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Teen Titans

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The Teen Titans
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Former Members
Aquagirl I (deceased), Argent, Arsenal, Atom II, Battalion (wiped out of existence), Bumblebee, Captain Marvel, Jr., Cyborg, Damage, Deathstroke, Dove I (deceased), Dove II, Flamebird III, Flash III, Dark Flash, Fringe, Gnarrk, Golden Eagle, Green Lantern V, Hawk I (deceased), Hawk III (deceased), Hornblower, Hotspot, Jericho, Jesse Quick, Killowatt (wiped out of existence), Chris King, Kole (deceased), Little Barda (deceased), Mas y Menos, Minion, Mirage, Molecule (deceased), Nightrider (wiped out of existence), Nightwing, Offspring, Omen (deceased), Osiris (deceased), Pantha (deceased), Phantasm (deceased), Power Boy (deceased), Prestor Jon (wiped out of existence), Prysm, Ravager IV, Raven, Robin II, Robin III, Red Star, Redwing, Red Devil (deceased), Riddler's Daughter (deceased), Risk, Speedy II, Starfire II, Supergirl, Talon II, Tempest II (deceased), Terra I (deceased), Terra II (deceased), Troia, Young Frankenstein, Zatara II


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Three junior sidekicks began adventuring together. Upon Wonder Girl joining the group, they officially became known as the Teen Titans.

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History

First Team

The Teen Titans were a team of young super-heroes who were the former sidekicks to older, more experienced heroes. They first came together when Robin, Aqualad and Kid Flash responded to an emergency taking place in the hamlet village known as Hatton Corners. There they fought a mysterious villain calling himself Mister Twister. After defeating Mister Twister and robbing him of his elemental powers, the three young heroes decided to band together as the Teen Titans. [1]This decision was supported by their respective mentors, Batman, Aquaman and the Flash.

Their first actual mission as the Teen Titans also yielded the team’s first recruit – Wonder Girl. Donna Troy was a young heroine raised on Paradise Island under the tutelage of her mentor Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman’s mother Queen Hippolyta. Another charter member was Roy Harper, the archer known as Speedy. Though present since the team’s inception, Speedy did not always attend team meetings or share in all of their adventures. Their first adventure brought them to the town of Midville where they fought against Jake Trask – the Separated Man. The Separated Man had been terrorizing the town's "Teen Government for a Day" Project. [2] Subsequent adventures brought them into conflict with a band of criminals impersonating a pop band named the Flips [3] as well as a giant robot known as El Conquistadore. [4] After unveiling the mystery behind the so-called "Beast-God of Xochatan", the Titans established themselves in their first headquarters – Titans Lair. [5] Titans Lair was an underground facility that once served as a records storage warehouse for Wayne Enterprises. The team prospered and went on to encounter several strange villains such as car-club hot-rodder Ding Dong Daddy and Carnaby Street fashion designer the Mad Mod.

In time, the Teen Titans met a millionaire industrialist named Loren Jupiter. [6] Jupiter was putting together a training program designed to help young heroes work within a team dynamic. The Titans agreed to work under Jupiter’s tutelage and met several more heroes who would eventually become part of the team. While pursuing criminals linked to the NG3 organization (secretly backed by aliens from Dimension X), the Titans met the heroes Hawk and Dove who had likewise been on the trail of NG3 leader "The Fat Man". Hawk and Dove would soon become close allies as well as team members. Also at this time, the orphan empath Lilith Clay joined Loren Jupiter's organization as well as amateur boxer Mal Duncan. One of the more bizarre heroes to join the Teen Titans was the time-lost cave boy Gnarrk. Gnarrk formed an empathic bond with Lilith Clay and the two later became lovers.

The New Teen Titans

When a being known as Raven sends out a distress call for Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Cyborg, Beast Boy, and Starfire the teens band together as the NEW Teen Titans to fight Trigon, Raven's demond father.

After defeating the being, Trigon, the teens banded together as the official second Teen Titans team!

Team Titans

The Team Titans hailed from a near-distant alternate future where they functioned as an analog to the modern day Teen Titans. When a villain known as Lord Chaos became the supreme monarch of the future, the Titans discovered that the only way to stop him was to travel backwards in time and prevent the circumstances which led to his birth. They discovered that Lord Chaos was the son of Donna Troy and her husband Terry Long. Donna Troy, naturally refused to take any course of action that would lead to her child's death, and elected instead to excise her own powers, so that the child would not inherit any superhuman abilities of his own. With the exception of Mirage and Terra, the future timeline of the Team Titans was erased from existence following the events of "Zero Hour".

It was also during Zero Hour that long-time Justice League member, the Atom, was regressed in age to the physical age of seventeen. This chronal alteration would soon after draw the Atom into the Teen Titans legacy.

The Atom's Teen Titans

A small contingent of Psions were captured and enslaved by an alien race known as the H'San Natall. It was the H'San Natall's intention to seed the planet Earth with various sleeper agents whose bodies would be genetically modified to harness great power and fight against Earth's superhuman populace. The H'San Natall enslaved a number of Psions and put them to work bringing their plans to fruition from a laboratory on the moon of Titan. For sixteen years, the Psions monitored the progress of eight genetically altered humans, one of whom, Audrey Spears, was raised in a virtual reality chamber on Titan. Audrey, and three other of her fellow seeds escaped Titan with the help of the (now teenaged) hero known as the Atom. Kidnapping a Psion scientist named Dorek, they returned to the world of their birth and became the second group of young heroes to call themselves the Teen Titans. [7]

This group of Titans consisted of five initial members:

  • The Atom (Ray Palmer): Former Justice League member with the ability to shrink to subatomic size; now regressed to a teenager
  • Argent (Toni Monetti): Spoiled Jersey Girl who could generate blasts of silver plasma and form simple geometric shapes.
  • Joto (Isaiah Crockett): Whiz kid who could generate concentrated thermal energy from his hands and use that energy to absorb information from objects.
  • Prysm (Audrey Spears): Raised on Titan, Prysm could absorb and refract ultraviolet radiation for a variety of effects.
  • Risk (Cody Driscoll): The ultimate risk-taker, Cody possessed superhuman strength, stamina and endurance.

The Titans initially lived at the Solar Tower in Metropolis where they were chaperoned by billionaire philanthropist Loren Jupiter, reformed criminal Neil Richards and the mysterious Omen.

Their first mission as a team pitted them against Pylon and his organization, the Veil. Pylon's goal was to study and eradicate all alien lifeforms from the planet Earth, regardless as to whether or not they posed a viable threat. He had managed to capture the alien savage known as Fringe, as well as Supergirl. The Teen Titans teamed up with Nightwing, Robin and Captain Marvel, Jr. to rescue them. Through this, the Titans learned that Fringe was an experiment of the H'San Natall as well. [8]

A few weeks following this mission, the Titans moved out of the Solar Tower and relocated to a state-of-the-art apartment above Knock Out Video in downtown Metropolis. [9]

Soon after, the Titans encountered their first super-villain, Dark Nemesis. Dark Nemesis had been hired by Pylon to capture the Titans so that he could study their powers. The villains baited the Titans into a trap at the Mall of the Universe in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Titans lost their first battle against Dark Nemesis and they were captured and imprisoned inside containment cubes designed to negate their powers. The Atom however, succeeded in freeing them, and the Titans fought back, ultimately defeating their adversaries. [10]

This event immediately led the Titans on a journey to the lost world of Skartaris to rescue their missing teammate, Prysm. During this adventure, the Titans teamed up with Warlord Travis Morgan and his wife Queen Tara against the forces of the evil sorceress, Motalla. They succeeded in rescuing Prysm as well as Warlord's daughter, Jennifer Morgan. [11] On their way home from Skartaris, the Titans made an impromptu stop at Lost Junction, Canada, where they were forced to contend with a community of cannibals. [12]

The Titans

The Titans is made up of ex-members of the Teen Titans who have passed the maximum age limit to be able to join the Teen Titans. Dick Grayson was a Teen Titan member as Robin, Wally West as Kid Flash, Roy Harper as Speedy. The other members have remained with the same identity from childhood to adulthood

Third Incarnation

The deaths of Lilith and Donna Troy resulted in the dissolution of both the Titans and Young Justice. From this tragedy however, a new incarnation of the team emerged, once again calling themselves the Teen Titans. The initial roster for this team consisted of three veteran Titans: Changeling (now calling himself Beast Boy once again), Cyborg and Starfire. Four members of the defunct Young Justice were brought in as their charges: Robin, Impulse, Superboy and Wonder Girl. Cyborg was tasked with training the younger heroes in the tradition of the Titans. To this end, he designed and built a new Titans Tower located in San Francisco, California. [13] The first foe to face this new team of Titans was their old adversary Deathstroke. Deathstroke however, was actually possessed by the spirit of his late son Jericho. Controlling Deathstroke's body, Jericho wanted to make an example of the Teen Titans to prove to the world that kids shouldn't wear costumes. During this conflict, Jericho/Deathstroke succeeded in crippling the speedster Impulse. Though he quickly recuperated, the experience forced him to appreciate the tradition of the Titans legacy, so he changed his code name to Kid Flash after former Titan Wally West. The Titans succeeded in driving Jericho out of Deathstroke’s body whereupon they downloaded his essence onto disk drive which they secured away inside the Tower. [14]

