The answer to the question was nearly reached by the crew of the Swinetrek in episode 501 of The Muppet Show. As the crew reaches the edge of the universe, they learn they will discover the meaning and purpose of life, but are too impatient to stick around to find out, missing out on the answer. The Newsman apparently received the answer, only to misplace the sheet of paper. The Announcer found out but refused to tell, taunting, "I know something you don't know!"
While discussing the abstract nature of his age in a 1984 appearance on The Saturday Show, host Isla St Clair suggests that it has something to do with the meaning of life. Kermit responds in agreement, "Something like that."
In a 2016 appearance in the "Big Questions with Even Bigger Stars" segment on The Late Show, host Stephen Colbert asked guest Kermit the Frog if he ever wondered why we're here. Kermit responded: "I think it's because your people reached out to my agent."
Responding to what the "ultimate question" is on "Pepe's Unbelievable Game Show" in the Muppets Now episode "The I.T. Factor", contestant Karina poses that it's, "What's the meaning of life?" Her opponent Eddie counters, "How many leagues under the sea?" (Neither of them guessed correctly).
- "Life is meant to be fun, and joyous, and fulfilling. ... Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody. It's a good life, enjoy it."
- "I think it's not particularly necessary to lead a religious life. People progress just as well in music, or art, or math, or science, or gardening, or whatever. It all seems to work as well and the process is good."
- "I believe that life is basically a process of growth—that we go through many lives, choosing those situations and problems that we will learn through."
- "Life's like a movie, write your own ending."
- "DRUMS!!!!! FOOD!!!!! BUNNIES!!!!!!"
- "You only get here once, so try to do a good job while having a lot of fun and do nice things for other people. Remember, we're all brothers and sisters."
- "Life not all guessing games...sometimes, we have to care about friends, especially friends who love cookies."
- "May you always have the things that really count in life, like friends, so you can count them!"
- "To chase a monster through the Monster Clubhouse is to live."
- "Um, the meaning of life for Elmo is respecting your elders by saying Mr. and Ms. and saying thank you and also giving lots of loves and kisses. That's the meaning of life for Elmo."
- "Life is a great deal like a tennis game."
- "A-B-C-D-E-F-G-H-I-J-K-L-M-N-O-P-Q-R-S-T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z." (script version)
- "Life is a garbage dump, if you want the truth."
- "Oh that's easy... Chocolate!"
- "Life's a happy song when there's someone by your side to sing along."
- "I like life...it's a good cereal, yes, especially the cinnamon, okay."
- "Hey, I tell you what is. Big city, hmm? Live, work, huh? But not city only. Only peoples. Peoples is peoples. No is buildings. Is tomatoes, huh? Is peoples, is dancing, is music, is potatoes. So, peoples is peoples. Okay?"
- According to remarks made by Kermit the Frog in 2011's The Muppets, the three greatest gifts in life are: (1) children, (2) ice cream, and (3) laughter.
- "That's What Counts," a song about what matters in life to the Count
- A letter for his family to be read after his death.
- Jim Henson: The Biography, Kindle location 8264
- It's Not Easy Being Green, Kindle location 742
- "The Magic Store"
- Instagram Q&A, October 19, 2018
- "A Conversation with Caroll & Debra Spinney," Northampton Academy of Music, February 12, 2016. (12:50)
- Sesame Street Mystery Box sketch
- A New Baby in My House
- Monster Clubhouse
- Ask Elmo
- The Muppet Show episode 110
- Memoirs of a Muppets Writer, page 102
- Tweet from @TheMuppets
- "Life's a Happy Song"
- Muppets Tonight episode 205
- The Muppets Take Manhattan