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The Muppets have made many appearances in TV Guide over the years, on covers and in articles.

TV Guide has lent its name to the TV Guide Awards, the first of which featured an appearance by Big Bird, Roscoe Orman, and Ruth Buzzi, and the TV Guide Network, which has had Muppet, Jim Henson Company, and Sesame Street segments on its programs Hollywood 411, inFANity, and POPSUGAR Now.

TV Guide's online series "Cubicle Confessions" has featured Cookie Monster, Abby Caddaby, and Kermit the Frog.

A few episodes of Dinosaurs, including "Baby Talk," "Network Genius," and "Wilderness Weekend," spoof the magazine as TV Guide Book.

Citations are of the US publication of the magazine, except where noted.

Videos

US Covers

Cover Description
TVGUIDE Dec 12-18, 1970
December 12-18, 1970: "Trust Old Ed" -- A behind-the-scenes article on The Great Santa Claus Switch.
TVGUIDE Jul 10 1971
July 10-16, 1971
TVGUIDE Aug 6-12
August 6-12, 1977: "Behind Every Great Muppet... Stands Jim Henson"
TVGUIDE Aug 9 1980
August 9-15, 1980
TVGUIDE Aug 1, 1981
August 1-7, 1981 : "Life at Le Top: Miss Piggy talks about TV, the frog she loves, and why she doesn't give an oink about awards."
TVGUIDE Feb 6 1989
February 18-24, 1989
TVGUIDE Mar 3 1990
March 3-9, 1990; cover by Michael J. Smollin
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November 17-23, 1990
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April 27 - May 3, 1991
TVGUIDE Oct 30 1993
October 30 - November 5, 1993
TVGUIDE Nov 13 1993
November 13-19, 1993
TVGUIDE March 16-22, 1996
March 16-22, 1996
TVGUIDE Mar 12 1997
March 15-21, 1997
TVGUIDE Apr 06, 2002
April 6-12, 2002: "Muppet Mania" -- A short article about the Muppets' 25th anniversary, including plans for the Muppet Action Figures, busts, and Time-Life video and DVD releases, as well as It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and the series that was in development with FOX at the time. Kermit the Frog also appears on the cover.
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November 9-15, 2009: "Sesame Street Turns 40": Cover story on Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary. Pictures on the contents page, and a four-page article on the anniversary.

International Covers

Cover Description
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January 3-9, 1970 (international version)
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August 6-12, 1976 (international version)
TVGUIDE Dec 29 1979
December 29, 1979 - January 4, 1980 (international version)
TVGUIDE Jan 22 1983
January 22-28, 1983 (international version): "Goodbye Muppets, Hello Fraggles" -- Six pages of images and article.
TVGUIDE Dec 22 1984
December 22-28, 1984 (international version): "Fraggle Rock Sings From The Heart" -- Article on Dennis Lee and Philip Balsam, with images.

Articles and Mentions

Cover Description
TVGUIDE-Jul-27-1963
July 27 - August 2, 1963: "Taminella Grinderfall is a Muppet" -- Article on Jim Henson, Jane Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Juhl. Images of Taminella Grinderfall, King Goshposh, The RX Twins, Yorick and Kermit.
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May 16-22, 1970: Feature and picture of the Muppets
TVGUIDE Jul 11-17 1970
July 11-17, 1970: "The Impact of Sesame Street"
TVGUIDE Apr 22-28, 1972
April 22-28, 1972: "Jim Henson Is His Own Audience" -- Behind-the-scenes article on The Muppet Musicians of Bremen with images of Jim Henson, Frank Oz and others performing.
TVGUIDE Aug 1976
August 14-20, 1976: "An Impostor in the Ranks" -- Article on The Muppet Show with large group image.
TVGUIDE Oct. 1976
October 2-8, 1976: "Has Sesame Street Really Done Any Good?"
TVGUIDE Jan. 7-13, 1978
January 7-13, 1978: "Sesame Street Goes To Hawaii"
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Dec. 25-31, 1982 : "Sesame Street: Big Bird in China" - 2 pages with pictures of Big Bird
TV Guide - October 25-31, 1997
Oct. 25-31, 1997 : Bear in the Big Blue House appears as the first entry in the guide's annual listing of "Top 10 New Kids Shows." A full-page ad for the program appears a couple pages later.
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November 7-13, 2005: Two brief articles on page 7: "Sesame Street for Babies", concerning the Sesame Beginnings video series, and "Kermit's New Reality", concerning America's Next Muppet.
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November 27, 2005: A Kermit the Frog keepsake ornament from Hallmark is pictured in a section called "Radar Holiday Gift Guide" on page 40, and a picture of the Kermit the Frog float from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is pictured on page 79.
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December 5-11, 2005: An interview with Neil Patrick Harris reveals that Jim Henson is his idol. Grover is also pictured.
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December 19-25, 2005: "Disney's Great Muppet Caper", an article concerning Disney cutting Kermit's 15-month 50th anniversary tour short.
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July 31- August 6, 2006: First Look: "SVU, Sesame-Style": An article about an upcoming Sesame Street sketch, "Special Letters Unit", a parody of SVU. Also features a photo of the cast of this sketch.
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Febuary 26 - March 4, 2007: Page 12 has a section on upcoming toys, one of which is a Singing Abby Cadabby doll.
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August 6-12, 2007: In the "Breaking News" section, in the "In Brief" column on page 9, is a small article called "Muppets return to TV?", reporting that a pilot is in the works.
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August 13-19, 2007: A picture of Oscar the Grouch and Anderson Cooper appears in the table of contents. Page 35 has an article about Sesame Street's 38th Season as part of their Family Fall Preview. Page 56 features an interview with Tina Fey about her appearance on Sesame Street.
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April 20-May 3, 2009: An article about Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 TV Land Awards is titled "How I Met Your Muppets". He lists Fraggle Rock as a "personal small-screen [favorite] of yesteryear". A photo of the Fraggles is also included.
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