Their next trial brought them against another former adversary of the New Teen Titans – the Church of Blood. The High Priest of the Church of Blood was a sixteen-year-old boy named Sebastian who ascended to the post (as per the tradition of the cult) through patricide. As the new Brother Blood, Sebastian captured former Titans member Raven. It was at this time that the cult was revealed to be worshipers of Raven's demonic father Trigon. In an occult ritual, Brother Blood wed Raven and sought to claim her power as his own. The Teen Titans fought against the Church of Blood and Raven was freed. Reborn into a younger human body, Raven rejoined the Teen Titans. Shortly after this adventure, Starfire left the group to join the Outsiders, but still teamed up with the Teen Titans on a regular basis. [15]

Shortly thereafter, a man from Beast Boy's past named Doctor Samuel Register attempted to replicate the conditions that produced Beast Boy's ability to change into different animals. Calling himself the Zoologist, he released a virus that transformed dozens of San Francisco children into animals. Register infected himself with the rare Sakutia virus that once affected Beast Boy and gained the ability to turn into a wide array of animals (albeit purple in color). Beast Boy and the Zoologist fought one another and Garfield eventually defeated him. An antivirus was created and released into the atmosphere turning all of the children back to normal. [16]

The Teen Titans' next adventure brought them one-thousand years into Earth's future. They teamed up with the Legion of Super-Heroes to battle a five-hundred member strong army of the Fatal Five. The Fatal Five-Hundred (as they were called) were made up of one-hundred versions of the team, all of whom hailed from alternate dimensions. During the battle, Superboy used the Persuader's Atomic Axe to open a rift, sending all of the dimensional counterparts back to their dimension of origin. As a result however, the Legion likewise were lost to infinity. [17] While attempting to return to home, the Titans were sidetracked to an alternate timeline some ten years into the future of their normal timeline. Here they met older versions of themselves who had since adopted the legacies of their heroic forbearers. Unlike the real Teen Titans however, these "Titans of Tomorrow" had abandoned their previous ideals of heroism and adopted a might makes right attitude towards crime-fighting. Robin in particular was disgusted when he discovered that his older self was murdering criminals with a handgun while donning the name and costume of Batman. The Teen Titans met with a renegade group of former Titans from this timeline who referred to themselves as Titans East. The members of Titans East still maintained a sense of virtue and helped the time-lost Titans return to their own era by way of a Cosmic Treadmill. [18]

Robin was not the only one adversely affected by his experiences in the future. Superboy, who had for some time been wrestling with the truth that he was a partial clone of Lex Luthor, was greatly bothered to see his future self engage in acts of such wanton violence. Superboy’s apprehension proved justified when his teammates discovered that Lex Luthor had programmed a psychic trigger into his genetic make-up that caused him to turn into a violent, robotic drone. Under Luthor’s control, Superboy attacked his teammates, greatly injuring his girlfriend Wonder Girl in the process. It took the full might of both the Teen Titans and the Outsiders to halt Superboy’s rampage. Ultimately, Superboy returned to normal, but the damage to his psyche was grave. [19]

During this time, the Teen Titans accepted several new members into their ranks. The first was Mia Dearden, who had only recently taken up the mantle of Speedy, a name previously used by veteran Titan Roy Harper. They also recruited Dawn Granger, the second hero to uphold the name of Dove. Complimenting Dove was her sister Holly who assumed the role of Hawk. Hawk and Dove began their short tenure with the team during a massive battle in Philadelphia against another old Titans foe Doctor Light.

The Teen Titans played an integral part in a planetary catastrophe that has come to be known as "Infinite Crisis". During the Battle of Blüdhaven, Superman hand-picked Robin to coordinate rescue efforts in the beleaguered city after it had been attacked by Chemo. Several times during this crisis, the Titans found themselves in pitched battle against the insane Superboy of Earth-Prime. Their fight against Superboy-Prime came at great cost, when the bloodthirsty Kryptonian brutally slaughtered several former Titans including Baby Wildebeest, Bushido and Pantha. Risk was also seriously maimed when Prime tore his arm off and would have died from substantial blood loss if not for the efforts of Raven. The Titans' greatest loss however was when one of their own, Superboy, sacrificed his own life to stop the machinations of Superboy-Prime's puppet master, Alexander Luthor. A special memorial to Superboy was erected in Centennial Park in Metropolis next to the one honoring Superman. [20]

The death of Superboy caused a dramatic shake-up in the team roster. Cyborg had been injured during the Crisis, Starfire was missing in action and Raven had departed from the team for a special mission. Beast Boy left the group to rejoin his original outfit the Doom Patrol. Kid Flash disappeared into the Speed Force during the Crisis and had come back four years older and seemingly powerless. Hawk and Dove had quit and Speedy left the team for a six-month training session on the Marshall Islands with her mentor Green Arrow. Robin, still reeling from the aftershocks of Superboy's death, tried in vain to re-clone him from skin samples he had obtained. Each effort however, met with failure. To fill the vacuum left behind by the absent Titans, Robin and Wonder Girl began auditioning new members. Several neophyte heroes tried out for the roster including Molecule, Little Barda, Miss Martian and Zachary Zatara. At this time, Deathstroke's daughter Rose Wilson, having abandoned her chosen career as a criminal, was accepted into the ranks of the Teen Titans as well. Wonder Girl however, did not support Rose's inclusion on the team, and the two continue to despise one another to this day. Of those that tried out, the only other member who remained with the team was the young alien Miss Martian.

The Titans tried to track down Raven who had been missing ever since the Crisis. Their efforts led them halfway across the world where they had encounters with Russian super-agent Red Star and the atomic heroine Bombshell. At this time, Brother Blood returned to menace them and once again tried to claim Raven as his own. During the ensuing fight, Bombshell revealed herself as a traitor, and Miss Martian proved her loyalty to the Titans by fighting valiantly against her. When the debacle against Brother Blood concluded, the reason behind Raven's disappearance became known. Having taken the disk containing the life energy of Jericho, she used magic and Brother Blood's Pool of Blood to resurrect Jericho in a new body. Free of the evil impulses that once dominated him, Jericho returned to Titans Tower as a normal human being. [21]

Jericho's father Deathstroke soon learned of his son's resurrection and sought to make sure that both Rose and he had a place amongst the Titans. In order to facilitate a suitable family environment for his offspring, Deathstroke engaged in an elaborate scheme to force the Titans to accept Rose and Joey into their ranks. To this end, he recruited several super-powered individuals into a new Titans East. Titans East and the Teen Titans battled one another in a fight that brought them all the way back to New York and the original Titans Island. In the end, the Titans proved victorious, but Deathstroke managed to elude capture. Neither Rose nor Jericho learned of the true motivations behind their father's actions.

This was also the period when two more former Titans lost their lives through acts of violence. A rogue Monitor named Solomon assassinated Duela Dent, the Titans West member who once called herself the Joker's Daughter. It was discovered at this time that Duela was actually an anomaly from a divergent reality designated Earth-3. [22] Likewise, Bart Allen returned from the Speed Field now physically older than he was when he first entered it. After a very brief stint as the Flash, Bart was murdered by the Rogues Gallery. [23]

In the midst of unending chaos and death, two more members joined the Teen Titans. Kid Devil, former sidekick to Shadowpact member Blue Devil, joined the group shortly before the battle with Titans East. Supergirl also joined the team, but her actions following the "Amazons Attack" incident caused a rift between Wonder Girl and she and she left the team after only a few adventures. Jaime Reyes, the new Blue Beetle began associating with the Titans, but has not officially joined the team.

The Titans later participated in a second confrontation with the Titans of Tomorrow, this time accompanied by the cosmic threat of Starro. They also crossed paths with a new team of young villains called the Terror Titans.

Titans Together

A second team consisting of the older Titans formed shortly after the Teen Titans' battle against Starro and the Titans Tomorrow. Having distanced himself from the San Francisco team, Cyborg began recruiting young heroes into a new iteration of Titans East. Some members such as Anima had served with the roster in previous incarnations. Others, were amateur heroes like Power Boy and Little Barda who had little experience working with a team dynamic. Cyborg suspected that Power Boy was dangerous and primarily invited him to the group so he could keep an eye on him. During a training exercise on Titans Island, a mysterious assailant attacked the neophyte heroes and Power Boy was killed in the onslaught. Other recruits such as Hawk and Dove and Lagoon Boy were also greatly injured. [24] News of this incident reached the former members of the New Teen Titans and the heroes reformed the Titans to investigate the matter. They soon discovered that the threat originated with the spawn of one of their most dangerous foes ever – Trigon. [25]

Deathtrap

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Shortly after the "Final Crisis" event, the Teen Titans experienced another major roster shake-up. Long-time leader Tim Drake quit the team in the wake of the apparent death of his mentor, Batman. The reigns of leadership were handed over to Wonder Girl who had an open enrollment session, in search of new members. Many of those who arrived for the membership drive involved neophyte heroes who were formerly prisoners of the Clock King and brainwashed into participating in gladiatorial combat at the Dark Side Club. After carefully analyzing all of the potential recruits, the final roster consisted of: Wonder Girl, Aquagirl, Blue Beetle, Bombshell, Kid Eternity, Miss Martian, Ravager, Static and a now-powerless Eddie Bloomberg. [26]

Immediately after its formation, the Teen Titans teamed up with their older East Coast counterparts, the Titans, in order to stop an insane Jericho from killing dozens of people in a trendy New York restaurant. This debacle also brought the Teen Titans into conflict with a new Vigilante, who had been operating in New York and Gotham City for several months. Both teams succeeded in defeating Jericho, but it was the Vigilante who dealt the villain a crippling blow by removing his eyes – the source of his powers.

