Premiere December 3, 1977
Finale June 5, 1982
Network ZDF
Seasons 5
Episodes 120
Dms mross-NEW

Mary Roos singing "Lean On Me."


Muppets Most Wanted's reenactment of the show's title in 2014.

Die Muppet Show is the German dub of The Muppet Show. The series aired on German network ZDF from 1977 until 1982. The show was dubbed in Munich by Beta-Technik.


As part of the partnership between ZDF and Henson/ATV, the original syndication package was not only dubbed but also contained a few specific alterations tailored to the German market, in some ways foreshadowing the international versions of Fraggle Rock. A new opening sequence was prepared, identical to the English language version but with a Die Muppet Show sign, and occasional new footage of Kermit was filmed to better match the German dialog. The show also used the full version of the first season closing (from the Juliet Prowse and Connie Stevens episodes) at the end of every episode (including the episodes with the alternate closings), instead of using the updated closings for later seasons.

The series also included one new guest star, singer Mary Roos, who performed a German version of "Lean on Me" with Rowlf the Dog, Animal, and others, in place of the "In My Life" number in episode 121. This was also one of the few episodes to feature a guest star's singing dubbed completely in German, with Twiggy's "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" translated. Another guest star's number that was dubbed is Zero Mostel's "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" The Muppets' solo numbers were mostly dubbed (often with different singing voices rather than the usual speaking voices), but as is common with Muppet Show translations, the guest star's musical sequences were mostly in English, as were many additional spoken dialog contributions within the song from the Muppets.

All new footage for Die Muppet Show was taped in London and later redubbed. Eberhard Storeck, who also supplied character voices, was the dialog director and translator. His contributions included changing the nationality of The Swedish Chef, becoming "The Danish Cook," and replacing his sing-song opening with a chant of "Smørrebrød, Smørrebrød røm, pøm, pøm, pøm," in reference to Danish butter bread.

The variety show Peter Alexander präsentiert Spezialitäten promoted the show two days prior to its premiere in 1977 by stopping by the original UK-set, and taping special footage.

For 2014's film Muppets Most Wanted, the show's title segment for their world tour stop in Berlin, Germany, was recreated using the German co-production's original title, complete with the German article.

Title inconsistency


"Die Muppets Show"... a typo that has made the rounds for decades.

Despite the custom German logo clearly reading "Die Muppet Show," the show's title has regularly been misquoted in articles, in most TV guide listings, and even on tie-in merchandise as either "Die Muppet-Show" (hyphenated) or "Die Muppets Show" (with a plural "s") from the beginning.

Beside obvious neglect on the part of the press to assure the correct citation of a title, the hyphenation is explained by the fact that, while German words can be joined without any kind of punctuation mark, foreign words would indeed need a hyphen.

The most likely source for the latter misquotation, as can be seen used here, is most likely the show's own custom German end credits roll, which was inexplicably never corrected throughout the show's entire five season run.

Video releases

For a complete list of video releases, see Die Muppet Show Videography.

The first official home video release of Die Muppet Show was announced in 2005. After a five year waiting period during which the "unusually complex legal situation"[1] concerning the German dub was decided, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Germany finally released Die Muppet Show: Season One on DVD on December 2, 2010. The second season box set was released on March 24, 2011. The third season box set was released on May 19, 2011.


