The Muppet Show - promos (partially found TV advertisements for "The Muppet Show"; 1976-1981)


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The Muppet Show (promos)
A still from one of those advertisements.
A still from one of those advertisements.
Status Partially Found

The Muppet Show was a half-hour family television program, created by Jim Henson, which aired on syndication in the U.S. and ITV in the U.K., from 1976 to 1981. The show starred The Muppets, attempting to put on a weekly variety show, while in between acts showing The Muppet's backstage antics. In addition to the numerous characters, a guest celebrity would perform and become intertwined with the plot in each episode.

To draw excitement for each new episode, Jim Henson, along with Miss Piggy/Fozzie Bear performer, Frank Oz (and occasionally Gonzo performer Dave Goelz) would create short, 10-30 second promos. Many of these were improvised on the spot, with main characters Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear announcing that week's guest star and showing a short clip, almost exclusively following this format:

Kermit: This week on The Muppet Show, we're gonna have music and comedy, and our guest star is Mr/Mrs (Insert guest star name)

(Insert Guest Star Clip)

Kermit: Fun for the whole family, on The Muppet Show!

(In the background, Fozzie does a gag, often interrupted by Kermit)

Many of these have been, unfortunately, lost overtime. Of the approximately 121 shorts, only 13 have been found, with even less being readily avaliable on the internet. 7 of the shorts used to promote season one were included in the 2005 "The Muppet Show: Complete First Season" boxset. These are the Bruce Forsyth, Phyllis Diller, Valerie Harper, Candice Bergen, Paul Williams, Sandy Duncan, and Peter Ustinov promos.

In addition, The Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York presented a screening on November 20th, 2016 of many of the previously lost promos for a 40th anniversary celebration[1]. As of right now, no videos from this panel have been released on YouTube.

Promos

Promo Name Status Found By Notes
Season One Promo Found Found by: OscarfanMW N/A
Episode 101: Juliet Prowse Lost N/A N/A
Episode 102: Connie Stevens Lost N/A N/A
Episode 103: Joel Grey Lost N/A N/A
Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi Found Found by: Jamie Gee N/A
Episode 105: Rita Moreno Lost N/A N/A
Episode 106: Jim Nabors Lost N/A N/A
Episode 107: Florence Henderson Found Found by: LEMISHDOG N/A
Episode 108: Paul Williams Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 109: Charles Aznavour Lost N/A N/A
Episode 110: Harvey Korman Lost N/A N/A
Episode 111: Lena Horne Lost N/A N/A
Episode 112: Peter Ustinov Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 114: Sandy Duncan Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 115: Candice Bergan Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 116: Avery Schrieber Lost N/A N/A
Episode 117: Ben Vereen Lost N/A N/A
Episode 118: Phyllis Diller Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 119: Vincent Price Lost N/A N/A
Episode 120: Valerie Harper Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 121: Twiggy Lost N/A N/A
Episode 122: Ethel Merman Lost N/A N/A
Episode 123: Kaye Ballard Lost N/A N/A
Episode 124: Mummenschanz Lost N/A N/A
Episode 201: Don Knotts Lost N/A N/A
Episode 202: Zero Mostel Lost N/A N/A
Episode 203: Milton Berle Lost N/A N/A
Episode 204: Rich Little Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 205: Judy Collins Lost N/A N/A
Episode 206: Nancy Walker Lost N/A N/A
Episode 207: Edgar Bergan Lost N/A N/A
Episode 208: Steve Martin Lost N/A N/A
Episode 209: Madeline Kahn Lost N/A N/A
Episode 210: George Burns Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 211: Dom DeLuise Lost N/A N/A
Episode 212: Bernadette Peters Lost N/A N/A
Episode 213: Rudolf Nureyev Lost N/A N/A
Episode 214: Elton John Lost N/A N/A
Episode 215: Lou Rawls Lost N/A N/A
Episode 216: Cleo Laine Lost N/A N/A
Episode 217: Julie Andrews Lost N/A N/A
Episode 218: Jaye P. Morgan Lost N/A N/A
Episode 219: Peter Sellers Lost N/A N/A
Episode 220: Petula Clark Lost N/A N/A
Episode 221: Bob Hope Found Found by: OscarfanMW N/A
Episode 222: Teresa Brewer Lost N/A N/A
Episode 223: John Cleese Lost N/A N/A
Episode 224: Cloris Leechman Lost N/A N/A
Episode 301: Kris Kristofferson and Rita Coolidge Lost N/A N/A
Episode 302: Leo Sayer Lost N/A N/A
Episode 303: Roy Clark Lost N/A N/A
Episode 304: Gilda Radner Found Found by: Randy Dunford N/A
Episode 305: Pearl Bailey Lost N/A N/A
Episode 306: Jean Stapleton Lost N/A N/A
Episode 307: Alice Cooper Lost N/A N/A
Episode 308: Loretta Lynn Lost N/A N/A
Episode 309: Liberace Found Found by: bbctim123 N/A
Episode 310: Marisa Berenson Lost N/A N/A
Episode 311: Raquel Welch Lost N/A N/A
Episode 312: James Coco Lost N/A N/A
Episode 313: Helen Reddy Lost N/A N/A
Episode 314: Harry Belafonte Lost N/A N/A
Episode 315: Lesley Ann Warren Lost N/A N/A
Episode 316: Danny Kaye Lost N/A N/A
Episode 317: Spike Milligan Lost N/A N/A
Episode 318: Leslie Uggams and Big Bird from Sesame Street Lost N/A N/A
Episode 319: Elke Sommer Lost N/A N/A
Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone Lost N/A N/A
Episode 321: Roger Miller Lost N/A N/A
Episode 322: Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Lost N/A N/A
Episode 323: Lynn Redgrave Lost N/A N/A
Episode 324: Cheryl Ladd Lost N/A N/A
Episode 401: John Denver Found Found by: MuppetWiki N/A
Episode 402: Crystal Gayle Found Found by: Sean Mc N/A
Episode 403: Shields and Yarnell Lost N/A N/A
Episode 404: Dylan Cannon Lost N/A N/A
Episode 405: Victor Borge Lost N/A N/A
Episode 406: Linda Lavin Lost N/A N/A
Episode 407: Dudley Moore Lost N/A N/A
Episode 408: Arlo Gurthrie Found Found by: Daffy Duck N/A
Episode 409: Beverly Stills Lost N/A N/A
Episode 410: Kenny Rogers Lost N/A N/A
Episode 411: Lola Falana Found Found by: derbyjunkie N/A
Episode 412: Phyllis George Lost N/A N/A
Episode 413: Dizzy Gillepsie Lost N/A N/A
Episode 414: Liza Minnelli Lost N/A N/A
Episode 415: Anne Murray Lost N/A N/A
Episode 416: Jonathan Winters Lost N/A N/A
Episode 417: Mark Hamill and The Stars of Star Wars Lost N/A N/A
Episode 418: Christopher Reeve Lost N/A N/A
Episode 419: Lynda Carter Lost N/A N/A
Episode 420: Alan Arkin Lost N/A N/A
Episode 421: Doug Henning Lost N/A N/A
Episode 422: Andy Williams Lost N/A N/A
Episode 423: Carol Channing Lost N/A N/A
Episode 424: Diana Ross Lost N/A N/A
Episode 501: Gene Kelly Lost N/A N/A
Episode 502: Loretta Swit Found Found by: MuppetWiki N/A
Episode 503: Joan Baez Lost N/A N/A
Episode 504: Shirley Bassey Lost N/A N/A
Episode 505: James Coburn Lost N/A N/A
Episode 506: Brooke Shields #1 Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 506: Brooke Shields #2 Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 507: Glenda Jackson Lost N/A N/A
Episode 508: Señor Wences Lost N/A N/A
Episode 509: Debbie Harry Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 510: Jean-Pierre Rampal Lost N/A N/A
Episode 511: Paul Simon Lost N/A N/A
Episode 512: Melissa Manchester Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 513: Tony Randall Lost N/A N/A
Episode 514: Mac Davis Lost N/A N/A
Episode 515: Carol Burnett Lost N/A N/A
Episode 516: Gladys Knight Lost N/A N/A
Episode 517: Hal Linden Lost N/A N/A
Episode 518: Marty Feldman and The Cast of Sesame Street Lost N/A N/A
Episode 519: Chris Langham Lost N/A N/A
Episode 520: Wally Boag Lost N/A Screened at the Museum of the Moving Image 40th Anniversary Muppetational
Episode 521: Johnny Cash Lost N/A N/A
Episode 522: Buddy Rich Lost N/A N/A
Episode 523: Linda Rondstat Lost N/A N/A
Episode 524: Roger Moore Lost N/A N/A

