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Premiere December 3, 1977
Finale June 5, 1982
Network ZDF
Seasons 5
Episodes 120

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 dub was recorded in Munich, Germany, at dubbing studio 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
Rowlf the Dog Rowlf der Hund Michael Rüth
Sam the Eagle Sam der amerikanische Adler Wolf Ackva
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dr. Honigtau Bunsenbrenner Kurt Zips
Dr. Teeth (speaking)

Dr. Goldzahn (speaking)

Dietrich Thoms, Paul Friedrichs, Heini Göbel
Manfred Lichtenfeld
Waldorf Walter Reichelt
Scooter (speaking)

Christina Hoeltel
Eberhard Storeck
The Swedish Chef Der dänische Koch
Robin Robin der Frosch
Crazy Harry Crazy Donald (first two seasons)
Crazy Harry (thereafter)
Uncle Deadly
(first season)

(from third season on)
Der tödliche Onkel/Onkel Tödlich
(first season)

(from third season on)
Peter Capell
Donald Arthur
Trevor the Gross Trevor der Grobe
Pops Peter Capell
Floyd Pepper Paul Lasner
Janice Helen von Münchhofen
Zoot Harald Baerow
Wanda Monika Greving
Animal Das Tier Harald Baerow (early episodes)
Eberhard Storeck (later episodes)
Link Hogthrob Kapitän Link Ringelschwanz
Gorgon Heap Donald Arthur (first season)
Harald Baerow (second season)
The Country Trio Manfred Lichtenfeld (Jim)
Eberhard Storeck (Frank)
Gunther Beth (Jerry)
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
Sweetums Herbert Weicker
J. P. Grosse
Louis Kazagger Reinhard Glemnitz
Marvin Suggs Panos Papadopulos
Mildred Huxtetter Inge Schulz
George the Janitor George der Hausmeister Walter Ofiera, Paul Friedrichs
Hilda Tilli Breidenbach
Gladys Mady Rahl
Angus McGonagle Willy Friedrichs
Mickey Moose Gernot Duda
King Rupert the First König Rupert der Erste
Zuzu Fitzwaller
Statler's Grandson Statlers Enkelkind Inez Günther
Talking Houses Sprechende Häuser Fee von Reichlin (House #2, #3)

Broadcast Order

The dub aired on ZDF from December 3, 1977 to June 5, 1982, omitting only one episode from the broadcast: Episode 207 featuring guest star Edgar Bergen. It was omitted again by the network when it reran other episodes of the show during the summer of 1981. The episode eventually aired on October 19, 1991, over twelve years after its original slot in the show's lineup, when TV network Pro7 had obtained the rights and reran the show in its entirety.

The episode order of the first two seasons was rearranged considerably for the dub, and even released on home video accordingly. The following list provides original episode numbers in parentheses, whenever differing.

Season 1

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes German Airdate
Folge 101
(orig. 105)
Rita Moreno December 3, 1977
Folge 102
(orig. 104)
Ruth Buzzi December 10, 1977
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. December 17, 1977
Folge 104
(orig. 113)
Bruce Forsyth December 31, 1977
Folge 105
(orig. 108)
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. January 7, 1978
Folge 106 Jim Nabors Fred Maire
(Jim Nabors)
January 14, 1978
Folge 107
(orig. 109)
Charles Aznavour Erich Ebert
(Charles Aznavour)
January 21, 1978
Folge 108
(orig. 107)
Florence Henderson This is one of the few German episodes to retain the audio of original background sound effects (the crash of the Bouncing Borsalino 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. January 28, 1978
Folge 109
(orig. 110)
Harvey Korman Thomas Braut
(Harvey Korman)

Christina Hoeltel
(Whatnot Panelist)
February 4, 1978
Folge 110
(orig. 115)
Candice Bergen Kerstin de Ahna
(Candice Bergen)
February 11, 1978
Folge 111
(orig. 114)
Sandy Duncan February 18, 1978
Folge 112
(orig. 116)
Avery Schreiber Wolfgang Hess
(Avery Schreiber)

Donald Arthur
(Gorgon Heap)
February 25, 1978
Folge 113
(orig. 117)
Ben Vereen Fred Klaus
(Ben Vereen)
March 4, 1978
Folge 114
(orig. 118)
Phyllis Diller Carola Höhn
(Phyllis Diller)

Gogalala Jubilee Jugband: Harry Friedauer, Manfred Ball, Michael Rüth[2]
March 11, 1978
Folge 115
(orig. 119)
Vincent Price Christian Marschall
(Vincent Price)
March 18, 1978
Folge 116
(orig. 116)
Valerie Harper Maddalena Kerrh
(Valerie Harper)
March 25, 1978
Folge 117
(orig. 117)
Ethel Merman April 1, 1978
Folge 118
(orig. 121)
Twiggy &
Mary Roos
Substituting for the "In My Life" number: 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. April 8, 1978
Folge 119
(orig. 123)
Kaye Ballard Since the episode uses the standard closing theme, Statler and Waldorf's closing comment is re-used from episode 103. April 15, 1978
Folge 120
(orig. 101)
Juliet Prowse April 22, 1978
Folge 121
(orig. 102)
Connie Stevens Eberhard Storeck

