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The Best Episodes of The Muppet Show

Every episode of The Muppet Show ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of The Muppet Show!

Go behind the curtains as Kermit the Frog and his muppet friends struggle to put on a weekly variety show.

Genres:KidsComedyFamily
Network:ITV1

Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "The Muppet Show" is "Christopher Reeve", rated 8.5/10 from 325 user votes. It was directed by N/A and written by N/A. "Christopher Reeve" aired on 2/15/1980 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Peter Sellers".

  • Christopher Reeve
    8.5/10 325 votes

    #1 - Christopher Reeve

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 1980-02-15

    Everyone has a superhero bug, donning costumes and trying acts to impress the star of Superman: The Movie.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Peter Sellers
    8.4/10 261 votes

    #2 - Peter Sellers

    Season 2 Episode 14 - Aired 1978-01-01

    Sketches/Songs: "A Gypsy's Violin", "When", "Down Memory Lane", Masseur sketch, "It's Not Easy Bein' Green", "Muppet Labs", "Cigarettes & Whiskey"

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Sylvester Stallone
    8.4/10 220 votes

    #3 - Sylvester Stallone

    Season 3 Episode 14 - Aired 1979-02-09

    Sketches/Songs: ""Hawaiian War Chant"", ""Let's Call the Whole Thing Off"", ""Lady Be Good"", ""The William Tell Overture"", ""Veterinarian's Hospital"", Fozzie's Act, ""Bird in a Gilded Cage""

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Juliet Prowse
    8.3/10 321 votes

    #4 - Juliet Prowse

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1977-01-16

    Muppy, the favorite pet of The Muppet Theatre owner J. P. Grosse, becomes a prima donna when Kermit reluctantly allows him to do a musical number with Scooter. Muppy even gets his own dressing room and star billing, but Kermit draws the line when the dog asks to change the show's title to The Muppy Show. When Muppy locks himself in his dressing room and refuses to perform, Scooter does the number with Fozzie instead.

    Director: Peter Harris

    Writer: Jack Burns, Jerry Juhl, Jim Henson

  • Danny Kaye
    8.3/10 258 votes

    #5 - Danny Kaye

    Season 3 Episode 7 - Aired 1978-12-25

    Sketches/Songs: "Aquarius," "Lunchtime," "Cheek to Cheek," "Jogging," "Swedish Chef," "The Flying Zucchini Brothers," "The Municipal Vermin Abatement Code," "Inchworm"

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Roy Rogers & Dale Evans
    8.3/10 175 votes

    #6 - Roy Rogers & Dale Evans

    Season 3 Episode 16 - Aired 1979-02-23

    Sketches/Songs: ""Blue Skies"", ""Skyball Paint"", ""Muppet Sports"", ""Deep in the Heart of Texas"", ""A Four Legged Friend"", ""Bear on Patrol"", Cowboy and Skyball sketch, ""Medley""

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Hal Linden
    8.3/10 157 votes

    #7 - Hal Linden

    Season 5 Episode 15 - Aired 1981-01-11

    Statler and Waldorf get their chance to do a better show than Kermit--they play host, while Kermit and Fozzie heckle from the balcony. Unfortunately, Statler and Waldorf's acts don't turn out exactly as they plan. The Berlin National Opera Company cancels and are replaced by the Salzburg Sauerkraut Singers. Hal's Fourth of July number is invaded by Gonzo on a sleigh singing Christmas songs. Finally, Statler and Waldorf admit that the show is harder to put together than it looks and happily go back to complaining from the balcony.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Don Knotts
    8.2/10 206 votes

    #8 - Don Knotts

    Season 2 Episode 19 - Aired 1978-02-05

    Sketches/Songs: "Cuento Le Gusta", "Train Back Home", "Chattanooga Choo Choo", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "Wotcher (Knocked 'Em in the Old Kent Road)", "I Won't Dance", "World's Most Powerful Explosive", "Medley"

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Joseph A. Bailey, Don Hinkley, Jerry Juhl, Jim Henson

  • James Coco
    8.2/10 180 votes

    #9 - James Coco

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 1978-12-08

    Sketches/Songs: ""Octopus's Garden"", ""The Medium"", ""Eight Little Notes"", ""Swedish Chef"", ""Catch a Falling Star"", ""Veterinarian's Hospital"", ""Short People""

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mark Hamill
    8.2/10 141 votes

    #10 - Mark Hamill

    Season 4 Episode 19 - Aired 1980-02-29

    The regularly-scheduled guest (a terrible singer) is bumped when four stars of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope suddenly appear in the theater. It's a natural for the Pigs in Space.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Roger Moore
    8.2/10 162 votes

    #11 - Roger Moore

    Season 5 Episode 1 - Aired 1980-10-05

    Kermit calls the Secret Service to hire real spies for Roger's closing number. (They're listed in the Yellow Pages.) However, Roger wants to do a cute, cuddly version of "Talk to the Animals". The spies, anxious for a chance to rub out James Bond, pose as fluffy animals to infiltrate the number.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Ruth Buzzi
    8.1/10 373 votes

    #12 - Ruth Buzzi

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1976-10-03

    Scooter's uncle sends a mechanical, wind-up TV show host, an exact duplicate of Kermit. The robot harasses Kermit and flirts with Miss Piggy.