Unaired/Unconfirmed Promos

At the aforementioned Museum of the Moving Image panel, Dave Goelz claimed that there was a promo that was filmed, but never actually used. Goelz said that before filming the spot, he happened to find a Kermit puppet that was not being used at the moment, and decided that that would be a funny prop to use. As such, while Kermit would narrate the promo, Fozzie would be puppeteering a separate Kermit puppet in the background. This promo went unused, most likely because The Jim Henson Company would've preferred not to directly allude to the fact that the muppets are puppets on the actual promo. It is unknown whether or not any copies of this short still exist.

In addition, there are also four speculated lost promos. As there was a promo that highlighted clips from the entirety of Season One, many Muppet Show fans speculate that similar ones must have been produced for the remaining four seasons. While this seems likely, there is no solid evidence to back up these claims.

References

  1. The Museum of the Moving Image Page Retrieved 08 Oct '17

Sources

Comments


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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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So I am guessing you don't know how to make a graph?
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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Also dude, if it's "not available on YouTube" then guess what, put the link in anyways
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Tylerkermit

1 months ago
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Sorry about that this is my first page. I can make a graph. Also, by not available it means that it was either only avaliable on the season one dvd, or shown at the museum of the moving image on November 20th, 2016. And I, along with every human ever, cannot link to dvds and events.
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Jteka9870

1 months ago
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I noticed the promos for episodes with Brooke Shields, Debbie Harry, Melissa Manchester, and Wally Boag are claimed to be "Found", but there's no real source like a video to back it up. Can anyone reaffirm this?
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Anonymous user #1

1 months ago
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Hi and thanks for the interest in the search. The ones that have been listen as found but do not include a link, have only been shown at events in the past few years, meaning that we know that there are still copies existing
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SpineBear

1 months ago
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This is actually a quite fascinating piece of lost media. Hopefully, some more of these lost promos will resurface soon.
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Morphzero

1 months ago
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Some of the found ads don't have links. Could someone add them to the table?
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Ryanskii

1 months ago
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They were found, but they were from an exhibit that no one recorded so no

Sorry
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Tylerkermit

28 days ago
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Hi all- Went to another event at the museum of the moving image today. They played two of the promos, one of them was the already found John Denver promo, and the other was the Senor Welces lost promo. There was no video allowed though, so I'll just type out how it went. (Fozzie is playing with a gonzo-like finger puppet) Kermit-This week on the muppet show we're gonna have music and comedy and our guest star is Senor Welces (Kermit looks back at fozzie and makes a face) Fozzie-it's a puppet

Let's hope that this one can get out on the internet
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Jteka9870

13 days ago
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Update: The Gilda Radner promo was found.
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Ryanskii

13 days ago
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It was already found
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