpigged The Muppets 1
2011 A Green and Red Christmas The Muppets 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1979 Muppet Show Music Album The Muppets 2
1993 Muppet Hits The Muppets 1
1994 Muppet Hits Take 2 The Muppets 1
2002 The Muppet Show: The 25th Anniversary Collection The Muppets 1
2012 The Muppets Studio: The Tributes Collection The Muppets 1
A Very Special Muppet Christmas The Muppets 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1976 The Muppet Musicians Of Bremen The Muppets 1
1977 The Muppet Show The Muppets 15
1978 The Muppet Show 2 The Muppets 2
1979 The Muppet Movie The Muppets 4
1981 The Great Muppet Caper The Muppets 2
1983 Rocky Mountain Holiday John Denver & The Muppets 1
1992 The Muppet Christmas Carol The Muppets 1
1993 Fraggle Rock: Music and Magic The Muppets 1
2014 Muppets Most Wanted The Muppets 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2009 Bohemian Rhapsody Queen + The Muppets 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 The Muppet Show Music Hall The Muppets 1

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