BROADCAST DATE: Friday, March 14, 1980, Syndicated.
DESCRIPTION: "It's time to play the music, It's time to light the lights! It's time to meet the Muppets On The Muppet Show tonight!" "THE MUPPET SHOW" is a variety and comedy show featuring Jim Henson's famous puppets, including Kermit and Miss Piggy, plus a whole arrangements of other characters and a celebrity guest on each week's show.
Lynda appeared in one of the most celebrated episodes of the fourth season.
Series Run: January 29, 1976 through February 28, 1981.
Broadcast Network: Syndicated in the US; ITV in the UK.
Time Slot: Fridays, 7:00 P.M.
Host: KERMIT THE FROG [as voiced by Jim Henson].
Muppet Performers: Jim Henson [The Swedish Chef; Dr. Teeth; Capt. Link Hearthrob; Rowlf; Waldorf] / Frank Oz [Miss Piggy: Fozzie Bear; Sam the Eagle; Animal; Swedish Chef] / Richard Hunt [Sweetums; Statler; Scooter; Wayne; Janice; Beaker; Miss Piggy] / Dave Goelz [Zoot; Gonzo; Dr. Bunsen Honeydew; Beauregard; Timmy Monster; Muppy] / Jerry Nelson [Floyd; Dr. Strangepork; Pops; Lew Zealand; Camilla; Sgt. Floyd Pepper; Robin the Frog; Crazy Harry; Uncle Deadly; J.P. Grosse; Thog; Fleet Scribbler; Vend-a-Face; Announcer] / Steve Whitmire [Rizzo the Rat; Lips, Foo-Foo] / Eren Ozker [Janice; Wanda; Hilda] / Louise Gold [Annie Sue Pig] / Kathryn Mullen [Gaffer the Backstage Cat] / Betsy Baitos [Betsy Bird] / John Lovelady [Crazy Harry; Nigel].
Guest Star: LYNDA CARTER.
Episode Number: Season 4, episode 419.
Production and Taping Dates: January 29-31, 1980.
Director: Peter Harris.
Writer: Jerry Juhl, David Odell, Jim Henson, Don Hinkley.
Producer: Jim Henson.
Executive Producer: David Lazer.
The Muppet Designers: Amy Van Gilder, Carolyn Wilcox, Mari Kaestle, Jan Rosenthal, Robert Payne, Rollin Kren Sew, Barbara Davis, Tim Miller, Dave Goelz, ED Christie, Naomi Fredrick, Larry Jameson, Faz Fazakas, Don Sahlin.
Muppets Costumes: Calista Hendrickson.
Muppet Workshop Supervisor: Robert McCormack, Amy Van Gilder.
Muppet Design Consultant: Michael K. Frith.
Creative Consultant: Frank Oz.
Music Consultant: Ray Charles.
Art Director: Malcolm Stone.
Orchestra Conductor: Jack Parnell.
Musical Associate: Derek Scott.
Lightning Director: John Rook.
Audio: Robert Knight.
Video Tape Editor: John Hawkins.
Assistant To The Producer: Susan Paul.
Senior Floor Manager: Richard Holloway.
Floor Manager: Francesco Reidy.
Stage Manager: Caryl Cruickshank.
Senior Video Engineer: John Willment.
Senior Cameraman: Bill Brown.
Vision Mixer: Moyra Bird.
Costumes: Ann Hollowood.
Make-Up: Mary Southgate.
Theme Music: Sam Pottle.
EPISODE SYNOPSIS: In honor of guest LYNDA CARTER, Scooter buys a mail-order course on how to become a superhero, followed by a crowd of muppets wearing silly superhero costumes and reading "Invincibility Made Easy". The episode starts with Lynda and Scooter on the dressing room. Gonzo does a fanfare on the horn and the opening theme begins. A group of idol-worshipping pigs sacrifice Janice, who sings "A Little Help from My Friends" as the Electric Mayhem rescues her. Backstage we meet Kermit, Scooter and Fozzie, then Lynda, Sam and Kermit in the dressing room. Lynda sings "RUBBER BAND MAN" with comments by Statler and Waldorf. Backstage we meet Kermit, Scooter, Gonzo, Link, Fozzie, Lew Zealand and Lynda. A "Muppet Newsflash" follows: The Newsman reports that anyone who says the name of the Egyptian crocodile god Rezal-evad-gib is being attacked. He's eaten by the huge crocodile. Back in the dressing room we find Lynda with Beauregard, The Newsman and a crocodile. Floyd performs "While My Gentle Guitars Weeps". Backstage Kermit and Sam. Kermit announces "Wonder Pig" with Miss Piggy as Wonder Pig battling a real chicken, Dr. Strangepork, Annie Sue Pig, and comments by Statler and Waldorf. Backstage Kermit, Miss Piggy and Lynda. Then a sketch with sheep and a wolf: "Super Sheep". Backstage: Kermit, Scootie, Fonzie, Gonzo, Link and Lew Zealand. Lynda performs "ORANGE COLORED SKY" with Scooter, Foozie, Lew Zealand, Link, Rizzo and Gonzo. Lynda is joined by Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the muppets for the closing theme and credits.
© 1980 by ITC / Henson Associates Productions / The Jim Henson Company, Inc. All Rights Reserved
RUNNING TIME: 00:50:00 [60 minutes including commercials]. VHS: Not available on commercial video. DVD: Not available on commercial video. INFO:
This is LYNDA CARTER's first and only appearance on "THE MUPPET SHOW" in a series format.
VIDEO:  "THE MUPPET SHOW - CLIP 1". Intro.  "THE MUPPET SHOW - CLIP 2". "RUBBER BAND MAN".  "THE MUPPET SHOW - CLIP 3". Wonder Pig.  "THE MUPPET SHOW - CLIP 4". "ORANGE COLORED SKY". ADS:  "THE MUPPET SHOW". Original TV GUIDE ad.  "THE MUPPET SHOW". Original TV GUIDE ad.  "THE MUPPET SHOW". Original TV GUIDE ad.  "THE MUPPET SHOW". Original TV GUIDE ad.  "THE MUPPET SHOW". Original TV GUIDE ad. TRIVIA:
[•] This is LYNDA CARTER's first appearances on "THE MUPPET SHOW". Her next time would be 26 years later on the "BEST EVER MUPPET MOMENTS" special.
[•] This is an all-time favorite and one of the most celebrated Muppet episodes, featured in several "Best Of" compilations.
[•] Lynda performs two songs on the show: "RUBBER BAND MAN" and "ORANGE COLORED SKY". This last one is also referred to by fans as "Flash! Bam! Alkazam!".
[•] The name of the crocodile god, Rezal-evad-gib, is "Big Dave Lazer" spelled backwards -a reference to David Lazer, the show's executive producer.
[•] In 2003, Scooter's superhero outfit was immortalized in toy form as the Superhero Scooter Action Figure.
[•] The "Super Sheep" segment was cut when the show was shown in Nickelodeon.
[•] Due to different commercial breaks, the American episodes were originally shorter.
[•] At its height, "THE MUPPET SHOW" was seen in more than 100 countries and by more than 230 million people.
[•] Jim Henson first created Kermit in 1955 -as a lizard. He was made from Henson's mother's coat and two halves of a Ping-Pong ball.
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