When The Muppet Show first debuted in syndication, original promo spots were filmed to promote each show - a 10 second promo and a 30 second promo (which utilize a clip from the particular episode). These promos often featured Kermit the Frog and Fozzie Bear, though others occasionally appeared to promote the upcoming shows.
These spots were typically improvised on the spot. Dave Goelz served as Fozzie's right hand during these spots and was dubbed "prop beagle," finding random objects Frank Oz would use during the shoot. For one unaired spot, Goelz found a spare Kermit puppet, which was manipulated by Fozzie.
Seven promos from the first season were included in The Muppet Show: Season One.
Kermit and Fozzie show a montage of clips from the show's first season featuring Sandy Duncan, Jim Nabors and Valerie Harper. Kermit asks viewers to watch for the comedy, the music and the internationally famous guest stars. "Actually, he's begging," Fozzie remarks.
|Episode 101: Juliet Prowse
Promo featuring footage from the pilot version of the episode.
|Episode 104: Ruth Buzzi|
|Episode 107: Florence Henderson
Kermit and Fozzie appear on the Koozbane set. Fozzie wipes his eyes with a handkerchief explaining that he loves promos.
|Episode 108: Paul Williams (DVD)|
|Episode 112: Peter Ustinov (DVD)|
|Episode 113: Bruce Forsyth (DVD)
Kermit mentions this week's guest star as Fozzie uses his hat as a puppet.
A longer promo features a clip from "Side by Side".
|Episode 114: Sandy Duncan (DVD)
A clip from the "A Nice Girl Like Me" number is shown, and Kermit says to start the show off with a bang.
|Episode 115: Candice Bergen (DVD)
Fozzie tickles Kermit while he talks about this week's show.
|Episode 118: Phyllis Diller (DVD)
In a longer promo a clip of "The Entertainer" is used.
|Episode 120: Valerie Harper (DVD)|
|Episode 124: Mummenschanz
Fozzie collapses in slow motion while Kermit describes what's coming up on the episode. In another spot, after Kermit delivers his spiel, Fozzie covers Kermit's face with his hat.
|Episode 204: Rich Little
Fozzie pats down Kermit's tuxedo as Kermit announces this week's guest. A clip from the Hollywood musicals medley is shown.
|Episode 206: Nancy Walker
Kermit announces this week's guest. A clip from They Can't Take That Away from Me is shown.
|Episode 210: George Burns
Kermit introduces a clip of "It All Depends on You," while Fozzie mills around in the background in silhouette. He steps into the light and tells Kermit not to leave him in the dark.
|Episode 221: Bob Hope
Kermit announces this week's guest and Fozzie excitedly begins calling out Bob's name.
|Made only for ITV and shown after the Danny Kaye episode on Christmas Day, Santa Frog tells the viewers that the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever and Morecambe and Wise are on next.|
|Episode 304: Gilda Radner|
|Episode 309: Liberace
Fozzie is standing in front of Kermit onstage and mimes to Kermit's voice. A clip of Liberace dancing with Fletcher Bird is shown.
|Episode 319: Elke Sommer|
|Episode 320: Sylvester Stallone
Fozzie acts like he's preparing to box as Kermit delivers the message. He socks Kermit in the head, but Kermit springs back up like a punching bag and knocks Fozzie over.
|Episode 401: John Denver
Kermit talks about the show while Fozzie examines Kermit's arms.
|Episode 402: Crystal Gayle
Kermit's attempts to talk about the show are hampered by a Prairie Dog who imitates Kermit. A clip from "River Road" is shown.
|Episode 403: Shields & Yarnell|
|Episode 405: Victor Borge|
|Episode 406: Linda Lavin
Fozzie spins his hat around on a pole, and it falls with a loud crash.
|Episode 408: Arlo Guthrie|
|Episode 409: Beverly Sills
Miss Piggy dances through the "Pigaletto" set, singing an operatic promo for the episode. Kermit ruins it by running in and announcing her name before Piggy can.
