The Muppets

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The Muppets are a group of puppet characters known for an absurdist, burlesque and self-referential style of variety-sketch comedy. Having been created in 1955 by Jim Henson, they are the namesake for the Disney media franchise that encompasses films, television series, music recordings, print publications, and other media associated with The Muppet Show characters.

Henson once stated that the term "Muppet" had been created as a blend of the words "marionette" and "puppet", but also claimed that it was actually a word he had coined. The Muppets debuted on the television program Sam and Friends, which aired locally on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C. from 1955 to 1961. After appearing on skits in several late night talk shows and advertising commercials during the 1960s, Henson's Muppets began appearing on Sesame Street when that show debuted in 1969. The Muppets then became the stars of multiple television series and films, including; The Muppet Show (1976–1981), The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984), and The Jim Henson Hour (1989). After Henson's death in 1990, The Muppets continued their presence in television and cinema with Muppets Tonight (1996–98), a series continuation of The Muppet Show, and three films, The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992), Muppet Treasure Island (1996), Muppets from Space (1999); the former two were co-produced with Disney, who sought to acquire the characters since the late 1980s. In 2004, Disney purchased the rights to the Muppets (except for the Sesame Street characters, which were sold separately to Sesame Workshop, as well as Fraggle Rock and other characters retained by The Jim Henson Company), and later formed The Muppets Studio; a division created specifically for managing The Muppets franchise.

Under Disney's control, the franchise was relaunched with a series of web videos in 2008 in anticipation of the seventh film, The Muppets. The film, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller and directed by James Bobin, was released by Walt Disney Pictures on November 23, 2011, and met with critical acclaim and commercial success. An eighth film, Muppets Most Wanted, was released on March 21, 2014. A new television series, also called The Muppets premiered September 22, 2015.

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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 1
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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