The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
GenreFamily film
Television Special
Created byHenson Associates, Inc.
Based onThe Muppets
Written byBuz Kohan
Henry Beard
Directed byJim Henson
StarringFrank Oz
Jim Henson
John Ritter
George Hamilton
Tony Clifton
Dave Goelz
Richard Hunt
Kathryn Mullen
Karen Prell
Steve Whitmire
Tom Harvey
Theme music composerJoe Raposo
Lenny La Croix
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
ProducersJim Henson
Diana Birkenfield (co-producer)
Martin Baker (associate producer)
EditorGeoff Cragin
Running time50 minutes
Production companyHenson Associates
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 17, 1982 (1982-09-17)

The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show is a one-hour television special that aired on ABC on September 17, 1982.[1] It guest stars John Ritter, George Hamilton and Andy Kaufman as Tony Clifton.[2][1] The special was taped in Toronto between August 9 and 24, 1982 and was later syndicated alongside The Muppet Show.[2]


Miss Piggy hosts her own variety show, with guest stars John Ritter, George Hamilton and Tony Clifton (Andy Kaufman). A romantic triangle develops between Piggy, Ritter (who is in love with her) and Hamilton (who is uncomfortable with her romantic inclinations). Meanwhile, Kermit the Frog and the other Muppets try to run the show from a control room. At the end of the show, Piggy is furious to learn that her show is intended to be a special, rather than the first episode of a continuing series. She wrecks the studio, and she karate-chops John, who is impersonating her for the finale.



Muppet performers

Additional Muppets performed by Kathryn Mullen, Karen Prell and Terry Angus.

Background Muppets

Zoot, Sam Eagle, Link Hogthrob, Chickens, Rats


  1. "There'll Be Some Changes Made"
  2. "Snack-cercise"
  3. "Lulu of a Luau"
  4. "Tony Clifton Medley" ("Dance to the Music", "I Write the Songs", "Music! Music! Music!", "Sing", "I Believe in Music")
  5. "You Light Up My Life"
  6. "Calendar Song"
  7. "Medley" ("Isn't She Lovely", "This Is My Song", "You Do Something to Me", "That Old Black Magic")
  8. "Three Times a Lady"
  9. "The Look of Love" / "I Will Survive"
  10. "The Impossible Dream"


  1. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (2013). Television Specials: 5,336 Entertainment Programs, 1936-2012 (2nd ed.). McFarland. p. 150. ISBN 9780786474448.
  2. ^ a b Zehme, Bill (2009). Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman. Random House Publishing Group. ISBN 9780307428462.