|Episode 411: Lola Falana
Gonzo tries to tell Kermit something while he talks about this week's show. When Kermit finally asks Gonzo what he wants, Gonzo says that he's quitting. A clip from "He's the Greatest Dancer" is shown.
|Episode 413: Dizzy Gillespie
In the 10 second promo, Fozzie licks his paw and matts his fur. He accidentally licks it again after patting down Kermit, becoming disgusted by the taste.
|Episode 414: Liza Minnelli|
|Episode 415: Anne Murray
Scooter skates by in the background as Kermit delivers the promo. Fozzie then puts Kermit on a skateboard and pushes him off-screen, where he crashes.
|Episode 416: Jonathan Winters
In the 10 second promo, Fozzie attempts to make an origami frog from a piece of paper.
In the 30 second promo, Fozzie wears glasses and reads from a sheet of paper. After a clip from Winters' hat routine, Fozzie admits he can't actually see anything.
|Episode 421: Doug Henning
Fozzie and a rabbit join Kermit as they present a clip of Henning's bottle trick. After the clip, they're joined by several more rabbits.
|Episode 424: Diana Ross
Fozzie's jaw drops as Kermit announces Diana Ross as this weeks guest. A clip from "Last Time I Saw Him" is shown.
|Episode 501: Gene Kelly
The Muppets dance on the stage. A clip of Kermit and Gene Kelly dancing is shown.
|Episode 502: Loretta Swit
Kermit talks about the show while Fozzie holds onto balloons.
|Episode 504: Shirley Bassey
As Kermit talks, Fozzie futzes around with a piece of wire, then claims to have made it into the shape of a puppy dog.
|Episode 505: James Coburn|
|Episode 506: Brooke Shields
A shorter promo features the two, as the Rabbit hops wildly. Kermit joins, falling down the rabbit hole.
|Episode 507: Glenda Jackson
In the 10 second promo, Fozzie is shocked by the plot of this week's episode.
|Episode 508: Señor Wences|
|Episode 509: Debbie Harry|
|Episode 510: Jean-Pierre Rampal
In the 10 second promo, Fozzie and Kermit disagree on the pronunciation of "flautist."
|Episode 511: Paul Simon
Fozzie flails Kermit's arms around for him.
|Episode 512: Melissa Manchester
Kermit speaks in a hoarse whisper and says this week's guest star is a big surprise. The rest of the Muppets appear and shout her name.
In a longer promo Gonzo leads a cheer, but misspells Melissa's name. A clip of "Whenever I Call You Friend" is used.
|Episode 514: Mac Davis|
|Episode 516: Gladys Knight
In the 10 second promo, Fozzie sticks a crown around Kermit's body and declares, "Long live the frog!"
In the 30 second promo, Kermit talks about this week's show while Fozzie licks a plate with honey on it. Fozzie asks Kermit if he wants some honey, to which he replies, "Uh, no thanks, sweetheart." A clip from "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" is shown.
|Episode 520: Wally Boag
Kermit introduces a clip of Boag's "Highland Fling," while Fozzie wiggles his ears and dances around in the background.
|Episode 521: Johnny Cash|
|Episode 522: Buddy Rich
Animal excitedly repeats "Buddy Rich!" after Kermit mentions his name.
|Episode 523: Linda Ronstadt|
|Episode 524: Roger Moore
Kermit is joined by Gonzo, who plugs that the episode will be broadcast "in vivid greens and blues!"
|Taped during the recording of The Muppets Go to the Movies, Kermit and Fozzie promote reruns of the show featuring "a whole galaxy of superstar guests" and "all our regular guys" including the Frog, the Bear and the Pig. Fozzie takes Kermit aside and asks if they could talk about that pig. A montage of clips featuring Ethel Merman, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte, Julie Andrews, Dudley Moore, Diana Ross, Debbie Harry and Liberace is shown.
In a shorter promo, Fozzie asks Kermit if he wants to get some lunch. They both end up going in opposite directions, before Fozzie realizes his mistake and goes after Kermit.