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In television, scenes are often cut, shortened, or unrealised prior to episodes airing. The Muppet Show was no exception, with many scenes written and even filmed but dropped from the final edit of the episodes.

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

Jim Henson appeared in a short introduction to the special. After the opening theme, he introduces the viewer to Nigel, who he then raises into the control room set. The scene was cut for time.[1][2]

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

A sketch involving Muppet monsters at the dentist's office.

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

The Country Trio performing a song (as seen in an archival photo slide).

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Episode 101: Juliet Prowse

Animal performing a drum solo in the original, unaired edit of the pilot, not shown in the final aired version.

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Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi

A scene with Buzzi, a Whatnot and a Muppet ball (who appears during the closing in the final aired episode).

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Episode 105: Rita Moreno

Alternate ending to "Fever"

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Episode 112: Peter Ustinov

Talk spot with Peter Ustinov.

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Episode 118: Phyllis Diller

Discussion panel with Phyllis Diller.

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Episode 121: Twiggy

Twiggy's opening number, "In My Life," was replaced in the German Die Muppet Show version with singer Mary Roos singing "Lean On Me."

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Episode 202: Zero Mostel

A scene in which Zero Mostel and Fozzie Bear act out a pantomime, as alluded to in the show's UK spot.

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Episode 221: Bob Hope

A Muppet News Flash on the opening of hunting season, leading to the Newsman being crushed by a falling moose, was to be shown sometime between the "fishing season" and "opera season" installments.[3]

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Episode 309: Liberace

A scene with Kermit and the guard.[4]

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Episode 501: Gene Kelly

An extended version of "Cool Water" was filmed, going beyond the first verse and including the chorus.[5]

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Episode 516: Gladys Knight

The first Backstage scene originally showed the Sarcophagi, mummies and archaeologists returning from the stage.[6]

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Episode 524: Roger Moore

The documentary Of Muppets and Men shows Jerry Nelson and Karen Prell preparing a Muppet Sports routine not used in the final episode. A following clip from a table read shows Nelson reading a line about a "submarine punch."

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Notes

  • The first and second episode of The Muppet Show were shot several months before regular production of the show began. These episodes were reworked as the show developed. As the episodes were reworked, several sketches were abbreviated or cut entirely, and new footage was taped and inserted.

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