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In this variety special -- the original pilot for the series "The Muppet Show" -- Jim Henson's Muppets parody the proliferation of sex and violence on television. Nigel, Sam the Eagle, and Floyd, the hippie guitarist, prepare for the Seven Deadly Sins Pageant, featuring Muppets representing the sins -- Envy, Rage, Gluttony, Vanity, Lust, Avarice, and Sloth. Other highlights include the following: the faces of Mt. Rushmore trading jokes; a wrestling match in which a competitor named "The San Francisco Earthquake" displays his winning tactics; a review of the film "Return to Beneath the Planet of the Pigs"; a visit with Statler and Waldorf; the incomprehensible Swedish Chef, who demonstrates how to make a submarine sandwich; a Muppet sketch about love and flirting among birds; and an explosive musical performance by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. Commercials deleted.


  • DATE: March 19, 1975 Wednesday 8:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 0:29:01
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:01575
  • GENRE: Specials; Children's
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Puppets; Children's programs; TV - Parody
  • SERIES RUN: ABC - TV, 1975


  • Jim Henson … Producer, Writer
  • Jon Stone … Co-Producer, Writer
  • David Holman … Associate Producer
  • Dave Wilson … Director
  • Marshall Brickman … Writer
  • Norman Stiles … Writer
  • Joe Raposo … Composer, Music and lyrics by
  • Alan Compton … Art Director
  • Barbara Wood … Special Effects
  • Richard Maitland … Special Effects
  • Bonnie Lewis … Production Design, Puppets by, Costume Designer
  • Caroly Wilcox … Production Design, Puppets by
  • Dave Goelz … Production Design, Puppets by
  • John Lovelady … Production Design, Puppets by
  • Rollin Krewson … Production Design, Puppets by
  • Janet Lerman … Production Design, Puppets by
  • Mari Kaestle … Production Design, Puppets by
  • Don Sahlin … Production Design, Special Fabricatur
  • Frank Oz … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Jerry Nelson … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Richard Hunt … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Dave Goelz … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Fran Brill … Muppet Puppeteer
  • John Lovelady … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Rollin Krewson … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Caroly Wilcox … Muppet Puppeteer
  • Jane Henson … Muppet Puppeteer
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