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The creators of ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' were skilled at creating the illusion that the puppets were living characters. Still, occasional goofs slipped through, and made it onto the screen.
 
The creators of ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' were skilled at creating the illusion that the puppets were living characters. Still, occasional goofs slipped through, and made it onto the screen.
   
 
==Pilots==
 
==Pilots==
[[Image:Valentinespecialgoof.jpg|frame]]
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===''[[The Muppets Valentine Show]]''===
*[[The Muppets Valentine Show]]
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:*At the beginning of the show, [[Crazy Harry|Crazy Donald]] runs behind [[Brewster|Brewster's]] chair and cackles. As the camera pulls away, he turns and runs behind the other side of the chair. The arm and head of Crazy Donald's performer can be seen coming from behind the chair as [[George the Janitor]] enters the frame.
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:*During the closing song, the top of [[Jim Henson]]'s head can be seen as [[Wally]] moves from behind the couch to next to George.
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! Image !! Summary
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| [[Image:Valentinespecialgoof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| At the beginning of the show, [[Crazy Harry|Crazy Donald]] runs behind [[Brewster|Brewster's]] chair and cackles. As the camera pulls away, he turns and runs behind the other side of the chair. The arm and head of Crazy Donald's performer can be seen coming from behind the chair as [[George the Janitor]] enters the frame.
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| [[Image:Valentine_goof_1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| When [[Mildred Huxtetter]] throws the [[Crumpet]], Jerry Nelson's hair is seen behind [[Droop]].
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| [[Image:Valentine_goof_2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the closing song, [[Jim Henson]]'s finger operating Wally's arm rods are seen as well as the top of his head can be seen as [[Wally]] moves from behind the couch to next to George. Also, Frank Oz's head pops up into the screen.
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===''[[The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence]]''===
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! Image !! Summary
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| [[Image:For_the_birds_goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During "[[For the Birds]]," the performers are seen against the black background, because this was a [[Chroma key|black light theater segment]].
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| [[Image:Sex_and_violence_goof_2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| When [[Gluttony]] chases after Leafy Green Vegetables, an unknown performer is visible behind [[Sam the Eagle]].
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==Season One==
 
==Season One==
[[Image:Mupgoof1.jpg|thumb|300px|Goelz in "Temptation"]]
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*[[Episode 101: Juliet Prowse]]
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:* [[Dave Goelz|Dave Goelz's]] head can been seen under the pair of [[Chickens|chickens]] when [[Miss Piggy]] dives on [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] at the end of the "[[Temptation]]" number.
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! [[The Muppet Show Theme|Opening]] !! Summary
:*[[Fozzie Bear]] asks Kermit why he wasn't doing an act in this particular show, even though he had just been in the "[[Cowboy Time]]" sketch a few minutes earlier.
 
   
*[[Episode 103: Joel Grey]]: Goelz's head can be seen under [[Zoot]] and [[Janice]] at the end of "[[Willkommen]]." Another head is between [[Gonzo]] and [[Jerry]].
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| [[Image:Opening_goof_1-1.jpg|250px|center]][[Image:Opening_goof_1-2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Crazy Harry]] is not in the orchestra pit during the opening wide shot of the opening, yet he quickly appears next to [[Zoot]] in the following close-up shot.
   
*[[Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi]]:
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:*[[Jim Henson|Jim Henson's]] head can be seen bopping up and down performing [[Statler and Waldorf|Waldorf]] after the [[Talk Spot]].
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| [[Image:Opening_goof_2.jpg|250px|center]]
:*Jim Henson's "sleeve" that is attached to the bottom of the Kermit puppet can be seen a few times, in both the [[Talk Spots|Talk Spot]] and the last backstage scene.
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| When it shows Animal on the drums, we see [[Frank Oz]]'s head next to him, and the same is in the ending.
   
*[[Episode 105: Rita Moreno]]:
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:*Henson's hand can be seen performing Kermit after [[Rita Moreno]] shouts at him for reading the cue cards.
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| [[File:FloydSeason1Closing.jpg|250px|center]]
:*During the "[[Lady of Spain]]," [[Marvin Suggs]] hits a piece of the [[Muppaphone]] twice in a row and it speaks with a different voice the second time. Also, the black arm socks for the Muppaphone are occasionally visible (particulary at the very end, when one appears to float for a brief moment).
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| Also in the opening, when the wide shot occurs, [[Floyd Pepper|Floyd]] is not in the orchestra; this is probably because [[Jerry Nelson]] was not available for filming the opening sequence, as he wasn't available for episodes 101-103 and 111-115. However, he is in the closing sequence of the orchestra and is audibly there in the opening.
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! [[Episode 101: Juliet Prowse]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 106: Jim Nabors]]: [[Richard Hunt|Richard Hunt's]] hair can be seen when [[George the Janitor]] is talking to [[Scooter]].
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| [[Image:Temptation_1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Frank Oz]]'s arm can be seen underneath Miss Piggy when the Muppets all agree they have a favorite song before "[[Temptation]]."
   
*[[Episode 107: Florence Henderson]]:
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:*A performer becomes visible underneath one of the [[pigs]] during [[the Bouncing Borcellino Brothers]] sketch.
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| [[File:TMS-Goof-Piggy-Mouth-Rip.png|250px|center]]
:*Henson's arm can been seen performing the [[Green Frackle]] during "[[Happy Together]]."
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| There is a visible rip in the back of Piggy's mouth, through which [[Frank Oz]]'s hand can be seen while he puppeteers her during "Temptation." This tear inside her mouth would be fixed after the first episode.
   
*[[Episode 108: Paul Williams]]: In "[[An Old Fashioned Love Song]]", when [[The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband]] comes out of the radio, viewers can see the tip of Goelz's head under the blue, jug-blowing [[Whatnot]], as well as [[John Lovelady|John Lovelady's]] arm and head as he plays the trumpet player in the background.
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| [[Image:Mupgoof1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Eren Ozker]]'s face can been seen under the pair of [[Chickens|chickens]] when [[Miss Piggy]] dives on [[Kermit the Frog|Kermit]] at the end of the "[[Temptation]]" number.
   
*[[Episode 110: Harvey Korman]]:
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:*As the end credits begin, Goelz's face can be briefly seen between [[T.R.]] and [[Miss Piggy]].
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| [[Image:Temptation_2.jpg|250px|center]]
:*At the end of the [[Veterinarian's Hospital]] sketch, [[Rowlf the Dog|Rowlf's]] hat falls in front of his eyes and throughout the rest of the sketch he can't get it to sit back on top of his head.
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| As the glee club singers leave the stage, the left arm and black-covered head of a second performer can be seen underneath one of the chickens who moves off stage-left.
   
*[[Episode 111: Lena Horne]]: Kermit tells the [[:Category:Muppet Monsters|monsters]] to stand by for the closing number on his intercom, but the number has no monsters in it; just Lena, Kermit, Piggy, Fozzie, Gonzo, George, Wanda, Mildred, and Rowlf. Miss Piggy is there seemingly recovered, she doesn't even react when Kermit joins in.
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| [[Image:Confused_kid.jpg|250px|center]]
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| The bartender in the "[[Cowboy Time]]" sketch delivers the line "You're confused Kid, you ain't got no guns...those are pickles." in a different voice than what he uses in the rest of the sketch. In addition, the line doesn't fit with what the puppet is saying. [NB: In the original edit of this episode, the sketch went on a bit longer but ended up being re-edited for the transmission version. As a result, [[Richard Hunt]] dubbed this new line over the original "As a matter of fact Kid, you ain't got no guns! Those are pickles!"]
   
*[[Episode 117: Ben Vereen]]: John Lovelady's headset can be seen behind Statler's chair, as [[Crazy Harry]] pops up behind [[Statler and Waldorf]]. The second time during Kermit's introduction to "[[Mr. Cellophane]]", when Crazy Harry pops up again behind Statler and Waldorf, John Lovelady's blond hair is clearly visible.
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| [[Image:Miss_kitty_goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| The back of [[Dave Goelz]]'s head is visible as [[Miss Kitty]] exits in "[[Cowboy Time]]."
   
*[[Episode 120: Valerie Harper]]: When the [[The Swedish Chef|Swedish Chef]] smashes the [[Japanese Cake]], the hole where it was performed from can be seen.
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| [[Image:Fuse_is_lit_goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Frank Oz's head is visible when Kid Fozzie jumps away from the lit apple in the same sketch.
   
