DefunctTV: The History of the Muppet Show

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    In the third episode of DefunctTV: Jim Henson, Jim and his team head to the UK to make the Muppet Show. What they don't know, is that they are about to make the most popular show in the world.
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  • PolaBurrr
    PolaBurrr 50 minutes ago

    i watched it back in Sweden as a kid .. i loved it !

  • Creative Namegoeshere
    Creative Namegoeshere 18 hours ago

    This is seriously one of the best series on TVclip.

  • ms3bani
    ms3bani Day ago

    rainbow connection, written by Paul Williams and Kenneth Ascher.

  • TyrekeCorrea
    TyrekeCorrea Day ago

    They brought back the Muppets just so they could break up Kermit and Piggy, which I think is BS.

  • Edmar Fecler
    Edmar Fecler Day ago

    13:35 I suppose thats the backstory behind the intro's "its time to get things started." *_"Why dont you get things started?!"_* joke. :)

  • Kitty Blue27
    Kitty Blue27 Day ago

    This "history of" really makes the movie even more beautiful.

  • //emma van haele//

    I had all the seasons on DVD. I used to watch them nonstop.

  • Kerry Kunze
    Kerry Kunze Day ago

    Dang, color me impressed!

  • Burt C0caine
    Burt C0caine 2 days ago

    Seeing that Jim Henson got so many NOs is kinda reassuring. Even an absolute legend like him wasn’t perfect and failed plenty of times. I’m bad with criticism too but he was an example of how to handle it despite taking it so hard.

  • Ernesto Chacon
    Ernesto Chacon 2 days ago +1

    Who's the woman with Kermit at 12:35-12:36? Just curious?

  • The Farside
    The Farside 2 days ago

    these are the best videos on the internet

  • Mistertbones
    Mistertbones 2 days ago

    I never knew they shot The Muppet Show in England.

  • Jack Reitman
    Jack Reitman 2 days ago

    Wait . . . mah-nah-ne-nah was a song for a italian sex documentary? Huh. Learn something new every day.

  • Dillon Ohlemiller
    Dillon Ohlemiller 3 days ago

    Where’s the next episode???

  • namikejohnson
    namikejohnson 4 days ago

    It's too bad there's no sort of award show we could nominate this documentary for.

  • Skunk Man
    Skunk Man 6 days ago

    Where’s part 4 on the fraggles

  • Morgan Hoffman
    Morgan Hoffman 6 days ago +1

    Just showing my love for these videos and all your videos. I’m in the car a lot and these are the best to listen to on my long trips💞

  • Crystal Higginbotham
    Crystal Higginbotham 6 days ago +2

    This has been so special. Thank you so much!!!!!

  • Crystal Higginbotham
    Crystal Higginbotham 6 days ago +1

    I want more

  • AdmiralBonetoPick
    AdmiralBonetoPick 7 days ago

    You should do an episode on Opryland. A tonne of history on that one: WSM, the Grand Ole Opry, and the birth of Nashville's country music industry, to the whole thing collapsing in the space of a year due to a philistine finance director taking over from the CEO. The book "Air Castle of the South" by Craig Havighurst has the most detail.

  • Andrea Blau
    Andrea Blau 8 days ago +1

    When are Parts 4, 5, and 6 going to be uploaded? Thanks!

  • David Stevens
    David Stevens 8 days ago

    @7:42 Swedish sex documentary

  • Sam Pearman
    Sam Pearman 9 days ago +1

    Whoa and here I thought I knew a lot about The Muppets. You've come up with so much good information here it's unbelievable! I'm genuinely shocked at how much you've said here that I didn't already know.
    As a small point of advice, you could really work on sound levelling a bit. Especially the intro is comparatively too loud, but the narration is also too quiet (largely due to the low tone, esp. on mobile) compared to most of the clips of the show.
    Not enough to ruin the experience though. Great video!

  • Michael Z
    Michael Z 9 days ago

    Hands down the most favorite TV show in my childhood. Thank you very much for reminding me.

  • Uli Kdmabaalz
    Uli Kdmabaalz 9 days ago

    this the best channel on youtube. There are two people who shaped comedy for me in a timeless way: Mel Brooks and Jim Henson

  • sonicboomers122
    sonicboomers122 9 days ago

    I can't rely on youtube Notifying me.

