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The Muppet Show - Season Two (1977)
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Quick wit, slapstick comedy, excellent puppets and puppetry conceived by Jim Henson, an astounding array of guest stars, and a whole lot of backstage chaos made The Muppet Show a favorite family show for a whole generation in the mid to late 1970's and those same ingredients make it equally enjoyable for today's audiences. The 24 episodes of this second 1976 season of The Muppet Show represent the family variety show at its strongest, with familiar characters like host Kermit the Frog, his assistant Fozzie Bear, Miss Piggy, Rolph the piano playing dog, and regular segments like "Pigs in Space," "Veterinarian's Hospital," "Swedish chef," and "At the Dance." Intermingled throughout are silliness, skits, and songs featuring an impressive roster of guest stars including entertainment greats like Judy Collins, Don Knotts, Bernadette Peters, Dom Deluise, George Burns, John Clese, and Bob Hope. The hilarious predicaments of the Muppets and their guest stars are absolutely timeless and the look back in time at the earlier careers of enduring stars like Steve Martin, Julie Andrews and Elton John is equally fascinating. Highlights of this second season are Kermit's emotional ballad "It's Not Easy Being Green," Judy Collins classic rendition of "Send in the Clowns," the two old men's curmudgeonly and witty criticism of every show, Miss Piggy's determined and amorous pursuit of Kermit, and the Swedish Chef's bumbling inability to catch up with the chicken. Bonus features include the rare 1974 Muppets Valentine Special featuring a young Mia Farrow and a host of virtually unknown Muppet characters including the enormous blue monster, Thog. Also included is Muppets' music video of "Keep Fishin'," and interview footage of "The Muppets on the Muppets." Whether reliving childhood evenings spent with family around the television or experiencing The Muppet Show for the first time, viewers of all ages will adore this second season. --Tami Horiuchi

 

Season 2 (1977-1978)

No. Initial Airing Guest Star
2.01 (25)   Don Knotts
Backstage: The band is so pleased with the song Fozzie picks for them that they declare him hip and give him a pair of shades. Song: ‘Sweet Gingerbread Man’ Song: ‘Windmills of Your Mind’ Guest Act: ‘Beast of the Week’ sketch Veterinarian’s Hospital: Patient with three feet. Song: ‘Burlington Bert’ Chatting with the Guest Star: Fozzie and Don enjoy being hip Song: ‘What a Wonderful World’ by Rowlf Swedish Chef: Fish Stew

Guest Act: Lullaby of Bird Land 

2.02 (26)   Zero Mostel
Backstage: Scooter’s uncle will give the show the money they need, if they put a lady wrestler number in the show and enraging Sam in the process. Song: Chopin's ‘Polonaise in A Flat’ by Electric Mayhem Guest Act: ‘What do the Simple Folk Do?’ At the Dance: Tennis Muppet Labs: Magnetic carrots Song: Piano-sax duet, "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" Guest Act: ‘Fears’ poem Song: Drum Solo Sketch: Lady Wrestling

Note: Mostel died before this episode was broadcast, the only guest to have this distinction. 

2.03 (27)   Milton Berle
Backstage:Fozzie hides from his idol, Milton Berle. Song:Ugly Guest Act: Statler and Waldorf successfully drive Uncle Milty insane by heckling him, creating a hilarious monologue in the process. News Flash: Pigs in Space: An unidentified object is going to crash into the Swinetrek: Gonzo on a motorcycle. Guest Act: Milton Berle sings 'The Entertainer' with Rowlf accompanying on the piano. Chorus includes Scooter and Fozzie and Piggy in the end. Sketch: Zelda Rose and her Singing Owl

Guest Act: Milton Berle and Fozzie do a song and dance act: 'Top Banana' 

2.04 (28)   Rich Little
Backstage: Gonzo interviews hopefuls for a new dancing chicken act. Song: Chanson d'Amour with Crazy Harry (the mad bomber) and 3 Muppet ladies Guest Act: impressions of the Muppet cast At the Dance: Just not Animal's night Song: "The Boy I Love," by Miss Piggy, accompanied by Rolf (and audience) Sketch: "Shine Little Glow Worm" with lizard and inchworms Chatting with the Guest Star" Muppet reporters interview Rich Little Veterinarian's Hospital: Fozzie the Bear is a little hoarse Sketch: "Tea for Two" by Gonzo and his dancing chicken, Lolita

Guest Act: Scenes from the great Hollywood musical comedies of yesterday 

2.05 (29)   Judy Collins
Backstage: J.P. Gross wants to demolish the theater and put in a junkyard. Guest Act: "Howdy dowdy diddle all day" Pigs in Space: Mid-course correction maneuver Sam's Editorial: Sam announces he's disassociating himself with the show Guest Act: "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly" Sketch: "I Talk to the Trees," with Linc Hogthrob Sketch: Kermit reports from planet Koozebane to interview the Foob Guest Act: duet on piano with Rolf, "Doe a Deer" Swedish Chef: Shotgun