English Name German Name German Voice Actor
Kermit the Frog Kermit der Frosch Horst Gentzen
Miss Piggy   Marianne Wischmann
Fozzie Bear Fozzie Bär Bruno W. Pantel
Gonzo Der große Gonzo/Gonzo der Große Werner Abrolat
The Swedish Chef Der dänische Koch Eberhard Storeck
Crazy Harry Crazy Donald (first two seasons)
Crazy Harry (thereafter)
Scooter   Christina Hoeltel (speaking)
Eberhard Storeck (singing)
Rowlf   Michael Rüth
Statler and Waldorf   Manfred Lichtenfeld (Statler)
Walter Reichelt (Waldorf)
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dr. Honigtau Bunsenbrenner Kurt Zips
Sam the Eagle Sam der amerikanische Adler Wolf Ackva
Dr. Teeth Dr. Goldzahn Paul Friedrichs, Heini Göbel (speaking)
Manfred Lichtenfeld (singing)
Animal Das Tier Harald Baerow (early episodes)
Eberhard Storeck (later episodes)
Floyd Pepper   Paul Lasner
Janice   Helen von Münchhofen
Zoot   Harald Baerow
Beauregard   Donald Arthur
Link Hogthrob Kapitän Link Ringelschwanz Harald Baerow (early episodes)
Eberhard Storeck (later episodes)
Dr. Julius Strangepork Dr. Julius Speckschwarte Mogens von Gadow (first episodes)
Paul Bürks (later episodes)
The Newsman Der Nachrichtensprecher/Reporter Franz Rudnick
The Announcer Der Ansager
Annie Sue   Uschi Wolff
Lew Zealand   Michael Habeck
Pops   Peter Capell
Sweetums   Herbert Weicker
J. P. Grosse  
Wayne and Wanda   Harald Baerow (Wayne)
Monika Greving (Wanda)
Louis Kazagger   Reinhard Glemnitz
George the Janitor George der Hausmeister Walter Ofiera
Uncle Deadly Der tödliche Onkel/Onkel Tödlich Eberhard Storeck (first season)
Donald Arthur (from third season on)
Gladys   Mady Rahl
Hilda   Tilli Breidenbach
Talking Houses   Fee von Reichlin (House #2)
Trevor the Gross Trevor der Grobe Donald Arthur

Broadcast Order

Season 1

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes
Folge 101 Rita Moreno    
Folge 102 Ruth Buzzi    
Folge 103 Joel Grey Berno von Cramm
(Joel Grey)

Eberhard Storeck
(Pachalafaka Singer)[2]
As with existing The Muppet Show edits of this episode, two Muppet News Flash segments and the balcony segment after "Razzle Dazzle" never made it into the German version of this episode.
Folge 104 Bruce Forsyth    
Folge 105 Paul Williams Michael Habeck
(Paul Williams)

Beate Granzow
(Mary Louise)[2]
The complete backstage scene before Paul Williams' first number is cut, and the following "telephone pole joke" backstage scene appears in a later spot. During the talk spot, citing famous short people, Kermit mentions Mickey Mouse. In the English version, it was Mickey Rooney.
Folge 106 Jim Nabors Fred Maire
(Jim Nabors)
Folge 107 Charles Aznavour Erich Ebert
(Charles Aznavour)
Folge 108 Florence Henderson   This is one of the few German episodes to retain the audio of original background sound effects (the crash of the Bouncing Borcellino pyramid) during the beginning of the closing theme, despite that this bit of the regular ending sequence isn't heard nor seen for this co-production, due to the pan-out shot of the orchestra plastering it.
Folge 109 Harvey Korman Thomas Braut
(Harvey Korman)

Christina Hoeltel
(Whatnot Panelist)
Folge 110 Candice Bergen Kerstin de Ahna
(Candice Bergen)
Folge 111 Sandy Duncan    
Folge 112 Avery Schreiber Wolfgang Hess
(Avery Schreiber)

Donald Arthur
(Gorgon Heap)
Folge 113 Ben Vereen Fred Klaus
(Ben Vereen)
Folge 114 Phyllis Diller Carola Höhn
(Phyllis Diller)

Gogalala Jubilee Jugband: Harry Friedauer, Manfred Ball, Michael Rüth[2]
Folge 115 Vincent Price Christian Marschall
(Vincent Price)
Folge 116 Valerie Harper Maddalena Kerrh
(Valerie Harper)
Folge 117 Ethel Merman    
Folge 118 Twiggy &
Mary Roos
  Gonzo introduces Mary Roos, who joins Rowlf for "Lean on Me." As with the German Kermit intros, this footage was taped at ITV studios with Roos. It was performed by the usual puppeteers with mouths approximating the German dialog, and then dubbed.
Folge 119 Kaye Ballard   Since the episode uses the standard closing theme, Statler and Waldorf's closing comment is re-used from episode 103.
Folge 120 Juliet Prowse    
Folge 121 Connie Stevens Eberhard Storeck