Shortly after this "Deathtrap" affair, Ravager reevaluated her position on the team. Although she had developed close ties with Eddie Bloomberg, she was not particularly well-liked by her peers and often came into conflict with Wonder Girl and Bombshell. Ravager decided that it would be better served to leave the team and she struck out on her own. [27]

Publishing History

Teen Titans I (1966-1978)

The original team of Teen Titans were the sidekicks of the major superheroes in the Justice League of America. The original team consisted of Robin, Wonder Girl, Kid Flash, Aqualad, and at times Speedy (Speedy was considered more of a special guest hero until the latter part of the series).

The original team first appeared in Brave and the Bold #54, which the Teen Titans were only Robin, Kid Flash, and Aqualad in which they fought Mister Twister. At the end of the issue, the group decided to become a team. Then in Brave and the Bold #60, they decided to add Wonder Girl. Finally, the last appearance before Teen Titans had it's own comic book, was Showcase #59. A few months after this issue was released, Teen Titans officialy became it's own comic book.

In 1973, the book was cancelled with issue Teen Titans #43. Finally, after three years of fans wanting the book to come back, Teen Titans started back up with issue #44 of November of 1976. The book lasted two more years, with the addition of Bumblebee, Bat-Girl (Bette Kane), and Golden Eagle. The book ended with issue #53 in 1978.

New Teen Titans (1980-1996)

After the original series of Teen Titans ended in 1978, a new team of Titans were introduced in DC Comics Presents #26. The new team of Teen Titans in this issue were Robin (Dick Grayson), Kid Flash (Wally West) and Wonder Girl (Donna Troy).

A few months after this preview was released, the series began with writer Marv Wolfman and artist George Pérez. When the book started in November of 1980, the team of Teen Titans were Robin (Dick Grayson), Wonder Girl (Donna Troy), Kid Flash (Wally West), Changeling, Cyborg, Starfire and Raven. The team started when Raven needed help to destroy her father, Trigon. After they beat him, the team remained together.

The teams first villain after Trigon was Deathstroke the Terminator, who had a contract to kill the Teen Titans. After a while, Deathstroke got help from a girl named Terra, to spy on the Titans and get all the info he needs to destroy the team. Terra betrayed the Titans and then eventually died after being confused about what's going on.

The book went to a second series, adding characters such as Jericho, Phantasm, Pantha, Red Star, Damage, Green Lantern (Kyle Rayner), Impulse (Bart Allen), Minion, Supergirl and Baby Wildebeest.

Team Titans (1992-1994)

Team Titans was a series based off The New Titans that lasted only 24 issues. The Titans in this book was nothing like the teams that people has seen in the past. The team consisted of Terra, Killowatt, Dagon, Prestor Jon, Redwing and Battalion. But in Zero Hour, Killowat, Dagon, Prestor Jon, Redwing and Battalion were erased from history, thus ending the series.

Teen Titans II (1996-1998)

Just like the Team Titans book, this book was unpopular and lasted twenty-four issues. None of the members had any relation to the original Teen Titans. that adding Captain Marvel Jr. was added to the team, but the sales didn't go up when he joined and the book ended in 1998 with issue 24.

The Titans (1999-2002)

This team consisted of the original team and some of other teams. The team conisted of Nightwing, Donna Troy, Arsenal, Flash (Wally West), Starfire, Cyborg, Beast Boy, Damage and Argent. This was book lasted 50 issues and was very popular. Between Teen Titans vol. 2 and The Titans, a group called Young Justice was formed.

Young Justice (1998-2003)

This team was a similar group of the original Teen Titans. Young Justice consisted of Robin, Superboy, Impulse, Wonder Girl (Cassie Sandsmark), Arrowette, Empress, Secret, Flamebird, Batgirl, Beast Boy, Lagoon Boy, Lil' Lobo and The Ray.

Both The Titans and Young Justice split up during The Titans/Young Justice: Graduation Day special in 2003. During Graduation Day, Donna Troy and Lillth died. For more info on Young Justice, go to the Young Justice page on Wikipedia.

Teen Titans III (2003-2007)

The Outsiders had Nightwing and Arsenal leading the team. The old team (Batman and the Outsiders instead of Nightwing and the Outsiders) returned the Outsiders were doing great. When Nightwing took a break for awhile and the Outsiders let in Captain Marvel Junior. This series of Teen Titans was started by Geoff Johns as the writer, and artist Mike McKone. The original lineup of the current series consisted of Starfire, Raven, Kid Flash, Robin (Tim Drake), Wonder Girl II, Cyborg, Superboy and Beast Boy. Starfire left in the middle of the series, being replaced by Speedy in issue 21. Superboy left the team in issue 26 and died in Infinite Crisis #6.

One Year Later

After Infinite Crisis and World War III, "One Year Later" started with a new team of Teen Tians. The team started out as Robin, Wonder Girl, Cyborg, Ravager, and Kid Devil. Robin was trying to clone Superboy, but to this date, all of Robins' attempts have failed. Wonder Girl officialy joined the new team in issue 38. The first arc after OYL started was Titans Around the World in which they were trying to find Raven. Also, they was a traitor who was working for Deathstroke. The team found out that the traitor was Bombshell and was almost killed by Ravager. The most current story arc was Titans East in which Deathstroke put together a team of villains to get Ravager and Jericho (his kids) back to his side. In issue 45, Duela Dent helped the Titans, turning into a hero. Batgirl came out of her craziness that Deathstroke put in her. Nightwing, Donna Troy, Flash IV (Bart Allen), Raven, Cyborg and Duela Dent helped the Titans beat Titans East. When the Titans East team were defeated, Intertia helped Deathstroke escape.

In Countdown #51, Duela Dent was killed by a monitor and a funeral was held in Countdown #48 and Teen Titans #47. Jericho took control of Match, a Titans East member, and is believed to be Conner Kent inside of Match. A clue that might be Conner in Match is when he yelled "Wonder Girl!" in Teen Titans (Volume 3) #47. Jericho couldn't control the power of Match and when Wonder Girl tries to get over Conner, she has to face Match and tell him to stop. She says, "It's okay Match. It's me." When she says that, Jericho takes control of Match's body again.

Sean McKeever and Alé Garza took over the title as the regular writer and artist of the series beginning with issue #50.

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Paraphernalia

Equipment: Donna Troy's Golden Lasso; Lasso of Lightning; Utility Belt
Transportation: T-Jet; T-Sub; Wingcycle

Notes

  • Although this character was originally introduced during DC's Earth-One era of publication, their existence following the events of the 1985-86 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths remains intact. However, some elements of the character's Pre-Crisis history may have been altered or removed for Post-Crisis New Earth continuity, and should be considered apocryphal.

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The following is a list of Muppet Mentions made in TV shows outside of the Henson/Sesame fold, all of which are too brief or minor to constitute having their own page in the TV Mentions category. See also: Minor Movie Mentions.

6teen

An animated Canadian sitcom set in the fictional "Galleria Shopping Mall", and follows an ensemble cast of six sixteen-year-old friends as they explore their first part-time jobs and lives as teenagers.

In episode, "Boo, Dude," Jen Masterson has to dress up as a pig for Halloween at her job and one guy says, "Yo Miss Piggy, digging the snout, man."

The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3

In the episode, "Sneaky Lying Cheating Giant Ninja Koopas," a giant parrot laments the Koopas using its giant cage to capture Mario's companions: "My whole life was in that cage! My Big Bird poster, my 'Worms From Outer Space' comics..."

Baby Looney Tunes

Warner Bros. animated series featuring infantilized versions of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and other classic Looney Tunes characters. The premise of the show, with the characters in a nursery under the watchful eye of Granny, is very similar to Muppet Babies.

Episode Unknown: When the TV breaks down, the babies use a cardboard box to make their own TV and shows. One of the shows, "Caraway Street," is a parody of Sesame Street. Bugs dresses as a character named "Shmo" (a parody of Elmo), Tweety is a character named "Bird" (a parody of Big Bird), and Taz is a character named "The Grump" (a parody of Oscar the Grouch) who lives in a crate. The show is sponsored by the letter "scribble" and the number "1,000,000,000,000,000,000." ("The other show took all the others.")

