Sam and Friends is an American children's puppet primetime comedy television show created by puppeteer Jim Henson and his eventual wife Jane Nebel. It was taped and aired twice daily as a local series in Washington, D.C., on WRC-TV in black and white, and later color, on weeknights from May 9, 1955, to December 15, 1961.
Why It Rocks
- It was the start of Jim Henson's legacy, 14 years before Sesame Street was introduced on public television.
- Perfect puppeteering and very good voice acting.
- It was television's very first children's program to air ONLY at night.
- It could be the most successful local children's TV program in Washington, D.C..
- For most of the early episodes, the Muppet characters lip syncing to comedy recordings, as well as the most popular songs.
- Superb puppet designs.
- Memorable characters, including Sam, but most of all, Kermit.
- The lizard-like character, Kermit, stole the show to become Jim Henson's most flagship character.
- For the later episodes, formal sketches were drawn up, many spoofing well-known television shows at the time, including the series which followed Sam and Friends in the Washington market, The Huntley-Brinkley Report.
- The success of Sam and Friends led Jim Henson, to bring the Muppets their guest appearances on several major national network programs, including The Steve Allen Show, The Jack Paar Show and Today, make thousands of humorous commercials, and creating half-hour programs and feature films.