The Muppets are an American institution. They’ve been around for over 50 years and have entertained generations of children and adults. Here are 10 things you might not know about these lovable characters:
1. The Muppets were created by Jim Henson in the 1950s.
2. The Muppets first appeared on television in the early 1960s on the show Sam and Friends.
3. The Muppets became famous in the 1970s with their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show and Sesame Street.
4. In 1976, The Muppet Show debuted and featured Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, Animal, and many other beloved characters.
5. The Muppets have appeared in several films, including The Muppet Movie (1979), The Great Muppet Caper (1981), and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984).
6. In 2009, The Muppets returned to the big screen with a new movie simply titled The Muppets.
7. The Muppets are known for their catchy songs and dances, such as “The Rainbow Connection” and “Mahna Mahna.”
8. Several of the original Muppet performers went on to become famous in their own right, including Frank Oz, Steve Whitmire, and Bill Barretta.
9. Jim Henson’s son Brian Henson currently oversees the Muppets Studio.
10. The Muppets continue to entertain audiences of all ages and remain an American institution.