Connections
  • Rick Lyon puppeteered Baby Bugs in a Baby Looney Tunes puppet video pilot.

Beavis and Butt-head

Beavis: Well, Miss Piggy's kinda hot.
Butt-head: That fat pig?
Beavis: Shut up, Butt-head! I like 'em with a little meat on their bones.
  • During the music video, The Family Ghost by King Diamond, Beavis says that the lead singer looks like the Count. Butt-head agrees and does an imitation of Count as he counts four buttknockers with the trademark laugh.
  • During the music video, Mockingbirds by Grant Lee Buffalo, Butt-Head notice there are a lot of big Muppet-like birds there and then Beavis talks about Big Bird and how he never poops.
Connections
  • Bruce Willis voiced Muddy Grimes in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Demi Moore voiced Dallas Grimes in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Cloris Leachman -voiced Old Woman in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • Robert Stack voiced ATF Agent Flemming in Beavis and Butt-head Do America
  • David Letterman voiced Mötley Crüe Roadie #1 - a.k.a. Butt-Head's Dad (credited as Earl Hofert) in Beavis and Butt-head Do America

Better Off Ted

In the episode, "Change We Can't Believe In", Veronica (Portia de Rossi) calls scientists Phil (Jonathan Slavin) and Lem (Malcolm Barrett) "Bunsen" and "Beaker".

The Big Bang Theory

In the season three episode "The Gothowitz Deviation", Howard Wolowitz and his friend Raj attempt to attract women at a Goth nightclub and end up at a tattoo parlor. Wolowitz flips through a catalog of designs, and can't decide on either a screaming devil, a "mean little skull", or Kermit the Frog. He tries to convince his date with an impression: "Hi ho, I'm on Howard's butt!"

The Bob Newhart Show

The second season episode "The Last TV Show" deals with psychologist Robert Hartley appearing on a public television show. His neighbor Howard Borden says, "Oh, I love public television. They have such interesting people on: William F. Buckley, David Susskind, The Muppets."

Connections
  • Peter Bonerz played Jerry Robinson
  • H. B. Haggerty played the Hammer in "Ex-Con Job"
  • Mariette Hartley played Marilyn Dietz in "Have You Met Miss Dietz?"
  • Raul Julia played Greg Robinson in "Oh, Brother!"
  • Bruce Kirby played Dr. Klein in "Fit, Fat and Forty One"
  • Penny Marshall played a stewardess in "Fly the Unfriendly Skies" and Miss Larson (1972-1973)
  • Pat Morita played the bartender in "Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry"
  • Howard Morris played Shorty Vance in "Jerry's Retirement"
  • Bob Newhart played Dr. Robert Hartley
  • Tom Patchett wrote several episodes, served as executive producer and story consultant from the third season onward, and appeared as David Robbins in "Mister Emily Hartley" and Dave Death in "If Death Be My Destiny."
  • John Ritter played Dave in "Sorry, Wrong Mother"
  • Richard Schaal played Chuck Brock in "Goodnight Nancy" and Don in "By the Way.... You're Fired" and "Life Is a Hamburger"
  • Jay Tarses wrote several episodes, served as executive producer and story consultant from the third season onward, and appeared as a waiter in "Mister Emily Hartley" and "Enter Mrs. Peeper"
  • Fred Willard played John Tobin in "Tobin's Back in Town"
  • Henry Winkler played Miles Lascoe in "Clink Shrink"

Boston Legal

In the season two episode "Stick It," Paul Lewiston's daughter Rachel can be seen cleaning up her daughter's toys. Clearly visible in one shot is The Sesame Street Treasury Volume 8.

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Braingames

In the game "Faces" in the pilot episode, a distorted image had two Fraggles Red and Mokey. In the game "Museum Misstakes" in the second episode, a 1663 Dutch family pic has a TV set with Cookie Monster.

Castle

In the first season episode "Home Is Where The Heart Stops," Rick Castle (Nathan Fillion) refers to the main suspect in a murder case as a "perp." Two assisting detectives ask why writers always call them that, and offer a list of other names real cops call them. Among them are several pop culture references including Destro (from G.I. Joe), Sleestacks (from Land of the Lost) and Skeksis.

Connections
  • Lisa Waltz played Laurie Horn in "Hell Hath No Fury"

Chuck

On the third episode of Chuck, the title character's best friend and sister discuss Chuck's future:

Morgan: You don't understand. He is a fragile little gelding. You know? Still trying to find his legs. The real world will crush him.
Ellie: Do you know what a gelding is?
Morgan: [scoff] It's that weird creature from The Dark Crystal. "Smells like gelding"... that guy.
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The Cleveland Show

The fifth episode of the Family Guy spin-off, "Cleveland Junior's Cherry Bomb," depicts Cleveland and his son at a baseball game when the giant screen shows the "Kiss Cam." One of the couples making out is Ernie and Bert.

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Click and Clack's As the Wrench Turns

Satirical animated limited series aired on PBS in 2008 loosely inspired by Car Talk and featuring numerous jokes about public television and radio. In one episode, Big Bird and Cookie Monster beat up Click and Clack after their station fails to meet its fundraising goals.

In the episode "Campaign," Sal gambles away Click and Clack's fundraising money on a bet on whether or not the number of the day on Sesame Street will be even. After she discovers it is even (4), she angrily comments, "The Count is killing me this month!"

Comedy Central's Last Laugh 2005

Last Laugh 2005 was a TV special that aired on Comedy Central and opened with a number by William Shatner as The Devil.

In a public service announcement sketch spoof concerning the possible threat of the Avian Flu, a red bird puppet named Burt Flu teaches viewers about the disease, how to avoid it, and what they should and shouldn't do (demonstrated by child actors and some adults)

Burt then says that his brother "Big Bird" Flu will give out a list of more do's and don'ts. The camera cuts to a park where "Big Bird" Flu (full-body puppet like Big Bird of Sesame Street) is seen almost featherless, shaking, coughing and falling to the ground.

Community

Community is a comedy airing on NBC since 2009.

In the first season episode, "Introduction to Statistics," Troy and Abed share the following exchange using a gruff, Batman voice:

Troy: I'm Batman.
Abed: You sound like Cookie Monster.
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Corner Gas

Corner Gas is a TV show set in Dog River, Saskatchewan. It airs on CTV.

In the episode "TV Free Dog River", Dog River is competing against another town for who survives not watching TV for one week. However, Oscar offers to people "You want some Muppets? Or how about The Flintstones?

Connections

Eric Peterson played Oscar

The Critic

The Critic is an animated series that ran on ABC and FOX from 1994 to 1995 about a movie critic named Jay Sherman. In an episode guest starring Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert as themselves, Sherman is seduced by the two for a position as their co-host on their own TV show. As Ebert thumbs through a photo album, he points out a picture of he and Siskel from the year they went as Ernie and Bert for Halloween.

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Curb Your Enthusiasm

An HBO comedy starring Larry David, executive producer of Seinfeld, playing a fictional version of himself, his life following the successful series, and the odd situations he gets himself into, often due to his social awkwardness.

  • “The Nanny From Hell” (Season 3, episode 4)

Martine (Cheri Oteri), the nanny in the title, divulges she knows the secret from Susie Greene. (Susie Essman)

Martine: Hey congratulations!
Susie: Congratulations on what, dear?
Martine: (whispers) On the baby. Congratulations.
Susie: How did you know about that?
Martine: (motions to Larry) Big Bird told me.
  • “The Grand Opening” (Season 3, episode 10)

Larry has inadvertently broken both thumbs of food critic Andy Portico (Paul Wilson). Now both his hands are in casts.

Portico: I look like a fuckin’ Muppet.
  • “The Lefty Call” (Season 6, episode 4)

Larry and Richard Lewis (himself) argue over a couple wanting more children.

Richard: Who are you to them how many kids to have?
Larry: She’s got nine kids. C’mon, that’s plenty!
Richard: She wants more children!
Larry: How many does she need?”
Richard: Who the fuck are you, the Messiah? The Count?
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Da Ali G Show

In episode #4 of Season 1, Ali G conducts an interview with four media analysts. He mentions that he's learned a lot from watching Sesame Street and asks why there isn't a version of it for kids, oblivious that it's a kids' show to begin with.

The Dame Edna Experience

In the sixth episode of the first series (1987), Rudolf Nureyev appeared as a guest. He had this exchange with the hostess:

Dame Edna: Tell me your favorite partner. Who's your favorite partner, Rudolf?
Rudolf: Really, Miss Piggy.
Dame Edna: Miss Piggy? Well I've never really much seen the point of the Muppets. Is that silly of me? Perhaps it is. Call me old-fashioned! But I did love you on that show.

Dead Like Me

  • In the pilot, George considers talking to a little girl before saving her soul. After asking her name, she thinks to herself, "I didn't know what to say after that. I mean, it's not like they cover this sort of thing on Sesame Street."
  • In the episode "Curious George", a photographer uses a Tutter puppet to try and make Reggie smile for a family photo.
  • In the same episode, George and Mason have the following exchange:
George: I was dreaming about frogs.
Mason: Real ones, or like Kermit?

