The Muppets are a lot more than Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. I recall watching them on The Jimmy Dean Show and on Saturday Night Live during its first season. And there's a lot more!
Behind the Scenes
Jim Henson's 1965 pitch for the Wilson's Meats account. Part two of the pitch is here.
Sam and Friends
Jim Henson's first TV show aired from 1955 to 1961. It was broadcast live twice a day for five minutes. Henson did all the voices, except in this case the Chet Huntley and David Brinkley characters used the recorded voices of the actual newsmen.
Early commercial work always involved violence and explosions.
The Muppet Movie Camera Test
The Muppets improvise for a camera test, before filming The Muppet Movie in 1979. I love the way they stay in character even when they are ad libbing.
More lunacy during the camera test.
Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas Bloopers
They did this scene over and over and over and never broke character, no matter how silly it got.
Jim Henson's Funeral
Carole Spinney (as Big Bird) performed the song "It's Not Easy Being Green" at Henson's memorial service in 1990.
In the last couple of years, the Muppets have found a home on YouTube with many great music videos. This one features Beaker, the Swedish Chef, and Animal singing "Habanera" from the opera Carmen.