I Want My Muppets Now!: The Muppets' upcoming Disney+ series, Muppets Now, will officially premiere on the service on July 31, 2020. The Muppets previously made a guest appearance on the ABC special The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II, a follow-up to last month's special featuring musical performances of Disney songs.
The Word on the Street: Oscar the Grouch wins Webby Awards for his Squarespace ad campaign. In March, Sesame Street launched its Caring for Each Other initiative to help and entertain families during the coronavirus pandemic. The primetime TV special Elmo's Playdate aired in April across multiple networks, featuring Elmo having a virtual playdate with his friends. Last year, Sesame Street celebrated its 50th anniversary and became the first television show to receive the Kennedy Center Honor.
Fraggles Rock On: On April 21, Apple TV+ premiered Fraggle Rock: Rock On!, a short-form series spun-off from the original Fraggle Rock where Gobo and the gang reconnect with each other from different caves.
Caroll Spinney (1933-2019): Caroll Spinney, the longtime Muppet performer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, died on December 8 at the age 85. In the months leading to Sesame Street’s premiere, Spinney was chosen by Jim Henson to portray the two characters he had created to add some fantasy to the street. Spinney would continue to perform his iconic roles in thousands of episodes, multiple television specials, feature films, and guest appearances spanning across five decades. Spinney retired from the show on October 17, 2018, recording his final vocal performances the following day. Muppet Wiki, and the rest of the Muppet fan community, celebrate his life and work. Check out some of the cameos he made (along with his wife Debra), his many artworks, and some of the lesser-known characters he performed.
Other recent developments: Prop Culture | The ABCs of COVID-19 | The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo | Sesame Street: 50th Anniversary | The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance | Kermit at the Newport Folk Festival | Muppet Babies Play Date
Jim Henson began working with puppets as a college student, creating the show Sam and Friends in 1955 for a local Washington, D.C. television station. The energetic Muppets soon became a popular fixture, and led to appearances on national variety shows. Henson's commercials for a local coffee company, Wilkins Coffee, were so popular that he was hired to create similar commercials around the country. In the early 1960s, Henson moved to New York City to work on a variety of projects, including a regular guest spot on The Jimmy Dean Show for the first Muppet star, Rowlf the Dog.
In 1969, Henson was invited to participate in a ground-breaking educational show for television, Sesame Street. Initially, the Muppets were meant to be just one element among many on the show -- but the popularity of Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, Cookie Monster, Grover, Ernie and Bert soon made the Muppets the core of the show. Over the years, the Muppet cast has grown to include Mr. Snuffleupagus, Count von Count, Telly Monster, Rosita, Baby Bear, Zoe, Abby Cadabby, and of course, the international superstar Elmo, who starred in his own segment, Elmo's World.
In 1976, Henson created his signature project -- The Muppet Show, a weekly prime-time variety show filled with songs, sketches and talented guest stars. Kermit the Frog is the charming and mostly unflappable host, presiding over a motley crew of performers, including diva Miss Piggy, hopeful comedian Fozzie Bear, daredevil performance artist Gonzo, young eager gofer Scooter, and the house band, Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem. The Muppet Show was a huge international success, making unlikely stars out of the Swedish Chef, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his assistant Beaker, Sam the Eagle, and the two old cranks in the balcony, Statler and Waldorf.
The Muppet Show cast has continued to entertain audiences for over 30 years, spinning off into a popular series of movies, including The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, The Muppet Christmas Carol, and Muppet Treasure Island.
In the 1980s, Henson created new worlds -- the magical underground civilization of Fraggle Rock, the imagination-filled nursery of Muppet Babies, and the fantasy worlds of The Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Henson's work has continued to live on beyond his death in 1990, and new productions featuring his creations are always in progress.
This wiki is dedicated to documenting, exploring and enjoying the enormous body of work that Jim Henson has created and inspired.
- Sesame Street Season 50 (new episodes Saturdays on HBO)
- Muppet Babies Season 2 (new episodes Fridays on Disney Channel)
- Fraggle Rock: Rock On! (new episodes Tuesdays on Apple TV+)
- May 27: The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo (on HBO Max)
- May 30: The ABCs of COVID-19 (on CNN)
- July 31: Muppets Now (on Disney+)