We all had our favourite TV shows when we were kids growing up, and many of these would star puppets in leading, or supporting, roles. Some of these puppets were very simple, others very inventive, but all effective and full of character. Let’s take a look at some of the puppets that made our favourite shows great….
1. Cosmo and Dibs
The stars of You and Me, this duo would make us laugh and had very unique voices, too. Cosmo and Dibs were bright, vibrant, full of colour and informative, what’s not to love?!
2. Roland Rat and Friends
Roland Rat would appear on TV:AM regularly and got more and more of his own slots and shows, he had his group of friends including Kevin and Errol and we loved them all – “Yeaaaah! Rat Fans!”
3. The Fraggles
Fraggle Rock was one of the classic Henson productions and the Fraggles and Dozers were full of character and often had us in stitches laughing, a real classic!
4. Zippy, George and Bungle
What was there not to love about Rainbow? Geoffrey had his pals with him at all times, and Zippy, George and Bungle kept us entertained every afternoon after school. One of the best!
5. The Wombles
“Wombles of Wimbledon, Wombling free. Wombles of Wimbledon Common are we”. The classic stories of these lovable creatures living in Wimbledon who go around picking up litter to help us all out!
If there’s one thing that we all know about Badger, it’s that he loves mashed potato! He didn’t always eat it, as he would often get Bodger covered in it, but Bodger and Badger had us laughing out loud every week!
7. Sooty, Sweep and Soo
The Sooty Show has been around in one form or another for a very long time, and there have been several presenters, but it’s Matthew Corbett that I remember presenting it, and he was great alongside the lovable puppets.
8. Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird and Elmo
Where would we be without Sesame Street? The educational program that made learning fun and had some of the most recognisable and fun characters of any pre-school program out there!
Rod Hull and Emu were one of the great double-acts of the time, and Emu was well-known for getting up to mischief, even when interviewed by greats like Michael Parkinson!
The gorgeous and very cute duck, Orville was partnered with Keith Harris and the two made a wonderful pair in one of the best family-friendly shows. A real classic show and characters that have lasted a lifetime!
A very unusual character, Pob was never quite as popular as some of the others on this list, which we feel is unfair as the character was vibrant, charismatic and full of energy and fun!
12. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo and the gang!
How could we possibly miss The Muppets off this list? The ultimate puppet-related show and the show that really made us realise what a genius Jim Henson was, he has given us years and decades of fun and amusement with these wonderful characters who are timeless and are still going today!
Which show had your favourite puppets? Is it still going today and have they changed? How do you think modern shows with puppets compare to the classics from when we were growing up? Let us know all your thoughts and memories in the comments as always!