List of The Muppet Show episodes

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The Muppet Show is a live-action/puppet television series, created by Jim Henson and produced by Associated Television (ATV), the Midlands franchise for the ITV network. It aired from September 5, 1976 to March 15, 1981.

The 120 episodes were produced in the UK between 1976 and 1980; two pilot episodes were also produced, one in 1974 and the other in 1975. The UK broadcasts featured extra scenes that were not seen on US TV.[1] There is no set broadcast order for the episodes, as they were shown in varying order in different regions.[1] For the Season One DVD box set that was released in 2005, Buena Vista Home Entertainment placed the episodes in the order in which they were produced, rather than aired, for this reason.[1] The numbers ascribed to episodes of The Muppet Show originate with their production code. However, the sequential order of these episode numbers does not denote the order in which they were produced. Production numbers were assigned according to factors outside of the dates in which each episode entered production. Additionally, the production of many episodes would overlap, with the crew filming material for two separate episodes concurrently. In some cases, episodes were recorded out of their original production sequence due to the availability of the guest stars or other production factors.

Due to the sequence in which the episodes are organized on DVD disc 1, Scooter is part of the backstage staff before his first appearance (Jim Nabors episode).[2] The set also includes the longer UK versions of each of the episodes,[1] though six song sequences were cut from the set because of licensing issues. It is common for television executives to insist on an edit of video release rather than pay money to the owners of the copyright of songs. Examples include the Vincent Price episode, the closing number of which, "You've Got a Friend", is cut on The Muppet Show: Season One DVD; it is available uncut and in English on the German DVD.

The Muppet Show was released for streaming on Disney+ on February 19, 2021.[3][4] However, two episodes featuring guests Brooke Shields and Chris Langham are omitted from the streaming service. In several European countries, the episode featuring John Denver is omitted as well.[5][6] A content advisory was attached to several episodes describing the possibility of outdated cultural depictions.[7]

The tables below list episodes based on their initial airing dates in the Midlands for the United Kingdom. Thus they may not necessarily be the order in which episodes were shown in all regions.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1976–1977)[edit]

No.Guest starOriginal air dateProd.
code
1.01 (1)Joel Grey5 September 1976 (1976-09-05)[8][9]003
Fozzie Bear rehearses his new act 'Jokes on any Subject' backstage, much to the annoyance of the other Muppets. When he finally does the act, Statler and Waldorf give him a rather unusual word.
1.02 (2)Rita Moreno12 September 1976 (1976-09-12)[10]005
Fozzie and Kermit become involved in a running-gag involving the backstage telephone.
1.03 (3)Sandy Duncan19 September 1976 (1976-09-19)[11]014
Fozzie has hired the legendary Gags Beasley to be his new writer. Everyone, including guest star Sandy Ducan, has heard of Gags and his famous 'Banana Sketch' - everyone except Kermit.
1.04 (4)Jim Nabors26 September 1976 (1976-09-26)[12]006
Kermit is initially reluctant to take on a kid named Scooter as the show's new go-fer - someone who goes-fer coffee, sandwiches etc. When he learns that Scooter's uncle owns the theatre, Kermit quickly changes his mind.
1.05 (5)Ruth Buzzi3 October 1976 (1976-10-03)[13]004
Scooter brings a crate belonging to his uncle backstage. The crate contains a wind-up TV show host - a robot duplicate of Kermit - that soon causes trouble.
1.06 (6)Paul Williams10 October 1976 (1976-10-10)[14]008
Scooter suggests to Fozzie that they do the old "telephone pole bit", a joke that Fozzie has never heard of. Despite this he starts to practice being a telephone pole backstage, until he learns what the "telephone pole bit" actually is.
1.07 (7)Florence Henderson17 October 1976 (1976-10-17)[15]007
Kermit has various forms of pig trouble - ranging from the disastrous opening act, the Bouncing Borsalino Brothers, to Miss Piggy's openly flirtatious behaviour.
1.08 (8)Peter Ustinov24 October 1976 (1976-10-24)012
Kermit finds himself becoming jealous of guest star Peter Ustinov after the other Muppets start making praiseworthy compliments about their guest - compliments they had previously paid to Kermit.
1.09 (9)Lena Horne31 October 1976 (1976-10-31)[16]011
Kermit cuts Miss Piggy's number from the show as he feels that it would be ludicrous for her to follow guest star Lena Horne. Piggy mistakenly thinks it's because he doesn't want her overshadowing Lena - a misconception Kermit does nothing to correct.
1.10 (10)Harvey Korman7 November 1976 (1976-11-07)010
Guest star Harvey Korman expresses his unhappiness to Kermit that he is the only token human on the show - all the other members of the cast are animals of one kind or another. To fix this, the Muppets put Harvey in a large chicken costume.
1.11 (11)Candice Bergen14 November 1976 (1976-11-14)015
Fozzie plays a series of practical jokes on Kermit by delivering to him a series of different "gifts", all of which irritate Kermit in one way or another.
1.12 (12)Ben Vereen21 November 1976 (1976-11-21)017
Fozzie accidentally locks himself inside a trick cabinet belonging to Marvel the Magician, which is to be used in next week's show. Unfortunately Marvel is the only one who has the keys and he's currently in Toledo. Crazy Harry causes problems for guest star Ben Vereen with his explosions.
1.13 (13)Charles Aznavour28 November 1976 (1976-11-28)[17]009
Annoyed that Kermit believes his acts to be complete bombs, the Great Gonzo takes on Scooter as his manager. However it soon becomes apparent that Scooter's suggestions for potential new acts for Gonzo are just as bad as the old ones.
1.14 (14)Phyllis Diller 5 December 1976 (1976-12-05)[18]018
Wardrobe mistress Hilda decides to follow guest star Phyllis Diller's lead and change her image to make herself look younger. The results are impressive - but short-lived.
1.15 (15)Avery Schreiber12 December 1976 (1976-12-12)[19]016
Piggy enlists Scooter's help in trying to make Kermit jealous by making him believe that she is in love with guest star Avery Schreiber.
1.16 (16)Twiggy19 December 1976 (1976-12-19)[20]021
The cast think there is a phantom of the Muppet Show hanging around backstage and scaring everyone. Kermit is dismissive of these claims and says there are no such things as phantoms. However, he is forced to change his mind when he comes face-to-face with the phantom itself.
1.17 (17)Valerie Harper2 January 1977 (1977-01-02)[21]020
Statler becomes a stage-door Johnny and hangs around backstage in an effort to woo guest star Valerie Harper. He brings with him an African berry bush as a present which George the Janitor accidentally waters, causing the plant to grow out of control.
1.18 (18)Mummenschanz9 January 1977 (1977-01-09)[22]024
Miss Piggy finds a note attached to the dressing room door addressed to her from a secret admirer. Thinking that Kermit has finally decided to declare his lover for her, Piggy is horrified when the true author reveals himself as Gonzo.
1.19 (19)Juliet Prowse16 January 1977 (1977-01-16)[23]001
Kermit reluctantly allows Scooter and Muppy, the favourite pet of Scooter's uncle, to do a musical number for the show. However, Muppy soon turns into a prima donna and begins making various demands of Kermit.
1.20 (20)Kaye Ballard23 January 1977 (1977-01-23)[24]023
The band, led by Floyd Pepper, announce their decision to quit the show over their unhappiness of playing the theme tune, which they deem to be embarrassingly square. Kermit makes various efforts to prevent them from staying on until the end of the show. The closing theme is performed solo by Rowlf the Dog, the only member of the band who doesn't quit.
1.21 (21)Bruce Forsyth30 January 1977 (1977-01-30)[25]013

Fozzie plans to get his own back on Statler and Waldorf during his monologue. When he tries his efforts backstage, however, they fall flat and Kermit ends up replacing Fozzie with guest star Bruce Forsyth.