[[Image:Mupgoof2.jpg|thumb|300px|Animal's neck sleeve]]
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*[[Episode 123: Kaye Ballard]]:
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| [[Image:No_act_this_week.jpg|250px|center]]
:*Goelz's hair can be seen under Zoot during "[[One Note Samba]]."
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| [[Fozzie Bear]] asks Kermit why he wasn't doing an act in this particular show, even though he had just been in the Cowboy Time sketch a few minutes earlier.
:*The reflections of [[Frank Oz]], [[Eren Ozker]], and an unknown performer (when [[Zelda Rose]] and [[Janice]] walk by) can be seen in a reflection in the [[Vendaface]] sketch.
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:*During the [[Talk Spot]], while [[Animal]] is beating Kermit up, Animal's neck sleeve is shown.
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! [[Episode 102: Connie Stevens]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 124: Mummenschanz]]:
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:*[[Wanda|Wanda's]] performer's head can be seen underneath her during the [[Blue Danube|library sketch]].
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| [[Image:102 newsman goof.jpg|250px|center]]
:*At the end of the [[Paper Moon]] song, Wanda speaks to [[Wayne]], but nothing is heard.
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| During the [[Muppet News Flash]] segment, the very top of [[Jim Henson|Jim Henson's]] head is seen as the news reporter goes to pick up the phone.
:*[[Richard Hunt]] can be seen in a reflection in the Vendaface sketch.
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! [[Episode 103: Joel Grey]] !! Summary
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| [[File:Comedy_Tonight.JPG|250px|center]]
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| During the opening number [[Comedy Tonight]], the voices of some [[Whatnots|Whatnot]] singers steadily change.
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| [[Image:103 willkommen goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Dave Goelz's head can be seen under [[Zoot]] and [[Janice]] at the end of "[[Willkommen]]". Also, another performer's head is seen between [[Gonzo]] and [[Jerry]].
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| [[File:Goof_103_Muppet_Show.png|250px|center]]
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| The hole for the puppeteer hand in the bottom of [[Baskerville the Hound|Baskerville]] can be shortly seen when he's eaten by [[Gorgon Heap]] in the [[Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues]] sketch.
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| [[Image:Joel_Grey_Credits.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the closing credits of the UK version, [[John Lovelady]] is miscredited as John Loveday.
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! [[Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:104 arm goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Jim Henson|Jim Henson's]] "sleeve" that is attached to the bottom of the Kermit puppet can be seen a few times, in both the [[Talk Spots|Talk Spot]] and the last backstage scene.
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| [[Image:104 s and w goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Jim Henson's head can be seen bopping up and down performing [[Statler and Waldorf|Waldorf]] after the [[Talk Spot]].
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| [[File:TMS-Goof-Backstage.png|250px|center]]
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| The sleeve attached on the bottom of [[Robot Kermit]] can be seen in a backstage scene when Miss Piggy enters in the dressing room.
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| [[File:TMS_Final_Goof.png|250px|center]]
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| When Kermit says goodbye, a performer's head can be seen under the [[Talk:Beach Ball|Beach Ball]].
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* On the [[The Muppet Show: Season One|Season One DVD release]], the closing footage of the orchestra is slightly off-synch with the music.
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! [[Episode 105: Rita Moreno]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:Noimage-big.png|250px|center]]
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| During the "[[I Get Ideas]]" number, the Bartender Pig has bushy eyebrows, but does not when he is backstage with Miss Piggy afterwards.
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| [[Image:105 suggs goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the "[[Lady of Spain]]," [[Marvin Suggs]] hits a piece of the [[Muppaphone]] twice in a row and it speaks with a different voice the second time. Also, the black arm socks for the Muppaphone are occasionally visible (particularly at the very end, when one appears to float for a brief moment).
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| [[Image:105 talk spot goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Henson's hand can be seen performing Kermit after [[Rita Moreno]] shouts at him for reading the cue cards.
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! [[Episode 106: Jim Nabors]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:106 richard hair.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Richard Hunt's hair can be seen when [[George the Janitor]] is talking to [[Scooter]].
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! [[Episode 107: Florence Henderson]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:107 borcellino goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| A performer becomes visible underneath one of the [[pigs]] during [[the Bouncing Borcellino Brothers]] sketch.
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| [[Image:107 frackle goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Henson's arm can be seen performing the [[Green Frackle]] during "[[Happy Together]]."
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! [[Episode 108: Paul Williams]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:108 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]][[Image:108 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In "[[An Old Fashioned Love Song]]", when [[The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband]] comes out of the radio, viewers can see Goelz's head and half of his face under the blue, jug-blowing [[Whatnots|Whatnot]], as well as [[John Lovelady|John Lovelady's]] arm and head as he plays the trumpet player in the background.
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| [[Image:108 honeydew goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| After [[Dr. Bunsen Honeydew]] breaks the solid plate during the [[Muppet Labs]] segment, Honeydew's arm bends the other plate upward before he even tenderized it! A second later, a tip of Goelz's hair is seen behind Honeydew.
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| [[File:108_Goof_Muppet_Show_1.png.png|250px|center]][[File:108_Goof_Muppet_Show_1.png|250px|center]]
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| A puppeteer's head and the "sleeve" that is attached to the bottom of the Kermit puppet can be seen a few of time During the [[I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog]] number.
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! [[Episode 109: Charles Aznavour]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:The Old-Fashioned Way.JPG|250px|center]]
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| When Mildred Huxtetter breaks away from Charles, he briefly stops singing to the pre-recorded audio track of him singing "[[The Old Fashioned Way]]".
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| [[Image:TMS-109-PiggyCharlesAznavourKiss-(FrankOzHead-Goof).jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the Talk Spot Segment, the top of Frank Oz's head can be seen briefly when Miss Piggy kisses Charles while he speaks French to her.
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| [[Image:Noimage-big.png|250px|center]]
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| During "I Feel Pretty", a puppeteer's hand can be seen underneath one of the two girls singing in the mirror
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! [[Episode 110: Harvey Korman]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:110_dynamite_goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the song "[[Love Ya to Death]]", Jim Henson's head is visible several times underneath [[Dr. Teeth]] especially when he says "I'll break down your resistance..."
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| [[Image:110 hospital goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the Veterinarian's Hospital skit, Dr. Rowlf screams, "Day in and day out, it's the same old routine!" you can see a puppeteer's head behind him.
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| [[Image:110 hospital goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the [[Veterinarian's Hospital]] sketch, [[Rowlf the Dog|Rowlf's]] hat falls in front of his eyes and throughout the rest of the sketch he can't get it to sit back on top of his head.
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| [[Image:TMS110HarveyKormanGoof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Dave Goelz's face can been seen puppeteering Muppy at the beginning of the credits.
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! [[Episode 112: Peter Ustinov]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:Svengali_Goof_112.png|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the [[You Do Something to Me]] sketch, the performer's head becomes visible behind [[Svengali]] as he dances after he turns [[Svengali's Assistant|his assistant]] to resemble him
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! [[Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:Janice_Mouth_goof_113.png|250px|center]]
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| During "[[At the Dance]]" sketch, [[Janice]]'s mouth starts moving before she says "Do you know what happened in 1776?"
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| [[Image:UK_Spot_Goof_113.png|250px|center]]
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| The hole at the bottom of the duck puppet can be seen in the [[Talk Spots|Talk Spot]].
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| [[Image:Muppet_Show_Goof_113.png|250px|center]]
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| If you look closely in the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, the hole in which the Duck is being performed becomes visible.
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! [[Episode 114: Sandy Duncan]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:Muppet_Show_Ending_114_goof.png|250px|center]]
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| Before the end credits begins, Eren Ozker's head and face can be seen beneath [[Hilda]].
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! [[Episode 115: Candice Bergen]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:Notwhereyoustart.jpg|250px|center]]
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| After Rowlf sings "[[It's Not Where You Start]]" for the first time, Scooter says "Kermit says you sang the song too quick. You're going to have to sing it again, but you only have a minute." Rowlf then sings the song again faster, so Scooter should really have said "Kermit says you sang the song too slow." Also if you keep your eye on the time whilst Rowlf is singing the song the first time, you will find that he manages get it done in under a minute anyway.
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| [[Image:Noimage-big.png|250px|center]]
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| When the Swedish Chef dips his finger into his spicy sauce, his finger can clearly be seen not going into the sauce pan.
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| [[Image:Noimage-big.png|250px|center]]
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| During the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, Kermit says "That's nothing! You should see it in here." at the end. However, when he says this, his mouth lip synching the line is slightly off. [NB: This is due to the fact that Henson performs both Rowlf and Kermit, but performed Rowlf in the sketch for having the more comic responsibility. So, Kermit's dialog in the sketch was pre-recorded.].
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! [[Episode 116: Avery Schreiber]] !! Summary
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| [[File:TMS-Episode-116-Goof-Backstage-Scooter&Kermit.png|250px|center]]
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| Richard Hunt's hair appears between [[Scooter]] and Kermit when Scooter tells Kermit that Miss Piggy and Avery do not want to be disturbed.
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| [[File:116-12.jpg|250px|center]]
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| The Chicken in the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch has to different eyes.
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! [[Episode 117: Ben Vereen]] !! Summary
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| [[File:TMS-Episode-177-Goof-CrazyHarry.png|250px|center]]
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| John Lovelady's headset can be seen behind Statler's chair, as [[Crazy Harry]] pops up behind [[Statler and Waldorf]]. The second time during Kermit's introduction to "[[Mr. Cellophane]]", when Crazy Harry pops up again behind Statler and Waldorf, John Lovelady's blond hair is clearly visible.
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! [[Episode 118: Phyllis Diller]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:118 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| A puppeteer's head can be seen under [[The Newsman]] during his entrance.
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! [[Episode 120: Valerie Harper]] !! Summary
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[[File:TMS-Episode-120-Goof.png|250px|center]]
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| When the [[The Swedish Chef|Swedish Chef]] smashes the [[Japanese Cake]], the hole where it was performed from can be seen. In addition, Richard Hunt's hair can be seen just to the right of the Chef.
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| [[File:Goof-episode-120-Animal's-Eye.png|250px|center]]
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| In the scene in the dressing room, one of Animal's eyes has a Kermit-style pupil.
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! [[Episode 122: Ethel Merman]] !! Summary
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[[File:122 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]][[File:122 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Mary Louise (little girl)|Mary Louise]] and [[Miss Mousey]] switch seats during [[Fozzie Bear|Fozzie]]'s act. (Note: Just before we see [[Fozzie's Cousin]], Mary Louise can be seen next to a [[Whatnots|Whatnot]] with a yellow shirt and orange hair. After Waldorf says Fozzie's cousin is funnier than Fozzie, Miss Mousey is seen next to the whatnot. Mary Louise is seen behind the [[Green Frackle]].)
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! [[Episode 123: Kaye Ballard]] !! Summary
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| [[File:Mupgoof2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the [[Talk Spot]], while [[Animal]] is beating Kermit up, Animal's neck sleeve is shown.
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| [[File:123 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| The reflections of [[Frank Oz]], [[Eren Ozker]], and an unknown performer (when [[Zelda Rose]] and [[Janice]] walk by) can be seen in the [[Vendaface]] sketch.
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| [[Image:123-14.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Doctor Teeth is taking part in the workout too, but this strike only involves the members of orchestra pit of which he is not a part.
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| [[File:123 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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The orchestra come out on stage, even though they threatened to only do "[[One Note Samba]]" loudly from backstage.
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Goelz's hair can be seen under Zoot during the act.
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! [[Episode 124: Mummenschanz]]!! Summary
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| [[File:124 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Wanda|Wanda's]] performer's head and face can be seen underneath her during the [[Blue Danube|library sketch]].
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| [[File:124 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the [[It's Only a Paper Moon]] song, Wanda speaks to [[Wayne]], but nothing is heard.
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| [[File:124 goof 3.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Richard Hunt's forehead can be seen as a reflection in the Vendaface sketch.
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==Season Two==
 