Guest Act: "Send in the Clowns" 

2.06 (30)   Nancy Walker
Backstage: Kermit is home sick and Fozzie is in charge. Song: Crazy Harry and a cannon. Guest Act: Nancy at the diner with Fozzie and a monster who eats dishes. Veterinarian's Hospital: Combined with At the Dance after Fozzie messes up the introduction. Song: "My Dear Old Dutch" with Bert and Rowlf. Sketch: Bird medley. Chatting with the Guest Star: Fozzie talks to Nancy about the problems with the night's show and she sings "Start All Over Again" to Fozzie. Later, Piggy and Nancy talk to Kermit on the phone. Sam's Editorial: Sam discusses nudity in the world today.

Guest Act: "They Can't Take That Away From Me" with Sweetums. 

2.07 (31)   Edgar Bergen
Backstage: Fozzie decides to try a ventriloquist act. Song: "Babyface" performed by a chorus of chickens. Chatting with the Guest: Kermit chats backstage with Edgar Bergen and Charley McCarthy about frogs and the cast sings "Consider Yourself". Muppet News Flash: The reporter forgets his pants. Sketch: Gonzo wrestles a brick blindfolded. Pigs in Space: Piggy has to save the day with the "independent heating slash unifying element and horizontal equalizing plane." Song: Rowlf sings "Show Me a Rose" Chatting with the Guest: Fozzie talks with Edgar Bergen and Mortimer Snerd about their act. Fozzie's Act: Fozzie puts his ventriloquist skills to the test with his friend Chucky. Song: "Time in a Bottle" Song: Pecked out by chickens on a piano.

Guest Act: Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy discuss the Muppets and are joined by Piggy. 

2.08 (32)   Steve Martin
Backstage: The show is canceled to allow auditions to take place... but they forgot to tell Steve. Fozzie gets worried Kermit will hire a new comedian to replace him. Sketch: Several acts audition including Can-Canning Rodents and Mary Louise and Friend singing "Swannee Ribbit" Guest Act: Balloon Animals. Sketch: More acts audition including Terry Louise and Friend singing "Tie a Yellow Ribbit", Vaskerville the Hound doing stand-up, and another MC auditions. Song: The Four Fazoods from the planet Koozbane. Sketch: More auditions, Gonzo and his dancing cheese, Carrie Louise and Friend singing "Old Man Ribbit." Guest Act: "Ramblin' Guy." Song: Statler and Waldorf perform "The Varsity Drag", with Fozzie copying them from the balcony. Song: Marvin Suggs and His All Food Glee Club, "Yes, We Have No Bananas Today" Guest Act: Juggling. Sketch: The Flying Zucchini Brothers human cannonball act auditions. Guest Act: Steve plays "Dueling Banjos" with the Jug Band, the All Food Glee Club, the Fazoods, and the Flying Zucchini Brothers.

Fun Fact: Brian Henson has said that the laughter in this episode is actually the laughter of the Muppet performers as the show was being recorded. 

2.09 (33)   Madeline Kahn
Backstage: Gonzo has a crush on guest star Madeline Kahn. Song: Kermit does "Happy Feet." Guest Act: "I'll Never Forget Your Feet" Swedish Chef: Lobster. Song: Dr. Teeth, Zoot, and Floyd do "A New York State of Mind" Pigs in Space: The Swinetrek loses power. Song: Fozzie sings with his ukulele. Guest Act: Madeline has a run in with a monster in the park who is out to ruin her day. News Flash: Reporters are blowing up. Song: Rowlf does "In My Beautiful Balloon."

Guest Act: Madeline comforts Gonzo. 

2.10 (34)   George Burns
Backstage: The cast is plagued by a gossip columnist from The Daily Scandal. Song: Piggy sings "Cuanto Le Gusta." Guest Act: Rowlf accompanies George Burns as they discuss dog acts and sings "Train Back Home." Song: "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob treats a telephone. Song: Fozzie sings "Wotcher (Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road)". Chatting with the Guest: Gonzo chats with George Burns about Gonzo's early showbiz days. Song: Kermit and Piggy sing "I Won't Dance" in a skit that begins like an "At the Dance" segment. Sketch: A machine eating monster.

Guest Act: George sings "It All Depends on You" and "You Made Me Love You" with the cast. 

2.11 (35)   Dom Deluise
Backstage: Miss Piggy collaborates with Scooter to make Kermit jealous and get a better place on the show. Song: Piggy sings "My Old Man Said Follow the Van." Guest Act: Dom Deluise travels to the planet Koozbane and meets the natives. Song: Animal has a drum solo. Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob treats a cow. Song: "Henrietta's Wedding" Song: Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem performs. Guest Act: A tour of Shepard's Institute of Animal Protection.