  • Marie The Sea
    Marie The Sea 10 days ago +2

    What 91 people disliked this????? How?*

    *There was 91 dislikes at the time of writing

  • VideoVoid TV
    VideoVoid TV 10 days ago

    Amazing work. Thank you for this.

  • Robyn
    Robyn 11 days ago

    I’d love to see this series as a full length documentary. If it were a physical release, I’d definitely buy it.

  • queenmedesa
    queenmedesa 11 days ago

    I love Kermit's annoyed face !

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago

      That is the face of a frog trying to keep his sanity in check

  • GoFapOnACoconut
    GoFapOnACoconut 11 days ago

    Great video!
    R.I.P. Jim Henson

  • Feeling Dronely Productions

    This is Great, how do I watch the last three episodes?

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago

      Wait till Kevin releases the last three

  • Anthony Daidone
    Anthony Daidone 11 days ago

    Defunct reading rainbow

  • Marcus Blackwell
    Marcus Blackwell 12 days ago

    37:06 that's one of the full episodes I wanna watch. Anyone have a link?

  • Muttizzle
    Muttizzle 13 days ago

    Can you do an episode on Eurekas Castle???

  • Ac Currie 2019
    Ac Currie 2019 13 days ago +1

    List Of Characters:
    Afghan Hound, Alice Otter, Animal, Anything Muppets, Babies (x4), Baby Koozebanian Creatures (x4), Baskerville the Hound, Beaker, Beauregard, Beautiful Day Monster, Beaver, Behemoth, Bert, Bertha, Biff, Big Bird, Billy the Bear, Blue AM Kid, Blue Frackle, Brad, Brewster, Brown Bat, Bruce Monster, Bubba, Dr. Bunsen Honeydew, Camilla the Chicken, Catgut, Charlie Muskrat, Chick, Chickens (x7), Chuck Stoat, Cookie Monster, Count von Count, Cousin Monster, Crazy Harry, Cow, Crocodile (x5), Dimples the Dog, Doc Bullfrog, Dogs, Doglion, Dr. Teeth, Droop, Emmet Otter, Eric the Parrot, Ernie, Farley, Female Koozebanian Creature, Fleet Scribbler, Fletcher Bird, Floyd Pepper, Forcryingoutloud Bird, Fozzie Bear, Frank, Fred Lizard, Fred the Wonder Horse, Frogs (x6), George Rabbit, George the Janitor, Georgie, The Gills Brothers, Gladys, Gladys the Cow, Gonzo, Gorgon Heap, Gramps, Gretchen Fox, Green Frackle, Grover, Guy Smiley, Harold, Harrison Fox, Harry Monster, Harvey Beaver, Harvey Monster, Herbert Birdsfoot, Herbie the One-Octopus Band, Herry Monster, Hetty Muskrat, Hilda, Howard Snake, James Badger, Janice, Jerry, Jim, Jim Frawley Muppet, J. P. Grosse, Dr. Julius Strangepork, Kangaroo, Kermit the Frog, King Ploobis, 2 Lautrec Sisters, Lenny the Lizard, Lew Zealand, Link Hogthrob, Little Bird, Lobsters (x4), Louis Kazagger, Lou, Lubbock Lou, Luncheon Counter Monster, Mahna Mahna, Male Koozebanian Creature, Mary Louise, Marvin Suggs, Maurice Monster, Mean Mama, Melissa Rabbit, Mildred Huxtetter, Miss Kitty, Miss Mousey, Miss Piggy, Mr. Johnson, Mutt, Muppy, The Newsman, Nigel, Ohboy Bird, Ohreally Bird, Old Lady Possum, Oscar the Grouch, Paul Revere, Prairie Dawn, Pumpkin AM Man, Queen Peuta, Quongo, Righton Bird, Robin the Frog, Ronald Duck, Roosevelt Franklin, Roosevelt Franklin's Mother, Rowlf the Dog, Sam the Eagle, Scooter, Screaming Thing, Scred, Shakey Sanchez, Sheep, Sherlock Hemlock, Shirley and Nat Muskrat, Slim Wilson, Snake Frackle, The Snowths (x2), Sopwith the Camel, Squirrels, Stanley Weasel, Statler and Waldorf, Sully, The Swedish Chef, Swinetrek Crewpigs, Tessie Twiddlebug, Thog, Thomas Twiddlebug, Timmy Monster, Two-Headed Monster, Uncle Deadly, Vazh, Wanda, Wayne, Wendell Porcupine, Whaddayasay Bird, Whatnots, Will Possum, Winky Pinkerton, Wisss, Yancy Woodchuck, Youknow Bird, Zeke, Zelda Rose, & Zoot Handwriting: AndiCurrie.

