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A list of Gonzo's openings during "The Muppet Show Theme" on The Muppet Show, and in some later spin-offs.

Season One

During the first season, Gonzo hit the Muppet Show sign's letter O like a gong, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
Gonzo gong
Episode 101: Juliet Prowse The O explodes; Gonzo is completely blackened.
Episodes 102, 110 and 113 The O breaks with a shattering sound.
Episode 103: Joel Grey Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi The sign goes up, Gonzo misses the "O" and falls down.
Episodes 105 and 108 Gonzo gives the "O" such a big bang that he can't stop shaking.
Episode 106: Jim Nabors The white circle inside the "O" is gone, so Gonzo hits his own head
Episode 107: Florence Henderson The sign goes up in the air after Gonzo hits it.
Episode 109: Charles Aznavour The "O" makes a Big Ben sound.
Episode 111: Lena Horne The "O" makes a foghorn sound.
Episode 112: Peter Ustinov Gonzo's mallet gets stuck between the "S" and "H" and breaks.
Episode 114: Sandy Duncan Gonzo beats the "O" with his own head.
115 gonzo fights O
Episode 115: Candice Bergen Gonzo hits the "O" with a boxing glove and gets the sound of a ringside bell.
Episodes 116 and 121 Beautiful Day Monster appears in front of the "O" and Gonzo hits him accidentally.
Episodes 117 and 122 The Green Frackle hits Gonzo with a mallet.
Episodes 118 and 123 Crazy Harry causes an explosion.
Episodes 119 and 124 Gonzo shoots the "O" with a blunderbuss.
Episode 120: Valerie Harper Gonzo knocks himself on the head with a sledgehammer.

Season Two

From season 2 onwards, Gonzo would appear inside the Muppet Show sign's letter "O" and try to blow a note on his horn, with the following results...

Picture Episode Description
Episode 201: Don Knotts Gonzo's horn shoots a flame (Gonzo: "I'm sorry!")
Episode 202: Zero Mostel Sparks and smoke fly out of Gonzo's horn
Episodes 203 and 214 Gonzo's horn squirts water
Episode 204: Rich Little A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn
Episode 205: Judy Collins Gonzo's horn makes a flute sound
Episode 206: Nancy Walker Gonzo's horn fires off two gun shots
Episode 207: Edgar Bergen Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound and blows Gonzo away
Episodes 208 and 215 Green smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo: "Green smoke!")
Episode 209: Madeline Kahn Orange smoke comes out of Gonzo's horn; Gonzo 'scrunches his nose'
Episode 210: George Burns Gonzo's horn makes an exploding sound
224 horn
Episodes 211 and 224 Gonzo's horn makes a deep sound as red smoke comes out; Gonzo coughs
Episode 212: Bernadette Peters A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and pops
Episode 213: Rudolf Nureyev A balloon comes out of Gonzo's horn and inflates after he stops blowing

Episodes 216 and 220 Gonzo's horn flies away (Gonzo: "Come back here!"). First season Gonzo puppet used.
217 horn
Episode 217: Julie Andrews Gonzo's trumpet glows in the dark
Episodes 218 and 221 Crazy Harry blows Gonzo up
Episode 219: Peter Sellers Beautiful Day Monster blows a tuba
Episode 222: Teresa Brewer Gonzo's trumpet shoots two flames (Gonzo: "I'm sorry... Sorry!")
Episode 223: John Cleese Perfect note comes out of Gonzo's horn (Gonzo shakes his head, as if in annoyance. The audience cheers!)

Season Three

Season Four

Picture Episode Description
Gonzo open 401
Episode 401: John Denver Gonzo's head explodes and appears in another corner ("Whoopie!")
Gonzo open 402
Episode 402: Crystal Gayle Bubbles come out of Gonzo's horn
Gonzo open 403
Episode 403: Shields & Yarnell Gonzo vanishes
Gonzo open 404
Episode 404: Dyan Cannon The horn rings; Gonzo puts it to his ear ("Hello? He's not home.")
Gonzo open 405
Episode 405: Victor Borge Bobby Benson's Baby Band pop up
Gonzo open 406
Episode 406: Linda Lavin Gonzo disappears in small portions (like a blind)
Gonzo open 407
Episode 407: Dudley Moore Gonzo turns into a beetle ("Surprise!")
Gonzo open 408
Episode 408: Arlo Guthrie Gonzo is run over by a herd of cows
Gonzo open 409
Episode 409: Beverly Sills Gonzo blows the horn with his ear ("I play by ear.")
Gonzo open 410
Episode 410: Kenny Rogers Gonzo: "What were you expecting, Rachmaninoff?"
Gonzo open 411
Episode 411: Lola Falana Gonzo: "I give autographs after the show!"
Gonzo open 412
Episode 412: Phyllis George A boxing glove knocks Gonzo to the floor
Gonzo open 413
Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie Gonzo plays racing fanfare
Gonzo open 414
Episode 414: Liza Minnelli Gonzo: "That's my new hit single!"
Gonzo open 415
Episode 415: Anne Murray Gonzo blows on a cow's horn ("Another television first!")
Gonzo open 416
Episode 416: Jonathan Winters Gonzo attracts a horse ("You called?")
Episode 417: Star Wars A duck bites Gonzo's nose. Gonzo screams, while the duck laughs
Gonzo open 418
Episode 418: Christopher Reeve Rats appear (Gonzo: "Aw, rats.")
Gonzo open 419
Episode 419: Lynda Carter Gonzo's dental plate sticks to the horn (Gonzo: "The embarrassment...!")
Gonzo open 420
Episode 420: Alan Arkin Gonzo's horn makes a typewriter sound
Gonzo open 421
Episode 421: Doug Henning One half of Gonzo disappears, Gonzo says "Goodbye!" and disappears completely
Gonzo open 422
Episode 422: Andy Williams Muppet dogs appear
Gonzo open 423
Episode 423: Carol Channing Gonzo is blown away in an Autumn storm
Gonzo open 424
Episode 424: Diana Ross A snake (that just crawled into Zoot's saxophone) comes out of Gonzo's horn

Season Five


Audio Appearances

Season 1 replacements

When The Muppet Show was repackaged for re-runs, the opening theme for season one episodes was replaced with a version of the theme as it was re-shot for subsequent seasons. In these instances, Gonzo's trumpet gag is recycled from another episode.

Other Projects

MMW Gonzo soccer ball
  • Muppets Inside: Gonzo plays a terrific solo, presumably the one he'd been trying to play all these years. Gonzo: "Ha! Didn't think I could do it, did ya?"

The Muppet Show Comic Book

Gonzo comic O

Gonzo's antics within the title have continued on into The Muppet Show's comic book series. We will not count other muppets occupying the O.

Meet the Muppets

The Treasure of Peg-Leg Wilson

On the Road

Family Reunion

  • Issue #4: Gonzo's nose gets stuck in a didgeridoo.
  • Issue #5: A duck comes out of the horn.
  • Issue #6: Two fishing hooks fall through the "O."
  • Issue #7: Gonzo appears in scuba gear blowing into a seashell.

Muppet Mash

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