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The Muppet Show was broadcast from 1976 to 1981 in first-run syndication. This means that, unlike a TV show produced by a network, the series was made and then sold to local television stations. Without a corporate entity keeping a consistent schedule, broadcast dates varied greatly depending on the market, and were dictated by regional demographics.

As such, the broadcast debut of any given episode of The Muppet Show depends on the viewer's locality. The two most commonly cited dates used are those catalogued for New York City in the United States, and the Midlands region in England.[1][2]

The numbers ascribed to episodes of The Muppet Show originate with their production code.[3] However, it should be noted that the sequential order of these episode numbers does not denote the order in which they were produced.[4] Production numbers were assigned according to factors outside of the dates in which each episode entered production. Additionally, the production of many episodes would overlap, with the crew filming material for two separate episodes concurrently. In some cases, episodes were recorded out of their original production sequence due to the availability of the guest stars or other production factors.

This table serves to organize a list of all 120 episodes that can be sorted by episode number, production start date, US premiere, and UK premiere. This may help in assessing a number of firsts that took place over the course of the series' five-year run. For example, simply stating that Beauregard made his "debut" in episode 310 is a slight misconception. Episode 310 is the first episode in which he appears according to the production codes, but it aired in NYC after the character had already apeared on screen in episode 312. Thus, a character's "debut" is open to some interpretation depending on what region the episode was first seen in, when it was written, and when it was taped.

Note: dates are formatted year-month-day to accomodate an automatic ordering structure.

Guest Star Prod no. Prod date UK NY
Juliet Prowse

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1x01 1976-01-29 1977-01-16 1977-04-25
Connie Stevens

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1x02 1976-01-19 1977-04-16 1977-02-28
Joel Grey

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1x03 1976-05-18 1976-09-05 1976-10-18
Ruth Buzzi

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1x04 1976-05-25 1976-10-03 1976-10-11
Rita Moreno

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1x05 1976-06-03 1976-09-12 1976-09-20
Jim Nabors

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1x06 1976-06-08 1976-09-26 1976-09-27
Florence Henderson

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1x07 1976-06-15 1976-10-17 1976-11-15
Paul Williams

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1x08 1976-06-22 1976-10-10 1976-10-25
Charles Aznavour

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1x09 1976-06-29 1976-11-28 1977-01-17
Harvey Korman

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1x10 1976-05-27 1976-11-07 1976-12-13
Lena Horne

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1x11 1976-07-13 1976-10-31 1976-11-01
Peter Ustinov

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1x12 1976-07-20 1976-10-24 1976-11-08
Bruce Forsyth

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1x13 1976-07-27 1977-01-30 1976-12-06
Sandy Duncan

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1x14 1976-08-03 1976-09-19 1976-10-04
Candice Bergen

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1x15 1976-08-10 1976-11-14 1976-11-29
Avery Schreiber

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1x16 1976-09-28 1976-12-12 1977-04-18
Ben Vereen

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1x17 1976-10-04 1976-11-21 1977-01-24
Phyllis Diller

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1x18 1976-10-11 1976-12-05 1977-02-14
Vincent Price

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1x19 1976-10-19 1977-04-23 1977-01-31
Valerie Harper

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1x20 1976-10-26 1977-01-02 1976-11-22
Twiggy

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1x21 1976-11-09 1976-12-19 1977-02-07
Ethel Merman

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1x22 1976-11-16 1977-04-09 1977-02-21
Kaye Ballard

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1x23 1976-11-23 1977-01-23 1977-03-07
Mummenschanz

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1x24 1976-11-23 1977-01-09 1977-03-21
Don Knotts

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2x01 1977-05-23 1978-02-05 1977-11-28
Zero Mostel

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2x02 1977-05-31 1978-03-05 1977-12-09
Milton Berle

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2x03 1977-06-09 1977-10-14 1977-11-11
Rich Little

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2x04 1977-06-14 1977-11-04 1977-09-23
Judy Collins

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2x05 1977-06-21 1978-01-29 1978-01-30
Nancy Walker

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2x06 1977-06-28 1977-10-28 1977-10-24
Edgar Bergen

