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Die Muppet Show title card from season 1
First aired December 3, 1977
Last aired June 5, 1982
Network ZDF
Seasons 5
No. of episodes 120
Die Muppet Show title card from season 2 on
Die Muppet Show title card from season 2 on
Die Muppet Show title card as it appears at the end of the opening credits from season 2 on
Mary Roos singing "Lean On Me"

Die Muppet Show is the German dub of The Muppet Show. The series aired on German network ZDF from 1977 until 1982.

As part of the partnership between ZDF and Henson/ATV, the original syndication package was not only dubbed but also contained a few specific alterations tailored to the German market, in some ways foreshadowing the international versions of Fraggle Rock. A new opening sequence was prepared, identical to the English language version but with a Die Muppet Show sign, and occasional new footage of Kermit was filmed to better match the German dialogue.

The series also included one new guest star, singer Mary Roos, who performed a German version of "Lean on Me" with Rowlf the Dog, Animal, and others, in place of the "In My Life" number in episode 121. This was also the only episode to feature a guest star's singing dubbed completely in German, with Twiggy's "Ain't Nobody's Business But My Own" translated. The Muppets' solo numbers were always dubbed (generally with different singing voices rather than the usual speaking voices), but as is common with Muppet Show translations, the guest star's musical sequences were always in English, as were any additional contributions from the Muppets.

All new footage for Die Muppet Show was taped in London and later redubbed. Eberhard Storeck, who also supplied character voices, was the dialogue director and translator. His contributions included changing the nationality of The Swedish Chef, becoming "The Danish Cook," and replacing his sing-song opening with a chant of "Smørrebrød, Smørrebrød røm, pøm, pøm, pøm," in reference to Danish butter bread.




English Name German Name German Voice Actor
Kermit the Frog Kermit der Frosch Horst Gentzen
Miss Piggy   Marianne Wischmann
Fozzie Bear Fozzie Bär Bruno W. Pantel
Gonzo Der große Gonzo Werner Abrolat
Scooter   Christina Hoeltel (speaking)
Eberhard Storeck (singing)
Rowlf   Michael Rüth
Statler and Waldorf   Manfred Lichtenfeld,
Walter Reichelt
The Swedish Chef Der dänische Koch Eberhard Storeck
Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Dr. Honigtau Bunsenbrenner Kurt Zips
Beaker   Eberhard Storeck
Sam the Eagle Sam der amerikanische Adler Wolf Ackva
Dr. Teeth Dr. Goldzahn Paul Friedrichs, Heini Göbel (speaking)
Manfred Lichtenfeld (singing)
Animal Das Tier Harald Baerow (early episodes)
Eberhard Storeck (later episodes)
Floyd Pepper   Paul Lasner
Janice   Helen von Münchhofen
Zoot   Harald Baerow
Beauregard   Donald Arthur
Robin   Eberhard Storeck
Link Hogthrob Kapitän Link Ringelschwanz Harald Baerow (early episodes)
Eberhard Storeck (later episodes)
Dr. Julius Strangepork Dr. Julius Speckschwarte Mogens von Gadow (first episodes)
Paul Bürks (later episodes)
The Newsman Der Nachrichtensprecher Franz Rudnick
Lew Zealand   Michael Habeck
Pops   Peter Capell
Sweetums   Herbert Weicker (speaking)
Crazy Harry Crazy Donald (first two seasons)
Crazy Harry thereafter
Eberhard Storeck
Wayne and Wanda   Harald Baerow,
Monika Grewing
The Announcer Der Ansager Franz Rudnick
Louis Kazagger   Reinhard Glemnitz
George the Janitor George der Hausmeister Walter Ofiera
Uncle Deadly Der tödliche Onkel/
Onkel Tödlich
Eberhard Storeck
Talking Houses Unknown Margit Weinert
(House #2)

This article uses material from the "Die Muppet Show" article on the Muppet wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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