Sam and Friends - The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show (hardback)
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Sam and Friends - The Story of Jim Henson’s First Television Show (hardback)

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"The Sam and Friends book is a pure delight from start to finish. The archival photos, recollections, summaries, and scripts are a Muppet fan’s map to a long-lost treasure."
- Muppet Central

Long before Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, college students Jim Henson and Jane Nebel created a long-running daily local Washington, D.C. television program called Sam and Friends, where Jim developed his unique approach to comedy and introduced the world to a puppet named Kermit.

In this book, President of The Jim Henson Legacy and author of The Muppets Character Encyclopedia, Craig Shemin, explores the story behind Sam and Friends and creates an episode guide from surviving scripts and recordings.

Includes a foreword by longtime Henson collaborator Frank Oz, several complete scripts and more than 150 rare photos from The Jim Henson Company Archives. 604 pages. 

FINALIST, Theatre Library Associations'
2022 Richard Wall Award

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