An iconic variety show that ran from 1976 to 1981, The Muppet Show
was a masterpiece of puppetry and slapstick humour, as well as a showcase for the best musical and comic talent of its day. Season Three ran 1978-1979 and featured 26 famous guest stars, including Roy Clark, Pearl Bailey, Jean Stapleton, Harry Belefonte, Danny Kaye, Cheryl Ladd, Raquel Welch, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, and Sylvester Stallone. Some of the most unique episodes of this series include: the Lynn Redgrave show, in which she and all the Muppets used the entire show to re-enact the story of Robin Hood; the Loretta Lynn episode, which was ostensibly filmed at the railroad station when the theatre was being fumigated; and the visual effects-laden Alice Cooper episode. Other notable moments include Liberace's performances of everything from a Chopin Nocturne to a Boogie Woogie piece, Gilda Radner's amusing musical rendition from Gilbert and Sullivan's operetta "Carrots of Penzance" (or was that "Parrots of Penzance," or "Pirates of Penzance?"), and Danny Kaye's appearance as the Swedish Chef's uncle. Naturally, the series features all your favorite Muppet characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo, Fozzie Bear, Scooter, Rowlf, Crazy Harry, Beaker, and Animal as well as the beloved skits Muppet Labs, Pigs in Space, Swedish Chef, Veterinarian's Hospital, and Muppet Newsflash. Truly timeless entertainment for all ages, this third season of The Muppet Show is just as adept at bringing back memories as it is making new ones. --Tami Horiuchi
24 episodifra i muppet principali si ricordano kermit (la rana che presenta lo show), la scrofa miss piggy, il tacchino gonzo, il truce animal, l'orso fozzie barzelletterie, rowlf il cocker pianista, e animali di tutte le specie in grado di assumere sembianze antropomorfe. non sono mancati dei muppet umani, tra cui il cuoco svedese olaf e, come partecipanti stabili, statler e waldorf, una coppia di uomini anziani (spettatori seduti su un palco posto alla destra dell'ipotetico proscenio del teatro di posa) che erano soliti commentare i contenuti dello spettacolo con una vena polemica tipica del cliche' dei vecchietti brontoloni, e ai quali tocca la battuta conclusiva di ogni puntata, al termine della sigla finale.