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2x07 1977-07-12 1977-11-11 1977-10-07
Steve Martin

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2x08 1977-07-19 1977-12-09 1977-10-31
Madeline Kahn

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2x09 1977-07-26 1977-10-07 1977-09-30
George Burns

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2x10 1977-08-02 1977-09-30 1977-09-16
Dom DeLuise

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2x11 1977-08-09 1977-11-25 1977-10-14
Bernadette Peters

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2x12 1977-08-16 1977-11-18 1977-11-04
Rudolf Nureyev

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2x13 1977-10-18 1978-01-22 1978-01-23
Elton John

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2x14 1977-10-25 1978-01-08 1978-02-06
Lou Rawls

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2x15 1977-11-01 1977-12-16 1978-03-03
Cleo Laine

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2x16 1977-11-08 1978-01-15 1978-05-15
Julie Andrews

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2x17 1977-11-23 1977-12-25 1978-02-20
Jaye P. Morgan

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2x18 1977-11-29 1978-02-26 1978-03-06
Peter Sellers

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2x19 1977-12-06 1978-01-01 1978-02-24
Petula Clark

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2x20 1977-12-13 1978-03-12 1978-05-05
Bob Hope

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2x21 1977-11-22 1978-02-19 1978-02-13
Teresa Brewer

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2x22 1977-07-12 1977-12-02 1977-11-21
John Cleese

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2x23 1977-08-09 1977-10-21 1977-12-02
Cloris Leachman

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2x24 1977-12-06 1978-02-12 1978-05-20
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge

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3x01 1978-02-14 1978-12-22 1978-11-23
Leo Sayer

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3x02 1978-02-21 1978-03-26 1978-12-07
Roy Clark

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3x03 1978-02-28 1978-03-19 1978-09-28
Gilda Radner

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3x04 1978-03-07 1978-04-02 1978-12-14
Pearl Bailey

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3x05 1978-03-14 1978-04-09 1978-11-16
Jean Stapleton

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3x06 1978-03-21 1978-04-16 1978-10-05
Alice Cooper

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3x07 1978-03-28 1978-11-24 1978-11-02
Loretta Lynn

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3x08 1978-04-04 1978-04-23 1978-10-26
Liberace

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3x09 1978-04-11 1979-01-19 1978-10-19
Marisa Berenson

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3x10 1978-04-18 1978-12-15 1978-12-21
Raquel Welch

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3x11 1978-04-25 1978-11-17 1978-11-30
James Coco

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3x12 1978-05-02 1978-12-08 1978-10-12
Helen Reddy

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3x13 1978-05-09 1978-12-01 1978-09-21
Harry Belafonte

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3x14 1978-11-08 1979-01-05 1979-02-15
Lesley Ann Warren

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3x15 1978-11-14 1979-01-12 1979-02-08
Danny Kaye

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3x16 1978-11-21 1978-12-25 1979-02-01
Spike Milligan

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3x17 1978-12-12 1979-03-02 1979-01-18
Leslie Uggams

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3x18 1978-12-05 1979-01-26 1979-07-05
Elke Sommer

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3x19 1978-12-12 1979-02-02 1979-01-25
Sylvester Stallone

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3x20 1979-01-09 1979-02-09 1979-02-22
Roger Miller

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3x21 1979-01-16 1979-02-16 1979-05-10
Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

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3x22 1979-01-23 1979-02-23 1979-05-17
Lynn Redgrave

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3x23 1979-01-30 1979-03-09 1979-05-24
Cheryl Ladd

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3x24 1978-05-09 1978-12-29 1978-11-09
John Denver

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4x01 1979-04-24 1979-12-14 1979-09-20
Crystal Gayle

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4x02 1979-05-01 1979-11-02 1979-10-11
Shields & Yarnell

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4x03 1979-05-08 1979-11-23 1979-10-04
Dyan Cannon

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4x04 1979-05-15 1980-01-25 1980-01-31
Victor Borge

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4x05 1979-05-22 1979-11-09 1979-11-01
Linda Lavin