Leon Rainer
In his introduction, Kermit mentions Ernie and Bert as coming from Sesamstrasse. April 29, 1978
Folge 122
(orig. 124)
Mummenschanz May 6, 1978
Folge 123
(orig. 111)
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. May 13, 1978
Folge 124
(orig. 112)
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." May 20, 1978

Season 2

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes German Airdate
Folge 201
(orig. 219)
Peter Sellers Christian Marschall
(Peter Sellers)
November 11, 1978
Folge 202
(orig. 217)
Julie Andrews The cow's moo at the end of the episode uses the regular "bum note" saxophone sound instead. November 18, 1978
Folge 203
(orig. 213)
Rudolf Nurejew Michael Schwarzmeier
(Rudolf Nureyev)
November 25, 1978
Folge 204
(orig. 221)
Bob Hope Holger Hagen
(Bob Hope)
Hagen also dubbed Bob Hope as the ice cream vendor in the German dub of The Muppet Movie. December 2, 1978
Folge 205
(orig. 214)
Elton John Jürgen Clausen
(Elton John)
December 9, 1978
Folge 206
(orig. 220)
Petula Clark December 16, 1978
Folge 207
(orig. 211)
Dom DeLuise Mogens von Gadow
(Dom DeLuise)
Similar to Folge 204, von Gadow also voiced DeLuise in the German dub of The Muppet Movie. December 30, 1978
Folge 208
(orig. 216)
Cleo Laine January 6, 1979
Folge 209
(orig. 215)
Lou Rawls Wolfgang Hess
(Lou Rawls)
January 13, 1979
Folge 210
(orig. 206)
Nancy Walker Tilly Lauenstein
(Nancy Walker)

Erich Ebert
(Cannoneer Leader)
January 20, 1979
Folge 211
(orig. 210)
George Burns Franz Otto Krüger
(George Burns)

Erich Ebert
(Talking Machine)
January 27, 1979
Folge 212
(orig. 209)
Madeline Kahn February 3, 1979
Folge 213
(orig. 203)
Milton Berle Horst Sommer
(Milton Berle)
February 17, 1979
Folge 214
(orig. 208)
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). March 3, 1979
Folge 215
(orig. 207)
Edgar Bergen Alf Marholm
(Edgar Bergen)
This is the only episode to not air during the show's original run, but over twelve years later on a different network. October 19, 1991
(on Pro7)
Folge 216
(orig. 222)
Teresa Brewer March 10, 1979
Folge 217
(orig. 202)
Zero Mostel Donald Arthur
(Zero Mostel)
March 17, 1979
Folge 218
(orig. 205)
Judy Collins March 24, 1979
Folge 219
(orig. 204)
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. March 31, 1979
Folge 220
(orig. 224)
Cloris Leachman April 7, 1979
Folge 221
(orig. 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 "the Danish Chef," as was common in the German version. April 14, 1979
Folge 222
(orig. 201)
Don Knotts Erik Schumann
(Don Knotts)
April 21, 1979
Folge 223
(orig. 218)
Jaye P. Morgan April 28, 1979
Folge 224
(orig. 223)
John Cleese Reiner Schöne
(John Cleese)
October 27, 1979

Season 3

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

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes German Airdate
Folge 301 Kris Kristofferson &
Rita Coolidge
Maddalena Kerrh
(Rita Coolidge)
November 3, 1979
Folge 302 Leo Sayer Peter Ehret
(Leo Sayer)
November 10, 1979
Folge 303 Roy Clark November 17, 1979
Folge 304 Gilda Radner November 24, 1979
Folge 305 Pearl Bailey Mady Rahl
(Pearl Bailey)
December 1, 1979
Folge 306 Jean Stapleton Edith Schneider
(Jean Stapleton)
December 8, 1979
Folge 307 Alice Cooper Michael Schwarzmaier
(Alice Cooper)
December 15, 1979
Folge 308 Loretta Lynn January 12, 1980
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. January 19, 1980
Folge 310 Marisa Berenson January 26, 1980
Folge 311 Raquel Welch February 2, 1980
Folge 312 James Coco Günter Sauer
(James Coco)
February 9, 1980
Folge 313 Helen Reddy February 16, 1980
Folge 314 Harry Belafonte Thomas Braut
(Harry Belafonte)
February 23, 1980
Folge 315 Lesley Ann Warren March 1, 1980
Folge 316 Danny Kaye Gerd Vespermann
(Danny Kaye)
March 8, 1980
Folge 317 Spike Milligan Horst Sommer
(Spike Milligan)
March 15, 1980
Folge 318 Leslie Uggams Unknown female voice artist
(Big Bird)
In his introduction, Kermit mentions "Big Bird" (not "Bibo") as coming from Sesamstrasse. March 22, 1980
Folge 319 Elke Sommer Elke Sommer
as herself
March 29, 1980
Folge 320 Sylvester Stallone Peter Thom
(Sylvester Stallone)