Note: Most of the ITV regions deemed this episode to be the last of the season, and would burn off the remaining three episodes as part of a repeat series that aired in the Spring of 1977.
-Best of the Muppets9 April 1977 (1977-04-09)[26]-
A compilation program featuring guest stars Rita Moreno and Ethel Merman.
1.22 (22)Connie Stevens16 April 1977 (1977-04-16)[28]002

Fozzie overhears the other Muppets saying they should get rid of that bear and mistakenly thinks they are talking about him, as opposed to Gonzo's teddy bear.

Note: This episode first aired in the Anglia and LWT regions on February 12, 1977.[27]
1.23 (23)Vincent Price23 April 1977 (1977-04-23)[30]019

The Muppets perform a horror-themed show in honor of guest star Vincent Price. A three-headed monster arrives backstage and tries to audition for Kermit.

Note: This episode first aired in the Anglia and LWT regions on February 19, 1977.[29]
1.24 (24)Ethel Merman28 May 1977 (1977-05-28)[32]022

Fozzie's agent, Irving Bizarre, arrives backstage and attempts to negotiate Fozzie's contract with Kermit. Kermit soon realizes that Irving isn't quite the negotiator he makes himself out to be.

Note: This episode first aired in the Anglia and LWT regions of February 5, 1977.[31]

Season 2 (1977–1978)[edit]

No.Guest starOriginal air dateProd.
code
2.01 (25)George Burns16 September 1977 (1977-09-16)[33]034
Fleet Scribbler, a gossip journalist for The Daily Scandal, hangs around backstage hoping to get some salacious gossip on the Muppets. Kermit is horrified, especially when some of the cast begin talking freely to Scribbler.
2.02 (26)Madeline Kahn30 September 1977 (1977-09-30)[34]033
After guest star Madeline Kahn tells Gonzo she thinks he's terrific on the show, Gonzo falls in love and decides to marry Madeline.
2.03 (27)Milton Berle11 November 1977 (1977-11-11)[35]027
Fozzie is afraid to meet his idol, guest star Milton Berle, and wears a variety of different disguises backstage so as to avoid him.
2.04 (28)John Cleese21 October 1977 (1977-10-21)[36]047
Gonzo's latest act involves him catching barehanded a cannonball fired from a loaded-muzzle cannon by Crazy Harry. The act works, but it leaves Gonzo with an outstretched arm which both Fozzie and Floyd take great advantage of.
2.05 (29)Nancy Walker28 October 1977 (1977-10-28)[37]030
Kermit goes home sick at the start of the show and leaves Fozzie in charge. Despite his best efforts, everything goes wrong for Fozzie - two acts go on at the same time, the stage hands threaten to quit and the audience threaten to leave the theatre.
2.06 (30)Rich Little23 September 1977 (1977-09-23)[38]028
Gonzo plans on holding auditions in the prop room for dancing chickens, and tells Kermit he has placed an advertisement in the newspaper. Kermit is dismissive of the idea that chickens can read a newspaper, until a real chicken arrives backstage to audition.
2.07 (31)Edgar Bergen7 October 1977 (1977-10-07)[39]031
In honor of guest star Edgar Bergen, Fozzie has decided to do a ventriloquism act with his own dummy, Chucky. However, when Fozzie finally does his act onstage things don't automatically go to plan.
2.08 (32)Bernadette Peters4 November 1977 (1977-11-04)[40]036
Kermit's nephew, Robin, feels like no one notices him around the theatre and decides to run away from home. Guest star Bernadette Peters persuades him otherwise. A jealous Miss Piggy threatens Statler and Waldorf if they show any favor toward Miss Mousey.
2.09 (33)Dom DeLuise14 October 1977 (1977-10-14)[41]035
Miss Piggy conspires with Scooter to help make Kermit notice her more. The audience is paid off to go wild for Piggy, bunches of fake flowers are sent backstage and Scooter writes spontaneous fan mail. The plan seems to do the trick, but not for long.
2.10 (34)Teresa Brewer2 December 1977 (1977-12-02)[42]046
After overhearing Kermit and Scooter making barbed remarks that she is getting overweight, Miss Piggy announces she is going on a diet. However, her early efforts don't work out the way she wants them to.
2.11 (35)Steve Martin9 December 1977 (1977-12-09)[43]032

Due to having misread his calendar, Kermit announces that this week's show is cancelled. Instead, Kermit is meant to be holding auditions for new acts. Guest star Steve Martin is initially annoyed, especially since no one bothered to tell him the show was cancelled, however he decides to stay on anyway and perform for "the guys".

Note: The usual laughter track is used up to the moment Steve Martin comes onstage to complain about the cancelled show. From then on, the laughter heard throughout is that of the cast and crew.
2.12 (36)Lou Rawls16 December 1977 (1977-12-16)[44]039
Fozzie's new act is to do his monologue while on roller skates. Although he is down as being the opening act, Kermit is forced to push Fozzie's monologue back down the order, due to his lack of roller skating skills. When Fozzie finally does his monologue, things don't go to plan.
2.13 (37)Julie Andrews25 December 1977 (1977-12-25)[45]041

Following the opening number, Kermit discovers a real cow around the backstage area. Scooter's efforts to locate the owner fail, so he instead tries to get some of the other Muppets to get rid of it. Gonzo, on the other hand, falls in love with the cow and asks it out on a date.

