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The Best Puppet TV Shows

Updated October 14, 2020 10.7k votes 2.2k voters 367.4k views76 items

List RulesShows must heavily feature puppets, and can be from any TV era

The very best puppet shows on television, ranked from best to worst, including kids puppet shows for younger children and puppet shows that defied genre to be favorites of grownups. Popular puppet TV shows have been a staple of television for years, from marionette TV shows to old puppet TV shows that set the stage for the sometimes strange puppet TV shows of the '90s, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining puppet show of all time is. Don't let your favorite puppet television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top! The list of puppet television shows below includes information to help you remember those puppet shows you loved the most.

This list features shows like Fraggle Rock, Crank Yankers, and Eureeka's Castle and really has something for everyone. Do you want to watch a sitcom that also happened dinosaur puppet show (Dinosaurs)? How about a late-night variety show run by Muppets (The Muppet Show)? Maybe really old black-and-white puppet TV shows like Captain Kangaroo strike your fancy, or perhaps you're just looking for some PBS puppet shows to enjoy. No matter the case, there are all kinds of TV shows with puppets on this list awaiting your votes.

What is the best puppet show of all time? What are the greatest puppet shows? Upvote the puppet shows on TV that you love (or loved) the most and don't forget to rerank the list so the shows with the famous puppets you thought were great can rise to number one!

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    The Muppet Show is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Muppet Show

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1976

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    Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Sesame Street

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Premiered1969

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    Bear in the Big Blue House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Bear in the Big Blue House

    Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz

    Premiered1997

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    Fraggle Rock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Fraggle Rock

    Jim Henson, Richard Hunt

    Premiered1983

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    Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

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    The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Muppets

    Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz

    Premiered2015

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    The Sooty Show is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Sooty Show

    Matthew Corbett, Leslie Corbett

    Premiered1955

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    Welcome to Pooh Corner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Welcome to Pooh Corner

    Hal Smith, Will Ryan

    Premiered1983

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    Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Captain Kangaroo

    Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall

    Premiered1955

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    Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson

    Premiered1988

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    ALF is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    ALF

    Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco

    Premiered1986

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    Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Paddington Bear

    Michael Hordern

    Premiered1976

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    Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Between the Lions

    Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman

    Premiered2000

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    The Banana Splits Adventure Ho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour

    Don Messick, Daws Butler

    Premiered1968

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    Lamb Chop's Play-Along is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Lamb Chop's Play-Along

    Amy Castle, Brian Ito

    Premiered1992

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    Eureeka's Castle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Eureeka's Castle

    Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock

    Premiered1989

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    The Jim Henson Hour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Jim Henson Hour

    Jim Henson, Fran Brill

    Premiered1989

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    The Dark Crystal: Age of Resis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

    Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy

    Premiered2019

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    The Hoobs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Hoobs

    John Eccleston, Don Austen

    Premiered2001

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    Kukla, Fran and Ollie is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Kukla, Fran and Ollie

    Fran Allison, Burr Tillstrom

    Premiered1947

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    Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Thunderbirds

    Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett

    Premiered1965

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    The Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Storyteller

    John Hurt, Brian Henson

    Premiered1988

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    Muppets Tonight is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Muppets Tonight

    Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash

    Premiered1996

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    The Puzzle Place is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    The Puzzle Place

    Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz

    Premiered1994

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    Jack's Big Music Show is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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    Jack's Big Music Show

    David Rudman, Alice Dinnean

    Premiered2005

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