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4x06 1979-05-29 1979-12-07 1979-09-27
Dudley Moore

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4x07 1979-06-12 1979-10-29 1979-10-25
Arlo Guthrie

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4x08 1979-06-19 1979-12-21 1979-12-04
Beverly Sills

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4x09 1979-06-26 1979-11-16 1979-11-08
Kenny Rogers

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4x10 1979-07-03 1979-11-30 1979-10-18
Lola Falana

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4x11 1979-07-10 1980-01-18 1979-11-22
Phyllis George

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4x12 1979-07-17 1980-01-11 1979-11-29
Dizzy Gillespie

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4x13 1979-07-24 1980-01-04 1980-02-28
Liza Minnelli

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4x14 1979-07-30 1979-12-28 1979-11-15
Anne Murray

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4x15 1980-01-08 1980-02-01 1980-03-06
Jonathan Winters

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4x16 1980-01-15 1980-02-08 1980-03-13
Mark Hamill

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4x17 1980-01-15 1980-02-29 1980-02-21
Christopher Reeve

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4x18 1980-01-22 1980-02-15 1980-02-07
Lynda Carter

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4x19 1980-01-29 1980-02-22 1980-02-14
Alan Arkin

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4x20 1980-02-11 1980-03-07 1980-03-20
Doug Henning

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4x21 1980-02-04 1980-03-14 1980-05-01
Andy Williams

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4x22 1980-01-29 1980-03-21 1980-05-22
Carol Channing

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4x23 1980-02-11 1980-03-28 1980-05-08
Diana Ross

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4x24 1980-02-18 1980-04-04 1980-05-15
Gene Kelly

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5x01 1980-08-19 1981-01-04 1981-02-28
Loretta Swit

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5x02 1980-03-10 1980-10-12 1980-11-15
Joan Baez

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5x03 1980-03-17 1980-12-14 1980-12-06
Shirley Bassey

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5x04 1980-03-24 1981-03-15 1980-10-04
James Coburn

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5x05 1980-04-01 1980-10-19 1980-10-11
Brooke Shields

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5x06 1980-04-07 1980-11-09 1980-10-18
Glenda Jackson

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5x07 1980-04-21 1980-12-28 1980-11-08
Señor Wences

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5x08 1980-04-28 1980-11-23 1981-05-30
Debbie Harry

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5x09 1980-08-04 1981-01-25 1981-02-21
Jean-Pierre Rampal

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5x10 1980-05-12 1980-11-30 1981-01-17
Paul Simon

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5x11 1980-05-19 1981-02-22 1981-04-25
Melissa Manchester

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5x12 1980-07-01 1980-11-16 1981-06-08
Tony Randall

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5x13 1980-06-03 1980-11-02 1980-10-25
Mac Davis

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5x14 1980-06-16 1981-03-08 1980-11-22
Carol Burnett

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5x15 1980-06-23 1981-02-08 1980-09-20
Gladys Knight

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5x16 1980-07-03 1980-12-07 1981-05-02
Hal Linden

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5x17 1980-07-08 1981-01-11 1981-02-07
Marty Feldman

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5x18 1980-07-14 1980-12-21 1981-05-23
Chris Langham

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5x19 1980-08-05 1981-03-01 1981-01-31
Wally Boag

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5x20 1980-07-28 1981-01-18 1981-05-09
Johnny Cash

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5x21 1980-08-11 1981-02-01 1981-02-14
Buddy Rich

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5x22 1980-08-14 1981-02-15 1981-05-16
Linda Ronstadt

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5x23 1980-05-27 1980-10-26 1980-11-01
Roger Moore

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5x24 1980-04-29 1980-10-05 1980-09-27

Sources

  1. The Muppet Show broadcast dates for ATV Midlands region come from John Lavalie and Alex Taylor.
  2. The Muppet Show broadcast dates for WCBS-TV New York comes from The Paley Center for Media online database.
  3. production numbers are sourced to Henson.com
  4. Production dates were originally sourced to Kermitage.com and have since been confirmed via correspondence between Muppet Wiki and The Jim Henson Company Archives
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