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Episode 105: First Show

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The Jim Henson Hour
Air Date May 14, 1989
Written by
Director Peter Harris
Title.piggyhollywood

A title card was added when aired as a special on the Odyssey Network.

Piggyshollywood-henson

Jim Henson and Miss Piggy in a promotional photo for Miss Piggy's Hollywood

Plot Outline

Jim Henson's Intro

Jim Henson talks about the second half hour, Miss Piggy's Hollywood. (In the half-hour version, Jim says that Bobby McFerrin can make anything into music, and that maybe he can make the Lion a musician.)

MuppeTelevision

Kermit struggles to keep the show's ratings up, while Digit experiences various malfunctions.

Sketches:

Features the first Hurting Something sketch, as well as the first appearances of Zondra, Ubu and Chip.

Intro

Jim Henson and the lion put on sunglasses, because they are going to Hollywood, as they introduce the second half.

Miss Piggy's Hollywood

Miss Piggy presents a tour of Hollywood, assisted by Gonzo. She tries to interview "the family of stars," but none of them want to talk to her.

Closing

Jim Henson demonstrates a dog Graffiti Muppet and introduces it to The Thought Lion.

Notes

  • As can be told by the title, this was the first episode produced, though it aired as the fifth episode. The second half of this episode was originally going to feature The Heartless Giant. As a result, Jim Henson's intro was retaped to accomodate the change.[1]
  • Despite none of his characters appearing, Jerry Nelson can be seen in the MuppeTelevision portion as Mr. Harry Stapleton, representing a key demographic of one.
  • According to the May 17, 1989 issue of Star-News, this episode was the lowest rated TV program among the major three networks the week it aired (72nd out of 77 shows among all four networks) with a 5.2 household rating (viewed in about 4.7 million households)
  • This episode premiered on Mother's Day 1989. and was also the first episode to air in a Sunday night slot. Jim makes note of both of these events in his intro.
  • Judging from an airing taped in Nova Scotia, Canadian broadcasts of this episode featured a different shot of Jim Henson walking down the stairs to greet the viewers. He pets the lion much more affectionately.

Cast

Muppets

Kermit the Frog, Bean Bunny, Vicki, Waldo C. Graphic, Gonzo, Leon, Miss Piggy, Graffiti Muppets, Statler and Waldorf, Zondra, Ubu, Chip, Anthony, Fern, Link Hogthrob, Bob, Bruno

Background Muppets

Lew Zealand, Marvin Suggs

Muppet Performers

Human Cast

Sources

  1. Jim's Red Book - 7/25-26/1988 VTR The Jim Henson Hour - Pilot Show w/Bobby McFerrin


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