Guest Act: Dom sings "We Got Us" with Piggy. 

2.12 (36)   Bernadette Peters
Backstage: Kermit's nephew Robin feels unwanted and wants to run away. Miss Piggy harbours jealousy against Miss Mousey. Song: Kermit and Miss Mousey sing "How Could Believe Me?" Guest Act: "Take a Little One Step, Two Step" Song: Chickens peck out "Chopsticks" on the piano. Veterinarian's Hosptial: Dr. Bob treats a shoe. Song: "The Sheik of Arabie" Sketch: Sam tells the story of the ant and the grasshopper. Chatting with the Guest: Robin chats with Bernadette who sings "Just One Person" with an ever increasing cast of Muppets. Swedish Chef: Chickie Boom. Muppet Labs: Bunsonium. Song: Robin sings "I'm Five" Muppet News Flash: A large object drops from the ceiling.

Guest Act: "Apple Jack" with the Jug Band. 

2.13 (37)   Rudolf Nureyev
Backstage: Sam attempts to class up the cast due to their high culture guest star. Song: Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem perform "Minuet in G Major" Song: Piggy and Linc sing a duet from "Don Giovanni". Guest Act: Swine Lake. Song: "Something's Missing" Veterinarian's Hosptial: A Tribute to Shakespeare. Guest Act: Duet in a steam bath with Piggy, "Baby, It's Cold Outside." Song: Rowlf plays a piano solo with some help from Fozzie.

Guest Act: "Top Hat, White Tie, and Tails" 

2.14 (38)   Elton John
Backstage: Scooter has a song for Elton John. The Swedish Chef chases a chicken. Sam thinks Elton John is an affront to culture. Guest Act: "Crocodile Rock" with a group of crocodiles. Swedish Chef: Egg du Chef. Guest Act: Scooter starts singing "Bennie and the Jets" and Elton takes over. Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob treats a dog. Song: Rowlf and Fozzie play a song on the piano. Song: Kermit and Fozzie sing "Any Old Iron" Guest Act: "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" Pigs in Space: Boredom.

Guest Act: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Miss Piggy. 

2.15 (39)   Lou Rawls
Backstage: The show is thrown into chaos when Fozzie's roller skating act isn't quite ready. Guest Act: "Groovy People" News Flash: Mallarditus. Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob has no patient. Guest Act: Floyd and Animal chat with Lou. Swedish Chef: Frog's legs. At the Dance: Lots of visual gags. Song: Kermit sings "Ukelele Lady" (with Miss Piggy and Scooter) Song: Linc sings "Sonny Boy" with a piglet. Chatting with the Guest: Kermit chats with Lou, which turns into a scat song with the Electric Mayhem. Muppet Labs: Nuclear Powered Shaver. Fozzie's Act: Fozzie on roller skates.

Guest Act: "You're the One" 

2.16 (40)   Cleo Laine and Bruce Schwartz
Backstage: Fozzie's mother is in the audience. Song: "Everybody Limbo" Guest Act: "It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing)" with Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem Orchestra Pigs in Space: Annual Inspection, with Fozzie filling in for Piggy. Extra Guest Act: Bruce Schwartz performs with a marionette Song: Rowlf and a few dogs perform "Mad Dogs and Englishmen" Swedish Chef: Cleo Laine assists, singing "You're Just In Love" with the Chef. Fozzie's Act: Phrenology.

Guest Act: Cleo Lane performs with Bruce Schwartz. 

2.17 (41)   Julie Andrews
Backstage: A real cow mysteriously appears backstage. Guest Act: "The Lonely Goatherd" News Flash: Sports equipment jettisoned. Gonzo's Act: Gonzo plays the bagpipes from a flagpole 10 feet in the air, but the act is cut short when a beaver pecks the flagpole, prompting it to fall down. Song: Rowlf plays some classic classical music. Chatting with the Guest: Kermit attempts a quiet chat with Julie Andrews. Song: Gonzo sings "Won't Someone Dance with Me." Song: "Way Down on Borneo Bay" by the Jug Band. Guest Act: "When You Were a Tadpole and I was a Fish" with Kermit. Sam's Commentary: Industry and Technology. Muppet Labs: Hair Growing Tonic.

Guest Act: "Whistle a Happy Tune" 

2.18 (42)   Jaye P. Morgan
Backstage: Jaye P. Morgan isn't very thrilled about being on the show. Later, Scooter's uncle J.P. Gross shows up. Guest Act: Tweedley Tweedley Dee Swedish Chef: Opening a coconut Song: Rowlf, Gonzo, and Animal do Flight of the Bumblebee At the Dance: Men vs. Women, and the troubles with some of the couples. Song: Rowlf and Fozzie repeat their act from episode 2.38 Chatting with the Guest: Kermit and Jaye P. talk about explosions. Song: Floyd and the conductor perform. Pigs in Space: The Swinetrek plummets towards Earth at an incredible rate of speed, needing to toss some excess weight overboard to slow down. News Flash: The London Symphony Orchestra jettisons some instruments from their flight. Sam's Commentary: Crime.