==Season Two==
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! [[The Muppet Show Theme#Closings#Season Two|Closing]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 201: Don Knotts]]: Both Statler and Kermit refer to "[[The Windmills of Your Mind]]" as the opening number, even though it was actually the second number.
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| [[Image:2 closing goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| For this season, a new shot of Floyd wearing his hat and blinking his eyes is shown during the credits. However, during the first shot of Trumpet Girl and the wide shot of the orchestra, the Season 1 Floyd puppet is shown, and those two shots were never re-filmed.
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! [[Episode 201: Don Knotts]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 203: Milton Berle]]: Although the plot revolves around Fozzie being so nervous about [[Milton Berle]] being on the show that he must hide from him until just before the closing number, Fozzie does appear in Milton Berle's earlier number, "[[The Entertainer]]".
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| Both Statler and Kermit refer to "[[The Windmills of Your Mind]]" as the opening number, even though it was actually the second number.
   
*[[Episode 207: Edgar Bergen]]: For [[Gonzo's stunts|his act]], [[Gonzo]] wrestles a brick blindfolded. During the act, the version of Gonzo that debuted in season two is used, but when he returns backstage, although he is in the same costume, the Gonzo puppet from season one is used.
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| [[Image:TMS-Episode-201-Goofs-Windmills.png|250px|center]]
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| Right before the [[Screaming Thing]] crashes into the windmill at the end of "The Windmills of Your Mind", what appears to be either a head or an arm can briefly be seen underneath it before being covered by a censor bar.
   
*[[Episode 212: Bernadette Peters]]:
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:*When Kermit introduces the opening number, he is wearing a black tuxedo, but during the opening number, he wears a purple tuxedo.
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| [[Image:TMS-Episode-201-Goof-Backstage.png|250px|center]]
:*The arm of the performer operating [[Uncle Deadly]]'s right arm becomes visible during "[[Sheik of Araby]]".
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| In the first backstage scene, when Kermit tells Floyd that Fozzie is the one who is responsible for having "[[Lullaby of Birdland]]" as the closing number, Jim Henson's head pops up to the right of Kermit above the table.
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! [[Episode 203: Milton Berle]]!! Summary
   
*[[Episode 214: Elton John]]:
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:*At the very end of "[[Crocodile Rock]]", a performer's head is visible behind one of the [[crocodiles]].
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| [[Image:203 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
:*In "[[Any Old Iron]]", one of the [[Whatnots]] is missing an eye. The staff was aware of this while taping, but it was the last piece of the day and they didn't have time to do a retake or an extensive search for the pupil.
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| Although the plot revolves around Fozzie being so nervous about [[Milton Berle]] being on the show that he must hide from him until just before the closing number, Fozzie does appear in Milton Berle's earlier number, "[[The Entertainer]]", with no difficulty or fear.
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! [[Episode 205: Judy Collins]]!! Summary
   
*[[Episode 219: Peter Sellers]]: During the closing number, one of the trumpet players trumpets falls off, and for the rest of the number the trumpet player doesn't play the trumpet (both trumpet players were most likely performed by the same performer at once, and therefore nobody was controlling the arms of the characters).
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| [[Image:205 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the [[Leatherwing Bat]] sketch, the bat asks before [[Judy Collins]] goes to sing with the woodpecker, "Find out what how-dow-dee-dit-dit-doe-dum" means. He is referring to a line in the song. However, the line is, "Hoe-dow-dee-dee-dit-dee-dum."
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! [[Episode 206: Nancy Walker]]!! Summary
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| [[Image:206 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the "[[Night Train (song)|Night Train]]" sketch, the head of the performer operating the [[Whatnots|Whatnot]] soldier holding the torch is visible at the beginning of the sketch.
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! [[Episode 207: Edgar Bergen]]!! Summary
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| [[Image:207 chicken goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the song "[[Baby Face]]," when the chickens jump up, the puppeteer's arm is seen.
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| [[Image:TMS-207-UncleDeadly-ArmGoof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During "[[Consider Yourself]]", as [[Uncle Deadly]] enters, [[Jerry Nelson]]'s arm can be seen working the character's arm.
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| [[Image:207 gonzo 1.jpg|250px|center]][[Image:207 gonzo 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| For [[Gonzo's stunts|his act]], [[Gonzo]] wrestles a brick blindfolded. During the act, the version of Gonzo that debuted in season two is used, but when he returns backstage, although he is in the same costume, the Gonzo puppet from season one is used.
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! [[Episode 212: Bernadette Peters]]!! Summary
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| [[File:TMS-ep212-Goof1.png|250px|center]][[File:212-3.jpg|250px|center]]
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| When Kermit introduces the opening number, he is wearing a black tuxedo, but during the opening number, he wears a purple tuxedo.
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| [[File:TMS-ep212-Goof2.png|250px|center]]
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| The arm of the performer operating [[Uncle Deadly]]'s right arm becomes visible during "[[Sheik of Araby]]" along with the head of the performer of Uncle Deadly being briefly seen at the end of the sketch.
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| [[File:TMS-ep212-Goof3.png|250px|center]]
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| During [[Just One Person|"Just One Person"]], Richard Hunt's head is visible beneath Scooter.
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| [[File:TMS-ep212-Goof4.png|250px|center]]
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| Before the end credits begin, Goelz's head can be briefly seen behind [[Gonzo]].
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! [[Episode 214: Elton John]]!! Summary
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| [[File:TMS-ep214-Croccodile_Goof.png.png|250px|center]]
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| At the very end of "[[Crocodile Rock]]", a performer's head is visible behind one of the [[crocodiles]].
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| [[Image:MS214i.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In "[[Any Old Iron]]", one of the [[Whatnots]] is missing a pupil. The staff was aware of this while taping, but it was the last piece of the day and they didn't have time to do a retake or an extensive search for the pupil. This same Whatnot later regains his missing pupil when he helps dress up [[Sam the Eagle]] for his big introduction to [[Elton John]].
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| On the [[The Muppet Show: Season Two|Season Two DVD release]], the closing footage of the orchestra is slightly off-synch with the music
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! [[Episode 219: Peter Sellers]]!! Summary
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| [[Image:219 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the closing number, one of the trumpet players trumpets falls off, and for the rest of the number the trumpet player doesn't play the trumpet (both trumpet players were most likely performed by the same performer at once, and therefore nobody was controlling the arms of the characters).
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![[Episode 220: Petula Clark]]!! Summary
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| [[File:TMS-ep120-Dr._Bob_Goof.png|250px|center]]
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| During the [[Veterinarian's Hospital]] sketch, when Rowlf falls into the hungry operating table, it is shown that no one bothered to give him legs for that one scene.
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! [[Episode 222: Teresa Brewer]]!! Summary
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| [[Image:wild thing goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]<br />[[Image:wild thing goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During "[[Wild Thing]]," the pedal on one of [[Animal|Animal's]] cymbals continues to depress even though his foot is no longer working it. Moments later, when [[Janice]] and the [[Pigs|pig]] are taking Animal away, [[Frank Oz|Frank Oz's]] head becomes visible.
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| [[Image:music music music goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During "[[Music Music Music]]", you can see both performer's heads if you look at the couples in the top boxes.
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|}
   
 
==Season Three==
 
==Season Three==
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! [[Episode 302: Leo Sayer]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 304: Gilda Radner]]: Before [[the Witch Doctor]] shows up, while Marvin Suggs is pounding the Muppaphone, his mustache flies off.
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| [[Image:302_goof_1.png|250px|center]]
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| [[Louise Gold]]’s hair comes into the bottom left frame under [[Annie Sue]].
   