Note: Zoot's bum note in the closing theme is replaced by a "moo".
2.14 (38)Peter Sellers1 January 1978 (1978-01-01)[46]043
Muppets keep appearing and disappearing before Kermit's eyes, causing him to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The culprit is revealed to be Muppet Labs' new teleporter machine.
2.15 (39)Elton John8 January 1978 (1978-01-08)[47]038
Scooter finds a song for guest star Elton John, which his uncle wants Scooter to play for Elton. When he does play the song, however, Elton finds it very familiar. The Swedish Chef's act goes wrong when the chicken he uses lays ping pong balls instead of eggs. In retaliation, the Chef chases the chicken around the theatre throughout the rest of the show.
2.16 (40)Cleo Laine15 January 1978 (1978-01-15)[48]040
Fozzie's mother is in the audience, and so naturally the Bear attempts to shoehorn himself into almost every introduction and sketch throughout the show.
2.17 (41)Rudolf Nureyev22 January 1978 (1978-01-22)[49]037
In honor of guest star Rudolf Nureyev, Sam the Eagle forces everyone to wear formal clothes. A classy show is planned, however as per usual things don't go according to plan.
2.18 (42)Judy Collins29 January 1978 (1978-01-29)029
Scooter's uncle, J.P. Grosse, has arrived backstage for a surprise visit. He tells Kermit that he plans on knocking the Muppet Theatre down and replacing it with a junkyard.
2.19 (43)Don Knotts5 February 1978 (1978-02-05)025
Kermit has allowed Fozzie to help prepare this week's show, and for the closing number Fozzie wants the band to play Lullaby of Birdland. To Kermit's surprise and Fozzie's delight, Floyd tells them both the band are pleased as it's a jazz classic and they now consider Fozzie to be a hip dude.
2.20 (44)Cloris Leachman12 February 1978 (1978-02-12)048
The pigs take over at the start of the show and replace the cast with pig versions of them. Kermit, Fozzie and Gonzo are locked in the Boiler Room and try to dig an escape tunnel through the brick wall, using a spoon that has been smuggled in by Gonzo.
2.21 (45)Bob Hope19 February 1978 (1978-02-19)[50]045
Guest star Bob Hope splits his time between doing benefits and making brief appearances on the show. At Kermit's suggestion, Animal takes up a variety of different hobbies to calm his nerves - all of which end up being disastrous in one way or another.
2.22 (46)Jaye P. Morgan26 February 1978 (1978-02-26)042
Guest star Jaye P. Morgan is unhappy about doing a "cute" show. Scooter's uncle, J.P. Grosse, arrives backstage for a surprise visit, which causes problems for Kermit as the two "J.P.s" thinks he's talking about them and not the other.
2.23 (47)Zero Mostel5 March 1978 (1978-03-05)026

It's payday and Kermit is unable to make the payroll of $27.14. Scooter talks to his uncle on the telephone, who agrees to give Kermit the money but only if he'll put some lady wrestlers on the show. Statler and Waldorf watch television in their box, rather than watch the show.

Note: Zero Mostel died before this episode was broadcast, the only guest to have this distinction.
2.24 (48)Petula Clark12 March 1978 (1978-03-12)[51]044
A moose with a John Wayne accent hangs around backstage causing havoc and bad jokes, much to the annoyance of Kermit.
2.25 (49)Roy Clark19 March 1978 (1978-03-19)[52]051

Kermit says that this week's show is "going country" in honor of guest star Roy Clark. Fozzie misinterprets this to mean that the show is being performed in the country, and has sent all the stagehands there ahead of everyone else. As a result, Fozzie is forced to act as stagehand thoroughout the whole show while at the same time dealing with a fire that breaks out backstage.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.
2.26 (50)Leo Sayer26 March 1978 (1978-03-26)[53]050

Miss Piggy is furious when she learns that Kermit has hired a new girl pig singer in the form of Annie Sue Pig, a young kid whom Kermit utilises throughout the show.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.
2.27 (51)Gilda Radner2 April 1978 (1978-04-02)[54]052

The Muppets and guest star Gilda Radner find themselves in a sticky situation, when Muppet Labs' new Super Adhesive glue is accidentally discharged throughout the whole theatre causing everyone and everything to become stuck together.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.
2.28 (52)Pearl Bailey9 April 1978 (1978-04-09)[55]053

Floyd is unhappy about having to wear a heavy suit of armor for the closing number - the jousting scene from Camelot. Kermit tries to reassure Floyd by telling him he will fight the myseterious Black Knight - who reveals himself to be Gonzo.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.
2.29 (53)Jean Stapleton16 April 1978 (1978-04-16)[56]054

Kermit finds himself dealing with the usual madcap problems backstage, ranging from Animal eating Gonzo's trained Mexican jumping beans, Gladys bringing Kermit a strange sandwich he didn't order and Miss Piggy's annoyance at being overlooked for the melodrama sketch in favor of Annie Sue.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.
2.30 (54)Loretta Lynn23 April 1978 (1978-04-23)[57]056

With the Muppet Theatre being fumigated, the cast are forced to put the show on Platform Two at the local railroad station. Fortunately for Kermit, guest star Loretta Lynn reassures him that "us country singers can sing anywhere." The Muppets perform a slightly modified version of the opening theme to reflect the change of scenery. The band play an extremely off-key version of the closing theme, which Rowlf puts down to them playing a timetable.

Note: Although recorded as part of the third production block, this episode aired in the UK as part of season two.

Season 3 (1978–1979)[edit]