Erich Ebert
(Albert Flan)
April 5, 1980
Folge 321 Roger Miller Hannes Gromball
(Roger Miller)
April 12, 1980
Folge 322 Roy Rogers &
Dale Evans
Kurt E. Ludwig
(Roy Rogers)

Fee von Reichlin
(Dale Evans)
April 19, 1980
Folge 323 Lynn Redgrave April 26, 1980
Folge 324 Cheryl Ladd Dagmar Heller
(Cheryl Ladd)
May 3, 1980

Season 4

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes German Airdate
Folge 401 John Denver Hannes Gromball
(John Denver)
September 27, 1980
Folge 402 Crystal Gayle October 4, 1980
Folge 403 Shields and Yarnell Ulf-Jürgen Wagner

Marion Hartmann
October 11, 1980
Folge 404 Dyan Cannon Maddalena Kerrh
(Dyan Cannon)
October 18, 1980
Folge 405 Victor Borge Heinz Engelmann
(Victor Borge)
October 25, 1980
Folge 406 Linda Lavin November 8, 1980
Folge 407 Dudley Moore November 15, 1980
Folge 408 Arlo Guthrie November 22, 1980
Folge 409 Beverly Sills November 29, 1980
Folge 410 Kenny Rogers Michael Cramer
(Kenny Rogers)
December 6, 1980
Folge 411 Lola Falana December 13, 1980
Folge 412 Phyllis George December 20, 1980
Folge 413 Dizzy Gillespie Michael Gahr
(Dizzy Gillespie)
December 27, 1980
Folge 414 Liza Minnelli January 3, 1981
Folge 415 Anne Murray January 10, 1981
Folge 416 Jonathan Winters Herbert Weicker
(Jonathan Winters)
January 17, 1981
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. January 24, 1981
Folge 418 Christopher Reeve January 31, 1981
Folge 419 Lynda Carter February 7, 1981
Folge 420 Alan Arkin Berno von Cramm
(Alan Arkin)
February 14, 1981
Folge 421 Doug Henning Peter Ehret
(Doug Henning)
February 21, 1981
Folge 422 Andy Williams February 28, 1981
Folge 423 Carol Channing March 7, 1981
Folge 424 Diana Ross March 14, 1981

Season 5

German Episode Number Guest Star(s) Additional Voices Notes German Airdate
Folge 501 Gene Kelly Horst Sachtleben
(Gene Kelly)
December 5, 1981
Folge 502 Loretta Swit Ingrid Capelle
(Loretta Swit)
December 12, 1981
Folge 503 Joan Baez January 2, 1982
Folge 504 Shirley Bassey January 9, 1982
Folge 505 James Coburn Michael Cramer
(James Coburn)
January 16, 1982
Folge 506 Brooke Shields Irina Wanka
(Brooke Shields)
Wanka also dubbed Brooke Shields in Die Muppets erobern Manhattan (The Muppets Take Manhattan) January 23, 1982
Folge 507 Glenda Jackson January 30, 1982
Folge 508 Señor Wences Leo Bardischewski
(Señor Wences)
February 6, 1982
Folge 509 Debbie Harry February 13, 1982
Folge 510 Jean-Pierre Rampal Imo Heite
(Jean-Pierre Rampal)
February 20, 1982
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. February 27, 1982
Folge 512 Melissa Manchester March 6, 1982
Folge 513 Tony Randall Fred Maire
(Tony Randall)
March 13, 1982
Folge 514 Mac Davis Ivar Combrinck
(Mac Davis)
March 20, 1982
Folge 515 Carol Burnett March 27, 1982
Folge 516 Gladys Knight April 3, 1982
Folge 517 Hal Linden Reiner Schöne
(Hal Linden)
April 10, 1982
Folge 518 Marty Feldman Christian Marschall
(Marty Feldman, others)
April 17, 1982
Folge 519 Chris Langham April 24, 1982
Folge 520 Wally Boag Fred Klaus
(Wally Boag)
May 8, 1982
Folge 521 Johnny Cash Gert Günther Hoffmann
(Johnny Cash)
May 15, 1982
Folge 522 Buddy Rich Holger Hagen
(Buddy Rich)
May 22, 1982
Folge 523 Linda Ronstadt May 29, 1982
Folge 524 Roger Moore Karl-Walter Diess
(Roger Moore)
June 5, 1982

See also