Degrassi: The Next Generation

  • In the episode "Ghost in the Machine, Pt. 2", Ashley Kerwin and Craig Manning are having a discussion about their rock band and fellow bandmembers.
Ashley: You know, you guys should try going a little more post-Emo. Still punk, but less mopey.
Craig: I don't think the other guys even know what regular Emo is. Spinner probably thinks it's a Muppet.
  • In the episode "Ladies' Night", Anya tricks Holly J. Sinclair into devouring a double chocolate chip cookie during a fast for charity, during which Holly is also secretly videotaped and shown to an auditorium. Later when Holly J. comes to speak in the auditorium, Anya introduces her as: "It's the Cookie Monster!" A student in the audience taunts in a gruff monstery voice, "Holly J. hungry!"

Dexter

  • In the episode "Crocodile", Rita (Julie Benz) serves Dexter (Michael C. Hall) a plate of cookies and tells him that he is "snarfing them down like the Cookie Monster".
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Dharma and Greg

  • In the season 5 episode "It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's ... My Wife" Kitty hired a decorator to design Greg's office at his father's company. In one of the designs, the Kermit Candlestick Phone, from the Kermit Collection, is on Greg's desk. When Edward is in the office the phone rings and he says "Your frog's ringing."
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Diff'rent Strokes

In the episode "Arnold's Hero", when Arnold's adopted father Mr. Drummond informs Arnold that he won't be able to meet Muhammad Ali as promised, he says that he'll make it up to him by taking him "to see the Muppet film, for the twelfth time."

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Dollhouse

  • In the tenth episode of the first season, "Haunted":
Jocelyn Bashford: [crying] God, I'm so emo.
Margaret Bashford: I have to say, there's a part of me that's not sad to see someone mourning my friend.
Jocelyn: Is that what this is?
Margaret: You lost your mother. It's only natural you'd be so elmo.
Jocelyn: Emo.
Margaret: That's not a word, sweetie.
  • In the first episode of the second season, "Vows":
[Claire wakes up Topher by sexually seducing him]
Topher Brink: What the hell? Are you drunk?
Claire Saunders: I'm just trying to be my best.
Topher: Whoah, I don't want your best.
Claire: [notices his arousal] Well, I think you do.
Topher: [covering his crotch] That is the minority vote. And you tricked it. Okay? A guy's asleep... could'a been Fozzie Bear and it would have...
Topher: [gestures]
Topher: Not that I think about Fozzie Bear.
Connections
  • Jane Espenson wrote two episodes and serves as Consulting Producer

Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist

In the episode "Pretzelkins" Ben is shown laying on his bed, watching "Sesame Street". The clip is very brief, showing Bert and Ernie on the television screen.

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Drawn Together

  • In the episode "Little Orphan Hero," Foxxy Love, Princess Clara, Spanky Ham and Ling Ling gather around the telephone They have triangular mouths and go "Yip yip yip yip yip...", like the Martians from Sesame Street. Episode director Peter Avanzino confirmed this on the Yahoo Group where he found the clip. [1]
  • The episode "Drawn Together Babies" spoofs Muppet Babies by telling the story of the characters as they were babies living together in a nursery. The opening theme is replaced with a direct spoof of the Muppet Babies opening sequence and portions of the episode cut to old black and white stock footage (ala the live-action cutaways on Muppet Babies).

Eek! the Cat

Eureka

  • The 12th episode of season 3 is titled "It's Not Easy Being Green." After members of a bowling team are turned green as a prank by the opposing team, Tess Fontana says that it's a pretty color. Sheriff Jack Carter replies, "Yeah, if you're a Muppet." Later during an argument, a bowler calls one of his green opponents, Kermit.
Connections
  • Colin Foo played a retired scientist in "Dr. Nobel" (2006)
  • Matt Frewer played Jim Taggart (2006-2007)

Everwood

A television drama that ran on the WB network from 2002 to 2006.

In the episode "The Great Doctor Brown," Amy Abbott reveals to Ephram Brown the origin of her unusual nickname.

Amy: Grover.
Ephram: Grover?
Amy: It's my nickname. I always loved Grover as a kid. I know for most kids it's all Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty, occasionally Strawberry Shortcake, but for me, life was about a little blue Muppet named Grover.
Ephram: Well, Grover was a very underrated Muppet.

In the episode "The Reflex," Hannah Rogers and Dr. Harold Abbott comment on a picture in the Abbott family photo album.

Hannah: Is that Bright wearing Muppet slippers?
Dr. Abbott: Ah, yes. Bright was oddly bewitched by Miss Piggy. And Amy simply would not remove her Fozzie Bears for all the tea in China.

Everybody Hates Chris

Everybody Hates Chris is a sitcom narrated by and loosely based on the life of Chris Rock.

In episode 4.08 (entitled "Everybody Hates Big Bird"), Chris begins dating a tall girl in class who has been dubbed "Big Bird" by others at school. The episode includes background music similar to the Sesame Street theme, and a scene in which members of the football team mock the couple:

Football Player #1: Hey, it's Big Bird!
Football Player #2: Hey, where's Bert and Ernie?
FP #1: (to Chris) I guess that makes you . . . Snuffleupagus?
FP #2: No, it makes him Roosevelt Franklin!
FP #1: Cookie?
Both: COOKIE!

When she breaks up with him, the narrator says "Tonight's episode was brought to you by the letters D, A, M and N!"

Connections
  • Jason Alexander played Principal Edwards in "Everybody Hates the Buddy System" (2006) and "Everybody Hates Snow Day" (2007)
  • Debbie Allen played a mother in "Everybody Hates Elections" (2006) and a gun woman in "Everybody Hates Minimum Wage" (2007)
  • Wayne Brady played Louis in "Everybody Hates Thanksgiving" (2006) and "Everybody Hates the Buddy System" (2008)
  • Whoopi Goldberg played Louise in "Everybody Hates Rejection" and "Everybody Hates a Liar" (2006)
  • Kadeem Hardison played the judge in "Everybody Hates Driving" (2007) and "Everybody Hates PSATs" (2009)
  • Steve Landesberg played Mr. Levine in "Everybody Hates Mr. Levine" (2009)
  • Chris Rock voices the narrator
  • Tyler James Williams plays Chris

Extras

A British sitcom about film extras, created by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant.

In episode 2.4, Darren Lamb and Barry discuss Crazy Frog.

Darren: I'd have thought he's probably the second-richest frog in the world, after Kermit.
Barry: Kermit, yeah! There was his nephew, Robin...
Darren: Ah, Robin was good.
Barry: Looked set to take over the empire for a while, didn't he.
Darren: Oh yeah, he was a very good actor, and singer.
Barry: "Halfway Up the Stairs".
Darren: Good song.

The Fairly Oddparents

An animated series shown on Nickelodeon.

In the made-for-TV movie "Channel Chasers" one of the TV show is entitled "Poppyseed Avenue," a parody of Sesame Street. A puppet version of Vicky walks up to a brick wall and says "Today's show is brought to you by the letter 'V'." (She holds up a letter 'V' ) She runs into a fake TV and jumps through the screen. Then, puppets of Timmy, his adult form, Cosmo, and Wanda walk up to the wall. Timmy and his adult form walk towards the TV. Cosmo looks at Wanda and blurts out, "I've never felt more alive. Get it? Felt!" They all jump through the TV.

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Fish Police

In the first episode of this short-lived 1992 prime-time cartoon, Inspector Gil tells waitress Pearl "You know how I feel about you" and winds up repeating "How..." when at a loss for words. Pearl asks why he talks like that, and Gil retorts that "all the great couples talk like that... uh, Fred and Wilma, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Rocky and Bullwinkle..."

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FlashForward

  • The second episode of the first season "White to Play," features a Kermit pillow in the little girl's bedroom.
  • The same pillow appeared again in the sixth episide, "Scary Monsters and Super Creeps."

The Flight of the Conchords

In the episode "Bowie", Bret has visions in which he receives advice from various incarnations of David Bowie. The third and final Bowie is Jareth from Labyrinth.

Frasier

In the third season episode "Look Before You Leap," Frasier Crane (Kelsey Grammer) and his producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin) are volunteering at a PBS pledge driver. Roz, who is answering telephones, remarks (apparently to a small child) "No, Lamb Chop's not here. Big Bird isn't here either. What are you doing up so late? Oh. Do you have your mommy's credit card handy?"

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Fringe

  • In the first season episode "Unleashed," Walter Bishop describes the animal characteristics that might have been involved in the death of an activist. His son Peter, attuned to his father's eccentricities, quips to investigating agent Olivia Dunham that they're looking for Big Bird.
  • From the second season episode "Momentum Deferred":
Rebecca Kibner: After awhile, it wasn't just during the experiments. I would see their faces in front of me. They seemed to have a certain glow about them.
Peter: The shapeshifters?
Rebecca Kibner: Mm-hm. It took me a year or two to really understand it. But I realized that I was recognizing people that didn't belong. Huh, you know, like that children's song. One of these things is not like the other.
Walter: One of these things is not like the other. One of these things just doesn't belong. Sesame Street.
Rebecca Kibner: Yes, that's it.
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Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter was a CTW show which aired on PBS. Focusing on a group of young detectives who work with a ghost (who manifests by rearranging words and writing), most stories were serialized in four or five parts.

