1983 Muppet Magazine headline

Fame was a TV series (first on NBC and then in syndication) that aired from 1982 to 1987. Based on the 1980 movie of the same name, the series focused on the aspirations of students at New York City's High School for the Performing Arts. The show used many of the same actors and/or characters from the film.

Muppet Magazine issue 2 (1983) had an article spotlighting "The Stars of Fame," with photos and interviews of seven of that season's ten main regulars: Debbie Allen, Albert Hague, and the student actors.

The movie and series spawned several spin-offs and remakes, including a stage version, the 1997 TV series Fame LA, a 2003 reality show, and a 2009 film remake.

Muppet Mentions

  • In the first season episode "Passing Grade," aspiring comedian Danny Amatullo makes a joke about reading cereal boxes and manhole covers. Doris responds with "Wocka Wocka Wocka."
  • In the first season episode "The Crazies," Danny asks drama teacher Mr. Crandall if he can write down his comments for use in his comedy act, promising credit. Crandall agrees but warns him "I don't plan on saying anything funny between here and the subway." Danny's response is another dry "Wocka Wocka Wocka."
  • In the third season episode "Catch a Falling Star," Leroy and his father's old showbiz partner Eddie Macon perform a song number, "Whatever Happened to the Heroes?" (written for the episode). After discussing the old movie personalities, the lyrics mention who they have nowadays: Superman's a cartoon, and Kermit's a frog/E.T.'s an alien and Benji's a dog."
  • In the 2009 film remake, Joy lands a semi-regular role on Sesame Street. She later discusses it with her friend Jenny, intercut with the Louis Armstrong recording of "You Made Me Love You": talking about how everyone grew up with the show, mentioning Cookie Monster and how the prop cookies are made, Oscar's name surfaces, and Jenny brings up her ideal Sesame Street cast.



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