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago

      Image what it would look like with newer creations too

  • Ac Currie 2019
    Ac Currie 2019 13 days ago +1

    Muppet Monster:

  • Kat Robinson
    Kat Robinson 13 days ago +1

    Anxiously awaiting the next episode!

  • Marcus Blackwell
    Marcus Blackwell 14 days ago

    34:09 The Gambler or Coward Of The County? Or Lucille?

  • Marcus Blackwell
    Marcus Blackwell 14 days ago

    Who's dat @ 16:41? Is she Dusty Springfield?

    • Marcus Blackwell
      Marcus Blackwell 8 days ago

      @a bagel I thought she had brown hair. Did she sing a cover of "Tennessee Waltz"? Oh wait, never mind... That was Connie Francis who I was thinking about

    • a bagel
      a bagel 8 days ago

      Connie Stevens.

  • z50king29
    z50king29 14 days ago

    This should be the biggest channel on TVclip. I'm sorry we don't care about niche documentaries

  • Dale Holbert
    Dale Holbert 15 days ago +1

    Alice cooper on the show

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago +1

      @Dale Holbert It was hilarious

    • Dale Holbert
      Dale Holbert 11 days ago

      @KidSnivy96 i remembered that show sence i was a kid

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago +1

      Scooter: These monsters aren't ours!
      Alice: I know. Their mine!

  • DM Rogers
    DM Rogers 15 days ago

    I've been putting off watching this cause I knew what would happen. Pretty much any time I watch scenes of Henson era Muppets I tend to start tearing up. It's one connection to the innocence of my childhood that I refuse to give up. And it was a great thing to have had The Muppet Show on air as a kid.

  • Antonio Protonotario Magaña

    is this the last part?? (please dont let it be the last part...)

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago

      Part 3 of a 6 part series.

  • Alisaishere
    Alisaishere 16 days ago

    Impatiently waiting for a Fraggle episode. They are my favorite Muppets to date and that says a lot considering how much I love everything for Muppet Studios.

  • Vix Hacks
    Vix Hacks 16 days ago

    Loved that... When is part two?

  • David rules 1998
    David rules 1998 16 days ago

    Do fraggle rock

  • Michael Boydston
    Michael Boydston 16 days ago

    the kermit balloon looked fucking ridiculous

  • Conner Fields
    Conner Fields 16 days ago

    Cover The Dark Crystal.

  • Fabric Fool aka KreepyGrrl

    I was so happy when The Muppet Show found its way to TV. Previous to this, the only place I could see them was late night TV, which I was too young to watch, or Sesame Street, which is was embarrassingly too old for but watched in secret anyhow. Now, at last, I could step out of whatever closet that put me in and proudly say I was a Muppet Fan!

  • thewomen Rockmaster
    thewomen Rockmaster 17 days ago

    Be careful what you wish..for omg Disney bought star wars and the muppets 🤯😨 Diseny +muppets +stars wars *freerealestate*

  • ImperatorZor
    ImperatorZor 17 days ago +4

    Wait wait wait...
    Jim's Agent was named "Laser?"

  • hip indeed
    hip indeed 17 days ago

    Really truly great stuff as always, and I sincerely mean that, I've been loving these so much -- but I will point out that this episode really put a strong emphasis on the only notable weakness of this series, the random fits of going over extraneous details like specific songs and bits in episodes rather than keeping on theme with the big picture, as well as a rather huge amount of subjective wording (calling so many bits 'beautiful', 'memorable' etc) which is never ideal. Otherwise, no criticisms; keep doing what you're doing.