*[[Episode 307: Alice Cooper]]: When Piggy shouts at [[Alice Cooper]], "I wouldn't sell ya my soul if ya paid me," viewers can see the tip of [[Frank Oz|Oz's]] head in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
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|
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| When Miss Piggy jumps off the railing to tackle Kermit, the string suspending her can be seen when she lands on him.
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! [[Episode 303: Roy Clark]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 314: Harry Belafonte]]: In his first introduction scene, Kermit is reading from a piece paper. He leaves the screen for a second and returns with empty flippers; however, the piece of tape that was used to keep the paper in place is still stuck to his fingers.
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| [[Image: 303 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| As the Swedish Chef explains to Kermit where all the smoke in the theater is coming from, Fozzie Bear goes to help [[Link Hogthrob]] and [[Rowlf the Dog|Rowlf]] put out the fire. As he does, Frank Oz's head comes into frame below Fozzie's arm. Then, during the "Pigs in Space" sketch, Link Hogthrob points to a lever and tells First Mate Piggy to pull it. She refuses, so he says he'll do it, but pulls the one next to the one he was pointing to.
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! [[Episode 304: Gilda Radner]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:304 goof 1.png|250px|center]]
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| Before [[the Witch Doctor]] shows up, while Marvin Suggs is pounding the Muppaphone, his mustache flies off.
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| [[Image:304_goof_2.png|250px|center]]
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| Then, during the Muppet Labs sketch, when [[Gilda Radner]] accidentally squirts some of the super-adhesive glue out of its bottle, some gets on the camera.
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| [[Image:304_goof_3.png|250px|center]]<br />[[Image:304_goof_4.png|250px|center]]
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| Gilda also accidentally sticks her hand to the top of her head with the super-adhesive, but at the end of "[[Tap Your Troubles Away]]", she has moved her hand down to her forehead.
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! [[Episode 305: Pearl Bailey]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:305_goof.png|250px|center]]
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| During "[[In the Good Old Summertime]]" towards the end of the song, the tip of Jerry Nelson's head is seen performing [[Floyd Pepper|Floyd]].
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! [[Episode 307: Alice Cooper]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:307 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| When Piggy shouts at [[Alice Cooper]], "I wouldn't sell ya my soul if ya paid me," viewers can see the tip of [[Frank Oz|Oz's]] head in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
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! [[Episode 308: Loretta Lynn]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:308 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| At the end of "[[Oh, Lonesome Me]]", Dave Goelz's face is seen when the Afghan Hound licks Loretta Lynn.
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| [[Image:308 goof 2.png|250px|center]]
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| Also towards the end of "[[The Rhyming Song]]", Richard Hunt's arm is seen performing [[Scooter]] shortly after the curtain closes.
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| [[Image:308 goof 3.png|250px|center]]
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| Then, during "[[One's on the Way]]", a performer's head is seen as the babies go towards Loretta.
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! [[Episode 309: Liberace]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:309 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| A performer's head is seen between a pig on the left and Miss Piggy.
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| [[Image:309 goof 2.png|250px|center]]<br>[[Image:309 goof 3.png|250px|center]]
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| Almost simultaneously near the chaotic ending of "[[Never on Sunday]]", a performer's head pops into the left side of the screen, and then [[Steve Whitmire]]'s face becomes visible through a chair, seconds before [[Animal]] enters.
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! [[Episode 313: Helen Reddy]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:313 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| When Miss Piggy lowers her leg down, Frank Oz's fingers become visible.
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! [[Episode 314: Harry Belafonte]] !! Summary
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|-
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| [[Image:314 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In his first introduction scene, Kermit is reading from a piece of paper. He leaves the screen for a second and returns with empty flippers; however, the piece of tape that was used to keep the paper in place is still stuck to his fingers.
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| During the Muppet Sports sketch, the starting flag is the checkered flag used at the finish instead of the green colored one.
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! [[Episode 317: Spike Milligan]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:317 goof 1.png|250px|center]]
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| The head of a performer operating the Scottish bagpiper puppet becomes visible.
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| [[Image:317 goof 2.png|250px|center]]
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| Steve Whitmire's head is briefly visible operating the Swedish Chef.
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! [[Episode 318: Leslie Uggams]] !! Summary
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| [[File:318 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the episode, a performer's head and arm becomes visible operating [[Lew Zealand]].
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| [[File:318 goof 2.png|250px|center]]
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| Also, when the two chickens begin pecking on Gonzo, [[Camilla the Chicken|Camilla]] loses an eye. As the credits roll and the chickens start fighting, they both lose several facial parts.
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! [[Episode 319: Elke Sommer]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:319 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| Frank Oz's head briefly becomes visible underneath Miss Piggy as she attempts to block Link Hogthrob from the exit door.
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|-
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| [[Image: 101_2101.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the same sketch, as Link Hogthrob goes to block Miss Piggy from the exit, an arm can be seen performing Link's right hand.
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! [[Episode 321: Roger Miller]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:321 goof 1.png|250px|center]]
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| A puppeteer's head can be seen during a couple shots of "[[Alabamy Bound]]."
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| [[Image:321 goof 2.png|250px|center]]
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| [[Jerry Nelson]] becomes visible operating a puppet at one point in "[[Down at the Old Bull and Bush]]."
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|
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| During the same number, the drummer loses his pupil halfway through the song, and tries to hide this by sticking his face in the tuba.
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| [[Image:321 goof 4.png|250px|center]]
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| Once [[Lew Zealand]]'s eggs come back, a person's hand is seen throwing an egg for a split second.
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==Season Four==
 
==Season Four==
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! [[Episode 401: John Denver]] !! Summary
   
*[[Episode 401: John Denver]]: [[Steve Whitmire]]'s head can be seen in the good nights.
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| [[Image:beaugoof401.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Right before [[Beauregard]] interjects that he hasn't finished building the opening number's set, Dave Goelz's face is seen and pulls back behind the curtain before speaking.
   
