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Jim Henson


Oscar the Grouch introduces "True Mud" on GrouchBO.

HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television channel that specializes in showing movies, as well as original films and series. In May of 2020, the company launched the HBO Max streaming service with original and archive content available on-demand.

Among the Henson productions that originally aired on HBO are Fraggle Rock (1983-1987), The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986), and The Ghost of Faffner Hall (1989). Additionally, the Muppets appeared in the 1978 HBO special The Vent Event, and in December of the same year, the special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (originally aired on the CBC) was rebroadcast on the channel.

In 1983, HBO held a Fraggle Rock Sweepstakes contest. The grand prize was a trip for a family of four to Fraggle Rock at Toronto's CBC Studios or New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and a tour of The Muppet Workshop. Other prizes were a Fraggle Fun Pack which included a Fraggle Rock record and poster, and a year's subscription to HBO. A promo was filmed for this contest featuring Doc and Sprocket reading about the contest in a newspaper. Doc encouraged Sprocket to enter the contest so that they can figure out what a Fraggle is. Gobo Fraggle makes a silent appearance at the end as he overhears Doc's conversation. The contest ended on May 31, 1983.

In 1997, HBO aired The StoryTeller, both re-runs and "The Three Ravens," which had not aired in America, and The StoryTeller: Greek Myths, making its belated US debut. In November 2006, two performances of Puppet Up! were filmed as part of HBO and AEG LIVE's "The Comedy Festival" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.

On August 13, 2015, it was announced that Sesame Workshop entered a partnership with HBO to premiere new episodes of Sesame Street on the channel prior to airing on PBS, starting with season 46.[1] Launching on January 16, 2016, modern and classic episodes were made available on the HBO Kids section of the HBO GO/Now services, and HBO Latino simulcasted the series in Spanish.

The channel also premiered new Sesame Street specials, including Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016), The Magical Wand Chase (2017), When You Wish Upon a Pickle (2018) and the 50th Anniversary Celebration (2019). Additionally, the Sesame characters appeared in various HBO promos. In October 2019, it was announced that new Sesame Street episodes, specials and spin-offs would instead premiere on HBO Max. Season 50 was the last season to run on the channel,[2] and the show remained in re-runs until November 2020.

On October 10, 2016, it was announced that Fraggle Rock would be returning to the network starting in December, digitally remastered in high definition.

Over the years, HBO, and its multiple channels, have aired The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That Bird, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.


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