  • Christianna W
    Christianna W 17 days ago

    I just love Jim Henson's work so much. Thank you for bringing him back into the spotlight.

  • toaddawet
    toaddawet 17 days ago +2

    Thoroughly enjoyed this chapter, particularly the insight into Jim Henson, whose entertainment literally was (in good way) my childhood. Great stuff, looking forward to more!

  • El Gran Toro
    El Gran Toro 17 days ago

    I need more now!! F looking it up on Google!

  • Poptart Ghost
    Poptart Ghost 18 days ago

    I'm really trying to understand how you don't have a million subs... I love these videos

  • ZimMan2
    ZimMan2 18 days ago +4

    Oh! Now I get it!
    He's called "Cody" cause he codes!

  • Rachael Nelson
    Rachael Nelson 18 days ago

    Loving this miniseries! Perjurer's narration is always fantastic. Cant wait to see this channel add captioning!

  • rfseventeen
    rfseventeen 18 days ago

    Thank you for these videos

  • Emilia Morra
    Emilia Morra 18 days ago

    Do a Defunctland about Marineland! It's a terrible Canadian amusement park (kind of like Sea world but worse) and I can't BELIEVE they are still open. Lots of contraversy and interesting attractions

  • Buttler
    Buttler 19 days ago

    You should do an episode of the Firehawk at Kings Island

  • Jennifer Schillig
    Jennifer Schillig 19 days ago

    I know it's not a Henson production (although Grover and Oscar made cameo appearances) but maybe one of your DefuncTV episodes can focus on The Electric Company?

  • Christopher Matthews
    Christopher Matthews 19 days ago

    You really are doing so great work here. There’s obviously a love and passion for what you’re doing.
    These videos are improving, but there is definitely some fine tuning to be done . I hope you use these vids to shop around and be noticed, your talent is obvious.

    • KidSnivy96
      KidSnivy96 11 days ago

      He is working on it

  • Jane Archibald
    Jane Archibald 19 days ago +2

    I am begging you to do a video on the taco Bell theme park of the Seirra nevadas

  • Luke Thomas
    Luke Thomas 19 days ago

    Its a tiny thing, but the clip,of Kermit with the real cows and Henson breaking a little with laughter made me miss him so much.

  • Zara Albright
    Zara Albright 20 days ago

    When is the next installment?!

  • The Minimum Wage
    The Minimum Wage 20 days ago

    36:03 that was so clever

  • Berke
    Berke 20 days ago

    THIS SERIES IS GOLD BTW. I'm only writing this bc of something personal. My dad was in high school in the mid-late 70s and was a big fan of the grateful dead (certain things between us have gone unspoken for mutual reasons) but I showed him this series and we binge watched a bunch of the more raunchy (for the time) muppets show episodes. So thank you man.

    • Berke
      Berke 20 days ago

      now we just need to get baked together.

  • Susan Hillwig
    Susan Hillwig 21 day ago

    35:58 - OMG I forgot all about them doing that song! Eerily prophetic!

  • elie heslin
    elie heslin 21 day ago

    Please do a defunctland on Disney’s beastly kingdom

  • Man1cmanMario
    Man1cmanMario 21 day ago

    Do you think we can get a Defunctland on Joker's Revenge/Jester?

  • Elise Erickson
    Elise Erickson 22 days ago +1

    Please please please please please do a Defunctland TV about the old Carmen Sandiego! I'm 18 and I binge-watched the new animated netflix version.... which is insanely good

  • Elise Erickson
    Elise Erickson 22 days ago

    Please do Defunctland Games! I grew up with Putt-Putt and Freddie Fish and I think you have the perfect platform to cover them!

    + Edit: and Roller Coaster Tychoon!! I remember my Dad coming home with each new version of the game as gifts when they came out and nothing could have made me happier. Without those games I wouldn't be as interested in theme parks or want to be an engineer! The new mobile version of the game is absolute garbage

  • Alice Angel
    Alice Angel 22 days ago

    My grandpa was a intern at SNL when Jim was working there, he met him personally a few times, he told me that he was almost always tired in the break room, when he left it’s like he was a whole different person quote “Hensen was a hippie, a lot of the writers would talk behind his back when they were told to write for his show.”

