Top Muppet/Henson TV Specials as Rated by IMDB Users

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1. Christmas Eve on Sesame Street (1978 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Big Bird worries when Oscar tells him that if Santa Claus can't fit down the chimney on Christmas Eve, nobody would get presents.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 747

Ratings: 8.7/10 from 443 users

2. The Muppets Celebrate Jim Henson (1990 TV Short)

47 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

While The Muppets prepare a tribute to the late Jim Henson, they learn about the life and career of the renowned puppeteer/film maker.

Director: Don Mischer | Stars: Jim Henson, Harry Belafonte, Carol Burnett, Ray Charles

Votes: 223

Ratings: 8.6/10 from 191 users

3. The Muppets: A Celebration of 30 Years (1986 TV Movie)

Comedy, Family

For the first time in their careers, all the Muppets (except the ones that couldn't make it, like the Doozers, Gorgs and most of the Fraggles) have gathered together in one place to ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 217

Ratings: 8.6/10 from 110 users

4. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: This Way to Sesame Street (1969)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

Add a Plot

Director: Neil Smith | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jim Henson, Matt Robinson

Votes: 8

Ratings: 8.6/10 from 11 users

5. Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (1977 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 48 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

A poor otter family risks everything for the chance to win the cash prize of a talent contest for Christmas.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Jerry Nelson, Frank Oz, Marilyn Sokol, Dave Goelz

Votes: 2,769 | Gross: $0.23M

Ratings: 8.4/10 from 2,054 users

Ratings: 8.4/10 from 52 users

7. The Great Santa Claus Switch (1970 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Great Santa Claus Switch was a Muppet television special that first aired on CBS on December 20, 1970. The show, narrated by Ed Sullivan, begins at the North Pole with Santa Claus and ... See full summary »

Director: John Moffitt | Stars: Art Carney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 51

Ratings: 8.4/10 from 27 users

8. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: The Cookie Thief (2015)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Adventure

A brand new museum has opened on Sesame Street, the Museum of Modern Cookie! Cookie Monster, Elmo, and Chris are very excited to check it out. However, when they step inside, all of the ... See full summary »

Directors: Joey Mazzarino, Moses Edinborough | Stars: Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara, Terry Crews

Votes: 14

Ratings: 8.3/10 from 13 users

9. A Muppet Family Christmas (1987 TV Movie)

47 min | Comedy, Family, Musical

Kermit and his friends spend Christmas staging a surprise visit to Fozzie Bear's mother's farm.

Directors: Peter Harris, Eric Till | Stars: Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Richard Hunt, Kathryn Mullen

Votes: 3,166

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 2,218 users

10. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986 TV Movie)

51 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Bean Bunny is too small to be useful (says his brother) to help prepare for the Bunny Picnic, so he wanders off and sees a legendary persecutor of all rabbits: the farmer's dog. But nobody ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, David G. Hillier | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Richard Hunt, Camille Bonora, Ron Mueck

Votes: 296

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 245 users

11. Don't Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1983 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy

As the Metropolitan Museum of Art closes, Big Bird decides to leave his Sesame Street friends behind in search of Snuffy. Once locked inside for the night, educational hilarity ensues as ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Martin P. Robinson

Votes: 197

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 177 users

12. Henson's Place (1984 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 53 min | Documentary

A documentary with featured performance clips and interviews featuring Jim and Jane Henson, Frank Oz and others. The documentary focuses on the Muppet phenomena and a look at the ... See full summary »

Director: David A. Goldsmith | Stars: Jim Henson, Jane Henson, Michael K. Frith, Joan Ganz Cooney

Votes: 88

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 66 users

13. Sesame Street: 20 Years & Still Counting! 1969-1989 (1989 TV Special)

TV-G | 48 min | Comedy, Family

A 20th anniversary celebration of the classic educational TV series.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Bill Cosby, Ray Charles, Plácido Domingo, Jim Henson

Votes: 65

Ratings: 8.2/10 from 53 users

14. The Christmas Toy (1986 TV Movie)

TV-G | 50 min | Family, Fantasy, Musical

When no people are around, the toys still play in the playroom. But since a toy will be frozen forever if a person catches it out of position, they have to be very careful. It's Christmas ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Till | Stars: Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire, Kathryn Mullen, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 979

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 759 users

15. Tales from Muppetland: The Frog Prince (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

Frog and princess, both cursed by a witch, figure out how to break each other's spell.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Trudy Young, Gordon Thomson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 365

Ratings: 8.1/10 from 269 users

16. John Denver and the Muppets: A Christmas Together (1979 TV Special)

50 min | Family, Comedy, Music

In this beloved holiday classic, Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and all the Muppets join the singer for a heart-warming Christmas celebration, with traditional carols as well as lesser-known holiday songs.

Director: Tony Charmoli | Stars: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 493

Ratings: 8.0/10 from 409 users

17. Of Muppets and Men: The Making of 'The Muppet Show' (1981 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, Family

Documentary about the work of puppeteer Jim Henson and his team in creating The Muppet Show.

