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Some of the cast from "The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence". Nigel, Sam the Eagle and Floyd Pepper.

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Mount Rushmore.

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March 15, 1975 TV Guide Nevada edition ad

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Postcard sent to press and friends to announce the air date.[1]

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence aired on ABC on March 19, 1975, and was shot on December 10-16, 1974[2]. It was one of the two pilots produced for The Muppet Show. The other pilot, The Muppets Valentine Show, aired in 1974.

In this half-hour variety special, the Muppets parody the proliferation of sex and violence on television.

Nigel, Sam the Eagle, and hippie guitarist Floyd prepare for a Pageant based on the Seven Deadly Sins, with Muppets representing the Sins -- Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Vanity, Lust, Avarice and Sloth.

The original working title for the special was The Muppet Nonsense Show.[3]

Sketches (in order of appearance)

Video releases

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence was released on DVD in 2005, as an extra feature on the Muppet Show: Season One box set. On the box and on the DVD menus, it is referred to as The Muppet Show Pilot.

Promotion

A postcard was produced and sent to press and friends to announce the air date of the special. The text of the postcard reads "Jim Henson and The Infamous Dr. Teeth invite you to join George Washington, The San Francisco Earthquake, The Seven Deadly Sins and a host of others for an evening of nonsense on The Muppet Show, Wed. March 19, ABC TV." In a word balloon, Janice says "Oh Yeah!" [1]

Credits

Cast

  • Muppets
Nigel, Sam the Eagle, Floyd Pepper, Crazy Harry, Brewster, Animal, Mount Rushmore, Thudge, The San Francisco Earthquake, The Swedish Chef, Avarice, Janice, Dr. Teeth, Zoot, Statler and Waldorf, Kermit the Frog, Whaddayasay Bird, Forcryingoutloud Bird, Ohreally Bird, Youknow Bird, Ohboy Bird, Righton Bird, Envy, Pencils, Ruler, Heaps, Stalks, Bert, Vanity, Gluttony, Leafy Green Vegetables, Gene Shalit Muppet, Whatnots, Hudson, Miss Piggy, Dr. Nauga, Pig, Hoggie Marsh, Lust, Blond Woman, Rowlf the Dog, George the Janitor, Sloth
  • Background Muppets:
Mildred Huxtetter, Zelda Rose, Gonzo, Lothar, Rufus the Dog, Frogs, Catgut, Jim Henson Muppet, Frank Oz Muppet, Jerry Nelson Muppet, Male Koozebanian Creature, Female Koozebanian Creature, Miss Kitty, Beautiful Day Monster, Baskerville the Hound, Scudge, Frackles, Droop, Gorgon Heap, Flower-Eating Monster, Mahna Mahna, Miss Mousey, Anger, Harrison
  • Photographed Muppets:
Big Bird

Performers

Jim Henson as Nigel, George Washington, The Swedish Chef, Dr. Teeth, Waldorf, Kermit, Green Heap, Ernie Woman, Hudson and Rowlf
Frank Oz as Animal, Sam Eagle, Theodore Roosevelt, Forcryingoutloud Bird, Ruler, Purple Heap, Bert, Pig and George the Janitor
Jerry Nelson as the Announcer, Floyd Pepper, Thomas Jefferson, Thudge, Thudge's Dancing Partner, Statler, Whaddayasay Bird, Envy, Pencil, Gold Stalk, Gluttony, Gene Shalit and Dr. Nauga
Richard Hunt as Crazy Harry, Ohboy Bird, Hoggie Marsh and Lust
Dave Goelz as Avarice, Zoot, Righton Bird and Brewster
John Lovelady as Abe Lincoln, Anger and Vanity
Fran Brill as Receptionist Voice, Janice, Ohreally Bird, Pink Stalk, Leafy Green Vegetables, Miss Piggy, Zelda Rose Whatnot Dancer and Youknow Bird
Rollin Krewson as others
Caroly Wilcox as others
Jane Henson as others

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Muppet Central
  2. Jim Henson's Red Book, page scanned here
  3. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones, page 210.

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