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Watch Jim Henson’s Original Pitch for ‘The Muppet Show’

From where we’re sitting, it’s kind of hard to imagine there was a time when Jim Henson had to sell someone on the idea of The Muppet Show. Laughing Squid tipped us off to the puppeteer’s original network television pitch reel that he sent to CBS back in the early ’70s. “Small children will love the cute cuddly characters,” explains the Muppet anchorman. “Young people will love the fresh innovative comedy. College kids and intellectual eggheads will love the underlying symbolism of everything. Freaky long hair, dirty, cynical hippies will love our freaky long hair, dirty, cynical Muppets.” Click through to watch the clip, and let us know if it would have wooed your inner TV exec.

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