As one of the million of ’70’s kids who grew up with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, the work of Jim Henson and company are a major component of my childhood.  (I also loved The Electric Company, but can’t remember if that had any Muppets within.)  Thanks to my family’s lack of pay-cable, though, I never got to experience the surreal madness that is Fraggle Rock firsthand as a kid.  As an adult, having access to the show, I realize that’s a real shame.  I realize now that Fraggle Rock is probably the least commercialized versions of Henson’s expressions of friendship and acceptance, leading to today’s velveteen query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a great affection for Jerry Nelson’s voice work, and he’s ALL OVER that show, asking: Are you one of the lucky ones who got to see Fraggle Rock?


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I remember seeing plenty of Muppets as a kid, but was too young to really remember any details, so I really don’t know.

  2. I feel like I remember not getting to see it originally, but then finding it in syndication or something elsewhere later on.

    Vague memories though; possibly not to be trusted.

  3. Was a fairly big part of my childhood, as I had a bit of an obsession with puppet based series (particularly Jim Henson related works). Before I started school, I used to watch the episodes over and over, and the even more as I studied the puppet work to try to emulate it.

    Still one of my dreams to have a Fraggle puppet, I was really hoping they would have offered a Fraggle-esque Muppet Whatnot puppet base when FAO Schwarz had the Muppet Whatnot Workshop custom puppets (one body came kinda close, but wasn’t close enough for my tastes).

  4. I kinda hated Fraggle Rock when I first encountered it, but there’s a lot of it that I like now, all the non-fraggle puppets were brilliant. (not that the fraggles themselves weren’t cool)

  5. Yes. It was an extremely imaginative show, even for Jim Henson. I was old enough (19) to appreciate it. I think I enjoyed the Doozers and Uncle Travelling Matt the best. I with it would be revived.

  6. Yep, I grew up watching it, though I forgot about it for years. I went back and watched some episodes again a few years ago and was impressed by what a fantastic and just high quality and wholesome show it was.

  7. Loved it!! Even had the happy meal-ish type toys for years. (They may have been from a happy meal, who knows).

    Side note: I will now have the theme song in my head all day. :)

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