The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence

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The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence
GenreTelevision special
Created byJim Henson
Written by
Directed byDave Wilson
Theme music composerJoe Raposo
Country of originUnited States
ProducerJim Henson
EditorAlfred Muller
Running time25 minutes
Production companyThe Jim Henson Company
Original networkABC
Original release
  • March 19, 1975 (1975-03-19)

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence aired on ABC on March 19, 1975. It was one of two pilots produced for The Muppet Show.[1] The other pilot, The Muppets Valentine Show, aired in 1974.

In this half-hour variety special, the Muppets parody the proliferation of sex and violence on television. Nigel, Sam the Eagle, and hippie bassist Floyd Pepper prepare for a Pageant based on the Seven Deadly Sins, with Muppets representing the Sins—Envy, Anger, Gluttony, Vanity, Lust, Greed, and Sloth.


  • Mount Rushmore: The stone presidents trade jokes.
  • At the Dance
  • The Wrestling Match: The San Francisco Earthquake displays his winning tactics.
  • Statler and Waldorf sit in their den.
  • The Swedish Chef demonstrates how to make a submarine sandwich.
  • For The Birds: Male birds try to attract females in a jazzy skit.
  • The Electric Mayhem sing "Love Ya to Death".
  • Theater of Things: The pencils get a new ruler.
  • Aggression: Featuring two Heaps, tarantula-like monsters talking in gibberish.
  • Films in Focus: A review pans the film Return to Beneath the Planet of the Pigs.
  • The Seven Deadly Sins Pageant

Muppet performers[edit]

Additional Muppet performers: Caroly Wilcox and Jane Henson


Home media[edit]

The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence was released on DVD in 2005, as an extra feature on the Muppet Show: Season One box set. On the box and on the DVD menus, it is referred to as The Muppet Show Pilot.


  1. ^ Schulman, Michael (July 25, 2017). "Touring Jim Henson's Restless Creative Spirit, at the Museum of the Moving Image". The New Yorker. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  2. ^ Adams, Erik (February 7, 2012). "The Muppet Show: The Muppet Show: Sex And Violence/The Muppets Valentine Show". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
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