No.Guest starOriginal air dateProd.
code
3.01 (55)Raquel Welch17 November 1978 (1978-11-17)[58]059
Fozzie has been going to group therapy in an effort to make himself more assertive. However, Fozzie's efforts fail to come to fruition and he ends up reverting back to his old self.
3.02 (56)Alice Cooper24 November 1978 (1978-11-24)[59]055
The show takes a somewhat eerie mood as a result of guest star Alice Cooper's presence. Alice provides the Muppets with a contract for fabulous riches and worldwide fame, all in exchange for their souls.
3.03 (57)Helen Reddy1 December 1978 (1978-12-01)061
Kermit points out to Beauregarde, the show's new janitor, that backstage is untidy and orders him to clean up the mess. Beauregarde does so using axle grease, causing the backstage floor to become like a skating rink.
3.04 (58)James Coco8 December 1978 (1978-12-08)060
Guest star James Coco is initially impressed with the fast-pace of the show, but changes his mind when he learns about the other acts. As such, James persuades Kermit that he needs to add some razzle dazzle to the rest of the show - all with varying degress of success.
3.05 (59)Marisa Berenson15 December 1978 (1978-12-15)058
Boomerang fish thrower Lew Zealand hangs around backstage trying to persuade Kermit to audition him for the show. Miss Piggy has been placed in charge of the closing number - a comedy sketch entitled 'The Wedding' with her as the bride and Kermit as the groom. Unbeknowenst to Kermit, this all part of a ruse on Piggy's behalf to marry Kermit for real.
3.06 (60)Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge22 December 1978 (1978-12-22)[60]049
The usual backstage antics take place in the theatre canteen, where Gladys and the Swedish Chef serve up a variety of different dishes to the cast.
3.07 (61)Danny Kaye25 December 1978 (1978-12-25)[61]064
Statler and Waldorf have mysteriously disappeared from their box, leaving Floyd and Janice to take their place. Guest star Danny Kaye spots them in the alley behind the theatre, and overhears them saying how terrible a performer "whatshisname Kaye" is.
3.08 (62)Cheryl Ladd29 December 1978 (1978-12-29)072
While reading a self-improvement book, Fozzie asks Kermit if he wouldn't mind making a list of his good points and bad points. When Fozzie reads what Kermit has written down he is shocked and taken aback, until he learns which of the two lists he is reading.
3.09 (63)Harry Belafonte5 January 1979 (1979-01-05)[62]062
Fozzie takes it upon himself to write this week's script, by setting up a typewriter on Kermit's desk. However Fozzie's scripts, and his typing, leave much to be desired. The Muppets and guest star Harry Belafonte sing Turn the World Around while the credits roll.
3.10 (64)Lesley Ann Warren12 January 1979 (1979-01-12)063
Kermit mistakenly introduces guest star Lesley Ann Warren as Lesley and Warren, the knife throwing act. To make matters worse, other ersatz guest stars arrive onstage. Gonzo's latest act is to ride his motorcycle up a ramp and land "safely" in Statler and Waldorf's box. The act doesn't initially go to plan and Gonzo is forced to rehearse it backstage - with varying degrees of success.
3.11 (65)Liberace19 January 1979 (1979-01-19)[63]057
Guest star Liberace has decided to do a special concert for the birds, and holds auditions in his dressing room. Gonzo believes that his tap dancing chicken act would be perfect. Kermit thinks otherwise, and tries to prevent Gonzo from auditioning.
3.12 (66)Leslie Uggams26 January 1979 (1979-01-26)[64]066
Gonzo tries to date Camilla the chicken, however his flowers cause Camilla's hay fever to flare up. While serenading Camilla, Gonzo meets fellow guest Big Bird of Sesame Street and falls in love.
3.13 (67)Elke Sommer2 February 1979 (1979-02-02)067
Against his better judgment, Kermit allows Beauregard and Beaker to build the set for guest star Elke Sommer's ancient-Egypt production number. It soon becomes apparent that both are not up to the job, with Beauregard continuing to finish the set while the number is onstage and Beaker literally being carried away by a powersaw.
3.14 (68)Sylvester Stallone9 February 1979 (1979-02-09)068
Scooter sells backstage passes to guest star Sylvester Stallone's groupies, who are hoping to meet Sylvester in his dressing room. Kermit is initially annoyed at this, until Scooter comes up with a plan that placates the Frog.
3.15 (69)Roger Miller16 February 1979 (1979-02-16)069
When a penguin sneezes and turns into a chicken, Gonzo realizes that there is an outbreak of cluckitis in the theatre. As other Muppets begin turning into chickens, Kermit tries to keep the news from guest star Roger Miller - without any success. The closing theme is played by the cluckitis-infected band.
3.16 (70)Roy Rogers & Dale Evans23 February 1979 (1979-02-23)070
The Muppets perform a special western-themed show in honor of guest stars Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Fozzie finds an appreciative audience in the form of a herd of cows who are grazing backstage before the closing number.
3.17 (71)Spike Milligan2 March 1979 (1979-03-02)[65]065
Having learned that The Muppet Show is now being broadcast in 108 countries, the cast put on a special international flavored show. Performers from all the nations have been invited, though the language barrier between each nation causes problems backstage. The Parade of Nations continue to sing It's a Small World (After All) while the credits roll.
3.18 (72)Lynn Redgrave9 March 1979 (1979-03-09)[66]071
The Muppet players perform the story of Robin Hood, with Kermit in the title role and guest star Lynn Redgrave as Maid Marian. Annoyed that the only part she can play is that of Sister Tuck, and jealous of Lynn Redgrave flirting "in character" with Kermit, Miss Piggy takes matters into her own hands.

Season 4 (1979–1980)[edit]

No.Guest starOriginal air dateProd.
code
4.01 (73)Dudley Moore24 October 1979 (1979-10-24)079

Guest star Dudley Moore introduces Kermit to his Music And Mood Management Apparatus (M.A.M.M.A.) a machine that plays tinny electronic music. Kermit is so impressed with it that he uses M.A.M.M.A. to provide the music for the rest of the show - much to the surprise and annoyance of the band. The closing theme is a medley of different music played by M.A.M.M.A.

