The Mike Douglas Show was a daily afternoon variety series hosted by Mike Douglas that ran from 1961 to 1982. The Muppets appeared several times on the program, including co-hosting for a full week in 1966.
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Juhl and Jerry Nelson appeared during the week of July 19, 1966. The Muppets were credited as co-hosts for the week, performing a number of sketches, and featured several interviews with Henson, et. al. These shows are available for viewing at The Paley Center for Media.
The Muppets made return appearances to promote The Muppet Show in 1976, 1977 and 1979.
July 19, 1966
- Kermit and monsters introduce the show
- Rowlf sings with Mike Douglas and Carmel Quinn
- Jim Henson, Frank Oz and Jerry Juhl play with the Southern Colonel
- Kermit and Harry the Hipster do Visual Thinking
- Carmel Quinn talks to Rowlf about Lassie
- Sclrap Flyapp with bows from Jim, Frank, Jerry Juhl and Jerry Nelson.
- Carmel Quinn sings "They Didn't Believe Me" with Rowlf
- The Mills Brothers sing "Paper Doll" to a sketch with Rowlf and Billy and Sue
- Rowlf and Beautiful Day Monster (being performed left-handed) play over end credits
July 20, 1966
- Mike Douglas and Rowlf introduce the show
- The Two-Headed Muppet Monster sings "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"
- Florence Henderson sings "Never Never Land" with Rowlf
- Chef Bernardi makes a sixty second salad flambé
- Rowlf, Florence Henderson and Charlie Manna introduce Mike Douglas
- Mike Douglas, Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl talk about Time Piece
- Jim Henson identifies a Floating Face character to perform The Idea Man
- Behind the scenes of The Idea Man
- Limbo performs I'm Nobody
- Florence sings "My Funny Valentine" to Kermit ("He scared me, I didn't expect a frog.")
- Rowlf, a Snerf and The Two Headed Muppet Monster play over credits
July 21, 1966
- Rowlf, Mike Douglas and Marty Allen introduce the show
- The Muppets perform a Cool Jazz number with hands to the tune of "Flying Home"
- Hermione Gingold sings "I Remember It Well" with King Louie
- Marty Allen talks to Rowlf and a Snerf
- Chatting with Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl, storyboards for Southern Bread
- Commercial reels with Wilkins Coffee, Claussen's Bakery, Federal Housing Administration, La Choy and Aurora Bathroom Tissue
- Tommy sings "Money"
- Rowlf plays charades with Freddie Garrity, Hermione Gingold, Marty Allen and Mike Douglas
- Hermione Gingold sings "Thank Heaven for Little Dogs" to Rowlf
- The Ostrich Feathers sing "Good Lovin'"
- Freddie and the Dreamers sing with Marty, Mike and a Whatnot lip-synching the backup vocals
- Tommy, Rowlf (performed Left-Handed), a Whatnot and an Ostrich Feather over credits
July 22, 1966
- Rowlf and Mike Douglas address Tilly in the audience
- Kermit and Big V in The Glow-Worm
- Jerry Lester, Buddy Greco, Mike Douglas and Rowlf sing through a request medley
- Polly Cramer of the Polly's Pointers column and Rowlf
- Jerry Lester talks to a Muppet robot
- Jim Henson and Jerry Juhl chat with Mike Douglas
- Limbo performs Organizing the Brain
- Mike sings "You're Nobody 'Till Somebody Loves You" with Rowlf popping up near the end
- Rowlf sings "You and I and George" to Donna McKechnie
- The robot sings "Anything You Can Do" before exploding
- Beautiful Day Monster, Two Headed Muppet Monster, Yorick and Rowlf over credits
February 5, 1975
October 14, 1976
- Jim Henson promotes The Muppet Show, which was then starting production
- First season clips are shown, including: Charles Aznavour singing "The Old Fashioned Way", The Swedish Chef preparing spicy sauce, and Joel Grey singing "Razzle Dazzle"
- Dr. Teeth and Dom DeLuise sing "Tenderly".
October 24, 1977
- Rowlf the Dog and Fozzie Bear sing with Broadway star Victoria Mallory.
- Dr Teeth sings "Bein' Green"
- Kermit and Mike Douglas sing "Sing"
- A clip of The Swedish Chef preparing lobsters is shown. Before the clip is shown, Jim Henson mentions to watch the lobsters shooting at The Swedish Chef.
- Taped on October 3rd. Other guests include Beau Kayzer, Kip Addota, Lou Gossett, and Agnes Dixon
September 11, 1979
- Jim Henson and Frank Oz appeared along with Burt Reynolds, Barbara Mandrell and the Boomtown Rats.
- Mike and Piggy sing "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." Jim, Frank and the other Muppets add their two cents worth at Leeds Castle, outside London.