In the first season story "Building Bridges", the 1992-1998 Sesame Street theme and the cold open for Episode 3092 can be heard in the background when Rob visits Victor's home.

In the second season story "Just in Time", when Jamal's grandmother asks Alex if he'd like to stay for lunch, he replies "Is the sky blue? Do birds sing? Is Sesame a Street?"

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Glee

  • In the season one episode, "The Rhodes Not Taken", some glee club members are wondering about Quinn Fabray's odd behaviour. Puck butts in, "Are you all that stupid? Seriously? I bet you thought Bert and Ernie were just roomates."
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Growing Pains

A sitcom that ran on ABC from 1985-1992.

In the episode "Feet of Clay", Ben Seaver finds out that his favorite rock star isn't such a nice guy after meeting him, and decides to stop being a fan. At one point, his father, Jason compares this to the time when Ben learned that Kermit the Frog isn't real. Ben said that because of that he couldn't get himself to watch Sesame Street for awhile.

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Heroes

When Claire researches her birth parents in the first season episode "The Fix," she and her friend Zach find a newspaper article from Kermit, Texas. When Zach wonders why that sounds so familiar, Claire replies, "`Cuz of the frog?"

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Histeria!

  • In the episode "Megalomaniacs", after Froggo introduces Julius Caesar for the "Word of the Day" sketch, Caesar responds to his introduction by saying "Thanks, Kermit."
  • In the episode "Presidential People" during the "Ask me if I care" segment, Toast interviews Lyndon B. Johnson and Lydia Karaoke interrupts half-way to comment on Johnson's achievement of creating public television. Toast replies by taking offense at the fact that Johnson was the one who gave them "those boring English dudes and those tickle me spaz puppets".
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Hope and Faith

  • In Season 3, Hope gets mad at Charley for letting Justin watch The Exorcist, and states that he still has nightmares from Elmo In Grouchland.
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Hustle

The fourth episode of the BBC series features Robert Vaughn's character standing in front of a store with a Tutter doll in the window display.

infoMania

  • In the February 5th, 2009 episode, during the "Viral Video Film School" segment, Brett Erlich decorates his new set with dozens of viewer-submitted photos, including a Cookie Monster cupcake.
  • In the July 16th, 2009 episode, during the "Viral Video Film School" segment, Brett Erlich has a photo of Cookie Monster hanging on the wall behind him.
  • The "We've Got You Covered" segment in the November 5th, 2009 episode features TV Guide's Sesame Street tribute issue. Host Connor Knighton plays a clip from "C is for Cookie" and "Healthy Food" to show one difference between the past and present show.
  • The November 12, 2009 episode features a tribute to the 40th anniversary of Sesame Street with a montage of viral videos of people playing the Sesame Street Theme.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia

In the season one episode "The Gang Gives Back", Dee (Kaitlin Olson) wears a yellow pantsuit, and her friend Mac tells her she looks like Big Bird.

In the season three episode "Mac is a Serial Killer" a pimp named Pepper Jack mistakes Dee for one of his prostitutes. Her brother Dennis offers to buy her back for seven dollars and a Fraggle Rock thermos. Pepper Jack agrees, enthusiastically saying he loves the show.

Kids in the Hall

In one sketch from Season 5, a little boy is waiting for the Chicken Lady (Mark McKinney) to finish riding a quarter horse at the mall. He asks "Are you Big Bird?" and the Chicken Lady replies, "No, but I want to meet him, 'cause the Bearded Lady says they call him Big Bird 'cause he's got a really big--" at which point the boy's mother prevents the Chicken Lady from finishing the sentence.

Connections

Like Fraggle Rock, this show was produced for HBO and CBC. As a result, several of the Fraggle Rock crew members also worked on this show.

King of the Hill

  • "Plastic White Female" - Hank and Peggy are arguing over whose fault it is for how their son Bobby turned out. Hank accuses Peggy of letting Bobby watch "all them Muppets! ... They got frogs kissin' pigs - what the hell did they think was gonna happen?"
  • "Goodbye Normal Jeans" - Peggy overhears Hank watching a Thanksgiving Day parade on TV with Bobby. She hears Hank say to Bobby, "That Miss Piggy balloon has the same hairdo as your mother."
  • "Stressed for Success" - In a discussion about the presence of pop culture in academics, Boomhauer points out that Oberlin College has a course on the Muppets.
  • "Edu-macating Lucky" - Lucky comments on Luanne's sense of humor: "I'm datin' a regular Fozzie Bear."
  • One episode was titled It's Not Easy Being Green.
Connections
  • Christina Applegate played an Attorney in "My Hair Lady" (2004)
  • Tom Arnold played Norm Glidewell in "Megalo Dale" (2003)
  • Jason Bateman played Dr. Leslie in "The Petriot Act" (2005)
  • Laura Dern voices Katherine
  • Snoop Dogg played Alabaster Jones in "Ho, Yeah!" (2001)
  • Carmen Electra played Angela in " Boxing Luanne" (2003)
  • Sally Field played Junie Harper in "Hilloween" (1997)
  • Brendan Fraser played David Kalaiki-Alii in "Peggy Makes the Big Leagues" (2000) and Irv Bennett/Jimmy Beardon in "Gone with the Windstorm" (2005)
  • Paul Giamatti voiced Mr. McKay in "It's Not Easy Being Green" (2001)
  • John Goodman played Tommy in "Serpunt" (2007)
  • Vince Gill played Assistant Pastor Larry in "Peggy's Fan Fair" (2000) and Boomhauer's Singing Voice in "The Bluegrass Is Always Greener" (2002)
  • Jeff Goldblum played Dr. Vayzosa in "The Substitute Spanish Prisoner" (2002)
  • Michael Keaton played Trip Larsen in "Pigmalion" (2003)
  • Heather Locklear played Ms. Donovan in "Old Glory" (2000)
  • William H. Macy played Dr. Rubin in " Pregnant Paws" (1998)
  • Debra Messing played Mrs. Hilgren-Bronson in "Get Your Freak Off" (2002)
  • Mary Tyler Moore played Reverend Karen Stroup in "Revenge of the Lutefisk" (1999)
  • Brittany Murphy voiced Luanne Platter
  • Kathy Najimy plays Peggy Hill
  • Willie Nelson played himself in "Hank's Got the Willies" (1997)
  • Alan Rickman played King Philip in "Joust Like a Woman" (2002)
  • John Ritter played Eugene Grandy in "The Son That Got Away" (1997), "What Makes Bobby Run?" (2000), and "Witches of East Arlen" (2003)
  • Chris Rock played Roger 'Booda' Sack in "Traffic Jam" (1998)
  • Ben Stiller played Rich in "That's What She Said" (2004)
  • Meryl Streep played Aunt Esme Dauterive in "A Beer Can Named Desire" (1999)
  • Randy Travis played himself in "Peggy's Fan Fair" (2000)
  • Travis Tritt played Walt in "Livin' on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane" (2003)
  • Fred Willard played a voice in "Lupe's Revenge (2001)", Officer Brown in "New Cowboy on the Block" (2003), Ranger Bradley/Reclining Hippie in "Phish and Wildlife" (2004), and Officer Brown in "Doggone Crazy" (2008) and "The Accidental Terrorist" (2008)
  • Henry Winkler played himself in "A Rover Runs Through It"

The King of Queens

Arthur talks to Carrie about Sesame Street
  • In the sixth season episode "Secret Garden", when Carrie sees Spence in his bathing get-up (a shower cap, blue robe and large scrub brush), she claims "[he] look[s] like Ernie, from Sesame Street."
  • In season eight's "Four Play" Carrie (Leah Remini) and Arthur (Jerry Stiller) share the following exchange:
Arthur: I've dealt with this type of character when I worked as a production assistant on a little show called Sesame Street.
Carrie: You worked on Sesame Street?
Arthur: Sure, from March of '76 to mid-March of '76. Anyway, I can't name names, but I had a similar situation with a large bird with an even bigger ego.
Carrie: Big Bird?
Arthur: You said it, I didn't.
Connections

The Knights Of Prosperity

  • "Pilot" - When Eugene wants to enter the building to find out which key fits Mick Jagger's appartment, Esperanza has to distract the doorman that stays behind, while the other doorman goes for a cup of coffee. When he leaves the building, this is referred to as "Big Bird has left its nest."

Last Comic Standing

Season 6:

  • In the "international audition" episode, an Israeli prop-comic does an imitation of Grover by placing a blue wig on his head and wiggling around.
  • In episode #9, the comics have to look for props for a prop comedy routine. Marcus finds a blue dishwashing glove, and remarks, "This is what happens when Cookie Monster was lonely and he didn't listen to his parents ..."