    Director: Peter Harris

    Writer: N/A

  • Bernadette Peters
    8.1/10 247 votes

    #13 - Bernadette Peters

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 1977-11-18

    Robin wants his own spot on the show, but his uncle Kermit doesn't even notice him with bigger costars like Thog, Sweetums, and Timmy stomping around. The little frog even tries to run away but just ends up locked in his own suitcase. When Bernadette Peters notices him and tries to cheer him up, however, Robin finds out that all the Muppets believe in him. He becomes so confident that he demands to sing "They Call the Wind Maria," but Kermit settles on a cute, little song called "I'm Five" instead.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dom DeLuise
    8.1/10 195 votes

    #14 - Dom DeLuise

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1977-11-25

    Miss Piggy hires Scooter to pay off the audience to go wild for her. She also has him send her dozens of bouquets and write her piles of fan mail, all part of an attempt to get Kermit to notice her more. Piggy and Scooter stage a conversation for Kermit to overhear, in which she pretends to have an offer from another show, but Kermit isn't fooled. After finding out from Scooter what's really going on, he tells Piggy he's heard about her offer and has decided to let her go. When she breaks down in tears, sobbing that she can't leave him, Kermit agrees to take her back, but at a lower salary. After all, if she can afford to have Scooter pay off the audience for her... Miss Piggy gets hysterical and depressed, but is refreshed by Dom DeLuise.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Rudolf Nureyev
    8.1/10 207 votes

    #15 - Rudolf Nureyev

    Season 2 Episode 17 - Aired 1978-01-22

    Sketches/Songs: The Electric Mayhem, A Wagner opera performed, "Swine Lake", "Something's Missing", "Veterinarian's Hospital", "It's Cold Outside", "Clair De Lune", "Top Hat"

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Dudley Moore
    8.1/10 159 votes

    #16 - Dudley Moore

    Season 4 Episode 1 - Aired 1979-10-24

    Dudley has a surprise for Kermit, a robot that can do the work of the entire band and of course the Electric Mayhem feel threatened by this fact.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Mac Davis
    8.1/10 127 votes

    #17 - Mac Davis

    Season 5 Episode 23 - Aired 1981-03-08

    Beaker tests Muppet Labs' new copier machine, ultimately falling into it and making seven copies of himself. The multiple Beakers gang up on Bunsen, and the doctor is forced to wear a disguise and hide from his assistants.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Shirley Bassey
    8.1/10 135 votes

    #18 - Shirley Bassey

    Season 5 Episode 24 - Aired 1981-03-15

    Kermit borrows fifty million dollars worth of gold for Shirley's closing number, "Goldfinger". Security guard Bruno is suspicious that Kermit wants to steal the gold, but keeping an eye on the frog makes him overlook a band of pig thieves, who steal all the gold as Shirley sings.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Milton Berle
    8.0/10 204 votes

    #19 - Milton Berle

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 1977-10-14

    Fozzie Bear is so intimidated by the thought of meeting Milton Berle, "the King of Comics," that he spends the whole show hiding from the guest star. His flimsy disguises don't fool Kermit or Scooter, but when Fozzie finally overhears Milton saying that he'd like to do a song-and-dance with him, Fozzie springs out of hiding, and the pair performs "Top Banana" together in baggy pants and big shoes.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Steve Martin
    8.0/10 187 votes

    #20 - Steve Martin

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1977-12-09

    Kermit cancels the show in order to audition new acts. Guest star Steve is angry at first, but he goes on to perform for the cast. Fozzie worries that Kermit plans to hire replacements, especially after the audition of a canine comedian, Baskerville the Hound. Kermit tells Fozzie that he should appreciate seeing another artist's work -- until Lenny the Lizard auditions as a new emcee. A young singing girl, called Mary/Terry/Carrie Louise, is systematically removed off, when she makes an attempt of audition with her croaking partner.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Lou Rawls
    8.0/10 184 votes

    #21 - Lou Rawls

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 1977-12-16

    Fozzie Bear has a new rollerskating act, but since he doesn't know how to skate, he spends the entire episode careening around backstage. He eventually manages to roll out onto the stage to tell his jokes, but when he gets too ambitious and tries to skate backwards on one leg, he falls off the stage.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Melissa Manchester
    8.0/10 114 votes

    #22 - Melissa Manchester

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 1980-11-16

    Kermit is plagued by a night of backstage crises. A group of skiers get hurt during the opening number, and after Kermit says that the theater will cover their medical costs, Scooter forgets to cash the check. The Teeterini Family are angry that their teeter board won't fit on the stage. The Swedish Chef prepares spring chicken, and the bouncing chicken drives Kermit crazy. And let's not even talk about the blindfolded, hang-gliding yodelers.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Joan Baez
    8.0/10 132 votes

    #23 - Joan Baez

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 1980-12-14

    Rizzo and the other rats bother Kermit for a spot on the show, so Kermit asks Beauregard to "take care of them." Of course, Bo takes that literally, and treats them as guests. The rats make Beau their president, and manipulate him into giving them food. The rats eventually become so bold that they decide to take over the show. Kermit says Beau has to kick them out, or he goes with them. Beau chooses to stick with his new rat friends, until Miss Piggy enlightens him.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Debbie Harry
    8.0/10 113 votes

    #24 - Debbie Harry

    Season 5 Episode 17 - Aired 1981-01-25

    Robin's Frog Scout troop visits the show, getting in everyone's way backstage. They ask Debbie for help earning their punk merit badges, and she teaches them how to do the pogo. When Gonzo cancels his act, the Frog Scouts get their chance to do a performance of close-order drills.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Linda Lavin
    7.9/10 148 votes

    #25 - Linda Lavin

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 1979-12-07

    Miss Piggy announces that this show is Kermit's birthday, and before he can react, she launches into the tribute she's organized. They've planned a This Is Your Life-style show with birthday greetings, including one from Mr. Dawson, Kermit's old acting coach from Leland, Mississippi. Wayne and Wanda, the singing duo from the first season, show up and give Kermit such a guilt trip that he rehires them. When they sing, Kermit remembers why he fired them in the first place.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A