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Episode 4173

Episode 4273

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The Frog Prince is a classic fairy tale (most famously told by the Brothers Grimm) about a princess, who befriends a frog that's actually a prince under a spell. In most versions, the spell is broken by a kiss between the two.

Since the most well-known Muppet character is a frog, references to the story are often made in various Muppet productions. The most substantial was the production of the story with the Tales From Muppetland special, The Frog Prince.


  • A girl named Frieda kisses a prince in an F story during Sesame Street season 1, and he turns into Kermit.
  • On the November 16, 1975 Cher show, Kermit tells Chaz Bono that sometimes kissing a frog would turn him into a handsome prince. "Didn't happen that time," he says.
  • In another Sesame Street News Flash sketch, a princess picks reporter Kermit as her prince, hoping a kiss will turn him into one. She instead turns into a frog and the two head off to the "hop."
  • A reversal of the story, in which a princess (Maria) kisses a prince (David) and turns him back into a frog (Kermit), was told by Grover in a Sesame Street fairytale sketch.
  • An early draft of The Muppet Movie included a scene where Kermit is kissed by a gas station attendant, disappointed he doesn't turn into her handsome prince. A dashing prince rides up on a horse just after, needing a fill up.
  • While singing "At Your Library" dressed as a princess, Olivia kisses a frog, and shrugs when nothing happens.
  • Kermit reads a similarly-titled storybook called "The Princess and the Frog" to Robin in the 1983 coloring book, Muppet Hobbies.
  • Kippi Ben Kippod and Moishe Oofnik participate in a version of the story on Rechov Sumsum where they, and two other frogs, wind up in bed with the princess. The curtain closes and Kipi explains to the audience that the princess kissed all four frogs, and they all became beautiful princes.
  • During "Be a Frog" in The Muppet Show episode 406, Robin sings a lyric acknowledging how the story grants himself (and the frogs) enough fame to kiss princesses.
  • During an appearance on Can We Talk?, Joan Rivers asks Kermit if she kissed him, would he turn into a prince. Kermit replies, "We could try it... I wouldn't put any money on it. But it's the sort of thing people try. It may happen some time."
  • Out on a date with Dolly Parton in a 1987 episode of Dolly, Kermit tells Parton that if she should kiss him, there's no prince, "This is as good as it gets." Parton cites his rugged handsomeness as being good enough for her.
  • A prince from "The Story of the Princess" (First: Episode 2416) finds a young woman sleeping in the forest and tries several methods to wake her up. He recalls a method from another story, kisses her, and turns into a frog. The princess promises to take him back to her castle where he'll have plenty of flies to catch.
  • The last half of Sesame Street Episode 2818 focuses on a frog who shows up at Hooper's Store with a photo of his former princely self. He begs for a kiss from Gina to return to normal, but Gina's not keen on the idea, so the frog reveals that a game show host will also get the job done. Sonny Friendly makes the frog prince earn his prize and steps up with a smooch. The prince is back, but Sonny has been turned into "Froggy Friendly". Gina promises to lift the curse if he promises no more game shows today. To avoid the affliction herself, she blows the transformative kiss, proving that the cure for the curse can be administered in an airborne dose.
  • Miss Piggy and Clive James watch a pre-recorded message from Kermit at The Prince's Trust Comedy Gala in which he tells Prince Charles not to worry if Piggy tries to kiss him, "she's been kissing me for years and I haven't turned into a prince, so I don't think there's any danger of you turning into a frog."
  • In CinderElmo, suitors Ernie and Bert each receive a kiss from Princess Charming. Ernie jokes, "Wow, Bert. We just got kissed by a beautiful princess and we didn't turn into frogs!'
  • When Natalie Maines asked Kermit for a kiss on Family Feud in 2001, Kermit warned the audience, "I might turn into a prince though, don't look."
  • In a PSA for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums about the Year of the Frog, Selena Gomez asks Kermit, "may I kiss you?" He warns her that he won't turn into a prince, and she counters that she won't turn into a pig.
  • Sesame Street Episode 4273 is based around the story, where a princess desperately tries kissing a frog to make him a prince.
  • Muppets Meet the Classics: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm includes a retelling of the story. Notably, this version is based on Edgar Taylor's 1823 version of the story, which lacks the iconic magic kiss. Instead, the enchanted prince (Kermit, transformed into Sal Minella) must sleep in the bed of a princess (Miss Piggy) for three consecutive nights to break the spell.


  • Teri Garr played the Princess in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982) and also in the Once Upon a Brothers Grimm segment of "The Frog Prince" (1977)
  • Eli Gorenstein played the cook in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Helen Hunt played Henrietta in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Van Dyke Parks played a musician in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
  • Clive Revill played the king in The Frog Prince (1986 film)
  • Michael Richards played King Geoffrey in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
  • Robin Williams played the Frog Prince in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode "The Tale of the Frog Prince" (1982)
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