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It’s Theme Tunes Day – The Muppet Show


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Computer animation is all very well and good but I still find it quite awe-inspiring how much character and emotion and humanity the late, great Jim Henson – and those who inherited his legacy – could convey with something so low-tech as a little green glove puppet.

The Muppets‘ enduring appeal is a testament to his creativity and genius and this week’s classic theme tune comes from what was arguably the Muppets’ finest hour – certainly their greatest showcase.

The Muppet Show was made in Britain by Lew Grade‘s ATV, part of the UK’s ITV network, after Henson found it tough to sell the idea of a puppet variety show to the big US networks.

It became a huge syndicated hit, running for five seasons (120 episodes) between 1976 and 1981 and launching the Muppets into a successful movie and TV franchise that is still going strong today.

The opening theme and title sequence varied from season to season, so here are versions from all five seasons:

Season 1:

Season 2:

Season 3:

Season 4:

Season 5:

And here is a “clean” version of the full theme song, without the interruptions from the televised opening credit sequences:

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Tuesday Is Theme Tunes Day – Fraggle Rock


Another Saturday-evening TV tradition for the young Choob was watching Fraggle Rock while eating his tea.

It was yet another outstanding show from the late, great Jim Henson‘s Muppet stable and boasted one of the all-time great TV theme songs.

In order to make it easier for kids to identify with the show, some of the countries where the show aired had their own specially tailored live-action intro and outro sections.

In the British version (which aired on the ITV network), for example, the action took place underneath a lighthouse where lighthouse keeper Fulton Mackay and his dog Sprocket lived. In the American version (which aired on HBO), The Fraggles lives under an inventor’s (Gerard Parkes) workshop.

Here, then, is the UK version of the opening titles:

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And here is the slightly different US version:

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