Let's make a Deal

Let's make a Deal is a game show which has been run in various incarnations since 1963.

On the November 16, 2009, the audience helps Wayne Brady count $800 to a contestant who refused a deal (which turned out to be a Zonk!). He stops at $500, the audience continues counting, and Wayne remarks "It's like Sesame Street for grown-ups or something"

Connections

  • Lance Bass played the game on Gameshow Marathon
  • Gilbert Gottfried appeared in a Celebrity Zonk! in a Gameshow Marathon episode.
  • Ricki Lake hosted the show Gameshow Marathon which featured Let's make a Deal in one of the episodes.
  • Kathy Najimy played the game on Gameshow Marathon
  • Leslie Nielsen played the game on Gameshow Marathon

Little Britain

  • In the pilot episode, Marjories Dawes was asking a fat kid what names the bullies at school call him (suggesting the names in a mocking tone), she asked him if they called him "Pigs in Space."
  • In Season 3 episode 6, Linda insultingly described a group of multi-ethnic or physically diverse students as "the cast of Fraggle Rock."

Little Britain USA

  • In Season 1, episode 6, Ellie-Grace who, while sharing love sentiments with her mother before parting with her for a short time, tells her mother that she loves her more then "Sesame Street"
  • In Season 1, episode 6, Marjorie Dawes asked her fat-fighters groups about nicknames they get called, she asked if they get called "Pigs in Space" (and she said it with the echoing sound effect the Narrator usually said it with)
Connections

Malcolm in the Middle

  • Malcolm's Girlfriend - After recently breaking up with a cute girl, Malcolm decides to "go back" and play in the moon bouncer at the birthday party for his little brother Dewey's new friend. As he does, the Sesame Street Theme plays (the 1998-2001 version), and then suddenly stops when Malcolm wrecks the moon bouncer.
  • Cheerleader - A subplot involves little Dewey wanting a Tickle Me Elmo-type doll called Sleepy-Time Herbie, a blue aardvark. They are very expensive and can be ordered by a special TV offer, and Dewey hallucinates the Herbie talking directly to him from the TV. Once he gets the Herbie, he imagines it saying "Break me."
  • Forwards Backwards - While Reese argues with his mom, he mentions smashing a Muppets From Space cake.
Connections

Meet the Press

In the October 21, 2007 episode of Meet the Press, Tim Russert interviewed Stephen Colbert regarding his run for the presidency. Russert asked Colbert why he pronounces his name "Col-bare" as opposed to "Col-bert," and brought out a Bert doll to help illustrate the difference.

After Russert's death in June 2008, this segment was used on The Colbert Report as part of a tribute to the journalist.

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The Mentalist

A procedural drama on CBS with some comedic elements about a man, Patrick Jane, who formerly posed as a psychic, but became a consultant for a team in the California Bureau of Investigation following the murder of his wife and daughter by a serial killer.

In an episode of the program's second season, "Red Bulls" (11/14/2009), a member of another team referred to Wayne Rigsby (one of Jane's co-workers) as "Bert." Talking about it with his partner, Cho Kimball, Kimball revealed that he already knew that they were being referred to jointly as "Bert and Ernie." Rigsby asked if this bothered Kimball, but he said that it didn't because "Ernie's the clever, handsome one."

In the episode "Rose-Colored Glasses" (01/14/2010) from season 2, the team investigates an incident inside a high school that happened 20 years earlier. A conversation between LJ and Phil (both who attended a high school reunion) - LJ asks Phil if anyone still calls him "Frog Man". Phil answers "Pretty much everyone calls me Phil, except for my son who calls me dad". LJ replies "You fathered a kid? Go, Frog Man! Wait - does he play the french horn too? Because if he does, then you could call him Frog Boy, or, Kermit!"

Mork & Mindy

A sitcom about Mork (Robin Williams), an alien from the planet Ork, and his friend Mindy (Pam Dawber) in Boulder, Colorado, which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982.

In the series' second episode "Mork Moves In" (9/21/78), when Mork and Mindy tell her father about Mork's origins, her father doesn't believe them. He says, "Everybody knows that space creatures are always green!" Mork then makes his face green. After a few seconds, he returns his face to normal. He comments, "It's not easy being green!"

Mr. Show with Bob and David

In a sketch from the first episode, co-creator/actor David Cross breaks character to complain about the sketch, claiming that "HBO spent more money on Fraggle Rock."

Connections
  • Tom Kenny was a regular on the show during the first 3 seasons.

MythBusters

  • The July 17, 2005 episode looks to debunk myths surrounding the 1975 film Jaws. Adam Savage describes building a shark replica: "I'm using a technique called additive foam build-up which involves using upholstry foam ... and some contact cement. Which is exactly how they make Muppets, in fact." Later in the program, the narrator announces that "Adam's Muppet man-eater is nearing completion."
  • An August 27, 2008 episode takes on the long-rumored NASA moon landing hoax. In one segment, Grant Imahara constructs a reproduction of the rod-framed American flag placed on the moon by astronauts during the Apollo missions. As he prepares to place the rig inside a vacuum tube, Kari Byron asks "is this your first riiiiig iiiin spaaaace?," placing an emphasis on the words mimicking Jerry Nelson's voice-over in The Muppet Show’s Pigs in Space segment. The MythBusters announcer echoes Kari's joke with the same playful expression.

Newhart

A sitcom about a middle-aged couple who run an inn in Vermont, which ran on CBS from 1982 to 1990.

In the episode "Dick the Kid," Dick Loudon spends a week at a Western ranch. On movie night, while the other residents want to watch High Noon, a tough resident wants to watch The Muppets Take Manhattan, and he almost gets his way until Dick takes a stand for the others.

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NOVA scienceNOW

  • The November 21, 2006 episode of the PBS documentary series NOVA scienceNOW featured a segment on the development of sociable robots. One robot in particular, "Leonardo" developed by Cynthia Breazeal, is used in an on-camera study of recognition behavior. The tools used are an Elmo doll and a Cookie Monster puppet, which are presented to Leonardo and vocally asked to find the character by name. After a simple demonstration, the technician holds up Cookie Monster and asks Leonardo to find Elmo, but the robot cannot be tricked. (video)
  • The June 25, 2008 episode featured a segment about dark matter. As experts study what dark matter is, host Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the ambiguity surrounding what the scientific community uses to describe the material that makes up 85% of the universe. The term has been applied ambiguously because the material is unobservable with current methods. Because of this, the label could just as easily have been called Ernie and Bert. (video) (The episode also features Wikia founder Jimmy Wales in a segment about statistics).

One Tree Hill

An hour-long young adult drama that premiered on the WB in September 2003. Set in Tree Hill, a fictional town in North Carolina, it revolves around half brothers Lucas and Nathan Scott (played by Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty).

  • In a Season 3 episode, Peyton (Hilarie Burton) tells Pete Wentz (played by himself) that she was worried that he would become her Mr. Snuffleupagus, after he arrived at the cabin that they are staying in a few days late. When Pete questions what a Snuffleupagus is, Peyton explains to him the story of Mr. Snuffleupagus, and how only Big Bird could see him.
  • In a Season 4 episode, Lucas is showing Glenda his impression of Gollum from The Lord Of The Rings. Glenda, not knowing who he is impersonating, guesses that he is impersonating Elmo.
  • In a Season 5 episode, Jamie (Jackson Brundage) talks to Brooke (Sophia Bush) about what color he wants his racecar, and mentions that his parents want it red like Elmo, but he wants it blue, like Grover.
  • In a Season 6 episode, Victoria (Daphne Zuniga) is helping Sam (Ashley Rickards) pick out a dress for Peyton's baby shower. Victoria picks out a green dress for Sam, but Sam doesn't take it, and claims that is makes her look like Kermit the Frog.
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Penn and Teller: Bullshit!

On a fourth season episode of the Showtime documentary show entitled "Numbers," interviews are shown with two Washington, D.C. think-tank consultants. They are introduced by name and narrator Penn says "We asked them why there are so many songs about rainbows. They had no idea. They did know something about the national debt though."

The Proud Family

Animated series that aired on the Disney Channel from September 2001 to August 2005. The show centered around an African-American teenager, Penny, her family, and her friends. Basically an animated sitcom in format, it was geared towards a pre-teen and teen audience.

Episode 214: Pulp Boot Camp: Penny's family sends her to boot camp because they fear she is becoming a bully, and she steals cookies from a little girl there. The sergeant catches her and says "Well, well. We have ourselves a little Cookie Monster."

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The Rotten Tomatoes Show

  • In an episode covering Miss March, Race to Witch Mountain and Sunshine Cleaning, they list the top 5 greatest romantic, road-trip movies. In the number 4 slot is The Muppet Movie.
  • During the credits of an episode covering Year One, Whatever Works and The Proposal, Elen Fox and Brett Erlich compete in the networks talent show against the hosts of another Current TV series, infoMania. Their act consists of Brett dressed as a dummy sitting on Elen's lap. She asks him if he was watching a porno last night, but he claims he was watching The Muppets Take Manhattan ("Every one had a hand up Miss Piggy!").

