Michael Jackson (1958-2009) was an internationally known pop star who came to prominence first as the youngest member of the Jackson 5 and later as a solo artist whose album Thriller (1982) remains the best selling album of all time.
- Baby Breeze names Michael Jackson as "my number one man" when the students at Roosevelt Franklin Elementary School are naming great people.
- Rodney performs the moonwalk in Sesame Street Episode 2253 to demonstrate how he'd walk on the Moon.
- Kermit the Frog dressed as Jackson for a poster in the Spring 1988 issue of Muppet Magazine, spoofing Jackson's album Bad.
- Jackson's song "Beat It" was included in the 1985 stage show The Muppet Show on Tour: 2nd Edition.
- Sequences parodying the video for "Billie Jean" featured in the video clip for "I'm Gonna Always Love You."
- In Follow That Bird, Sid and Sam Sleaze discuss how to liven up their blue bird act and hit upon the idea of making him breakdance. Sam adds "We'll get him a white glove!", referencing Jackson's famous white glove.
- The Sesame Street song "Wet or Dry" spoofs Jackson's "Black or White."
- The Big Bad Wolf pays tribute to Jackson in his song "Bad Wolf," wearing a leather jacket and a single white glove. The song also spoofs his hit "Bad."
- A copy of Jackson's album Thriller appears on the wall during the "Rechov Video" segments of Shalom Sesame.
- A blooper from It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, shown on NBC's Funniest Outtakes 2, features Fozzie Bear dancing in his seat. Following the clip, Fozzie comments he learned the moves from Jackson.
- Elmo and a group of Sesame Street monsters performed at the Hollywood Meets Motown event dressed as the Jackson 5.
- Walk-around versions of the Sesame Street Muppets performed "Thriller" to the pre-recorded voices of the Muppeteers in The Not-Too-Spooky Halloween Radio Show! at Sesame Place.
- In the "Cubby Creature" episode of Abby's Flying Fairy School, Blogg wears a red leather jacket similar to Michael Jackson's in the "Beat It" music video, as well as performing the moonwalk and the dance from the "Thriller" video. Music cues from some of his songs accompany (including "Beat It," "Thriller" and "Billy Jean").
- When Constantine thanks the audience at the end of El Muppet Show in Muppets Most Wanted, he leaves the stage doing the Moonwalk, Jackson's signature dance move.
- The Parque Plaza Sésamo stage show El Gran Show features a medley of remixed versions of Jackson's songs including "Don't Stop", Billie Jean", and "Black or White".
- A picture of Jackson with Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog is featured in his 1988 autobiography, Moon Walk. The photo was later shown during Jackson's memorial service, which was broadcast worldwide.
- The documentary, Living with Michael Jackson features a Kermit the Frog pill box as part of Jackson's collection.