Jerry Juhl


27 Jun 1938


St. Paul, Minnesota, USA


Jerome Ravn Juhl


Jerry Juhl became the first full-time employee of Jim Henson Co. in 1961 after meeting Henson at a puppeteer's convention. The company coined the term "Muppet," a combination of the words marionette and puppet, and created a series of short skits parodying television news people. Juhl worked on Jim Henson's first television show, Sam and Friends (1955) as a puppeteer and later spent six years writing for Sesame Street (1969) after its 1969 premiere. He created scripts for the Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, Big Bird, Elmo, Bert, Ernie and The Count. He also created Super Grover, a superhero version of Grover, and received two Emmy Awards for his work. Juhl served as head writer for The Muppet Show (1976) from 1977-1981. He also was the writer and creative producer of Fraggle Rock (1983), which featured his wife as a writer and script editor. The show was met with critical acclaim when it appeared on HBO in 1983 and lasted four years.

Actor ( 12 credits )

Fraggle Rock (1983)  Passenger (uncredited) (1 episode, 1987)
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Muppet Performer (uncredited) (1 episode, 1990)
The Muppet Movie (1979) Muppet Performer (uncredited)
Great Performances (1971)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
NBC Experiment in Television (1967)  Pipe smoking party guest (uncredited) (1 episode, 1969
Shrinkenstein (1967) Mad Scientist (voice)
Time Piece (1965) Bartender
Shrinkel and Stretchel (1965) Stretchel (voice) (uncredited)
Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #1 (1965) Himself
Wilson's Meats Meeting Film #2 (1965) Himself
The Jimmy Dean Show (1963)  Rowlf's Nephew (uncredited) (1 episode, 1964)
Sam and Friends (1955)  Additional Performer (1955-1961) (unknown episodes)

Producer ( 3 credits )

The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) co-producer
The Jim Henson Hour (1989) co-producer (unknown episodes)
Fraggle Rock (1983) creative producer (96 episodes, 1983-1987)

Writer ( 15 credits )

Muppets from Space (1999) (written by) and
Muppet Treasure Island (1996)
The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)
The Jim Henson Hour (1989) (1 episode, 1992)
Fraggle Rock (1983) (46 episodes, 1983-1987)
The Great Muppet Caper (1981) (written by) &
The Muppet Movie (1979) (written by)
The Muppet Show (1976) (120 episodes, 1976-1981)
Sesame Street (1969) (1 episode, 1970)
NBC Experiment in Television (1967) (2 episodes, 1968-1969)
The Jimmy Dean Show (1963) (unknown episodes)
The Mike Douglas Show (1961) (3 episodes, 1968-1973)
Sam and Friends (1955) (11 episodes, 1955-1961)
Today (1952) (1 episode, 2006)
The Ed Sullivan Show (1948) (unknown episodes)