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The Muppets have made many appearances in TV Guide over the years, on covers and in articles.

TV Guide has lent its name to the TV Guide Awards, the first of which featured an appearance by Big Bird, Roscoe Orman, and Ruth Buzzi, and the TV Guide Network, which has had Muppet, Jim Henson Company, and Sesame Street segments on its programs Hollywood 411 and inFANity.

A few episodes of Dinosaurs, including "Baby Talk," "Network Genius," and "Wilderness Weekend," spoof the magazine as TV Guide Book.

Citations are of the US publication of the magazine, except where noted.

US Covers

Cover Description
December 12-18, 1970: "Trust Old Ed" -- A behind-the-scenes article on The Great Santa Claus Switch.
July 10-16, 1971
August 6-12, 1977: "Behind Every Great Muppet... Stands Jim Henson"
August 9-15, 1980
August 1-7, 1981 : "Life at Le Top: Miss Piggy talks about TV, the frog she loves, and why she doesn't give an oink about awards."
February 18-24, 1989
March 3-9, 1990; cover by Michael J. Smollin
November 17-23, 1990
April 27 - May 3, 1991
October 30 - November 5, 1993
November 13-19, 1993
March 16-22, 1996
March 15-21, 1997
April 6-12, 2002: "Muppet Mania" -- A short article about the Muppets' 25th anniversary, including plans for the Muppet Action Figures, busts, and Time-Life video and DVD releases, as well as It's a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie and the series that was in development with FOX at the time. Kermit the Frog also appears on the cover.
November 9-15, 2009: "Sesame Street Turns 40": Cover story on Sesame Street's 40th Anniversary. Pictures on the contents page, and a four-page article on the anniversary.

International Covers

Cover Description
January 3-9, 1970 (international version)
August 6-12, 1976 (international version)
December 29, 1979 - January 4, 1980 (international version)
January 22-28, 1983 (international version): "Goodbye Muppets, Hello Fraggles" -- Six pages of images and article.
December 22-28, 1984 (international version): "Fraggle Rock Sings From The Heart" -- Article on Dennis Lee and Philip Balsam, with images.

Articles and Mentions

Cover Description
July 27 - August 2, 1963: "Taminella Grinderfall is a Muppet" -- Article on Jim Henson, Jane Henson, Frank Oz, and Jerry Juhl. Images of Taminella Grinderfall, King Goshposh, The RX Twins, Yorick and Kermit.
May 16-22, 1970: Feature and picture of the Muppets
July 11-17, 1970: "The Impact of Sesame Street"
April 22-28, 1972: "Jim Henson Is His Own Audience" -- Behind-the-scenes article on The Muppet Musicians of Bremen with images of Jim Henson, Frank Oz and others performing.
August 14-20, 1976: "An Impostor in the Ranks" -- Article on The Muppet Show with large group image.
October 2-8, 1976: "Has Sesame Street Really Done Any Good?"
January 7-13, 1978: "Sesame Street Goes To Hawaii"
Dec. 25-31, 1982 : "Sesame Street: Big Bird in China" - 2 pages with pictures of Big Bird
November 7-13, 2005: Two brief articles on page 7: "Sesame Street for Babies", concerning the Sesame Beginnings video series, and "Kermit's New Reality", concerning America's Next Muppet.
November 27, 2005: A Kermit the Frog keepsake ornament from Hallmark is pictured in a section called "Radar Holiday Gift Guide" on page 40, and a picture of the Kermit the Frog float from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is pictured on page 79.
December 5-11, 2005: An interview with Neil Patrick Harris reveals that Jim Henson is his idol. Grover is also pictured.
December 19-25, 2005: "Disney's Great Muppet Caper", an article concerning Disney cutting Kermit's 15-month 50th anniversary tour short.
July 31- August 6, 2006: First Look: "SVU, Sesame-Style": An article about an upcoming Sesame Street sketch, "Special Letters Unit", a parody of SVU. Also features a photo of the cast of this sketch.
Febuary 26 - March 4, 2007: Page 12 has a section on upcoming toys, one of which is a Singing Abby Cadabby doll.
August 6-12, 2007: In the "Breaking News" section, in the "In Brief" column on page 9, is a small article called "Muppets return to TV?", reporting that a pilot is in the works.
August 13-19, 2007: A picture of Oscar the Grouch and Anderson Cooper appears in the table of contents. Page 35 has an article about Sesame Street's 38th Season as part of their Family Fall Preview. Page 56 features an interview with Tina Fey about her appearance on Sesame Street.
April 20-May 3, 2009: An article about Neil Patrick Harris hosting the 2009 TV Land Awards is titled "How I Met Your Muppets". He lists Fraggle Rock as a "personal small-screen [favorite] of yesteryear". A photo of the Fraggles is also included.
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