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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
The Muppet Show Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt 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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Sesame Street is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Sesame Street Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Caroll Spinney 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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Fraggle Rock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Fraggle Rock Jim Henson, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz 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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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Dinosaurs Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger 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) 5 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
ALF Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright 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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Bear in the Big Blue House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Bear in the Big Blue House Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz, Vicki Eibner 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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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu 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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Muppets Tonight is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Muppets Tonight Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Brian Henson 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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Lamb Chop's Play-Along is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Lamb Chop's Play-Along Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis 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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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Thunderbirds Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, made by their production company AP Films, and distributed by ITC Entertainment. Filmed between ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe 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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The Storyteller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Storyteller John Hurt^! Brian Henson^! Frederick Warder 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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The Muppets is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Umberhaven added The Muppets Bill Barretta, Dave Goelz, Eric Jacobson

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The Jim Henson Hour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Jim Henson Hour Jim Henson^! Fran Brill^! Kevin Clash 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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Today's Special is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Today's Special Nikki Tilroe, Bob Stutt, Jeff Hyslop Today's Special is a 1985 Juno Award nominated artist.

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Pee-wee's Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
ryan-ledoux added Pee-wee's Playhouse Paul Reubens, John Paragon, Phil Hartman 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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Captain Kangaroo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Captain Kangaroo Robert Keeshan, James E. Wall, Deborah Weems Captain Kangaroo is an American children's television series that aired weekday mornings on the American television network CBS for nearly 30 years, from October 3, 1955 until December 8, 1984, ...more

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Paddington Bear is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added Paddington Bear Paddington Bear is a fictional character in children's literature. He first appeared on 13 October 1958, and was illustrated by Peggy Fortnum. The friendly bear from deepest, darkest Peru—with ...more

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H.R. Pufnstuf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
H.R. Pufnstuf Jack Wild, Billie Hayes, Lennie Weinrib 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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Crank Yankers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Crank Yankers Artie Esposito, Paul McGinnis, Victor Yerrid 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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Greg the Bunny is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Greg the Bunny Sarah Silverman, Seth Green, Eugene Levy 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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Welcome to Pooh Corner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Welcome to Pooh Corner Hal Smith, Will Ryan, Laurie Main 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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Eureeka's Castle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Eureeka's Castle Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock, Johnny Grasso Eureeka's Castle is an American children's television series created by Judy Katschke and R.L. Stine.

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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Land of the Lost Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley 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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Between the Lions is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Between the Lions Ruth Westheimer, Fred Newman, Kathryn Mullen 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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Kukla, Fran and Ollie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Kukla, Fran and Ollie Fran Allison, Burr Tillstrom 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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Basil Brush is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Basil Brush 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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The Banana Splits Adventure Ho... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Banana Splits Adventure Hour Don Messick, Daws Butler, Paul Winchell 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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Postman Pat is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added Postman Pat Ken Barrie, Carole Boyd, Kulvinder Ghir 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 Book of Pooh is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Book of Pooh Lara MacLean, Cathy McCullough, Noah Schnapp 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 Hoobs is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Hoobs John Eccleston, Don Austen, Mark Jefferis The Hoobs is a BAFTA-winning television programme created and produced by The Jim Henson Company and Sesame Workshop.

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Spitting Image is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Spitting Image Steve Coogan, Harry Enfield, John Sessions 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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Allegra's Window is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Allegra's Window Kathryn Mullen^! Anthony Asbury^! Martin P. Robinson 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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Sigmund and the Sea Monsters is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters Johnny Whitaker^! Scott C. Kolden^! Billy Barty 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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Jack's Big Music Show is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Jack's Big Music Show David Rudman^! Alice Dinnean^! John Kennedy 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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Captain Scarlet and the Myster... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop, Donald Gray 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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Pinwheel is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
EmilyCarlson added Pinwheel Jim Jinkins 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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Under the Umbrella Tree is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Under the Umbrella Tree Holly Larocque^! Bob Stutt^! Stephen Brathwaite 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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Stingray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Stingray Lois Maxwell, Ray Barrett, Robert Easton 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) 40 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Fireball XL5 Paul Maxwell, Sylvia Anderson, David Graham 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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Mongrels is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
DannyLafontaine added Mongrels Dan Tetsell, Rufus Jones, Katy Brand Mongrels is a British puppet-based situation comedy series first broadcast on BBC Three between 22 June and 10 August 2010, with a making-of documentary entitled "Mongrels Uncovered" ...more

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Howdy Doody is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Howdy Doody William Shatner, Bob Keeshan, Bill McCutcheon 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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Lidsville is listed (or ranked) 43 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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The Mr. Potato Head Show is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
RalphBob added The Mr. Potato Head Show Kevin Carlson, James Murray, Debra Wilson The Mr. Potato Head Show was a children's television show featuring Mr. Potato Head. It aired on Fox as part of the Fox Kids block for only one season from September 12, 1998 to February 16,

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The Sooty Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
The Sooty Show Matthew Corbett, Leslie Corbett 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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Tweenies is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Tweenies Pui Fan Lee, Samantha Dodd, Emma Weaver Tweenies is a British children's television programme, originally broadcast on the BBC's CBBC programming block. Episodes of the programme have also been repeated on the CBeebies channel since

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Joe 90 is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
Joe 90 Len Jones, Rupert Davies, Keith Alexander Joe 90 is a 1960s British science-fiction television series that follows the adventures of a nine-year-old boy, Joe McClaine, who starts a double life as a schoolchild-turned-superspy after his ...more

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Muffin the Mule is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added Muffin the Mule Annette Mills Muffin the Mule is a puppet character in British television programmes for children. The original programmes featuring the character were presented by Annette Mills, sister of John Mills, and ...more

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The Magic Roundabout is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added The Magic Roundabout Nigel Planer, Eric Thompson The Magic Roundabout is a French-British animated children's television programme created in France in 1963 by Serge Danot, with the help of Ivor Wood and Wood's French wife, Josiane. The series ...more

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The Amazing Adventures of Morp... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Puppet TV Shows
celia-yahccs added The Amazing Adventures of Morph The Amazing Adventures of Morph is a TV animation program.