Muppets Go Live: On the heels of their successful concert series at the Hollywood Bowl, The Muppets performed another concert series at the O2 arena in London, entitled The Muppets Take the O2. It was guest hosted again by Bobby Moynihan, and featured several guest stars in all three shows, including Kylie Minogue, Anthony Head, and former doctors David Tennant and Peter Davison.
Muppet Babies Return: Following a seven year run of 107 episodes as a Saturday morning cartoon from 1984 to 1991, Muppet Babies has returned as an all-new animated series for Disney Junior. Baby Kermit, Baby Piggy, and the gang are joined by "Miss Nanny" and a new female penguin character named Summer, to "add some balance to the group".
Muppet Guys Talk: Frank Oz's documentary, Muppet Guys Talking, had its home release debut on March 16. The film features Oz and four longtime Muppet performers reminiscing and discussing the creation of their characters.
Potential Muppets Reboot: The Hollywood Reporter cites industry sources that Disney plans a "reboot" of the Muppets for their streaming video service scheduled to launch in 2019.
The Word on the Street: Sesame Street’s 48th season has finished its original run on HBO, and began airing on PBS stations starting August 6. The season was preceded by a Sesame Street special, The Magical Wand Chase, on November 11, 2017. New to the series are Abby Cadabby's stepbrother Rudy, and Julia, a Muppet character with autism.
Jim Henson began working with puppets as a college student, creating the show Sam and Friends in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. The energetic Muppets soon became a popular fixture, and led to appearances on national variety shows. Henson's commercials for a local coffee company, Wilkins Coffee, were so popular that he was hired to create similar commercials around the country. In the early 1960s, Henson moved to New York City to work on a variety of projects, including a regular guest spot on The Jimmy Dean Show for the first Muppet star, Rowlf the Dog.
In 1969, Henson was invited to participate in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street. Initially, the Muppets were meant to be just one element among many on the show -- but the popularity of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert soon made the Muppets the core of the show. Over the years, the Muppet cast has grown to include Mr. Snuffleupagus, Count von Count, Telly Monster, Rosita, Baby Bear, Zoe, and of course, the international superstar Elmo, who starred in his own segment, Elmo's World. Sesame Street is now in its 46th season, and the show's newest stars are Murray Monster and fairy-in-training Abby Cadabby.
In 1976, Henson created his signature project -- The Muppet Show, a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, sketches and talented guest stars. Kermit the Frog is the charming and mostly unflappable host, presiding over a motley crew of performers, including diva Miss Piggy, hopeful comedian Fozzie Bear, daredevil performance artist Gonzo, young eager gofer Scooter, and the house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The Muppet Show was a huge international success, making unlikely stars out of the Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, Sam the Eagle, and the two old cranks in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.
The Muppet Show cast has continued to entertain audiences for over 30 years, spinning off into a popular series of movies, including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island.
In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds -- the magical underground civilization of Fraggle Rock, the imagination-filled nursery of Muppet Babies, and the fantasy worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Henson's work has continued to live on beyond his death in 1990, and new productions featuring his creations are always in progress.
This wiki is dedicated to documenting, exploring and enjoying the enormous body of work that Jim Henson has created and inspired.
- 02: Elmo's World: Elmo Explores (video)
- 09: Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (book)
- Muppet Babies
(new episodes Fridays on Disney Channel)
- Sesame Street
(episodes premiere weekly on PBS)