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The Best Puppet TV Shows 

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

The very best puppet shows on television, ranked from best to worst, including '90s kids puppet shows for younger children. This list of the greatest puppet shows includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular puppet TV shows have been a staple of television for years, 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 spot. The list of puppet television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, when available.

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 dinosaur puppet show? How about marionette TV shows? Maybe old puppet TV shows 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
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt

Premiered: 1976

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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more

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Bear in the Big Blue Hou... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner

Premiered: 1997

Bear in the Big Blue House is an American children's television series created by Mitchell Kriegman and produced by The Jim Henson Company for Disney Channel's Playhouse Disney preschool ...more

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Fraggle Rock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Premiered: 1983

Fraggle Rock is a British/American/Canadian children's live action puppet television series created by Jim Henson, about a society of Muppet creatures called Fraggles. Fraggle Rock was ...more

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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Premiered: 2015

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley

Premiered: 1965

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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Premiered: 1988

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Muppets Tonight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Brian Henson

Premiered: 1996

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Welcome to Pooh Corner ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Laurie Main

Premiered: 1983

Welcome to Pooh Corner is a live-action/puppet television series that aired on The Disney Channel, featuring the characters from the Winnie the Pooh universe portrayed by actors in human-sized ...more

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The Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder

Premiered: 1988

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Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

Premiered: 1955

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The Jim Henson Hour is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash

Premiered: 1989

The Jim Henson Hour is a short-lived television series that aired on NBC in 1989. It was developed as a showcase for The Jim Henson Company's various puppet creations, including the popular ...more
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ALF is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

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Lamb Chop's Play-Along ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis

Premiered: 1992

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Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen

Premiered: 2000

Between the Lions was a PBS Kids puppet television series designed to promote reading. The show was a co-production between WGBH in Boston and Sirius Thinking, Ltd., in New York City, in ...more

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The Sooty Show is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Matthew Corbett, Leslie Corbett

Premiered: 1955

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Eureeka's Castle is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock, Johnny Grasso

Premiered: 1989

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Nikki Tilroe, Bob Stutt, Jeff Hyslop

Premiered: 1981

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H.R. Pufnstuf is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib

Premiered: 1969

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The Banana Splits Advent... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Don Messick, Daws Butler, Paul Winchell

Premiered: 1968

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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

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The Hoobs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Hoobs John Eccleston, Don Austen, Mark Jefferis

Premiered: 2001

The Hoobs is a BAFTA-winning television programme created and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop.