Best Muppet Television ShowsThis list compiles the best television shows that have either starred or prominently featured Jim Henson's Muppet characters.
The Top Ten
I think Sesame Street deserves top spot due to the near-guarantee that every single person under the age of 50 that had regular access to a television grew up with Sesame Street front and centre in the earliest years of their life (unless for some reason you parents denied you the right to watch a purely educational children's program). I'd argue that the show has declined somewhat in quality over the past decade but it's understandable that many (if not most) of the main people involved with the show at the or near the start of the show's existence have either retired or passed away. The last great era of the show (in my opinion) was during the calypso theme-era of the early-to-mid 90's.
I was expecting Sesame Street to be number 1
If this show never existed, I probably wouldn't be as smart as I am today.
The characters are likable, the puppetry is fantastic and there's really nothing to hate about this show
THIS WAS HARD. To me, Sesame Steet, The Muppet Show, and Fraggle Rock are the best of the best, the three musketeers of puppets, the grandest of the grand!
I actually didn't like Sesame Street. I preferred Winnie the Pooh and Blue's Clues.
Not only is this one of the best Muppet TV shows, it's one of the best TV shows of all time period. Great songs, fun sketches, memorable characters, and good guest stars. Come on Disney, release the last two seasons on DVD already!
When one thinks of the Muppets, I'd imagine this is what most often comes to mind. Besides Kermit (and a few others) most non-Sesame Street characters originated in this show. So how could it not be considered a classic? The dozens of classic sketches and special guests didn't hurt either. Plus, that wonderful Muppet humour was never stronger than it was back in the day (1976 to 1981 to be exact).
Whenever you think of Muppet TV shows, the first thing you think of The Muppet Show.
I love the muppets
This show I never watched regularly. I don't even know why since it looks like a terrific show. Many of my friends growing up always raved about the show so it sucks to be me, doesn't it?
This show is really good
My favorite show as kid.
Many users of TheTopTens.com will likely be old enough (or young enough - in my case) to remember this show being on during their childhood. I wasn't too frequent of a viewer but when it was on I enjoyed watching it. As I recall, Big Bird paid a visit once, which was quite a memorable moment for me.
Bear, The Muppet Show, Sesame Street, and Fraggle Rock are all my favorites but I will vote Bear because he is underrated!
I used to love this show, and this was one of the only kids show my mum actually liked too.
I actually remember watching this show when I was little.
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I agree with you on Going, Going, Gonzo, but personally I prefer Pigs in a Blackout.
"Going, Going, Gonzo" "Pig Out" "A Tail of Two Piggies": These are the best
Shame it was cancelled.
Muppets Tonight was more or less a continuation of the Muppet Show that ran for 2 seasons from 1996 to 1998. It took place within a television studio setting instead of the Muppet Theatre. Another program that remains popular amongst my friends that I didn't get into until long after it ended.
This poor show was very unique in its premise but didn't last for more than one season in 1989. Various different Muppet creations were featured in this show that was hosted by the late Jim Henson himself. Kermit and other members of the usual gang appeared at times but abstract Muppets took the helm in this short-lived series.
Originally only a 5-minute-long segment from 1972 to 1981, Canadian Sesame Street (re-titled Sesame Park in 1996) was a Canadian (duh) exclusive program on CBC that featured many of the same animated minute-long segments and a new selection of Muppet characters (that, sadly, died along with the series in 2001). Not many people my age in Canada even remember its existence but my high opinion of the series remains strong. I'm not sure why it didn't last.
The television program that started it all. You can thank this program for the creation of Kermit (although he wouldn't officially become a frog until the first season of Sesame Street in 1969). This show lasted from 1955 to 1961 and was presented in black and white.
This show didn't last for too long (2 seasons on Fox Kids (1994-1996) and then on Animal Planet for one more season in 1997) and it was sort of a talk show for animals. Stinky was, as you might have guessed, a skunk, while Jake was a polar bear. One episode happened to feature Sam the Eagle but that would end up being the only crossover character to appear.