*[[Episode 407: Dudley Moore]]: When the bug band comes off stage, one of the bugs is missing its hair.
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| [[Image:401 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Just before [[Statler and Waldorf]] begin shooting Muppets, a puppeteer's head becomes visible between [[Crazy Harry]] and [[Zeke]].
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| [[Image:401 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the opening number, Zeke can be seen waving a flag. His hand lets go of the flag yet the flag still moves.
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| [[Image:401 goof 3.jpg|250px|center]]
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| [[Steve Whitmire]]'s head can be seen in the good nights.
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| [[Image:401 goof 4.jpg|250px|center]]
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| Moments later, another puppeteer's head becomes visible.
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! [[Episode 407: Dudley Moore]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:407 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| When the bug band comes off stage, one of the bugs is missing its hair.
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! [[Episode 409: Beverly Sills]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:409 Rowlf goof.jpg|250px|center]][[Image:409 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During the opening number, "[[Take Ten Terrific Girls]]", Rowlf's puppeteer is briefly visible as he wheels a light stand. Later, a puppeteer's head can be seen behind Statler operating a female whatnot.
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! [[Episode 405: Victor Borge]] !! Summary
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| [[File:Macho_Man_Goof.png|250px|center]]
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| In the opening number, "[[Macho Man]]", [[Dave Goelz]]'s head and arm can be seen under Gonzo at the end of the song .
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! [[Episode 415: Anne Murray]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:415 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the opening number, "[[I Get Around]]", an arm can be briefly seen as Miss Piggy drives away.
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| [[Image:415 goof 2.jpg|250px|center]]
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| The top of [[Jerry Nelson]]'s head pops up from time to time while he performs [[Milton Miller]].
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| [[Image:415 goof 3.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During [[Muppet Sports]], Steve Whitmire's head is briefly seen as he performs [[Angus McGregor]].
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! [[Episode 420: Alan Arkin]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:420 goof 1.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the opening number, [[Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah]], the arms of the puppeteers appear beneath the bunnies.
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==Season Five==
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! [[The Muppet Show Theme#Season Five|Opening]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:opening goof 1.jpg|250px|center]][[Image:opening goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In this season, trumpeter [[Lips]] is added to [[Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem|The Electric Mayhem]] and [[The Muppet Orchestra|the orchestra]]. He gets a solo during the opening sequence where he is seen with [[Trumpet Girl]], who is playing the trombone instead. However, during the wide pan of the orchestra and the "Why don't you get things started?" scenes, Trumpet Girl is playing the trumpet and Lips is nowhere since these sections were never re-filmed to add Lips.
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! [[Episode 505: James Coburn]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:505-Temptation-Goof.png|250px|center]]
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| In the [[Temptation]] number, the hole in the bottom of the far right octopus puppet can be seen when it's attacked by [[Animal]].
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! [[Episode 507: Glenda Jackson]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:507 goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the musical number, "Tie The Man Down", pirates tie themselves up. Afterwards, Dead Ear Dick, one of the pirates that performed in the number, appears in the upper level of [[Backstage]] while the other pirates appear from onstage. Dick also has his voice changed.
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! [[Episode 508: Señor Wences]] !! Summary
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| [[Image:508Goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the performance of "Puppet Man", the hole in the wall between the puppeteer's hand and the boy's head is briefly visible.
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! [[Episode 509: Debbie Harry]]!! Summary
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| [[Image:Devil_Muppet_Goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the performance of "One Way Or Another," when Debbie Harry is opening the doors in search of [[Mulch]], she encounters a group of [[Demons and Devils|Devils]]. A performer's hand can be seen in one of the devil's mouths.
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| [[Image:509 goof.png|250px|center]]
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| At the end of the "One Way or Another", after Debbie grabs Mulch, a side of Jerry Nelson's head is seen towards the bottom of the frame.
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==Specials==
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===''[[The Muppets Go to the Movies]]''===
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! Image !! Summary
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| [[Image:TMGTTM-goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| During "A Frog Too Far", a head pops up in the lower right corner of the screen.
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===''[[The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show]]''===
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! Image !! Summary
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| [[Image:FMPS-goof.jpg|250px|center]]
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| In the second control room scene, Fozzie's arm sock is briefly visible as he throws the clipboard away.
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==Occasional Goof==
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*A 'continuity goof' occasionally occurred on ''The Muppet Show'' that involved [[The Muppet Orchestra|the Muppet orchestra]]:
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*Musicians from the orchestra pit would be on stage during the goodnights until the beginning of the closing theme.
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*A wide shot of the audience would feature musicians in the pit that were not featured, or leave some musicians out.
   
 
==General Goofs==
 
==General Goofs==
 
===Muppet Height Relations===
 
===Muppet Height Relations===
One of the big errors people can nit-pick with the Muppet productions is continuity of the characters' heights. For example, [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] and [[Pepe the King Prawn|Pepe]] normally appear around (or even above) waist height compared to their human co-stars. However, a full-body look at proportions of the character would suggest they would barely reach a human's knee. Kermit, Fozzie, and the other Muppets also appear in a flexible height range in order to interact comfortably with humans and sets. [[Steve Whitmire]] said in a [http://www.camelliasoftware.com/TheMuppetsSite/muppetsw.htm 1998 interview] that "If a character like Rizzo only appeared at his true height next to a human actor, you’d only see the human actor’s feet when you saw Rizzo. That’s an extreme example, but the idea is true for most of the characters. Even so, we do know the relative heights of the characters to each other and make an effort to keep that in mind." The suspended belief that the audience has when watching the Muppets allows this flexible reality to exist without major distractions. So even though Pepe's feet would be floating three feet off the ground, the audience still goes along, not questioning, and usually not even perceiving.
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One of the big errors people can nit-pick with the Muppet productions is continuity of the characters' heights. For example, [[Rizzo the Rat|Rizzo]] and [[Pepe the King Prawn|Pepe]] normally appear around (or even above) waist height compared to their human co-stars. However, a full-body look at proportions of the character would suggest they would barely reach a human's knee. Kermit, Fozzie, and the other Muppets also appear in a flexible height range in order to interact comfortably with humans and sets. [[Steve Whitmire]] said in a [http://www.camelliasoftware.com/TheMuppetsSite/muppetsw.htm 1998 interview] that "If a character like Rizzo only appeared at his true height next to a human actor, you’d only see the human actor’s feet when you saw Rizzo. That’s an extreme example, but the idea is true for most of the characters. Even so, we do know the relative heights of the characters to each other and make an effort to keep that in mind." The suspended belief that the audience has when watching the Muppets allows this flexible reality to exist without major distractions. So even though Pepe's feet would be floating three feet off the ground, the audience still goes along, not questioning, and usually not even perceiving.
   
 
===Canonical Holes===
 
===Canonical Holes===
Many people argue that the Muppet films and TV shows are non-canonical; that each production is a world unto itself - that the Muppets are timeless personalities and characters that carry throughout productions, and these characters are presenting a show. People continue to argue and debate over what is Muppet truth and what is just acting and plain entertainment. [[Muppet Babies]] undermines the whole notion of [[The Muppet Movie]]. And [[Scooter]]'s role as [[The Electric Mayhem]]'s road manager in The Muppet Movie undermines his back-story set up in the early run of [[The Muppet Show]] as the theater owner's nephew hired by Kermit as a go-fer. There have been many contradictions in Muppet canon and back-stories throughout the 50+ years of the Muppets. However writers and performers will overlook or circumvent them in order to create new compelling stories, new characters or character traits, or just deliver a humorous joke.
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Many people argue that the Muppet films and TV shows are non-canonical; that each production is a world unto itself - that the Muppets are timeless personalities and characters that carry throughout productions, and these characters are presenting a show. People continue to argue and debate over what is Muppet truth and what is just acting and plain entertainment. ''[[Muppet Babies]]'' undermines the whole notion of ''[[The Muppet Movie]]''. And [[Scooter]]'s role as [[Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem|The Electric Mayhem]]'s road manager in ''The Muppet Movie'' undermines his back-story set up in the early run of ''[[The Muppet Show]]'' as the theater owner's nephew hired by Kermit as a go-fer. There have been many contradictions in Muppet canon and back-stories throughout the 50+ years of the Muppets. However writers and performers will overlook or circumvent them in order to create new compelling stories, new characters or character traits, or just deliver a humorous joke.
   
In [[Episode 210: George Burns|episode 210]], Gonzo explains that his mother died before he was born and left a note to his father regarding Gonzo's name. This is contradicted in [[Episode 108: Jason Alexander|the Jason Alexander episode]] of [[Muppets Tonight]], where Gonzo claims his mother liked his unique college interpretation of Death of a Salesman. However the whole notion of Gonzo remembering his parents is somewhat dispelled in the film [[Muppets From Space]].
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In [[Episode 210: George Burns|episode 210]], Gonzo explains that his mother died before he was born and left a note to his father regarding Gonzo's name. This is contradicted in [[Episode 108: Jason Alexander|the Jason Alexander episode]] of ''[[Muppets Tonight]]'', where Gonzo claims his mother liked his unique college interpretation of ''Death of a Salesman''. However the whole notion of Gonzo remembering his parents is somewhat dispelled in the film ''[[Muppets from Space]]''.
   
 
===TV Overscan===
 
===TV Overscan===
A television image goes right to the very edges of the screen, however most TVs are not so precise as to fit the picture perfectly to its glass. As a result all televisions have what is called "[[wikipedia:Overscan|overscan]]" - where portions of the actual picture area fall outside of the physical viewable area of a TV set, due to the picture being projected larger than the actual screen. About 5% of the picture area is missing from each edge, with some sets cutting off as much as 15% on one edge or another. Television creators are aware of the situation and are careful not to put anything critical too close to the edge of the picture, and will frame a shot accordingly. TV directors have what is called a "safe title zone", somewhat in from the edges, where it is considered safe to put text and titles. They also have a safe action zone within which it is considered safe to put the action you need to see. With the special effect illusions created by the Muppets, filming them sometimes results in a revealing mistake or puppeteer's head/arm. Since ''The Muppet Show'' was intended for television broadcast and viewing, sometimes "goofs" were allowed to stay in the edges of a shot assuming they were far enough at the bottom of a shot to be cut off by the viewer's TV (or were unnoticed on the film prints as they were cut off on the studio monitors themselves). Since that time the show has been transferred and released in digital – in the form of DVD. Playing such videos on screens without overscan (such as some computer monitors, digital screens, plasma monitors, etc.) will allow viewers to see things originally thought to be out of sight.
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A television image goes right to the very edges of the screen, however most TVs are not so precise as to fit the picture perfectly to its glass. As a result all televisions have what is called "[[wikipedia:Overscan|overscan]]" - where portions of the actual picture area fall outside of the physical viewable area of a TV set, due to the picture being projected larger than the actual screen. About 5% of the picture area is missing from each edge, with some sets cutting off as much as 15% on one edge or another. Television creators are aware of the situation and are careful not to put anything critical too close to the edge of the picture, and will frame a shot accordingly. TV directors have what is called a "safe title zone", somewhat in from the edges, where it is considered safe to put text and titles. They also have a safe action zone within which it is considered safe to put the action you need to see. With the special effect illusions created by the Muppets, filming them sometimes results in a revealing mistake or puppeteer's head/arm. Since ''The Muppet Show'' was intended for television broadcast and viewing, sometimes "goofs" were allowed to stay in the edges of a shot assuming they were far enough at the bottom of a shot to be cut off by the viewer's TV (or were unnoticed on the film prints as they were cut off on the studio monitors themselves). Since that time the show has been transferred and released in digital – in the form of DVD. Playing such videos on screens without overscan (such as some computer monitors, digital screens, plasma monitors, etc.) will allow viewers to see things originally thought to be out of sight.
 
