It’s Not Easy Being Green: Fascinating Facts Behind The Muppets

America’s favorite gaggle of weirdos, The Muppets are iconic for the family-friendly entertainment they provided, which lead to shows and films. Fans had the privilege of growing up on all things Muppet thanks to the mastermind, Jim Henson. Henson and his team created something that left many people doubtful of its success, but his optimism made everything come to life.

You’ve heard the music and you know to dim the lights, and you always dreamed of having a Muppet. But not one fan would know what nationality the Muppets are, or the actual name of the theater where they performed. By the time you finish reading this, you’ll be able to brag to your friends about your Muppet knowledge.

The Muppet Show Wasn’t The First One

1986: Portrait of American puppeteer Jim Henson (1936 – 1990) sitting in a theater chair in front of a painting of his creation, The Muppets. (Photo by Nancy R. Schiff/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Photo Credit: Nancy R. Schiff/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

In 1955, Henson created the Muppets for a segment called Sam and Friends. It was a five-minute show that aired twice a day on NBC from May 1955 to December 1961.

The show had appearances by Muchmellon, an Oscar the Grouch-type monster, and Henson’s earliest surviving puppet, Pierre the French Rat. Kermit the Frog also made his debut too.