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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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Under the Umbrella Tree ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Holly Larocque, Bob Stutt, Stephen Brathwaite

Premiered: 1986

Number of Episodes: 280

Network: CBC Television

Under the Umbrella Tree is a Canadian children's television series created by Noreen Young that originally aired on CBC from 1986–1993. The show was produced by CBC and Noreen Young Productions, ...more
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Crank Yankers is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Artie Esposito, Paul McGinnis, Victor Yerrid

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 70

Network: Comedy Central, MTV2

Crank Yankers is an American television show produced by Adam Carolla, Jimmy Kimmel and Daniel Kellison that featured actual crank calls made by show regulars and celebrity guests, and ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Syfy, Nine Network

Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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Sigmund and the Sea Mons... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Johnny Whitaker, Scott C. Kolden, Billy Barty

Premiered: 1973

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: NBC

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is an American children's television series that ran from 1973 to 1975, produced by Sid and Marty Krofft and aired on Saturday mornings. There were 29 episodes ...more
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The Hoobs is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Hoobs John Eccleston, Don Austen, Mark Jefferis

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 250

The Hoobs is a BAFTA-winning television programme created and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop.
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Jack's Big Music Show is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
David Rudman, Alice Dinnean, John Kennedy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Nick Jr., Noggin

Jack's Big Music Show is an American musical children's television program that aired on the Noggin television network. The show premiered on the network on September 12, 2005. Jack's Big Music ...more

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The Book of Pooh is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Lara MacLean, Cathy McCullough, Noah Schnapp

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 51

Network: Disney Channel

The Book of Pooh is an American children's puppet television series that aired on the Disney Channel. It is the third television series to feature the characters from the Disney franchise based ...more
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The Sooty Show is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Matthew Corbett, Leslie Corbett

Premiered: 1955

Number of Episodes: 209

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, ITV, ITV

The Sooty Show is a British children's television series that aired on BBC Television from 1955 until 1967 when the BBC eventually cancelled The Sooty Show after Paul Fox, the then-controller of ...more
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Basil Brush is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Basil Brush is a fictional anthropomorphic fox, best known for his appearances on daytime British children's television. He is primarily portrayed by a glove puppet, but has also been depicted ...more
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Pinwheel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
EmilyCarlson added Jim Jinkins

Premiered: 1977

Number of Episodes: 260

Network: Nickelodeon

Pinwheel is a children's television show that aired on the Nickelodeon cable network from 1977 to 1990. The show originally aired on channel C-3 of Warner Cable's interactive system QUBE in ...more
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Button Moon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows

Premiered: 1980

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: CITV, Telemundo, CBBC, ITV, BBC One, + more

Button Moon is a children's television programme broadcast in the United Kingdom in the 1980s on the ITV network. Thames Television produced each episode, which lasted ten minutes and featured ...more
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Greg the Bunny is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, Eugene Levy

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Greg the Bunny is an American television sitcom that originally aired on Fox TV in 2002. It starred Seth Green and a hand puppet named Greg the Bunny, originally invented by the team of Sean S. ...more

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Postman Pat is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added Ken Barrie, Carole Boyd, Kulvinder Ghir

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 141

Network: CBeebies, British Broadcasting Corporation, CBBC, BBC One

Postman Pat is a British stop-motion animated children's television series first produced by Woodland Animations. It is aimed at pre-school children, and concerns the adventures of Pat Clifton, ...more

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The Puzzle Place is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
NicholasSchulz added Alice Dinnean, Peter Linz, Noel MacNeal

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids

The Puzzle Place is an American children's television series produced by KCET in Los Angeles, California and Lancit Media in New York City, New York. It premiered on the Public Broadcasting ...more
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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield, John Sessions

Premiered: 1984

Number of Episodes: 131

Network: ITV

Spitting Image is a British satirical puppet show, created by Peter Fluck, Roger Law and Martin Lambie-Nairn. The series was produced by 'Spitting Image Productions' for Central Independent ...more

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Weinerville is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Marc Weiner, Scott Fellows, Ray Abruzzo

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 62

Network: Nickelodeon

Weinerville is an American television program on Nickelodeon that was produced in 1993-1994. The show was based around a giant puppet stage which was designed to look like a city, called ...more

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Captain Scarlet and the ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop, Donald Gray

Premiered: 1967

Number of Episodes: 32

Network: Associated Television

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, often referred to as Captain Scarlet, is a 1960s British science-fiction television series produced by the Century 21 Productions company of Gerry and Sylvia ...more

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Stingray is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Lois Maxwell, Ray Barrett, Robert Easton

Premiered: 1964

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Associated Television

Stingray is a British children's Supermarionation television series, created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson and produced by AP Films for ATV and ITC Entertainment between 1964 and 1965. Its 39 ...more

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Fireball XL5 is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham

Premiered: 1962

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Associated Television

Fireball XL5 is a science fiction themed children's television show following the missions of spaceship Fireball XL5, commanded by Colonel Steve Zodiac of the World Space Patrol. The show was ...more

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Lidsville is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
mwagner added Lidsville
Lidsville is Sid and Marty Krofft's third television show following H.R. Pufnstuf (1969) and The Bugaloos (1970). As did its predecessors, the series combined two types of characters: conventional actors in makeup filmed alongside performers in full mascot costumes, whose voices were dubbed in post-production. Seventeen episodes aired on Saturday mornings for two seasons, 1971–1973.  
 
The show involved a teenage boy named Mark (Butch Patrick) who fell into the hat of Merlo the Magician (Charles Nelson Reilly) and arrived in Lidsville, a land of living hats. The hats on the show are depicted as having the same characteristics as the humans who would normally wear them. For example, a cowboy hat would act and speak like a cowboy. The characters' houses were also hat-shaped.
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Kino's Storytime is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
NicholasSchulz added

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 81

Network: Public Broadcasting Service

Kino's Storytime, also known as Storytime, is a children's reading television series aired on Public Broadcasting Service Public television from May 2, 1994 to September 1, 1997. The series was ...more
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Helpsters is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows

Premiered: 2019

Network: Apple TV+

Helpsters (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American children's television program made by the Sesame Workshop. Aimed at preschoolers, the series shares the adventures of monsters who love to help people ...more
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Howdy Doody is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
William Shatner, Bob Keeshan, Bill McCutcheon

Premiered: 1947

Network: NBC

Howdy Doody is an American children's television program that was created and produced by E. Roger Muir and telecast on the NBC network in the United States from December 27, 1947 until ...more
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The Dark Crystal: Age of... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy television series, and a prequel to 1982 Jim Henson film The Dark Crystal. Rian (Taron Egerton), Brea (Anya Taylor-Joy), and Deet ...more
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Terrahawks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler

Premiered: 1983

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: ITV, London Weekend Television

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