==See also==
 
*[[Muppet Movie Goofs]]
 
*[[Sesame Street Goofs]]
 
*[[Fraggle Rock Goofs]]
 
*[[Land of Gorch Goofs]]
 
   
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The creators of The Muppet Show were skilled at creating the illusion that the puppets were living characters. Still, occasional goofs slipped through, and made it onto the screen.

PilotsEdit

The Muppets Valentine ShowEdit

Image Summary
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At the beginning of the show, Crazy Donald runs behind Brewster's chair and cackles. As the camera pulls away, he turns and runs behind the other side of the chair. The arm and head of Crazy Donald's performer can be seen coming from behind the chair as George the Janitor enters the frame.
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When Mildred Huxtetter throws the Crumpet, Jerry Nelson's hair is seen behind Droop.
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During the closing song, Jim Henson's finger operating Wally's arm rods are seen as well as the top of his head can be seen as Wally moves from behind the couch to next to George. Also, Frank Oz's head pops up into the screen.

The Muppet Show: Sex and ViolenceEdit

Image Summary
For the birds goof
During "For the Birds," the performers are seen against the black background, because this was a black light theater segment.
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When Gluttony chases after Leafy Green Vegetables, an unknown performer is visible behind Sam the Eagle.

Season OneEdit

Opening Summary
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Opening goof 1-2
Crazy Harry is not in the orchestra pit during the opening wide shot of the opening, yet he quickly appears next to Zoot in the following close-up shot.
Opening goof 2
When it shows Animal on the drums, we see Frank Oz's head next to him, and the same is in the ending.
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Also in the opening, when the wide shot occurs, Floyd is not in the orchestra; this is probably because Jerry Nelson was not available for filming the opening sequence, as he wasn't available for episodes 101-103 and 111-115. However, he is in the closing sequence of the orchestra and is audibly there in the opening.
Episode 101: Juliet Prowse Summary
Temptation 1
Frank Oz's arm can be seen underneath Miss Piggy when the Muppets all agree they have a favorite song before "Temptation."
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There is a visible rip in the back of Piggy's mouth, through which Frank Oz's hand can be seen while he puppeteers her during "Temptation." This tear inside her mouth would be fixed after the first episode.
Mupgoof1
Eren Ozker's face can been seen under the pair of chickens when Miss Piggy dives on Kermit at the end of the "Temptation" number.
Temptation 2
As the glee club singers leave the stage, the left arm and black-covered head of a second performer can be seen underneath one of the chickens who moves off stage-left.
Confused kid
The bartender in the "Cowboy Time" sketch delivers the line "You're confused Kid, you ain't got no guns...those are pickles." in a different voice than what he uses in the rest of the sketch. In addition, the line doesn't fit with what the puppet is saying. [NB: In the original edit of this episode, the sketch went on a bit longer but ended up being re-edited for the transmission version. As a result, Richard Hunt dubbed this new line over the original "As a matter of fact Kid, you ain't got no guns! Those are pickles!"]
Miss kitty goof
The back of Dave Goelz's head is visible as Miss Kitty exits in "Cowboy Time."
Fuse is lit goof
Frank Oz's head is visible when Kid Fozzie jumps away from the lit apple in the same sketch.
No act this week
Fozzie Bear asks Kermit why he wasn't doing an act in this particular show, even though he had just been in the Cowboy Time sketch a few minutes earlier.
Episode 102: Connie Stevens Summary
102 newsman goof
During the Muppet News Flash segment, the very top of Jim Henson's head is seen as the news reporter goes to pick up the phone.
Episode 103: Joel Grey Summary
Comedy Tonight
During the opening number Comedy Tonight, the voices of some Whatnot singers steadily change.
103 willkommen goof
Dave Goelz's head can be seen under Zoot and Janice at the end of "Willkommen". Also, another performer's head is seen between Gonzo and Jerry.
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The hole for the puppeteer hand in the bottom of Baskerville can be shortly seen when he's eaten by Gorgon Heap in the Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Disappearing Clues sketch.
Joel Grey Credits
During the closing credits of the UK version, John Lovelady is miscredited as John Loveday.
Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi Summary
104 arm goof 1
Jim Henson's "sleeve" that is attached to the bottom of the Kermit puppet can be seen a few times, in both the Talk Spot and the last backstage scene.
104 s and w goof
Jim Henson's head can be seen bopping up and down performing Waldorf after the Talk Spot.
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The sleeve attached on the bottom of Robot Kermit can be seen in a backstage scene when Miss Piggy enters in the dressing room.
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When Kermit says goodbye, a performer's head can be seen under the Beach Ball.
Episode 105: Rita Moreno Summary
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During the "I Get Ideas" number, the Bartender Pig has bushy eyebrows, but does not when he is backstage with Miss Piggy afterwards.
105 suggs goof
During the "Lady of Spain," Marvin Suggs hits a piece of the Muppaphone twice in a row and it speaks with a different voice the second time. Also, the black arm socks for the Muppaphone are occasionally visible (particularly at the very end, when one appears to float for a brief moment).
105 talk spot goof
Henson's hand can be seen performing Kermit after Rita Moreno shouts at him for reading the cue cards.
Episode 106: Jim Nabors Summary
106 richard hair
Richard Hunt's hair can be seen when George the Janitor is talking to Scooter.
Episode 107: Florence Henderson Summary
107 borcellino goof
A performer becomes visible underneath one of the pigs during the Bouncing Borcellino Brothers sketch.
107 frackle goof
Henson's arm can be seen performing the Green Frackle during "Happy Together."
Episode 108: Paul Williams Summary
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108 goof 2
In "An Old Fashioned Love Song", when The Gogolala Jubilee Jugband comes out of the radio, viewers can see Goelz's head and half of his face under the blue, jug-blowing Whatnot, as well as John Lovelady's arm and head as he plays the trumpet player in the background.
108 honeydew goof
After Dr. Bunsen Honeydew breaks the solid plate during the Muppet Labs segment, Honeydew's arm bends the other plate upward before he even tenderized it! A second later, a tip of Goelz's hair is seen behind Honeydew.
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A puppeteer's head and the "sleeve" that is attached to the bottom of the Kermit puppet can be seen a few of time During the I'm in Love with a Big Blue Frog number.
Episode 109: Charles Aznavour Summary
The Old-Fashioned Way
When Mildred Huxtetter breaks away from Charles, he briefly stops singing to the pre-recorded audio track of him singing "The Old Fashioned Way".
TMS-109-PiggyCharlesAznavourKiss-(FrankOzHead-Goof)
During the Talk Spot Segment, the top of Frank Oz's head can be seen briefly when Miss Piggy kisses Charles while he speaks French to her.
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During "I Feel Pretty", a puppeteer's hand can be seen underneath one of the two girls singing in the mirror
Episode 110: Harvey Korman Summary
110 dynamite goof
During the song "Love Ya to Death", Jim Henson's head is visible several times underneath Dr. Teeth especially when he says "I'll break down your resistance..."
110 hospital goof 1
During the Veterinarian's Hospital skit, Dr. Rowlf screams, "Day in and day out, it's the same old routine!" you can see a puppeteer's head behind him.
110 hospital goof 2
At the end of the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, Rowlf's hat falls in front of his eyes and throughout the rest of the sketch he can't get it to sit back on top of his head.
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Dave Goelz's face can been seen puppeteering Muppy at the beginning of the credits.
Episode 112: Peter Ustinov Summary
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At the end of the You Do Something to Me sketch, the performer's head becomes visible behind Svengali as he dances after he turns his assistant to resemble him
Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth Summary
Janice Mouth goof 113
During "At the Dance" sketch, Janice's mouth starts moving before she says "Do you know what happened in 1776?"
UK Spot Goof 113
The hole at the bottom of the duck puppet can be seen in the Talk Spot.
Muppet Show Goof 113
If you look closely in the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, the hole in which the Duck is being performed becomes visible.
Episode 114: Sandy Duncan Summary
Muppet Show Ending 114 goof
Before the end credits begins, Eren Ozker's head and face can be seen beneath Hilda.
Episode 115: Candice Bergen Summary
Notwhereyoustart
After Rowlf sings "It's Not Where You Start" for the first time, Scooter says "Kermit says you sang the song too quick. You're going to have to sing it again, but you only have a minute." Rowlf then sings the song again faster, so Scooter should really have said "Kermit says you sang the song too slow." Also if you keep your eye on the time whilst Rowlf is singing the song the first time, you will find that he manages get it done in under a minute anyway.
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When the Swedish Chef dips his finger into his spicy sauce, his finger can clearly be seen not going into the sauce pan.
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During the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, Kermit says "That's nothing! You should see it in here." at the end. However, when he says this, his mouth lip synching the line is slightly off. [NB: This is due to the fact that Henson performs both Rowlf and Kermit, but performed Rowlf in the sketch for having the more comic responsibility. So, Kermit's dialog in the sketch was pre-recorded.].
Episode 116: Avery Schreiber Summary
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Richard Hunt's hair appears between Scooter and Kermit when Scooter tells Kermit that Miss Piggy and Avery do not want to be disturbed.
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The Chicken in the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch has to different eyes.
Episode 117: Ben Vereen Summary
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John Lovelady's headset can be seen behind Statler's chair, as Crazy Harry pops up behind Statler and Waldorf. The second time during Kermit's introduction to "Mr. Cellophane", when Crazy Harry pops up again behind Statler and Waldorf, John Lovelady's blond hair is clearly visible.
Episode 118: Phyllis Diller Summary
118 goof
A puppeteer's head can be seen under The Newsman during his entrance.
Episode 120: Valerie Harper Summary
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When the Swedish Chef smashes the Japanese Cake, the hole where it was performed from can be seen. In addition, Richard Hunt's hair can be seen just to the right of the Chef.
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In the scene in the dressing room, one of Animal's eyes has a Kermit-style pupil.
Episode 122: Ethel Merman Summary
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122 goof 2
Mary Louise and Miss Mousey switch seats during Fozzie's act. (Note: Just before we see Fozzie's Cousin, Mary Louise can be seen next to a Whatnot with a yellow shirt and orange hair. After Waldorf says Fozzie's cousin is funnier than Fozzie, Miss Mousey is seen next to the whatnot. Mary Louise is seen behind the Green Frackle.)
Episode 123: Kaye Ballard Summary
Mupgoof2
During the Talk Spot, while Animal is beating Kermit up, Animal's neck sleeve is shown.
123 goof 2
The reflections of Frank Oz, Eren Ozker, and an unknown performer (when Zelda Rose and Janice walk by) can be seen in the Vendaface sketch.
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Doctor Teeth is taking part in the workout too, but this strike only involves the members of orchestra pit of which he is not a part.
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The orchestra come out on stage, even though they threatened to only do "One Note Samba" loudly from backstage.