Directors: Peter Berry, Harley Cokeliss | Stars: Julie Andrews, Charles Aznavour, Pearl Bailey, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 97

Ratings: 8.0/10 from 89 users

18. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)
Episode: The Bells of Fraggle Rock (1984)

TV-Y | 25 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

It's time for the Festival of the Bells, but the holiday has lost its meaning for Gobo.

Director: Douglas Williams | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Terry Angus, Lee Armstrong, Myra Fried

Votes: 54

Ratings: 8.0/10 from 21 users

19. Tales from Muppetland: The Muppet Musicians of Bremen (1972 TV Movie)

50 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Four mistreated farm animals seek refuge as a band of traveling musicians in this musical tale narrated by Kermit the Frog.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Jim Henson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 209

Ratings: 7.9/10 from 182 users

20. NBC Experiment in Television (1967–1971)
Episode: The Cube (1969)

53 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A man is trapped inside a mysterious cube.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Richard Schaal, Hugh Webster, Rex Sevenoaks, Jack Van Evera

Votes: 633

Ratings: 7.8/10 from 547 users

21. The Magical World of Disney (1954–1991)
Episode: The Muppets at Walt Disney World (1990)

Unrated | 60 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

Kermit and his friends tour the theme park as the future members of the Disney family.

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Charles Grodin, Raven-Symoné, Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Votes: 283

Ratings: 7.8/10 from 268 users

22. Julie on Sesame Street (1973 TV Special)

60 min | Family, Music

Julie Andrews and Perry Como join the "Sesame" Muppets for an hour of music and comedy.

Director: Dwight Hemion | Stars: Julie Andrews, Perry Como, Caroll Spinney, Jane Henson

Votes: 17

Ratings: 7.7/10 from 13 users

23. The Muppet Show: Sex and Violence (1975 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The original Muppet Show Pilot. The guests include the Seven Deadly Sins.

Director: Dave Wilson | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 337

Ratings: 7.6/10 from 251 users

24. Hey Cinderella! (1969 TV Movie)

52 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Cinderella with a difference!

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Belinda Montgomery, Robin Ward, Joyce Gordon, Pat Galloway

Votes: 186

Ratings: 7.5/10 from 127 users

25. The Muppets Go to the Movies (1981 TV Movie)

60 min | Family, Comedy

Along with Dudley Moore and Lily Tomlin, the Muppets spoof classic movies such as "The Wizard of Oz," "Casablanca," and even artsy Ingmar Bergman movies. They also promote their then-upcoming film "The Great Muppet Caper."

Director: Peter Harris | Stars: Dudley Moore, Lily Tomlin, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 146

Ratings: 7.5/10 from 117 users

26. A Special Sesame Street Christmas (1978 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Leslie Uggams is celebrating Christmas on Sesame Street. But since Oscar the Grouch is being a right old Scrooge, she decides to teach him a lesson by imploring Anne Murray, Imogene Coca ... See full summary »

Director: Russ Petranto | Stars: Leslie Uggams, Ethel Merman, Anne Murray, Imogene Coca

Votes: 104

Ratings: 7.5/10 from 99 users

27. Rocky Mountain Holiday with John Denver and the Muppets (1983 TV Special)

Unrated | 47 min | Comedy, Family, Music

John Denver takes the Muppets (tm) on a camping trip in the mountains of Colorado.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: John Denver, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Dave Goelz

Votes: 178

Ratings: 7.4/10 from 138 users

28. Big Bird in Japan (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Family

While visiting Japan, Big Bird wanders off from a guided tour bus in Tokyo, and is lost until a Japanese woman helps him get to where he needs to go. The woman, however, is hiding a secret.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Maiko Kawakami, Masayuki Katô

Votes: 153

Ratings: 7.4/10 from 122 users

29. The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show (1982 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Family

Miss Piggy, the Muppet, stars in her own variety show.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Frank Oz, John Ritter, Andy Kaufman, George Hamilton

Votes: 152

Ratings: 7.4/10 from 59 users

30. Big Bird in China (1983 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 75 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

Big Bird and his Sesame Street companion, Barkley, the big, fluffy dog, travel across China in search of the legendary Feng Huang, the Phoenix Bird. Along the way they visit with Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Brian Muehl, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson

Votes: 390

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 212 users

31. The Muppets Valentine Show (1974 TV Special)

30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

The Muppets Valentine show was the first of the two specials for The Muppet Show. Valentine on ABC in 1974.

Director: Jim Henson | Stars: Mia Farrow, Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt

Votes: 268

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 201 users

32. The Muppets Go Hollywood (1979 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Family

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Director: Stan Harris | Stars: Frank Oz, Jerry Nelson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 202

Ratings: 7.3/10 from 194 users

33. A Walking Tour of Sesame Street (1979 TV Movie)

30 min | Comedy, Family

James Earl Jones hosts this tenth anniversary retrospective of the popular children's series.

Director: Emily Squires | Stars: Linda Bove, James Earl Jones, Will Lee, Bob McGrath

Votes: 9

Ratings: 7.1/10 from 11 users

34. Out to Lunch (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Family

The Muppets and the casts of "The Electric Company" and "Sesame Street" take over the ABC Nightly News when the newsroom staff takes a lunch break.