Leon Rainer
In his introduction, Kermit mentions Ernie and Bert as coming from Sesamstrasse.
Folge 122 Mummenschanz    
Folge 123 Lena Horne   This episode uses a slightly different take of the opening "Die Muppet Show" title card, compared to the one used for the rest of the episodes.
Folge 124 Peter Ustinov Günter Sauer
(Peter Ustinov)
Oddly, Miss Piggy and Fozzie are dubbed by different voice artists during "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

Season 2

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes
Folge 201 Peter Sellers Christian Marschall
(Peter Sellers)
Folge 202 Julie Andrews   The cow's moo at the end of the episode uses the regular "bum note" saxophone sound instead.
Folge 203 Rudolf Nurejew Michael Schwarzmeier
(Rudolf Nureyev)
Folge 204 Bob Hope Holger Hagen
(Bob Hope)
Hagen also dubbed Bob Hope as the ice cream vendor in the German dub of The Muppet Movie.
Folge 205 Elton John Jürgen Clausen
(Elton John)
Folge 206 Petula Clark    
Folge 207 Dom DeLuise Mogens von Gadow
(Dom DeLuise)
Similar to Folge 204, von Gadow also voiced DeLuise in the German dub of The Muppet Movie.
Folge 208 Cleo Laine    
Folge 209 Lou Rawls Wolfgang Hess
(Lou Rawls)
Folge 210 Nancy Walker Tilly Lauenstein
(Nancy Walker)

Erich Ebert
(Cannoneer Leader)
Folge 211 George Burns Franz Otto Krüger
(George Burns)

Erich Ebert
(Talking Machine)
Folge 212 Madeline Kahn    
Folge 213 Milton Berle Horst Sommer
(Milton Berle)
Folge 214 Steve Martin Manfred Seipold
(Steve Martin)
Steve Martin's banjo solo of the closing theme is retained and heard over the beginning of the ending credits (whereas other foreign editions of the episode use the original closing theme audio).
Folge 215 Edgar Bergen Alf Marholm
(Edgar Bergen)
Folge 216 Teresa Brewer    
Folge 217 Zero Mostel Donald Arthur
(Zero Mostel)
Folge 218 Judy Collins    
Folge 219 Rich Little   In the opening gag, when Little does his impersonation of W. C. Fields, Scooter instead identifies the personage as Bill Ramsey, an American born singer who had been popular in Germany since the late 1950s.
Folge 220 Cloris Leachman    
Folge 221 Bernadette Peters   In the opening, Bernadette Peters refers to the Swedish Chef's complimentary chicken sandwich as actually coming from the Swedish Chef, not "der Danish Koch," as was common in the German version.
Folge 222 Don Knotts Erik Schumann
(Don Knotts)
Folge 223 Jaye P. Morgan    
Folge 224 John Cleese Reiner Schöne
(John Cleese)

Season 3

This is the first German season to use the original American broadcast order.

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes
Folge 301 Kris Kristofferson &
Rita Coolidge
Maddalena Kerrh
(Rita Coolidge)
Folge 302 Leo Sayer Peter Ehret
(Leo Sayer)
Folge 303 Roy Clark    
Folge 304 Gilda Radner    
Folge 305 Pearl Bailey Mady Rahl
(Pearl Bailey)
Folge 306 Jean Stapleton Edith Schneider
(Jean Stapleton)
Folge 307 Alice Cooper Michael Schwarzmaier
(Alice Cooper)
Folge 308 Loretta Lynn    
Folge 309 Liberace Paul Bürks
This is one of the few German episodes to retain the audio of original background chatter during the beginning of the closing theme, despite that this bit of the regular ending sequence isn't heard nor seen for this co-production, due to the pan-out shot of the orchestra plastering it.
Folge 310 Marisa Berenson    
Folge 311 Raquel Welch    
Folge 312 James Coco Günter Sauer
(James Coco)
Folge 313 Helen Reddy    
Folge 314 Harry Belafonte Thomas Braut
(Harry Belafonte)
Folge 315 Lesley Ann Warren    
Folge 316 Danny Kaye Gerd Vespermann
(Danny Kaye)
Folge 317 Spike Milligan Horst Sommer
(Spike Milligan)
Folge 318 Leslie Uggams Unknown female voice artist
(Big Bird)
In his introduction, Kermit mentions "Big Bird" (not "Bibo") as coming from Sesamstrasse.
Folge 319 Elke Sommer Elke Sommer
as herself
Folge 320 Sylvester Stallone Peter Thom
(Sylvester Stallone)