  • Juanma Railgun
    Juanma Railgun 22 days ago

    I honestly believed the start of the video was a very old Muppets skets until they said Squarespace.... now that I look at it again, I realize the audio and video quality are way too good for actual B/W television and I feel like an idiot.

  • Jordan Mijares
    Jordan Mijares 22 days ago

    I’m in love with the intro, cheers to the people who worked on the production. Truly inspiring and fantastic work!

  • Jessica Soucy
    Jessica Soucy 22 days ago

    Buying a Rolls Royce to drive to graduation what a move

  • Yuuko
    Yuuko 23 days ago

    OMG! I know I loved the Muppets, I had a Miss Piggy growing up, and my uncle would tease me cause I couldn’t pronounce the “r” in Rana Rene (the spanish name for Kermit) but honestly I can’t remember a single episode or a movie

  • Robert Pearce
    Robert Pearce 23 days ago

    Defunctland: A young, energetic ABC executive named "Michael Isner".
    Also Defunctland: WE'RE AFRAID OF DISNEY...

  • shallendor
    shallendor 23 days ago

    The Muppet Show was such a great part of my childhood!

  • Drewby
    Drewby 23 days ago

    We don't deserve this channel! Thank you for being a lovely person!

  • Nolan Vogel
    Nolan Vogel 24 days ago

    I grew up on The Muppets. I have gained a new appreciation for Henson/Muppets cause of this series. Hell, i even bought a used copy of The Muppet Movie cause of this series. Thank you for making me fall in love with Henson’s work again.

  • Teresa hikes
    Teresa hikes 24 days ago

    dark crystal was the best. you know they are making a series on netflix?

  • PedricCuf
    PedricCuf 24 days ago +1

    What an amazing amount of quality work.

    Am I talking about Jim Henson or Defunctland?


  • Pikminfan67
    Pikminfan67 24 days ago +1


  • Mitchell Horn
    Mitchell Horn 24 days ago

    Oh man, another SquareSpace ad from DefunctTV in muppets form!

  • gonzothegrey
    gonzothegrey 24 days ago

    dude... your awesome.

  • ChaoticChiqen
    ChaoticChiqen 24 days ago

    Could you release like a defunctland/tv dvd once this series was done cause I would buy that in a heartbeat

  • E-ManAnimates
    E-ManAnimates 24 days ago

    Seeing more of Jim Henson makes me see the similarities I have with myself. Sure, I doubt I'll ever reach his level of success, but how he handles criticism is not unlike me.

  • apollo c vermouth
    apollo c vermouth 25 days ago +1

    Dr. Bunsen Honeydew was modelled on Lord Lew Grade. (his head shape)

  • dompne33
    dompne33 25 days ago

    God I love the muppets

  • Mitchell Anderson
    Mitchell Anderson 25 days ago

    Excuse me while I go cry. And re-buy the Muppet Show. And then cry again. At 1.0 levels of "Vegeta being beaten by frieza" crying like a bitch.

  • Cartoonfan2002
    Cartoonfan2002 25 days ago

    Good Grief! The Comedians a Bear!

  • Lala Land
    Lala Land 25 days ago

    Can you please do an episode of the history of Toy Castle?

  • Chrono Triggerhappy
    Chrono Triggerhappy 25 days ago

    my favorite characters of Fraggle Rock was the little builder dudes.

  • glitterbitesback
    glitterbitesback 25 days ago

    I gotta stop watching feel good videos because they always make me cry! Damn you Rainbow Connection!

  • Andrew Kim
    Andrew Kim 25 days ago

    I always loved the Swedish Chef show, particularly when he brings out the blunderbuss

  • Mdelao612
    Mdelao612 25 days ago

    This series has been great! Recommended this video series and the Jaws ride video to a friend yesterday

  • Red Samurai Ninja
    Red Samurai Ninja 25 days ago

    I grew up watching The Muppets show since I was a child and my dad gives me a tape of the Muppets shows.