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"The Muppet Show Theme" is a song originally written for The Muppet Show by Sam Pottle and Jim Henson. Although it evolved visually over the course of the show's five seasons, the musical composition remained substantially the same.

Despite The Muppet Show being released even before Disney's acquisition of the Muppets in 2004, it is one of the few memorable elements of The Muppets franchise to be actively marketed in Disney media inspired by the franchise due to the success of The Muppet Show over the decades.

In “The Muppets”, the theme (both the original version and a new recording for the movie) is heard during the flashbacks of Walter’s childhood at the beginning. The song is briefly rehearsed later in the film after the Muppets get back together.

The season 3 version of the song is performed at the beginning of The Muppet Show’s one-night revival, The Muppet Telethon. With only Hobo Joe in the audience, he is the only one to sing the “why don’t you get things started?” line (in a high pitched female soprano voice). Ironically, the theme is performed in the last thirty minutes of the film.

In "Muppets Most Wanted", when the Muppets perform in Germany, they attempt to play the theme in German but Constantine (posing as Kermit) faints in front of the audience and falls out of the sign onto the stage, forcing the theme song to be abruptly stopped so Sweetums can drag the unconscious Constantine offstage.

Later in Madrid, the theme is performed in Spanish, with Spanish instruments, the females wearing flowers in their hair and the men wearing sombreros.


It's the Muppet Show!

It's time to play the music
It's time to light the lights
It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight

It's time to put on makeup
It's time to dress up right
It's time to raise the curtains on the Muppet Show tonight

Statler & Waldorf:
Why do we always come here
I guess we'll never know
It's like a kind of torture
To have to watch the show

To introduce our guest star
That's what I am here to do
So it really makes me happy to introduce to you
"Ladies and gentlemen OK go"

So now let's get it started
Why don't we get it started
It's time to get things started
On the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
This is what we call the Muppet Show

It's the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational
This is what we call the Muppet Show

Female Chorus:
It's time to play the music
It's time to light the lights
It's time to meet the Muppets on the Muppet Show tonight

Male Chorus:
It's time to put on makeup
It's time to dress up right
It's time to get things started

Hobo Joe, in falsetto:
Why don't you get things started?

Statler, spoken:
Well, I always dreamed we'd be back here

Waldorf, spoken:
Dreams? Those were nightmares

Statler & Waldorf:
Oh, ho, ho, ho, ho!

It's time to get things started

The Muppets:
On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational
This is what we call the Muppet Show!

v - e - d
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Television shows: Muppets TonightThe MuppetsMuppet BabiesMuppets NowThe Muppets Mayhem

Television specials: The Muppets at Walt Disney WorldStudio DC: Almost LiveA Muppets Christmas: Letters to SantaGood Luck CharlieMuppets Haunted Mansion
Movies: The Muppet Christmas CarolMuppet Treasure IslandThe Muppets' Wizard of OzThe MuppetsMuppets Most WantedMuppet Man
Video games: My Muppets ShowAnimal DrummerTap Tap MuppetsDisney Emoji BlitzDisney Heroes: Battle Mode
Albums: The Muppet Christmas Carol Story AlbumThe Muppet Christmas Carol soundtrackMuppet Treasure Island soundtrackBest of the MuppetsA Green and Red ChristmasA Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa soundtrackMuppets: The Green AlbumThe Muppets soundtrackMuppets Most Wanted soundtrackMuppets Most Wanted scoreLondon Music Works Perform Music From The MuppetsDisney Junior Music: Muppet BabiesMuppets Haunted Mansion soundtrack
Cancelled projects: America's Next MuppetMuppets Live Another Day

Disney Parks
Muppets CourtyardMidship Detective AgencyMuppet*Vision 3D

Entertainment: Here Come the MuppetsHollywood's Pretty WomanMuppet Mobile LabMuppets on Location: Days of Swine and RosesThe Muppets Present… Great Moments in American History
Restaurants: PizzeRizzoThe Great Gonzo's Pandemonium Pizza ParlorRegal Eagle Smokehouse
Shops: Stage 1 Company Store
Parade: Disney Stars and Motor Cars Parade

Muppets: Kermit the FrogMiss PiggyFozzie BearGonzoAnimalRizzo the RatPepe the King PrawnStatler and WaldorfDr. Bunsen HoneydewBeakerScooterBean BunnyDr. TeethFloyd PepperJaniceZootRowlf the DogRobin the FrogThe Swedish ChefSam the EagleSweetumsBobo the BearPopsUncle DeadlyCamillaWaldo C. GraphicWalterClifford80's RobotThogSeymourLew ZealandLink HogthrobBeauregardMahna MahnaThe MoopetsConstantineDeniseSummer Penguin

Humans: GaryMaryDominic BadguyNadyaJean Pierre Napoleon

The Electric Mayhem Bus
The Muppet Movie: The Rainbow Connection

The Muppet Christmas Carol: ScroogeRoom in Your HeartGood King WenceslasOne More Sleep 'til ChristmasMarley and MarleyChairman of the BoardFozziwig's PartyWhen Love is GoneIt Feels Like ChristmasChristmas ScatBless Us AllThankful HeartWhen Love Is Found
Muppet Treasure Island: Treasure IslandShiver My TimbersSomething BetterSailing for AdventureCabin FeverBoom ShakalakaLove Led Us HereLove PowerLove Led Us Here
Muppet Treasure Island (Sing-Alongs): There Was an Old PirateI'm a RockReal PirateLet the Good Shine Out
The Muppets' Wizard of Oz: KansasWhen I'm With YouNap TimeThe Witch Is in the HouseCalling All MunchkinsGood Life
A Muppets Christmas: Letters to Santa: Delivering ChristmasIt's All About HeartI Wish I Could Be Santa ClausMy Best Christmas Yet
The Muppets: The Muppet Show ThemeLife's a Happy SongPictures in My HeadMe and Julio Down by the SchoolyardWe Built This CityMe PartyLet's Talk About MeMan or MuppetSmells Like Teen SpiritForget YouThe Whistling Caruso
Muppets Most Wanted: The Muppet Show ThemeWe're Doing a SequelI'm Number OneThe Big HouseI'll Get You What You Want (Cockatoo in Malibu)Interrogation SongMy Heart Will Go OnSomething So RightWorking in the Coal MineTogether AgainMoves Like JaggerMacarena
Muppet Babies: Muppet Babies Theme
Muppets Haunted Mansion: Rest in PeaceLife HereafterTie the Knot TangoDancing in the Moonlight

See also
The Muppets