Note: This episode was the second program to go to air following the 1979 ITV strike.
4.02 (74)Crystal Gayle2 November 1979 (1979-11-02)074
Scooter's praire dog glee club appear to have pack rat blood in them, as they begin stealing everything around the backstage area - including Kermit's collar.
4.03 (75)Victor Borge9 November 1979 (1979-11-09)077
A plainclothes policeman arrives backstage and arrests Bobby Benson for an unpaid debt. Miss Piggy volunteers to look after Benson's baby band - a decision she eventually comes to regret.
4.04 (76)Beverly Sills16 November 1979 (1979-11-16)081
Guest star Beverly Sills holds auditions in her dressing room for the opera she will be performing for the closing number - "Pigoletto". The Muppet pigs audition and each are promised a part in what turns out to be a mish-mash of different operas.
4.05 (77)Shields and Yarnell23 November 1979 (1979-11-23)075
Fozzie decides to do a mime act in honor of guest stars Shields & Yarnell. When his early efforts are criticized by Kermit as being unoriginal, Fozzie tries a different approach - with surrealist results.
4.06 (78)Kenny Rogers30 November 1979 (1979-11-30)[67]082
Scooter's uncle sells the mineral rights to guest star Kenny Rogers' dressing room to Arabs, who begin drilling for oil. Kermit is injured during the opening number and sees out the rest of show with his flipper in a cast.
4.07 (79)Linda Lavin7 December 1979 (1979-12-07)[68]078
The Muppets and guest star Linda Lavin surprise Kermit with a This is Your Life-style birthday party, much to the Frog's surprise and confusion.
4.08 (80)John Denver14 December 1979 (1979-12-14)073
Kermit and guest star John Denver invite the other Muppets to join them on a weekend camping trip to Kermit's place of birth - the swamp. Initially the others are highly reluctant to go, until Miss Piggy "gently" persuades them otherwise.
4.09 (81)Arlo Guthrie21 December 1979 (1979-12-21)080
The Muppets and guest star Arlo Guthrie spend a quiet evening at the old homestead. The Swedish Chef tries to prepare a roast meal for the end of the show - but as per usual, the food fights back.
4.10 (82)Liza Minnelli28 December 1979 (1979-12-28)086
The Muppet Players perform a murder mystery play - Kermit is a private eye hired by the lead actress, played by guest star Liza Minnelli, in a new show that is being terrorized by a serial killer.
4.11 (83)Dizzy Gillespie4 January 1980 (1980-01-04)[69]085
Statler is sick (of the show) so Waldorf's wife Astoria takes his ticket. Inspector LaBrea of the County Environmental Department arrives and tells Kermit that he is making a sound recording due to complaints about noise on the show. He warns Kermit that if his noise machine goes off, then the show will be cancelled.
4.12 (84)Phyllis George11 January 1980 (1980-01-11)084
Guest star Phyllis George hosts the first annual Muppet Awards. While the other Muppets await eagerly in the wings for the winners to be announced, Kermit takes the night off due to his dislike of award shows. An alternate arrangement of the closing theme is played while the action continues onstage.
4.13 (85)Lola Falana18 January 1980 (1980-01-18)083
Kermit announces this is to be Gonzo's last show as he has been given a movie deal in Bombay. However Gonzo's excitement is short-lived when he receives some startling news from Bombay.
4.14 (86)Dyan Cannon25 January 1980 (1980-01-25)076
Miss Piggy engages Floyd's services to look after her pampered dog Foo-Foo while she performs Veterinarian's Hospital onstage. Unhappy about this, Floyd locks Foo-Foo inside one of the drawers in Piggy's dressing room.
4.15 (87)Anne Murray1 February 1980 (1980-02-01)087
  • Backstage: Scooter ignores the theater's ban on skateboards, resulting in chaos on and off stage.
  • Song: Miss Piggy, Link and the other pigs sing "I Get Around" as a leather-clad gang of road hogs.
  • Guest Act: Anne sings "Snowbird", interrupted by a Dodo's bad puns.
  • Muppet News Flash: Explosive paper from Muppet Labs.
  • Act: The disgruntled Mexican Hat Dancers are replaced at the last minute by the inexplicable "Trudge Trudge Streak Streak" from the planet Koozebane.
  • UK Spot: Milton Miller and His Farmyard Philharmonic Trio perform "The Old Sow".
  • Guest Act: An absent-minded Zoot comes to Anne's dressing room in search of his saxophone, and he and the Electric Mayhem join her in a performance of "Walk Right Back".
  • Act: Beauregard experiences a ghostly visitation as he performs "Dancing on the Ceiling". (Cut from the Disney+ version)
  • Muppet Sports: World Record Bagpipe Eating.
  • Guest Act: Anne closes the show with "Everything Old Is New Again", while the regular cast plays their "roll".
4.16 (88)Jonathan Winters8 February 1980 (1980-02-08)088
  • Backstage: The show may be under a Gypsy curse.
  • Song: Pigs sing "Tiger Rag" with Butch and Sundance.
  • Guest Act: Fozzie helps Jonathan with props and impressions.
  • Fozzie's Act: Scooter and Fozzie sing "On Her Doorstep", and they are joined by aliens.
  • Talk Spot: Jonathan talks to a shark.
  • Bear on Patrol: A pickpocket octopus.
  • UK Spot: Annie Sue and the other pigs join the Gypsy lady in singing "Golden Earrings".
  • Muppet Labs: A luggage compressor.
  • Talk Spot: Jonathan talks to an alien.
  • Song: A caterpillar sings "You'll Never Walk Alone".
  • Act: After everyone (except the Newsman) starts to speak mock-Swedish, trolls dance to "Country Gardens".
4.19 (91)Cast of Star Wars (Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels)29 February 1980 (1980-02-29)089
  • Backstage: Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 break the theater's walls (including the fourth) in search of a kidnapped Chewbacca. Luke's "cousin" Mark Hamill tries to join in on the act.
  • Song: A shepherd and his flock perform "Rama Lama Ding Dong".
  • Muppet News Flash: National Sheepdog Trials.
  • Guest Act: Mark Hamill joins Angus McGonagle in gargling "Summertime", until Animal chases them offstage.
  • UK Spot: An eel sings "Three Little Fishies".
  • Song: Scooter performs "Six String Orchestra", and imagines he is backed by the Electric Mayhem.
  • Pigs in Space: Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 commandeer the Swinetrek, and they encounter Dearth Nadir.
  • Muppet News Flash: Hard Venus landing.
  • Pigs in Space: The cast of Star Wars and the crew of the Swinetrek confront Dearth Nadir and reunite with Chewbacca on the planet Koozebane.
  • Guest Act: Part 2 of Pigs in Space devolves into a song-and-dance act with everyone performing a medley: "You Are My Lucky Star" and "When You Wish Upon a Star".
4.17 (89)Christopher Reeve15 February 1980 (1980-02-15)090
  • Backstage: Miss Piggy is enamoured with this week's Superman guest star, and Kermit becomes a little jealous.
  • Song: Kermit sings "Disco Frog".
  • Guest Act: Christopher Reeve fills in for Gonzo playing "Hamlet". Things don't go well, so he ends up singing "Brush Up Your Shakespeare" with some help from the cast.
  • Muppet News Flash: Killer lamb on the lam.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Christopher Reeves scrubs in.
  • UK Spot: Floyd and friends annoy Sam the Eagle with "Sam's Song".
  • Song: Fozzie and a matador try to play "The Toreador Song", but are chased offstage.
  • Muppet Labs: A heated milking machine.
  • Song: Miss Piggy "accidentally" injures Rowlf as he tries to accompanies to her singing "Never Before, Never Again".
  • Guest Act: Christopher Reeve substitutes for Rowlf on piano, as Miss Piggy sings "East of the Sun (and West of the Moon)".
4.18 (90)Lynda Carter22 February 1980 (1980-02-22)091
  • Backstage: Inspired by their Wonder Woman guest star, Scooter and the cast take a correspondence course: "How to Be a Superhero" or "Invincibility Made Easy". Somehow, they manage to survive.
  • Song: Janice is about to be sacrificed by stone idol worshippers. She is rescued by her Electric Mayhem bandmates as she performs "With a Little Help from My Friends".
  • Guest Act: Lynda performs "The Rubberband Man" with a band of elastic bands.
  • Muppet News Flash: The curse of the Egyptian crocodile god.
  • Song: Floyd sings "While My Guitar Gently Weeps".
  • UK Spot: Kermit questions Sam the Eagle's list of disgusting items on the show.
  • Act: Miss Piggy saves the day as Wonder Pig.
  • Act: A big, bad wolf threatens a flock of sheep singing "The Whiffenpoof Song". They are rescued by a Super Sheep.
  • Guest Act: Lynda sings "Orange Colored Sky" against a backdrop of superheroic violence.
4.22 (94)Alan Arkin21 March 1980 (1980-03-21)092
4.21 (93)Doug Henning14 March 1980 (1980-03-14)093
  • Backstage: Fozzie tries his hand at some magic.
  • Song: Miss Piggy sings "It's Magic" with magic accompaniment by Kermit.
  • Guest Act: Doug slices a monster into sections.
  • Song: Robin sings "Leave Me Some Magic".
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob pulls rabbits out of the table.
  • UK Spot: Fozzie sings "Run Rabbit Run" as a farmer tries to shoot his magic rabbits.
  • Talk Spot: Doug performs some small magic with a small frog (Robin).
  • Song: The Switcheroos sing "There'll Be Some Changes Made".
  • Fozzie's Act: Fozzie tries to perform the Indian Rope Trick.
  • Guest Act: Monsters help Doug with his "metamorphosis" trick.
4.20 (92)Andy Williams7 March 1980 (1980-03-07)094
4.23 (95)Carol Channing28 March 1980 (1980-03-28)095
4.24 (96)Diana Ross4 April 1980 (1980-04-04)[70]096
  • Backstage: Statler and Waldorf decide to keep score, and the audience is harder than usual to please.
  • Song: Various birds and reptiles perform "I Go to Rio".
  • Fozzie's Act: Fozzie is booed off stage before he delivers his first joke.
  • Guest Act: Diana dances with large birds and sings "Love Hangover".
  • Song: The Gills Brothers sing "Aunt Chovy", and the audience (literally) eats them up.
  • Pigs in Space: Link and Strangepork inadvertently "gaslight" First Mate Piggy.
  • UK Spot: Beaker performs "Feelings" to a tough crowd, backed by Rowlf and the Electric Mayhem.
  • Guest Act: Diana sings "Last Time I Saw Him", backed by the Electric Mayhem.
  • Gonzo's Act: Gonzo bravely volunteers to follow Diana with an "indescribable" act.
  • Fozzie's (and Guest) Act: A supportive Diana urges Fozzie to try his stand-up routine again, and follows it with a rendition of "Reach Out and Touch".