Goelz's hair can be seen under Zoot during the act.

Episode 124: Mummenschanz Summary
124 goof 1
Wanda's performer's head and face can be seen underneath her during the library sketch.
124 goof 2
At the end of the It's Only a Paper Moon song, Wanda speaks to Wayne, but nothing is heard.
124 goof 3
Richard Hunt's forehead can be seen as a reflection in the Vendaface sketch.

Season TwoEdit

Closing Summary
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For this season, a new shot of Floyd wearing his hat and blinking his eyes is shown during the credits. However, during the first shot of Trumpet Girl and the wide shot of the orchestra, the Season 1 Floyd puppet is shown, and those two shots were never re-filmed.
Episode 201: Don Knotts Summary
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Both Statler and Kermit refer to "The Windmills of Your Mind" as the opening number, even though it was actually the second number.
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Right before the Screaming Thing crashes into the windmill at the end of "The Windmills of Your Mind", what appears to be either a head or an arm can briefly be seen underneath it before being covered by a censor bar.
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In the first backstage scene, when Kermit tells Floyd that Fozzie is the one who is responsible for having "Lullaby of Birdland" as the closing number, Jim Henson's head pops up to the right of Kermit above the table.
Episode 203: Milton Berle Summary
203 goof
Although the plot revolves around Fozzie being so nervous about Milton Berle being on the show that he must hide from him until just before the closing number, Fozzie does appear in Milton Berle's earlier number, "The Entertainer", with no difficulty or fear.
Episode 205: Judy Collins Summary
205 goof
During the Leatherwing Bat sketch, the bat asks before Judy Collins goes to sing with the woodpecker, "Find out what how-dow-dee-dit-dit-doe-dum" means. He is referring to a line in the song. However, the line is, "Hoe-dow-dee-dee-dit-dee-dum."
Episode 206: Nancy Walker Summary
206 goof
During the "Night Train" sketch, the head of the performer operating the Whatnot soldier holding the torch is visible at the beginning of the sketch.
Episode 207: Edgar Bergen Summary
207 chicken goof
During the song "Baby Face," when the chickens jump up, the puppeteer's arm is seen.
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During "Consider Yourself", as Uncle Deadly enters, Jerry Nelson's arm can be seen working the character's arm.
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For his act, Gonzo wrestles a brick blindfolded. During the act, the version of Gonzo that debuted in season two is used, but when he returns backstage, although he is in the same costume, the Gonzo puppet from season one is used.
Episode 212: Bernadette Peters Summary
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When Kermit introduces the opening number, he is wearing a black tuxedo, but during the opening number, he wears a purple tuxedo.
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The arm of the performer operating Uncle Deadly's right arm becomes visible during "Sheik of Araby" along with the head of the performer of Uncle Deadly being briefly seen at the end of the sketch.
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During "Just One Person", Richard Hunt's head is visible beneath Scooter.
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Before the end credits begin, Goelz's head can be briefly seen behind Gonzo.
Episode 214: Elton John Summary
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At the very end of "Crocodile Rock", a performer's head is visible behind one of the crocodiles.
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In "Any Old Iron", one of the Whatnots is missing a pupil. The staff was aware of this while taping, but it was the last piece of the day and they didn't have time to do a retake or an extensive search for the pupil. This same Whatnot later regains his missing pupil when he helps dress up Sam the Eagle for his big introduction to Elton John.
On the Season Two DVD release, the closing footage of the orchestra is slightly off-synch with the music
Episode 219: Peter Sellers Summary
219 goof
During the closing number, one of the trumpet players trumpets falls off, and for the rest of the number the trumpet player doesn't play the trumpet (both trumpet players were most likely performed by the same performer at once, and therefore nobody was controlling the arms of the characters).
Episode 220: Petula Clark Summary
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During the Veterinarian's Hospital sketch, when Rowlf falls into the hungry operating table, it is shown that no one bothered to give him legs for that one scene.
Episode 222: Teresa Brewer Summary
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During "Wild Thing," the pedal on one of Animal's cymbals continues to depress even though his foot is no longer working it. Moments later, when Janice and the pig are taking Animal away, Frank Oz's head becomes visible.
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During "Music Music Music", you can see both performer's heads if you look at the couples in the top boxes.

