The Muppet Show
Guest Johnny Cash
Production August 11-13, 1980
Premiere UK: February 1, 1981
US: February 14, 1981


In honor of Johnny Cash's appearance, the show is simulcast over country radio station WHOG, and the radio broadcast threatens to overwhelm the actual show. The head of WHOG, Big Tiny Tall Saddle, insists on making all the decisions. He refuses to let Rowlf go on, and instead schedules Grampaw McGuire and his whistling bricks. Kermit tries to run his own show, but Big Tiny is one of the toughest men alive -- when he's annoyed, he has a habit of wrapping microphone stands around people's necks. Fozzie is replaced by Big Tiny's nephew, Wally Whoopie, a stand-up comedian who makes fun of the bear -- which inspires Kermit to stand up for his friend, and his show.



  • This is the only episode where the stage setting is the same through the entire episode.
  • Cash's duet with Miss Piggy on "Jackson" is one of the only recorded occasions where he performed the song with someone other than his wife, June Carter Cash.



Kermit the Frog, Big Tiny Tallsaddle, Fozzie Bear, Billy Boy, Gonzo, Rowlf, Scooter, Miss Piggy, Statler and Waldorf, Pops, The Martins and the Coys, Wally Whoopie, Whatnots, Cows, Bull, Chickens, Lew Zealand, The Gills Brothers, Geri and the Atrics Guitar Player, Beauregard,

Background Muppets:

Slim Wilson, Zeke, Gramps, Lou, Bubba, Lubbock Lou, T.R. the Rooster, Old Skyball Paint, Goat, Ducks, Baby, Old Skyball Paint, Gaffer the Cat


Jim Henson as Kermit the Frog, Rowlf, Waldorf and Wally Whoopie
Frank Oz as Fozzie Bear and Miss Piggy
Jerry Nelson as Pops, Big Tiny Tall Saddle, Lew Zealand, Slim Wilson and Bearded Man
Richard Hunt as Scooter and Statler
Dave Goelz as Gonzo, Singer, Hillbilly and Beauregard
Steve Whitmire as Billy Boy and Singer
Kathy Mullen as Singer
Louise Gold as Singer


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