Season 5 (1980–1981)[edit]

The cold open featuring Scooter visiting the guest star's dressing room was replaced by a new opening in which Pops, the doorman, would greet each guest as they entered the theatre. New characters included Pops, Lips, and Gaffer the Cat. Two new puppeteers, Brian Muehl and Karen Prell, joined the troupe of Muppeteers during this season, and Betsy Baytos auditioned to perform in eight episodes.

No.Guest starOriginal air date
5.01 (97)Gene Kelly4 January 1981 (1981-01-04)097
  • Backstage: To get this week's guest to perform, Kermit has to do a little "song and dance" of his own. Also, Beauregard believes the end of the world is near.
  • Song: Animals of the Antarctic warm the audience up with "Jambalaya".
  • Guest Act: Kermit tricks Gene into "teaching" him to dance to two numbers: "Frère Jacques" and "The Worry Song".
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Beauregard is worried sick about the coming apocalypse.
  • UK Spot: Two male dogs perform "Fit as a Fiddle" while competing for a female dog's attention.
  • Guest Act: Gene starts singing a duet of "You Wonderful You" with Miss Piggy, but is forced to finish with Gonzo when she is called to the stage.
  • Pigs in Space / Muppet News Flash: And the meaning of life is...
  • Guest Act: Once again, a conniving Kermit must trick Gene into performing "Singin' in the Rain".
5.02 (98)Loretta Swit12 October 1980 (1980-10-12)[citation needed]098
  • Backstage: Miss Piggy publicizes a rumor that she and Kermit are secretly married. Kermit blows his top and tries to fire her.
  • Song: Farmer Gonzo rounds up a posse of poultry to save some hens from a predatory performance of "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens".
  • Guest Act: Loretta performs "I Feel the Earth Move" with Thog.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Loretta scrubs in for Nurse Piggy.
  • UK Spot: Rowlf leads the cast in a farewell rendition of "Auld Lang Syne" for Miss Piggy, with a few irreverent bars of "For She's a Jolly Good Porker" thrown in.
  • Song: A tearful Miss Piggy sings "Some of These Days" as she packs her things to leave.
  • Pigs in Space: The Swinetrek crew deals with an undergarment crisis while Loretta briefly replaces First Mate Piggy.
  • Guest Act: Loretta coaxes Kermit and Piggy into singing "Side by Side by Side" with her. Then the whole cast joins them for "What Would We Do Without You?"
5.03 (99)Joan Baez14 December 1980 (1980-12-14)[citation needed]099
  • Backstage: A naive Beauregard is kind to the rats, and finds that no good deed goes unpunished. Also, the guest does a few impressions.
  • Song: Various woodland creatures sing "Man Smart (Critters Smarter)" as a prelude to an act of eco-terrorism.
  • Guest Act: Joan sings "Honest Lullaby" to a Muppet child in his bedroom.
  • Pigs in Space: Strangepork sets a rat trap, but catches something much bigger.
  • UK Spot: Floyd and Janice perform the Beatles' "Blackbird".
  • Guest Act: Joan sings "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down" in her dressing room.
  • Fozzie's Act: Fozzie performs his act in his "native" habitat.
  • Guest Act: Joan closes the show with "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?", and the whole cast joins her.
5.04 (100)Shirley Bassey15 March 1981 (1981-03-15)[71]100
  • Backstage: Scooter somehow borrows millions of dollars' worth of gold for their guest's closing act. As a result, everyone is a little jumpy, especially the gold's suspicious security guard.
  • Song: The Electric Mayhem performs "Barnyard Boogie".
  • Guest Act: Shirley sings "Fire Down Below" in a gold foundry.
  • Muppet Labs: The next best thing to turning lead to gold.
  • Song: The Fazoobs perform "Isn't This a Lovely Day?"
  • UK Spot: The pit orchestra performs "After You've Gone".
  • Guest Act: The cast gathers 'round for Shirley's rendition of "Pennies from Heaven", but not necessarily to listen.
  • Muppet News Flash: Update on the stack of gold.
  • Act: Gonzo's conduction of a performance of "Liebesträume" devolves into swordplay.
  • Guest Act: Porcine thieves steal the gold during Shirley's performance of "Goldfinger", and she is handcuffed afterwards by the guard.
5.05 (101)James Coburn19 October 1980 (1980-10-19)[citation needed]101
  • Backstage: Animal bonds with this week's tough-guy guest, and James Coburn in turn tries to help him find his center.
  • Act: An octopus ensemble plays "Temptation", and a discerning Animal doesn't like it.
  • Song: A performance of "(They Long to Be) Close to You" comes to a sticky end.
  • Guest Act: Betsy Bird's burlesque dance to "The Varsity Drag" opens a mobster melodrama from the Roaring 20's. Things goes from bad to worse, until James Coburn whips out his piccolo to lead everyone in a rousing rendition of "Alexander's Ragtime Band".
  • UK Spot: Betsy obliges an impressed Kermit by "winging" another dance to "Bird Walk". (Cut from the Disney+ version)
  • Bear on Patrol: Link and Fozzie are hoodwinked by Banana-Nose Maldonado.
  • Guest Act: Per the guest's last minute "request", Kermit replaces the planned cowboy sketch with a serene tribute to Japanese culture, resulting in a Japanese-style square dance.
5.06 (102)Brooke Shields9 November 1980 (1980-11-09)[citation needed]102
  • Backstage: Rivalry, confusion and size problems among the cast threaten to derail the Muppets' production of Alice in Wonderland.
  • Guest Act: Multiple Muppets sing the "Falling Song" to Brooke as Alice on her way down the rabbit hole. She then drinks a shrinking potion and follows the White Rabbit further.
  • Guest Act: A diminutive Alice/Brooke follows the Caterpillar's (Floyd's) advice to eat a bite of mushroom, but grows too much. Then, thanks to Dr Bunsen Honeydew, she shrinks too small and becomes lost.
  • Song: Humpty-Dumpty and company sing "These Are the Yolks, Folks".
  • UK Spot: Fozzie is disappointed he dressed as the wrong character (The Tin Woodman from The Wizard of Oz, whom he mistakenly identifies as the "Tin Woodsman"). Dr. Teeth and several other Muppets try to cheer him up with a medley of smiley songs: "When You're Smiling" / "Put on a Happy Face" / "Smiles" / "My Mammy" / "Happy Days Are Here Again".
  • Act: Various Muppets, including Rowlf and Scooter, recite and act out the poem "Jabberwocky".
  • Act: Alice/Brooke is still MIA, and the Trial scene (with Miss Piggy as the Queen of Hearts) proceeds without her.
  • Guest Act: Alice/Brooke reappears at her normal size, and Gonzo hosts the Tea Party as the Mad Hatter. The scene rapidly unravels amidst bad puns and nonsense, until Fozzie (still dressed as the Tin Woodman) makes an unplanned entrance, leading everyone in a quick rendition of "We're Off to See the Wizard".

