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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 120

Network: Associated Television, ITV, CBS

The Muppet Show is a family-oriented comedy-variety television series that was produced by puppeteer Jim Henson and features The Muppets. After two pilot episodes produced in 1974 and 1975 ...more

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Fraggle Rock is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Premiered: 1983

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 96

Network: Tiny Pop, Cartoonito, CBC Television, Pop, Hub Network, + more

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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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney

Premiered: 1969

Number of Seasons: 42

Number of Episodes: 4327

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, Noggin, National Educational Television, PBS Kids Sprout

Sesame Street is a long-running American children's television series created by Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The program is known for its educational content, and images communicated ...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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 118

Network: Disney Junior, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, RTÉ Two

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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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: NBC

ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more

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Lamb Chop's Play-Along ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis

Premiered: 1992

Number of Episodes: 85

Lamb Chop's Play-Along is an American half-hour preschool television series that was shown on PBS in the United States from 1992 until 1997, as well as on YTV in Canada. It was created and ...more
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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

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 198

Network: Comedy Central, Syfy

Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley

Premiered: 1965

Network: Associated Television, ITV

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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen

Premiered: 2000

Network: Public Broadcasting Service, PBS Kids Sprout

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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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Nikki Tilroe, Bob Stutt, Jeff Hyslop

Premiered: 1981

Network: TVOntario

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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Umberhaven added Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson

Premiered: 2015

Network: ABC

The Muppets (ABC, 2015), stylized as the muppets., is an American television comedy series co-created by Bill Prady and Bob Kushell. The series is set in Los Angeles and depicts the everyday ...more

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Muppets Tonight is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Brian Henson

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Muppets Tonight is a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring The Muppets. Much like the "MuppeTelevision" segment of The Jim Henson Hour, ...more

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Eureeka's Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock, Johnny Grasso

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

Network: Nickelodeon, Noggin

Eureeka's Castle is an American children's television series created by Judy Katschke and R.L. Stine.
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Welcome to Pooh Corner ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Laurie Main

Premiered: 1983

Number of Episodes: 120

Network: Disney Channel

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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H.R. Pufnstuf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib

Premiered: 1969

Number of Episodes: 17

Network: NBC

H.R. Pufnstuf is a children's television series produced by Sid and Marty Krofft in the United States. It was the first Krofft live-action, life-size puppet program. The seventeen episodes were ...more

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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: NBC

Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who co-developed the series with Allan Foshko. During its original ...more

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Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems

Premiered: 1955

Number of Seasons: 38

Network: CBS

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The Banana Splits Advent... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Don Messick, Daws Butler, Paul Winchell

Premiered: 1968

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 31

Network: NBC

The Banana Splits Adventure Hour was an hour-long, packaged television variety program featuring The Banana Splits, a fictional rock band composed of four funny animal characters. The costumed ...more

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The Jim Henson Hour is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jim Henson, Fran Brill, Kevin Clash

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 12

Network: NBC

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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The Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
John Hurt, Brian Henson, Frederick Warder

Premiered: 1988

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: HBO

The StoryTeller is a live-action/puppet television series. It was an American/British co-production that originally aired in 1988 and was created and produced by Jim Henson. Reruns of The ...more
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Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
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Premiered: 1986

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 45

Network: CBS

Pee-wee's Playhouse is an American children's television program starring Paul Reubens as the childlike Pee-wee Herman which ran from 1986 to 1990 on Saturday mornings on CBS. The show was ...more

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Kukla, Fran and Ollie is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Fran Allison, Burr Tillstrom

Premiered: 1947

Network: NBC

Kukla, Fran and Ollie is an early American television show using puppets, originally created for children but soon watched by more adults than children. It did not have a script and was entirely ...more

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Allegra's Window is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Kathryn Mullen, Anthony Asbury, Martin P. Robinson

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 53

Network: Nick Jr., Nickelodeon

Allegra's Window is a children's television series that aired on Nick Jr. from October 24, 1994 to May 1, 1996, with reruns airing until June 1998 and later airing on Noggin from February 2, ...more
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Crank Yankers is listed (or ranked) 25 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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