Director: Bill Davis | Stars: Luis Avalos, Jim Boyd, Carol Burnett, Barbara Eden

Votes: 27

Ratings: 7.0/10 from 32 users

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 67 users

36. Jim Henson's Turkey Hollow (2015 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

The Emmerson family heads to the quaint town of Turkey Hollow to visit Aunt Cly. Tim and Annie quickly grow bored without the Internet, and soon try to track the howling hoodoo, an elusive monster the locals dismiss as a legend.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington, Graham Verchere, Genevieve Buechner

Votes: 530

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 61 users

37. Sesame Street (1969– )
Episode: Sesame Street Presents: The Street We Live On (2004)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Adventure

Elmo's World celebrates 35 years of Sesame Street. Elmo wants to know more about the street he lives on, so Grover takes him on a trip back in time to see what Sesame Street was like before Elmo was born.

Directors: Kevin Clash, Ken Diego, Victor DiNapoli, Jim Martin, Ted May, Lisa Simon, Emily Squires | Stars: Sonia Manzano, Alan Muraoka, Roscoe Orman, Alison Bartlett

Votes: 48

Ratings: 6.8/10 from 48 users

38. A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa (2008 TV Movie)

G | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Music

When Gonzo accidentally diverts three letters to Santa, he talks Kermit and his friends into delivering them to the North Pole personally.

Director: Kirk R. Thatcher | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Dave Goelz, Bill Barretta, Eric Jacobson

Votes: 1,389

Ratings: 6.6/10 from 1,063 users

39. Elmo Saves Christmas (1996 Video)

TV-Y | 60 min | Family

Elmo wishes that it would be Christmas every day, but with the help of Santa's reindeer-in-training, Lightning, he learns that might not be such a good idea when he sees the future.

Director: Emily Squires | Stars: Charles Durning, Harvey Fierstein, Maya Angelou, Kevin Clash

Votes: 268

Ratings: 6.5/10 from 181 users

40. Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree (1995 TV Short)

30 min | Short, Comedy

A single Christmas tree becomes the source of cheer for the people and animals living around Mr. Willowby's estate. Based on the children's book of the same name.

Director: Jon Stone | Stars: Robert Downey Jr., Stockard Channing, Leslie Nielsen, Kevin Clash

Votes: 176

Ratings: 6.3/10 from 139 users

41. Cinderelmo (1999 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 65 min | Family

All your favorite Muppets from Sesame Street and some very special guests join CinderElmo as he goes to the ball of the beautiful Princess - with the help of his Fairy Godperson.

Director: Bruce Leddy | Stars: Keri Russell, Kathy Najimy, Caroll Spinney, French Stewart

Votes: 173

Ratings: 6.2/10 from 159 users

42. Elmopalooza! (1998 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 45 min | Comedy, Family, Music

Join the Muppets from Sesame Street for an all-star celebration of 30 years of songs and laughs! Starring David Alan Grier and Jon Stewart.

Directors: Tom Trbovich, Kevin Bray, Victor DiNapoli, Mustapha Khan, Lionel C. Martin, Mark Rowen | Stars: Brad Abrell, Abe Acay, Pam Arciero, Tyra Banks

Votes: 123

Ratings: 6.1/10 from 105 users

43. Elmo's Christmas Countdown (2007 TV Movie)

TV-Y | 60 min | Family, Music

Sesame Street characters help Elmo count down the days leading up to Christmas.

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Pam Arciero, Fran Brill, Tyler Bunch, Leslie Carrara

Votes: 208

Ratings: 5.6/10 from 146 users

44. All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! (1994 TV Special)

Comedy, Family, Music

Tycoon billionaire Ronald Grump wants to demolish Sesame Street to build his Grump Tower, and it's up to the Sesame Street citizens to save their favorite buildings from being destroyed.

Director: Chuck Vinson | Stars: Carlo Alban, Maya Angelou, Annette Bening, Candice Bergen

Votes: 57

Ratings: 5.3/10 from 56 users

45. CBS Summer Playhouse (1987–1989)
Episode: Puppetman (1987)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A children's show puppeteer is torn between spending time with his visiting 6-year-old son and saving his show.

Director: Alan Rafkin | Stars: Fred Newman, Richard Hunt, Jack Burns, Julie Payne

Votes: 9

Ratings: 5.0/10 from 5 users

46. Lady Gaga & the Muppets' Holiday Spectacular (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Comedy, Family, Music

A Thanksgiving television special featuring Lady Gaga and The Muppets.

Director: Gregg Gelfand | Stars: Lady Gaga, The Muppets, Elton John, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 569

Ratings: 4.9/10 from 516 users

47. The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour (2004 TV Special)

60 min | Comedy, Music

America's favorite young married couple, Nick Lachey & Jessica Simpson, multi-platinum artists known from their hit MTV series, "Newlyweds," star in their first-ever television special, ... See full summary »

Director: Gary Halvorson | Stars: Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Timothy Anderson, Johnny Bench

Votes: 185

Ratings: 3.0/10 from 177 users

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