Note: According to Brian Henson, Brooke helped build some of the Muppets in this episode.[1]

Note: This episode was not included in the Disney+ release.
5.07 (103)Glenda Jackson28 December 1980 (1980-12-28)[citation needed]103
5.08 (104)Señor Wences and Bruce Schwartz23 November 1980 (1980-11-23)104
  • Backstage: Kermit dedicates this week's show to puppetry in its many forms. The cast is variously inspired, irritated or confused.
  • Song: Pinocchio and fellow toy puppets perform "Puppet Man" for Geppetto (played by Pops).
  • Guest Act: Ventriloquist Señor Wences talks and sings with his signature dummies Johnny and Pedro, and spins a plate.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Pinocchio comes in for a nose job.
  • The Swedish Chef: The chef shows us how "These Lumps Are Made for Walkin'".
  • Guest Act: Lew Zealand tells Señor Wences his phone isn't working. The mischievous old ventriloquist has a surprise for him.
  • UK Spot: A supportive Kermit watches as Beauregard tries his hand(s) at Punch-and-Judy-style puppetry. Miss Piggy is not so supportive.
  • Guest Act: Puppeteer Bruce Schwartz tells a Japanese ghost story through Bunraku-style puppetry.
  • Fozzie's Act: Fozzie loses control of his new marionette act.
  • Guest Act: Cecilia the chicken joins Señor Wences, Johnny and Pedro.
5.09 (105)Debbie Harry25 January 1981 (1981-01-25)105
  • Backstage: Robin's Frog Scout troop visits the show.
  • Song: A hunchback and a gargoyle take over singing "For Me and My (Gar)Goyle" from a Wanda-less Wayne.
  • Muppet News Flash: The Newsman runs "a-fowl" of a fashion designer.
  • Guest Act: Debbie searches through a rogues' gallery of Muppet monsters as she sings "One Way or Another".
  • UK Spot: A little girl and her beetle sing "Forgiven".
  • Guest Act: Kermit persuades Debbie to sing a duet of "Rainbow Connection" with him.
  • Pigs in Space: A meteor storm creates the biggest plot hole yet.
  • Act: The Frog Scouts' drill team fills in at the last minute when the booked performer (Quongo the gorilla) is stuck in traffic.
  • Guest Act: Debbie performs "Call Me" with a group of Muppet punks.
5.10 (106)Jean-Pierre Rampal30 November 1980 (1980-11-30)[citation needed]106
  • Backstage: Miss Piggy's command of the French language is called into question.
  • Song: The Electric Mayhem performs "Rockin' Robin".
  • Guest Act: Jean-Pierre performs "Lo! Hear the Gentle Lark" with Miss Piggy.
  • Bear on Patrol: Fozzie arrests a car for double-parking.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: Everybody does the Conga.
  • UK Spot: An accordion player performs "La Seine" against a backdrop of French stereotypes (street cafe scene, histrionic lovers, berets, etc).
  • Guest Act: Jean-Pierre performs "The Little Shepherd" in his dressing room in front of a group of birds.
  • Muppet Labs: An electric sledgehammer.
  • Muppet News Flash: Electric sledgehammer on the loose.
  • Guest Act: Jean-Pierre and the rats perform "Ease on Down the Road" as part of a modified version of "The Pied Piper of Hamelin".
5.11 (107)Paul Simon22 February 1981 (1981-02-22)[citation needed]107
  • Backstage: This week's guest inspires new feelings in Gonzo, and vice versa. Also, a stilt-walker meets with a series of mishaps.
  • Guest Act: The Muppets help Paul perform a Renaissance-themed "Scarborough Fair". Some are more helpful than others.
  • Song: Floyd and Janice sing "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover", backed by Animal.
  • Guest Act: Pops convinces Paul to sing "Long Long Day" in his dressing room.
  • Veterinarian's Hospital/UK Spot: Gonzo.
  • Muppet News Flash: Library fine amnesty.
  • Song: Gonzo and the chickens sing "El Condor Pasa" with Gonzo's own lyrics, until an irate Paul steals the chickens away.
  • Song: Bobby Benson and his Baby Band sing "Baby Driver".
  • Guest Act: Paul performs "Loves Me Like a Rock" with the Electric Mayhem and a trio of backup singers.
5.12 (108)Melissa Manchester16 November 1980 (1980-11-16)[citation needed]108
5.13 (109)Tony Randall2 November 1980 (1980-11-02)[citation needed]109
  • Backstage: This week's guest star inadvertently casts a magic spell that turns Miss Piggy to stone. He spends the rest of the show trying to change her back.
  • Song: Pigs and a sabre-toothed tiger from the Stone Age rock out with "Yakety Yak".
  • Act: A Muppet Classical quartet prove that horseplay and chamber music don't mix with a disastrous performance of a minuet from Boccherini's "String Quintet in E Major".
  • Muppet News Flash: More musical mayhem.
  • Guest Act: Tony sings "Ti-Pi-Tin" backed by a trio of female Muppets. (Cut from the Disney+ version)
  • UK Spot: Quongo and company sing (and throw) "A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" at the Big Top.
  • Song: Dr Teeth gives a di-"vine" performance of "Poison Ivy".
  • Pigs in Space: A quiet day aboard the Swinetrek.
  • Guest Act: Scooter manages to reverse Miss Piggy's petrification during Tony's recital of "The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God".
5.14 (110)Mac Davis8 March 1981 (1981-03-08)[72]110
  • Backstage: After an accident at Muppet Labs, Dr Bunsen Honeydew finds himself overwhelmed by HR issues.
  • Song: Clad in boaters and blazers, Fozzie and company cope with unchoreographed chaos to perform "Another Opening, Another Show". Meanwhile, Beauregard and Beaker are tied up backstage.
  • Guest Act: Mac sings "Baby Don't Get Hooked on Me" to mermaid Miss Piggy.
  • Muppet Labs: A copy machine mishap results in a disgruntled bevy of Beakers, and Dr. Honeydew on the run.
  • Guest Act: Link and several other cast members join Mac in singing "It's Hard to Be Humble".
  • UK Spot: Rowlf attempts to play "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" while Beauregard tidies up around him.
  • Swedish Chef: Dr. Honeydew hides from the Beakers in a pot of soup.
  • Guest Act: Mac's rehearsal of "Poor Boy Boogie" is interrupted by the Beakers, whom he mistakes for backup singers.
  • Bear on Patrol: Fozzie and Link try to book a Beaker, when several more show up.
  • Guest Act: The Muppet Band accompanies Mac as he sings "I Believe in Music", and the whole cast joins him.
5.15 (111)Carol Burnett8 February 1981 (1981-02-08)[citation needed]111
  • Backstage: Gonzo hosts a dance marathon, but the guest isn't wild about being At the Dance for the entire show.
  • Guest Act: Changes in tempo make Carol lose her temper as she tries to sing "Watch What Happens" on the dance floor.
  • Pigs in Space: A captive alien is fed up with First Mate Piggy.
  • UK Spot: Everybody dances the "Poke Me Polka".
  • Guest Act: A despondent Carol sings "But Not For Me" as her Charwoman character.
