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Jim Henson 

Explore the incredible life of the man behind The Muppets and so much more. Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and ... See full summary »
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Episode credited cast:
Candice Bergen ... Herself - Actor
Edgar Bergen ... Himself (archive footage)
David Bowie ... Himself (archive footage)
Jennifer Connelly ... Herself (archive footage)
Joan Ganz Cooney ... Herself
Michael Eisner ... Himself
Bonnie Erickson Bonnie Erickson ... Herself - Muppet Designer
Brian Froud Brian Froud ... Himself
Dave Goelz ... Himself
Lew Grade Lew Grade ... Himself (archive footage)
Neil Patrick Harris ... Himself - Actor
Brian Henson ... Himself - Son
Cheryl Henson Cheryl Henson ... Herself - Daughter
Heather Henson Heather Henson ... Herself - Daughter
Jane Henson ... Herself - Wife (archive footage)
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Explore the incredible life of the man behind The Muppets and so much more. Follow Jim Henson's career as he transcended puppetry to become one of the most creative, prolific, and influential artists of his time. Journey into his first work with the Muppets in the early 1950s during television's Golden Age, up to his sudden and shocking death in 1990. Witness key events unfold in his life, from his early television work with the Muppets while still a student at the University of Maryland and his commercial work and network appearances in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to his breakthrough with Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, Fraggle Rock, and his groundbreaking fantasy films Dark Crystal and Labyrinth. Hear from his children, Lisa, Cheryl, Brian, and Heather Henson. And enjoy firsthand memories shared by friends like Frank Oz, Candice Bergen, Willard Scott, director John Landis, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner, and Sesame Street cast members Bob McGrath and Carroll Spinney.

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15 September 2015 (USA) See more »

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Features Henson's Place (1984) See more »

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Excellent Profile
22 December 2016 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

It has been close to 25 years since Jim Henson passed away. This profile on PBS uses archive footage to paint an excellent profile capturing the spirit and drive of an greatly unique entertainer. Henson never worried about being on camera himself. His goal was entertaining people and he accomplished that many times over.

This special recalls some of the great times and programs Henson was responsible for putting on the air, and how they were received. It paints a man driven to succeed in a way no one else could ever picture besides him. We owe a lot to Jim Henson for a revolution in children' programming as he came along and filled a needed gap in it. The amazing work came in a way at a high price as he ignored his own health to run the production company he created.

Henson gave us a lot more than Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy. The world would have been less bright without the spirit he brought to television. A lot of the early life material here is of special interest as it is not as well known as Sesame Street, Fraggle Rock, and The Muppet Show. Henson was the goal others aspire too but very few reach. He was the boss who was more of a team member and put people together in teams to get things done. Great footage of Edgar Bergen who is becoming forgotten in this special too.

This explains why the Eisner-Disney deal for the Children's Television Workshop too until long after Jim Henson's death to complete. It is a timely reminder of what a great creative person can do when they have the opportunity. Our world is better off for that.


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