Today In History – September 5

On September 5, 1976, the first episode of The Muppet Show aired on television, and it quickly became a hit with audiences of all ages. Created by Jim Henson, The Muppet Show was a variety show that featured a cast of puppet characters performing musical numbers, comedy sketches, and other entertaining acts.

The show was set in a theater, with each episode featuring a different celebrity guest who would be interviewed by the show’s host, Kermit the Frog. The first episode of the show featured guest star Juliet Prowse, a dancer and actress who had appeared in a number of films and television shows.

The episode began with a musical number featuring Kermit and the rest of the Muppet cast singing the show’s theme song, “The Muppet Show (Theme).” The opening number set the tone for the rest of the show with its upbeat energy and catchy lyrics.

After the opening number, Kermit welcomed the audience to the show and introduced Juliet Prowse. Prowse then performed a song and dance routine with the Muppet cast, showcasing her impressive dancing skills and her ability to keep up with the zany antics of the Muppets.

Throughout the episode, there were a number of comedy sketches, including one in which Fozzie Bear tried to tell a series of jokes but was continually interrupted by Statler and Waldorf, the two grumpy old men who sat in the balcony and heckled the performers.

Another highlight of the episode was a sketch in which Kermit and Prowse performed a duet of the song “I Got You Babe,” made famous by Sonny and Cher. Kermit played the part of Sonny, while Prowse played the part of Cher, and the two of them sang and danced together in a fun and lighthearted performance.

Overall, the first episode of The Muppet Show was a huge success, setting the stage for the many following episodes. With its combination of music, comedy, and puppetry, the show was a unique and entertaining addition to the world of television, and it remains a beloved classic to this day.

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