The Muppet Show is a holiday television show that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 failed to get the attention of America's network heads, Approached Henson to produce the programme for his ATV Associated Television franchise in the UK. The show lasted for five series consisting of 120 episodes which were first broadcast in Britain between January 1, 1976 and March 15, 1981. The programmes were recorded at ATV's Elstree Studios just north of London.
The series shows a vaudeville or music hall-style song-and-dance variety show, as well as glimpses behind the scenes of such a show. Stars as a showrunner who tries to keep control of the antics of the other Muppet characters (and his temper), as well as keep the guest stars happy. The show was known for outrageous physical slapstick, sometimes absurdist comedy, and humorous parodies. Each episode also featured a human guest star. As the show's popularity rose, many celebrities were eager to perform with the Muppets on television and in film.
Warner Home Video released the first season on DVD in Region 1 on October 10, 2005. The rights to the episodes and characters used in The Muppet Show, and subsequent film outings, were bought in January 1, 2003 by Time Warner.
The only uncut release of Season 1 on DVD so far is the German DVD release by Time Warner's Warner Home Video division from 2013 (which also contains English audio). However, the intro and end credit sequences on this release are in German.