Erich Ebert
(Albert Flan)
Folge 321 Roger Miller Hannes Gromball
(Roger Miller)
Folge 322 Roy Rogers &
Dale Evans
Kurt E. Ludwig
(Roy Rogers)

Fee von Reichlin
(Dale Evans)
Folge 323 Lynn Redgrave    
Folge 324 Cheryl Ladd Dagmar Heller
(Cheryl Ladd)

Season 4

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes
Folge 401 John Denver Hannes Gromball
(John Denver)
Folge 402 Crystal Gayle    
Folge 403 Shields and Yarnell Ulf-Jürgen Wagner

Marion Hartmann
Folge 404 Dyan Cannon Maddalena Kerrh
(Dyan Cannon)
Folge 405 Victor Borge Heinz Engelmann
(Victor Borge)
Folge 406 Linda Lavin    
Folge 407 Dudley Moore    
Folge 408 Arlo Guthrie    
Folge 409 Beverly Sills    
Folge 410 Kenny Rogers Michael Cramer
(Kenny Rogers)
Folge 411 Lola Falana    
Folge 412 Phyllis George    
Folge 413 Dizzy Gillespie Michael Gahr
(Dizzy Gillespie)
Folge 414 Liza Minnelli    
Folge 415 Anne Murray    
Folge 416 Jonathan Winters Herbert Weicker
(Jonathan Winters)
Folge 417 The stars of
Star Wars
Pierre Franckh
(Mark Hamill/
Luke Skywalker)

Ulf-Jürgen Wagner
Neither of the two Star Wars characters that have (dubbed) lines, were dubbed by their established German voice actors from the films.
Folge 418 Christopher Reeve    
Folge 419 Lynda Carter    
Folge 420 Alan Arkin Berno von Cramm
(Alan Arkin)
Folge 421 Doug Henning Peter Ehret
(Doug Henning)
Folge 422 Andy Williams    
Folge 423 Carol Channing    
Folge 424 Diana Ross    

Season 5

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes
Folge 501 Gene Kelly Horst Sachtleben
(Gene Kelly)
Folge 502 Loretta Swit Ingrid Capelle
(Loretta Swit)
Folge 503 Joan Baez    
Folge 504 Shirley Bassey    
Folge 505 James Coburn Michael Cramer
(James Coburn)
Folge 506 Brooke Shields Irina Wanka
(Brooke Shields)
Wanka also dubbed Brooke Shields in Die Muppets erobern Manhattan (The Muppets Take Manhattan)
Folge 507 Glenda Jackson    
Folge 508 Señor Wences Leo Bardischewski
(Señor Wences)
Folge 509 Debbie Harry    
Folge 510 Jean-Pierre Rampal Imo Heite
(Jean-Pierre Rampal)
Folge 511 Paul Simon Peter Ehret
(Paul Simon)
Like the Florence Henderson and Liberace episodes, this is one of the few German episodes to retain the audio of original background chatter during the beginning of the closing theme.
Folge 512 Melissa Manchester    
Folge 513 Tony Randall Fred Maire
(Tony Randall)
Folge 514 Mac Davis Ivar Combrinck
(Mac Davis)
Folge 515 Carol Burnett    
Folge 516 Gladys Knight    
Folge 517 Hal Linden Reiner Schöne
(Hal Linden)
Folge 518 Marty Feldman Christian Marschall
(Marty Feldman, others)
Folge 519 Chris Langham    
Folge 520 Wally Boag Fred Klaus
(Wally Boag)
Folge 521 Johnny Cash Gert Günther Hoffmann
(Johnny Cash)
Folge 522 Buddy Rich Holger Hagen
(Buddy Rich)
Folge 523 Linda Ronstadt    
Folge 524 Roger Moore Karl-Walter Diess
(Roger Moore)

See also



  1. Official Disney statement on the release struggles concerning the show
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 German album credits. Jim Henson's Redbook, December 2012.
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