What's the only Muppet from The Muppet Show to have a speaking role on Sesame Street?
And the answer is: Kermit the Frog.
A fixture throughout multiple Jim Henson productions, Kermit the Frog occasionally made appearances on Sesame Street, most notably as a news reporter for the News Flash segments, where he interviewed characters from nursery rhymes and fairy tales.
Even before Sesame Street's debut, Kermit was used in a pitch reel to explain the concept of the show to broadcasters, and ultimately featured in the premiere episode. He would go on to star in several sketches and songs, as well as the occasional street plot. However, Kermit began to receive criticism after fans and followers of the show noted Kermit's commercialization – the frog began to be seen as a know-it-all and simply a means of promotion. For a point in time, Kermit's role was questioned altogether, and executives of the show promised changes to Kermit's features.
However, the lovable frog ultimately persevered, both on Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. He continued to make cameos and guest appearances on Sesame Street while maintaining his role as host and often star of The Muppet Show. Since then, characters from both shows have become household favorites, with Sesame Street remaining as popular as ever. Since its original release some 50 years ago, Sesame Street has released over 4,500 episodes and airs across the world in some 180 countries.
Check out a highlights from Kermit's time on Sesame Street below.