Guest Act: "That Old Black Magic" with the Electric Mayhem. 

2.19 (43)   Peter Sellers
Backstage: Bunson and Beaker keep appearing and disappearing, as well as other cast members and items. Guest Act: "Play, Gypsy, Play" Song: Rowlf sings a song about nature sounds. Chatting with the Guest: Kermit tells Peter Sellers to be himself; Peter Sellers replies he cannot because "there is no me" and "I had it surgically removed". Gonzo's Act: "Down Memory Lane" with Rowlf. Guest Act: Peter Sellers assists Linc with his workout. Song: Kermit sings "Bein' Green" Muppet Labs: Teleporter

Guest Act: "Cigarettes, and Whiskey, and Wild, Wild Women." 

2.20 (44)   Petula Clark
Backstage: A moose, named Mickey and who sounds like John Wayne, hangs out backstage, upsetting Kermit. Opening Act: "Anchors Aweigh in the Morn" with Link, Scooter, Fozzie, Gonzo, and Robin Guest Act: "The Boy from Ipanema" (The Girl from Ipanema) Sketch: A Wild West bar is filled with chickens, with Gonzo as the bartender. The classic gun battle between good and evil occurs. At the Dance: The couples discuss their relationships and mothers. Song: "A Silly Song" Guest Act: "I Really Love You" with Rowlf Veterinarian's Hospital: Dr. Bob, Nurse Piggy and Nurse Janice operate on a sinking patient. The Swedish Chef: Chocolate Moose

Guest Act: Tomorrow from the musical Annie 

2.21 (45)   Bob Hope and (puppeteering) Christopher Reeve
Backstage: Bob Hope is splitting his time between The Muppet Show and several charity shows. Animal tries to find a hobby. Song: A calypso number featuring Piggy and various other pigs. Guest Act: Bob and Kermit do a quick back and forth, Bob has skipped out on a benefit for the Flying Zucchini Brothers to be at the show. Song: "For What It's Worth" sung by woodland creatures, interrupted by hunters. News Flash: Opening day of fishing season. The Swedish Chef: Pressed duck. News Flash: Opening of opera season. Song: Rowlf performs a short piano solo. Song: "Sing Me the Songs" Muppet Labs: Automatic Waste Basket Song: Rowlf gets another chance at a piano solo, with an extra hand.

Guest Act: Cowboy Sketch 

2.22 (46)   Teresa Brewer
Backstage: Piggy decides to go on a diet. Guest Act: "Cotton Fields Back Home" Pigs in Space: The crew is running out of oxygen, fuel and water. And swill. Song: Animal performs "Wild Thing" Gonzo's Act: Gonzo recites Shakespeare in his own way. At the Dance: The couples discuss losing weight. Song: Dr. Teeth performs a song about cheesecake. Chatting with the Guest Star: Kermit talks to Teresa about her autograph book. Muppet Labs: Electric Nose Warmer Song: Scooter sings "The Hop" with some friends Guest Act: "Spinning Wheel" with Sweetums

Guest Act: "Put Another Nickel In" 

2.23 (47)   John Cleese
Backstage: John isn't terribly thrilled about being on the show. Gonzo's arm is stretched out of shape after his cannon ball trick. Song: "Somebody Stole My Gal" Gonzo's Act: Gonzo catches a cannon ball. News Flash: Solving the food crisis. Song: Rowlf and a chicken play a song on the piano. Pigs in Space: John Cleese invades the Swinetrek. At the Dance: Waiter and fly soup jokes. Song: Piggy sings "Waiting at the Church" Song: Robin and Sweetums sing "Two Lost Souls" Chatting with the Guest: John tries to help Gonzo with his misshapen arm. Sketch: Kermit reports from the planet Koozbaine. Guest Act: John refuses to do a song. The rest of the Muppets try to help.

Note: In this episode's opening, Gonzo finally blows the final note correctly. 

2.24 (48)   Cloris Leachman
Backstage: Pigs take over the show. Kermit and other regulars are kept in the boiler room. Song: "That's Entertainment" Guest Act: Cloris sings a medley with Link Fozzie's Act: Fozzie the Pig performs, meeting with better success than Fozzie the Bear. Swedish Chef: The Swedish Pig makes popcorn. Veterinarian's Hospital: Rebranded "Vegetarian's Hospital," the all-pig cast is presented with a tray of fruits and vegetables as a patient. News Flash: Presented by a pig newscaster. Creating a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Pigs in Space: The Swinetrek is under attack by chopped liver.

Guest Act: "Just in Time" 

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