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1989: Last Telecast of 'The Jim Henson Hour' on NBC
July 30, 2019  | By TV WW  | 3 comments
 
This day in 1989 marked the last telecast of The Jim Henson Hour on NBC.

The hour-long show, hosted by Henson and his "co-host" The Thought Lion, was generally divided into two parts. The first half hour was a variety-style show featuring Henson's familiar Muppets, as well as never-before-seen puppets from Henson's Creature Shop. Its premise was that of a television show, produced by Kermit, that featured skits and musical numbers, along with guest stars such as Louie Anderson, Ted Danson, k.d. lang and Smokey Robinson.

The last half hour was usually a longer story segment, such as repurposed episodes of Henson's series, The StoryTeller, which offered retellings of European folk tales. Actor John Hurt served as host, along with a puppet dog maneuvered and voiced by Henson's son, Brian Henson.

A handful of Henson Hour episodes consisted of one-hour movies, such as the faux, 1930s-style film noir, Dog City narrated by Rowlf the Dog.

Twelve episodes of The Jim Henson Hour were made, but only nine aired on NBC.

Watch the beginning of the show's second episode:

 
 
 
 
 
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Zeke
Many years ago
I was fortunate enough to call on one of those late night 800 number offers that were 12(?) DVDs each with 3(?) episodes of the Muppet Show. Not the Henson show, but the Kermit/Piggy et al show.
My grandchildren are now the pleased audience, though they know I'll be sitting right beside them.
A genius lost.
Jul 30, 2018   |  Reply
 
 
Chad
The ratings for the show were awful. The show only averaged a 5.3 household rating, which meant certain death back in 1989. Two episodes couldn't even manage a 10 percent audience share.
Feb 22, 2017   |  Reply
 
 
Mark Isenberg
The Henson Company is not the Muppets anymore and it would be nice if the Henson Hour were made available on You Tube or other site for those of us who so admire what Jim Henson tried to do from the Jimmy Dean show days with Rowlf to the legacy with his children that produced Dinosaurs for ABC. Yes,watch the Muppets this fall on ABC but find the Henson Co. site and ask them to show us all the Henson Hours.
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