Kermit the Frog played the showrunner of "The Muppet Show," which was a musical variety show with a cast of Jim Henson puppets and celebrity guest stars. Kermit ran around the set trying to keep his guests happy while attempting to quell the antics of his employees. Creator Jim Henson was the original voice of the beloved amphibian during the show's five-year run. The show was an outsized success, reaching some 235 million viewers a week in more than 100 countries. Henson soon branched into films with "The Muppet Movie" in 1979 (followed by sequels and the fantasy forays "The Dark Crystal" in 1982 and "Labyrinth" in 1986) and cable with HBO's "Fraggle Rock" in 1983. His characters had a warmth and wit that appealed to all ages.
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