Kermit The Frog’s Origins & Sesame Street Connection Explained


While Kermit the Frog was on Sesame Street earlier than The Muppet Show, the character truly pre-dates Jim Henson’s long-running kids’s present.

Kermit the Frog first appeared on Sesame Street in 1969 earlier than The Muppet Show premiered in 1976, however the long-running kids’s present did not introduce the beloved character. The pleasant frog puppet is understood for his roles as a information reporter and a TV producer within the completely different exhibits he is appeared on, in addition to his romantic historical past with Miss Piggy. He’s a well-recognized face to generations of youngsters who’ve grown up listening to him declare, “Hi-ho! Kermit the Frog here!” As one in every of Jim Henson’s first creations, Kermit truly debuted in 1955 — though not on a program many have even heard of.

Kermit the Frog is arguably probably the most iconic of all of Muppets, and maintains in style tradition relevancy, regardless of having been launched over 60 years in the past. He is often the main target of Muppet properties and merchandise — he is even a preferred picture in memes! The character is down-to-earth, endlessly likable, and surprisingly relatable (for a puppet frog).

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Puppeteer, filmmaker, and Muppets creator Jim Henson (who additionally breathed life into different well-known Muppet Show characters like Big Bird, Cookie Monster, and extra) created the primary Kermit puppets in 1955 — made out of coat materials and ping pong balls — whereas he was a school freshman. An area Washington D.C. tv community was dazzled by Henson’s puppetry on one in every of their exhibits entitled Afternoon with Inga, swiftly providing the chance for his personal present with them. And that is the place Kermit first obtained his huge break by way of this system Sam and Friends. Airing at evening, the present launched Kermit whereas he was nonetheless a extra lizard-like model of his character, not fairly but America’s favourite lovable frog.

Jim Henson and Kermit

Henson finally based his personal studio (which he dubbed Muppets Inc.), and Kermit’s rise to fame started. The character appeared on The Today Show and The Ed Sullivan Show. In 1969, Henson teamed up with Joan Ganz Cooney, who helped spearhead what would develop into the culturally iconic kids’s TV collection Sesame Street (now out there to stream on HBO Max). Kermit was even prominently featured within the pitch reel that the present used to promote this system. In Sesame Street‘s early years, Kermit frequently taught the viewers about studying and counting. Kermit first sang his iconic track, “It’s Not Easy Being Green” on the youngsters’s present.

In 1976, Henson used Kermit as a fundamental point of interest in his new collection The Muppet Show, which produced within the United Kingdom however was picked up and launched by way of CBS within the United States. It was on this present that the world met characters like starlet Miss Piggy, aspiring comic Fozzie Bear and annoyed efficiency artist Gonzo (aka “Gonzo the Great). The Muppet Show took the world by storm, and their TV success led to subsequent film releases corresponding to The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, and The Muppets Take Manhattan within the late ’70s and early ’80s. The Muppets are nonetheless a robust franchise as we speak, and Kermit stays on the forefront: fretting over the main points and charming audiences within the course of.

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