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March 19, 2014
Jim Henson created more adult-focused Muppet characters for the first season of "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. However, the show's writers never felt comfortable writing for the characters, and Henson's involvement lasted just one year. At the same time, his plans for a weekly TV series for his creations gained momentum through a British media mogul named Lew Grade. Henson moved the Muppet creative team to England and began production on "The Muppet Show," which premiered in 1976. The series, which ran on CBS in the United States, introduced the world to Miss Piggy, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, the Swedish Chef and the rest of the group we now know as the Muppets. The show ran from 1976 to 1981, and its popularity gave Henson's creations a shot at the big screen.