Season ThreeEdit

Episode 302: Leo Sayer Summary
302 goof 1
Louise Gold’s hair comes into the bottom left frame under Annie Sue.
When Miss Piggy jumps off the railing to tackle Kermit, the string suspending her can be seen when she lands on him.
Episode 303: Roy Clark Summary
303 goof
As the Swedish Chef explains to Kermit where all the smoke in the theater is coming from, Fozzie Bear goes to help Link Hogthrob and Rowlf put out the fire. As he does, Frank Oz's head comes into frame below Fozzie's arm. Then, during the "Pigs in Space" sketch, Link Hogthrob points to a lever and tells First Mate Piggy to pull it. She refuses, so he says he'll do it, but pulls the one next to the one he was pointing to.
Episode 304: Gilda Radner Summary
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Before the Witch Doctor shows up, while Marvin Suggs is pounding the Muppaphone, his mustache flies off.
304 goof 2
Then, during the Muppet Labs sketch, when Gilda Radner accidentally squirts some of the super-adhesive glue out of its bottle, some gets on the camera.
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Gilda also accidentally sticks her hand to the top of her head with the super-adhesive, but at the end of "Tap Your Troubles Away", she has moved her hand down to her forehead.
Episode 305: Pearl Bailey Summary
305 goof
During "In the Good Old Summertime" towards the end of the song, the tip of Jerry Nelson's head is seen performing Floyd.
Episode 307: Alice Cooper Summary
307 goof
When Piggy shouts at Alice Cooper, "I wouldn't sell ya my soul if ya paid me," viewers can see the tip of Oz's head in the lower left-hand corner of the screen.
Episode 308: Loretta Lynn Summary
308 goof
At the end of "Oh, Lonesome Me", Dave Goelz's face is seen when the Afghan Hound licks Loretta Lynn.
308 goof 2
Also towards the end of "The Rhyming Song", Richard Hunt's arm is seen performing Scooter shortly after the curtain closes.
308 goof 3
Then, during "One's on the Way", a performer's head is seen as the babies go towards Loretta.
Episode 309: Liberace Summary
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A performer's head is seen between a pig on the left and Miss Piggy.
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Almost simultaneously near the chaotic ending of "Never on Sunday", a performer's head pops into the left side of the screen, and then Steve Whitmire's face becomes visible through a chair, seconds before Animal enters.
Episode 313: Helen Reddy Summary
313 goof
When Miss Piggy lowers her leg down, Frank Oz's fingers become visible.
Episode 314: Harry Belafonte Summary
314 goof
In his first introduction scene, Kermit is reading from a piece of paper. He leaves the screen for a second and returns with empty flippers; however, the piece of tape that was used to keep the paper in place is still stuck to his fingers.
During the Muppet Sports sketch, the starting flag is the checkered flag used at the finish instead of the green colored one.
Episode 317: Spike Milligan Summary
317 goof 1
The head of a performer operating the Scottish bagpiper puppet becomes visible.
317 goof 2
Steve Whitmire's head is briefly visible operating the Swedish Chef.
Episode 318: Leslie Uggams Summary
318 goof
At the end of the episode, a performer's head and arm becomes visible operating Lew Zealand.
318 goof 2
Also, when the two chickens begin pecking on Gonzo, Camilla loses an eye. As the credits roll and the chickens start fighting, they both lose several facial parts.
Episode 319: Elke Sommer Summary
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Frank Oz's head briefly becomes visible underneath Miss Piggy as she attempts to block Link Hogthrob from the exit door.
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In the same sketch, as Link Hogthrob goes to block Miss Piggy from the exit, an arm can be seen performing Link's right hand.
Episode 321: Roger Miller Summary
321 goof 1
A puppeteer's head can be seen during a couple shots of "Alabamy Bound."
321 goof 2
Jerry Nelson becomes visible operating a puppet at one point in "Down at the Old Bull and Bush."
During the same number, the drummer loses his pupil halfway through the song, and tries to hide this by sticking his face in the tuba.
321 goof 4
Once Lew Zealand's eggs come back, a person's hand is seen throwing an egg for a split second.

Season FourEdit

Episode 401: John Denver Summary
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Right before Beauregard interjects that he hasn't finished building the opening number's set, Dave Goelz's face is seen and pulls back behind the curtain before speaking.
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Just before Statler and Waldorf begin shooting Muppets, a puppeteer's head becomes visible between Crazy Harry and Zeke.
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At the end of the opening number, Zeke can be seen waving a flag. His hand lets go of the flag yet the flag still moves.
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Steve Whitmire's head can be seen in the good nights.
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Moments later, another puppeteer's head becomes visible.
Episode 407: Dudley Moore Summary
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When the bug band comes off stage, one of the bugs is missing its hair.
Episode 409: Beverly Sills Summary
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During the opening number, "Take Ten Terrific Girls", Rowlf's puppeteer is briefly visible as he wheels a light stand. Later, a puppeteer's head can be seen behind Statler operating a female whatnot.
Episode 405: Victor Borge Summary
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In the opening number, "Macho Man", Dave Goelz's head and arm can be seen under Gonzo at the end of the song .
Episode 415: Anne Murray Summary
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In the opening number, "I Get Around", an arm can be briefly seen as Miss Piggy drives away.
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The top of Jerry Nelson's head pops up from time to time while he performs Milton Miller.
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During Muppet Sports, Steve Whitmire's head is briefly seen as he performs Angus McGregor.
Episode 420: Alan Arkin Summary
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In the opening number, Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah, the arms of the puppeteers appear beneath the bunnies.

Season FiveEdit

Opening Summary
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In this season, trumpeter Lips is added to The Electric Mayhem and the orchestra. He gets a solo during the opening sequence where he is seen with Trumpet Girl, who is playing the trombone instead. However, during the wide pan of the orchestra and the "Why don't you get things started?" scenes, Trumpet Girl is playing the trumpet and Lips is nowhere since these sections were never re-filmed to add Lips.
Episode 505: James Coburn Summary
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In the Temptation number, the hole in the bottom of the far right octopus puppet can be seen when it's attacked by Animal.
Episode 507: Glenda Jackson Summary
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In the musical number, "Tie The Man Down", pirates tie themselves up. Afterwards, Dead Ear Dick, one of the pirates that performed in the number, appears in the upper level of Backstage while the other pirates appear from onstage. Dick also has his voice changed.
Episode 508: Señor Wences Summary
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In the performance of "Puppet Man", the hole in the wall between the puppeteer's hand and the boy's head is briefly visible.
Episode 509: Debbie Harry Summary
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In the performance of "One Way Or Another," when Debbie Harry is opening the doors in search of Mulch, she encounters a group of Devils. A performer's hand can be seen in one of the devil's mouths.
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At the end of the "One Way or Another", after Debbie grabs Mulch, a side of Jerry Nelson's head is seen towards the bottom of the frame.

SpecialsEdit

The Muppets Go to the MoviesEdit

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During "A Frog Too Far", a head pops up in the lower right corner of the screen.

The Fantastic Miss Piggy ShowEdit

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In the second control room scene, Fozzie's arm sock is briefly visible as he throws the clipboard away.

Occasional GoofEdit

  • A 'continuity goof' occasionally occurred on The Muppet Show that involved the Muppet orchestra:
  • Musicians from the orchestra pit would be on stage during the goodnights until the beginning of the closing theme.
  • A wide shot of the audience would feature musicians in the pit that were not featured, or leave some musicians out.

General GoofsEdit

Muppet Height RelationsEdit

One of the big errors people can nit-pick with the Muppet productions is continuity of the characters' heights. For example, Rizzo and Pepe normally appear around (or even above) waist height compared to their human co-stars. However, a full-body look at proportions of the character would suggest they would barely reach a human's knee. Kermit, Fozzie, and the other Muppets also appear in a flexible height range in order to interact comfortably with humans and sets. Steve Whitmire said in a 1998 interview that "If a character like Rizzo only appeared at his true height next to a human actor, you’d only see the human actor’s feet when you saw Rizzo. That’s an extreme example, but the idea is true for most of the characters. Even so, we do know the relative heights of the characters to each other and make an effort to keep that in mind." The suspended belief that the audience has when watching the Muppets allows this flexible reality to exist without major distractions. So even though Pepe's feet would be floating three feet off the ground, the audience still goes along, not questioning, and usually not even perceiving.

Canonical HolesEdit

Many people argue that the Muppet films and TV shows are non-canonical; that each production is a world unto itself - that the Muppets are timeless personalities and characters that carry throughout productions, and these characters are presenting a show. People continue to argue and debate over what is Muppet truth and what is just acting and plain entertainment. Muppet Babies undermines the whole notion of The Muppet Movie. And Scooter's role as The Electric Mayhem's road manager in The Muppet Movie undermines his back-story set up in the early run of The Muppet Show as the theater owner's nephew hired by Kermit as a go-fer. There have been many contradictions in Muppet canon and back-stories throughout the 50+ years of the Muppets. However writers and performers will overlook or circumvent them in order to create new compelling stories, new characters or character traits, or just deliver a humorous joke.

In episode 210, Gonzo explains that his mother died before he was born and left a note to his father regarding Gonzo's name. This is contradicted in the Jason Alexander episode of Muppets Tonight, where Gonzo claims his mother liked his unique college interpretation of Death of a Salesman. However the whole notion of Gonzo remembering his parents is somewhat dispelled in the film Muppets from Space.

TV OverscanEdit

A television image goes right to the very edges of the screen, however most TVs are not so precise as to fit the picture perfectly to its glass. As a result all televisions have what is called "overscan" - where portions of the actual picture area fall outside of the physical viewable area of a TV set, due to the picture being projected larger than the actual screen. About 5% of the picture area is missing from each edge, with some sets cutting off as much as 15% on one edge or another. Television creators are aware of the situation and are careful not to put anything critical too close to the edge of the picture, and will frame a shot accordingly. TV directors have what is called a "safe title zone", somewhat in from the edges, where it is considered safe to put text and titles. They also have a safe action zone within which it is considered safe to put the action you need to see. With the special effect illusions created by the Muppets, filming them sometimes results in a revealing mistake or puppeteer's head/arm. Since The Muppet Show was intended for television broadcast and viewing, sometimes "goofs" were allowed to stay in the edges of a shot assuming they were far enough at the bottom of a shot to be cut off by the viewer's TV (or were unnoticed on the film prints as they were cut off on the studio monitors themselves). Since that time the show has been transferred and released in digital – in the form of DVD. Playing such videos on screens without overscan (such as some computer monitors, digital screens, plasma monitors, etc.) will allow viewers to see things originally thought to be out of sight.

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