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When Jim Henson created a lizard-like puppet for his Sam & Friends show in the mid-1950s, he probably did not realize he was creating a world-wide phenomenon. The puppet transformed into the lovable frog we all know today as Kermit the Frog.
Even after creating Sesame Street, though, The Muppets hadn’t quite taken off, and it wasn’t until The Muppet Show premiered in 1976 that the characters’ popularity exploded. Gonzo, Fozzie, Miss Piggy, Animal...these are all names that everyone grew up with. The movies began in 1979, becoming the real force for them, even after Henson died in 1990.
The Muppets return to a new generation on Wednesday, in their first film since 1999’s disastrous Muppets In Space. To celebrate, it’s time to take a look back at some of the best Muppets moments, which is quite the challenge.
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