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The Top Ten favorite Muppets

If there is one Generation X can hang its hat on, it is that we got to grow up watching first-run episodes of The Muppet Show, and Sesame Street during its Golden Age (when Mr Hooper was alive, Snuffleupagus was imaginary, and Elmo was non-existent.) Jim Henson was a genius. He was one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. He brought us so many great characters, that a set of 10 seems so small.

These lists are not just limited to just Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. We are including everything Henson and/or his workshop created or consulted*. So everything from Delbert, The La Choy Dragon, to Lenny, from the Lending Tree commercials, were considered. And while I personally believe that The Dark Crystal, and Labyrinth are underrated gems, even I could not squeeze them into my top ten.

If there is a bright side of Disney buying the Muppets, it is we can easily prove how Muppet Christmas Carol > Mickey’s Christmas Carol.

Without further adieu, here is our lists:

The Top Ten favorite Muppets

Keith’s List

  • 10. Miss Piggy
  • 9. Pilot (Farscape)
  • 8. Fozzie Bear
  • 7. Grover
  • 6. Bert & Ernie
  • 5. Gonzo
  • 4. Cookie Monster
  • 3. Kermit the Frog
  • 2. Animal
  • 1. Yoda*

* While Lucas did ask Henson, Henson was not actively involved with Yoda’s creation. He farmed out Frank Oz, and a couple of other assistants to Lucas. (Aside: I apologize for this loophole.)

My List

  • 10. Gonzo
  • 9. Dr Bunsen Honeydew
  • 8. Animal
  • 7. Sweetums
  • 6. Rowlf the Dog
  • 5. Dr Teeth
  • 4. Fozzie Bear
  • 3. Kermit the Frog
  • 2. Ernie
  • 1. Waldorf & Statler

Honorable mentions: Mr. Snuffleupagus; Crazy Harry; Scooter the Gofer; Sir Didymus; Red Fraggle; Swedish Chef

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