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The Muppets are a group of comedic puppet characters originally created by Jim Henson who have appeared in multiple television series and films since the 1950s. The majority of the characters listed here originated on The Muppet Show, a television series that aired from 1976 to 1981. Since then, several more characters have been introduced in other television series, as well as theatrical films.

The first Muppet characters appeared as early as 1955, in Sam and Friends, a Washington, D.C.-based show that was on the air for six years. Kermit the Frog was one of the show's regulars, and thus was one of Henson's first Muppet creations.<ref name="finch1981"/> The characters became a household name after their appearance in the children's television program Sesame Street.<ref name="finch1981"/> Henson was initially reluctant to become involved with Sesame Street because he feared being pigeon-holed as a children's performer, but agreed to work on the show to further his social goals.<ref name="davis2008"/>:5 The characters created for that series are now owned by the Sesame Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street, and are now considered a separate franchise.

By the early 1970s, Henson began to think seriously about the possibility of a network series for adults featuring the Muppets.<ref name="finch1981"/> The characters appeared on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (namely The Land of Gorch segments) in 1975, and by 1976, The Muppet Show (which was produced in London) began to air in syndication.

These characters have been owned by The Walt Disney Company since 2004, when Disney acquired them from The Jim Henson Company, and formed a division, The Muppets Studio, to manage the franchise.


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The Muppets are a group of comedic puppet characters originally created by Jim Henson who have appeared in multiple television series and films since the 1950s. The majority of the characters listed here originated on The Muppet Show, a television series that aired from 1976 to 1981. Since then, several more characters have been introduced in other television series, as well as theatrical films.

The first Muppet characters appeared as early as 1955, in Sam and Friends, a Washington, D.C.-based show that was on the air for six years. Kermit the Frog was one of the show's regulars, and thus was one of Henson's first Muppet creations.<ref name="finch1981"/> The characters became a household name after their appearance in the children's television program Sesame Street.<ref name="finch1981"/> Henson was initially reluctant to become involved with Sesame Street because he feared being pigeon-holed as a children's performer, but agreed to work on the show to further his social goals.<ref name="davis2008"/>:5 The characters created for that series are now owned by the Sesame Workshop, the producers of Sesame Street, and are now considered a separate franchise.

By the early 1970s, Henson began to think seriously about the possibility of a network series for adults featuring the Muppets.<ref name="finch1981"/> The characters appeared on the comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live (namely The Land of Gorch segments) in 1975, and by 1976, The Muppet Show (which was produced in London) began to air in syndication.

These characters have been owned by The Walt Disney Company since 2004, when Disney acquired them from The Jim Henson Company, and formed a division, The Muppets Studio, to manage the franchise.


List of Muppets sections
Intro  Main characters  Supporting characters  Minor characters  Other characters  See also  References  

PREVIOUS: IntroNEXT: Main characters
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