In television, scenes are often cut, shortened, or unrealised prior to episodes airing. The Muppet Show was no exception, with many scenes written and even filmed but dropped from the final edit of the episodes.

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

Jim Henson appeared in a short introduction to the special. After the opening theme, he introduces the viewer to Nigel, who he then raises into the control room set. The scene was cut for time.[1][2]

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

A sketch involving Muppet monsters at the dentist's office.

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

The Country Trio performing a song.

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Episode 101: Juliet Prowse

Animal performing a drum solo in the original, unaired edit of the pilot, not shown in the final aired version.

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Episode 105: Rita Moreno

Alternate ending to "Fever"

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Episode 112: Peter Ustinov

Talk spot with Peter Ustinov.

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Episode 118: Phyllis Diller

Discussion panel with Phyllis Diller.

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Episode 121: Twiggy

Twiggy's opening number, "In My Life," was replaced in the German Die Muppet Show version with singer Mary Roos singing "Lean On Me."

Episode 202: Zero Mostel

A scene in which Zero Mostel and Fozzie Bear act out a pantomime, as alluded to in the show's UK spot.

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Episode 221: Bob Hope

A Muppet News Flash on the opening of hunting season, leading to the Newsman being crushed by a falling moose, was to be shown sometime between the "fishing season" and "opera season" installments.[3]

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Episode 309: Liberace

A scene with Kermit and the guard.[4]

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Episode 501: Gene Kelly

An extended version of "Cool Water" was filmed, going beyond the first verse and including the chorus.[5]

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Episode 516: Gladys Knight

The first Backstage scene originally showed the Sarcophagi, mummies and archaeologists returning from the stage.[6]

Unknown episodes

Notes

  • The first and second episode of The Muppet Show were shot several months before regular production of the show began. These episodes were reworked as the show developed. As the episodes were reworked, several sketches were abbreviated or cut entirely, and new footage was taped and inserted.

Sources

  1. Jim Henson: The Biography by Brian Jay Jones, page 215.
  2. Archival document displayed in The Jim Henson Exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image
  3. Bailey, Joseph. Memoirs of a Muppets Writer, pages 169-170.
  4. Muppet Central interview with Steve Whitmire
  5. Of Muppets and Men: The Making of The Muppet Show
  6. Of Muppets and Men (book), photo of taping schedule on page 13.
  7. Karen Prell, Muppet Central forum post, 4-25-2003

See also