Reba

  • In the episode "The Good Girl", when Barbara Jean claims that she put a scratch in Van's car, and is worried about what he will say, Kyra says "It's true! He gets this look on his face where his two eyebrows murge together, and he looks like that Muppet who lives in the Trash Can!" (referring to Oscar the Grouch).
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Rugrats

Animated television show that first aired on Nickelodeon in 1991. This series focuses on the point of view of a group of babies, including Tommy Pickles, Chuckie Finster, Phil and Lil, and Angelica Pickles.

In the episode "Toys in the Attic," Tommy and Angelica's grandparents, Boris and Minka, argue over which one of them will turn on the "Sesame Seed," an obvious reference to Sesame Street.

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Samurai Pizza Cats

On Saban's English dub of Samurai Pizza Cats, an episode features a giant Buddha statue that has a bird's face. One of the characters remarks, "A Big Bird? Go back to public television! We don't want your kind here!"

The Secret Lives of Vampires

A 2005 documentary produced for television by NBC studios looks at vampire culture and the history of such characters as Dracula. Examples include Count Chocula cereal, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Sesame Street’s Count von Count. Video footage of the sketch with the Count counting his mail is featured, as well as a photo of a stage version of the character.

The Smoking Room

A British comedy first aired on BBC Three in 2004, focusing on the conversations of characters while on their smoke breaks, all shot inside their office's smoking room.

In episode 3, "Paintball," the manager's assistant Janet is trying to get other employees to sign up for a company paintballing event:

Janet: No, what I was getting at is - I hope [the sign-up sheet] doesn’t end up covered in jokey names. According to the one downstairs, the only people planning to go paintballing are Marge Simpson, Osama Bin Laden, Barbara Windsor and The Bear in the Big Blue House.

Spaceballs: The Animated Series

In the season one episode, "Revenge of the Sithee", two aliens resembling the Martians are seen in the NasPod race crowd. Also, a blue creature resembling Kermit is seen during the Sithee presentations. Later, Yogurt remarks "It's not easy being chosen...or green for that matter."

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  • Mel Brooks created and wrote the show and voices Yogurt and President Skroob
  • Rino Romano voices Lone Starr

Sports Night

In the episode "The Apology," Casey asks Dan if the Muppets are cool. Dan replies that they are.

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Still Standing

Judy Miller, one of the show's lead characters, is sometimes seen wearing Sesame Street T-shirts.

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Supernatural

  • A fourth season episode of the CW series was titled "The Monster at the End of This Book."
  • In the fifth season episode "Free to Be You and Me" Dean Winchester tells Castiel, "there are two things I know for certain. 1) Bert and Ernie are gay. 2) You are not gonna die a virgin."

SuperNews!

  • In the second season episode, "Twilight of the Vampires", the Count is shown to be the head vampire in the vampire takeover of Hollywood.
  • In the second season episode, "Soggy Doobies and Strippers", Barack Obama hosts a Job Fair. He shows one possible job in the bad economy is become the President of Afghanistan. Afghan President Hamid Karzi claims he's like a puppet in the system and firing him would be like "firing Kermit the Frog." Joe Biden then complains that Obama has now canceled The Muppet Show.
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  • "Weird Al" Yankovic appears as himself in the episode, "Weird Al Colabo Jam", and teamed up with the show's creators to create his "Ringtone" music video.

Talk Soup

Entertainment show on the E! Network that features clips of other talk shows.

During the John Henson era (mid to late 90's; no relation) a recurring character called McDermott the Frog was used, which was simply a commercially available Kermit puppet.

Taxi

A sitcom about New York City cab drivers, which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982, and on NBC from 1982 to 1983.

In the episode "The Great Race," Alex picks up two nuns who are fighting over what movie to see. One of them wants to see The Muppet Movie, and the other one wants to see The Sound of Music. One of the nuns says, "I can't stand that little frog!"

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Teen Titans

In the season three episode, "Bunny Raven... or... How to Make A Titananimal Disappear," this animated DC Comics spin-off series features two elderly characters who sit in a theatre box and make wisecracks about the mock variety show being performed on stage. The manner in which they laugh at their particular flavor of jokes is reminiscent of, and likely a direct reference to, Statler and Waldorf. Most of the episode's third act is a homage to The Muppet Show, complete with a spoof of the theme music and a parody of Scooter.

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Terrifying Times

The Daily Show correspondent John Oliver's television special of his stand-up comedy act premiered on Comedy Central on April 21, 2008. He opens the show citing a disclaimer about his nationality; "Primarily, I've gathered you here this evening to tell you this: that, it's not easy being British... as Kermit so nearly sang."

TV's Most Censored Moments

The program, an original presentation of the now-defunct Trio Channel, briefly touches on Sesame Street's state-wide banning from broadcast in the state of Mississippi for one month during 1970, due to its integrated neighborhood.

Two and a Half Men

  • In episode 18 of Season 3 entitled "The Spit-Covered Cobbler," Alan tells Charlie that Kandi may not be sophisticated, but she's street-smart to which Charlie replied, "Sesame Street-smart."
  • In episode 21 of Season 3 entitled "And the Plot Moistens," Alan talks to Charlie that he has trouble communicating to Kandi after lovemaking and Charlie replies that he should have thought of that before he started boinkin' a girl with the IQ of Tickle Me Elmo!
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Unfabulous

In one episode, the main character, Addie Singer's brother Ben is sick. Their mom says his favorite film as a kid was The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Unhappily Ever After

A sitcom created by Ron Leavitt, who also created Married with Children, which aired on the WB from 1995 to 1999 which centered on Jack Malloy, the father of a dysfunctional family, and his best friend, a stuffed animal rabbit named Mr. Floppy voiced by Bob Goldthwait.

In one episode, "High and Dry," Jack Malloy and his wife, Jennifer Malloy, suspected that their son, Ryan, is doing drugs, when they find some white powder in his car and on the towel of his bed. Since they are not smart enough on how to parent their children, Jenny said they have to go to the video store and also said, "Sesame Street taught them to read, Barney taught them to hug. Surely there's got to be some hip happening puppet out there with more parenting skills than we have."

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The Vicar of Dibley

In the Easter Special of 1996, (sometimes entitled "Easter Bunny") the vicar is explaining the truth behind the Easter Bunny to Alice. The vicar (while trying to break it gently to her) says: "Now at 10 your mother sat you down, and she told you that Kermit was really just an old windsock..."

In a sketch entitled "Celebrity Party", aired as part of a Comic Relief (UK) special in 1999, the Vicar and Alice prepare for their party with Johnny Depp.

Vicar: Johnny's spent his whole life being surrounded by exotic birds.
Alice: Yeah, like Paris and Britney and Big Bird from "Sesame Street".
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Video On Trial

A Canadian show where 5 people pick music videos and make harsh (yet funny) comments on them and at the end they make verdicts of whether the singer(s) is guilty or not.

  • In "Video On Trial: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hump de Bump," Boomer Phillips said he was waiting for Oscar the Grouch to pop out of a garbage can. (YouTube)
  • In "Video On Trial: The Killers - Read My Mind," Fraser Young's verdict was for having sex with a "Muppet" and sentenced them to maintain a distance not less then 100 feet from Miss Piggy. (YouTube)

Weeds

In episode 10 of season 5, Andy invites Dr. Audra on a date to a jazz concert. Doubting he knows anything about jazz, she dares him to name one jazz musician, and he can only think of Dr. Teeth.

Audra: He's a Muppet.
Andy: He's a jazz Muppet!

Wizards of Waverly Place

In one episode of the hit Disney Channel show Wizards of Waverly Place, Alex, played by Selena Gomez, complains to her brother Justin (David Henrie) and best friend Harper (Jennifer Stone) about how much she hates silent movies. She remarks that it is not hard to go back and edit in sound afterward, and that people on the internet do it all the time. She gives the example that the other day, she saw a video of Big Bird doing a Jay-Z song.

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WKRP in Cincinnati

Sitcom centered around a rock-and-roll radio station, which ran from 1978 until 1982. In the first season episode "A Commercial Break," from 1979, Venus Flytrap and Herb Tarlek are auditioning jingle singers for an in-house commercial, and trying to coax shy Bailey Quarters into singing.

Venus: Come on, sing. Sing a song!
Herb: Sing out loud! Sing out strong! Sing of good things...
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  • Loni Anderson played Jennifer Marlowe
  • George Gaynes played Henri in the episode "Jennifer's Home for Christmas."
  • Edie McClurg played Lucille Tarlek in three episodes.
  • Julie Payne played Buffy Denver in the two-part episode "For Love or Money."

Wonderfalls

In the episode "Muffin Buffalo," lead character Jaye is playing Pictionary with her family and her friend Pat. While Jaye's sister draws frantically, Pat shouts out guesses as to what she's drawing: "It's a frog! He's singing! 'Rainbow Connection!'


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







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