  • Guest Act: Carol tries to clear the dance floor for her "Lonely Asparagus" act by tiring the dancers out with an accelerating rendition of "I Was Made for Dancin'".
  • Guest Act: Carol tries to squeeze in her "Lonely Asparagus" sketch at the end of the show.
5.16 (112)Gladys Knight7 December 1980 (1980-12-07)112
  • Backstage: The rotted roof is taken in for repairs, and the cast is forced to perform al fresco.
  • Song: Egyptian mummies perform "Night and Day".
  • Guest Act: Gladys performs "Friendship Train".
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: A singing weatherman.
  • UK Spot: Animal tries to club various prehistoric creatures as a caveman sings "Alley Oop".
  • Guest Act: Rowlf tickles the ivories as Gladys sings "God Bless the Child".
  • Act: Fozzie assists a blind knife thrower.
  • Guest Act: Gladys and company sing "I Heard It Through the Grapevine", despite the uncooperative weather.
5.17 (113)Hal Linden11 January 1981 (1981-01-11)[citation needed]113
5.18 (114)Marty Feldman with Cookie Monster, Ernie, Bert, Grover, Count von Count, and two Anything Muppets21 December 1980 (1980-12-21)114
5.19 (115)Chris Langham1 March 1981 (1981-03-01)[73]115
  • Backstage: A messenger brings news of the scheduled guest's last-minute cancellation. A desperate Kermit hires him as a replacement.
  • Song: Kermit and Robin have an ocean adventure while singing "Friendship".
  • Guest Act: Some low-key prop comedy from Chris.
  • Muppet News Flash: Falling stars.
  • Guest Act: Sam the Eagle doesn't quite know what to make of tonight's guest.
  • UK Spot: An international cast of canines sings "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner" while riding a double-decker bus.
  • Guest Act: Chris shares his new invention with the world.
  • Song: An Englishman repeatedly misidentifies a bovine creature. "The Gnu" repeatedly corrects him.
  • Guest Act: Gonzo's admiration leads to a "wooden" performance of "Hawaiian Cowboy" by Chris.
Note: This episode was not included in the Disney+ release.
5.20 (116)Wally Boag18 January 1981 (1981-01-18)116
  • Backstage: The usual backstage drama is at an all-time low as the Muppets join in saluting their guest's vaudeville roots.
  • Act: The Flying Zucchini Brothers turn themselves into human cannonballs. And what goes up...
  • Song: ...must come down. On Lottie Lemon and her Singing Wig, as they perform "Just Squeeze Me".
  • Guest Act: Balloon animal psychoanalysis.
  • Act: Rowlf provides musical cues and commentary for Miss Piggy and Foo-Foo's dog act.
  • UK Spot: The Leprechaun Brothers (the Swedish Chef, Animal and Beaker) sing something resembling "Danny Boy".
  • Guest Act: Wally tortures a few tunes like "Old Folks at Home" out of the bagpipes, with a little help from the band.
  • Song: An inexplicable performance of the "Ying Tong Song". (Cut from the Disney+ version)
  • Act: Dr. Salamander hypnotizes a sleepy Pops, who rises without waking.
  • Guest Act: Annie Sue helps Wally sing a toothsome version of "Pecos Bill".
5.21 (117)Johnny Cash1 February 1981 (1981-02-01)[citation needed]117
  • Backstage: In honor of this week's guest, the show is broadcast live over WHOG, a country music station run by a corn-pone control freak called Big Tiny Tallsaddle.
  • Song: A performance of "The Martins and the Coys" ends abruptly in gunplay.
  • Guest Act: Johnny sings "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky", while Gonzo and his chickens try to provide a spectral spectacle.
  • UK Spot: Lew Zealand and the Gills Brothers sing "Goodnight Sardine".
  • Guest Act: Rowlf regrets his decision to accompany Johnny singing "Dirty Old Egg-Sucking Dog".
  • Fozzie's Act: Fozzie is forced to share the stage with a rival comic.
  • Guest Act: Lubbock Lou and his Jughuggers back Johnny as he sings "Orange Blossom Special" and "Jackson". Miss Piggy joins him for the latter.
5.22 (118)Buddy Rich15 February 1981 (1981-02-15)118
  • Backstage: Tonight's show is plagued by brown-outs and black-outs, and the cast's attempts to deal with the situation are predictably incompetent and bizarre. Muppet Labs to the rescue!
  • Song: Fozzie and company's "Good Day Sunshine" turns into "Dancing in the Dark".
  • Muppet News Flash: The Newsman asks for a bigger candle to read the news.
  • Guest Act: Buddy plays percussion on found objects as he makes his way to the stage.
  • Guest Act: Buddy tries to cheer up a despairing Beauregard with a duet of "You Musn't Be Discouraged".
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: The surgical staff is shocked by an electrician's story.
  • UK Spot: Brits on a double-decker bus sing "A Transport of Delight". (Cut from the Disney+ version)
  • Guest Act: Buddy and Miss Piggy show each other their (karate) chops.
  • The Swedish Chef: Floating soufflé.
  • Guest Act: Animal vs Buddy in a drum battle.
5.23 (119)Linda Ronstadt26 October 1980 (1980-10-26)[citation needed]119
  • Backstage: Jealous of the guest star, Miss Piggy keeps Kermit locked in a moldy trunk for most of the show.
  • Act: Bugsy and his hypnotized horse.
  • Guest Act: Linda sings a calypso-tinged "Blue Bayou" in a swampy setting.
  • Swedish Chef: The Chef goes ballistic while trying to open some "boobly-boobly".
  • Muppet News Flash: Unidentified flying object.
  • Song: Rowlf sings "The Cat Came Back" as it's acted out behind him.
  • Guest Act: Linda sings "I've Got a Crush on You" to Kermit after freeing him from an old trunk. His freedom is short-lived.
  • UK Spot: Two depressed Muppets sing "I'm So Happy".
  • Guest Act: Linda rehearses "It's in His Kiss" in her dressing room with Janice and some other backup singers.
  • Act: Lola the Fan Dancer takes flight.
  • Pigs in Space: Miss Piggy literally drags her personal issues onstage.
  • Guest Act: Linda and Kermit perform a duet of "When I Grow Too Old to Dream".
5.24 (120)Roger Moore5 October 1980 (1980-10-05)[75]120
  • Backstage: This week's guest can't quite shed his secret agent image.
  • Song: Viking marauder pigs sing "In the Navy".
  • Guest Act: Miss Piggy flirts with an increasingly uncomfortable Roger while singing "On a Slow Boat to China".
  • Song: Lew Zealand and his singing fish get the hook [74] for their gurgling rendition of "You Light Up My Life".
  • Veterinarian's Hospital: A wounded Viking marauder.
  • UK Spot: The orchestra jazzes things up with "How High the Moon".
  • Bear on Patrol: A handcuff salesman is not what he seems.
  • Muppet Sports: Cross-country billiards.
  • Muppet News Flash: Spies infiltrate the media.
  • Guest Act: Roger has a showdown with spies in disguise as he performs "Talk to the Animals".

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