As the Muppets return to movie theaters today with their eponymous titled film, we decided to dig into the Muppet Show vault to remind today's generation of some of the best sketches from that series that celebrated all things nerdy, sci-fi and plain ol' bizarre.
If you grew up watching The Muppet Show as a kid, then you know Star Wars, Wonder Woman and even Alice Cooper made appearances on the variety show, planting the geek seed in many a grown up today.
Here are some of our favorite Muppet Show sketches that let the sci-fi freak flag fly.
Luke Skywalker Meets the Pigs in Space
Luke Skywalker, C-3PO and R2-D2 take over the Swinetrek to rescue Chewbacca. The whole episode was kid nerd nirvana.
Bunson and Beaker Invent Teleporting
Always ahead of their time (but not their actual capabilities), Dr. Honeydew and his assistant Beaker try to perfect Star Trek-style teleporting, with zany results.
Brooke Shields and the Shrink Ray
In a mashup of literature and sci-fi, poor Brooke Shields ends up on the tiny end of the stick behind the scenes at the Muppet Theater.
Kermit Gets Vampy with Vincent Price
Way before vampires were in vogue again, horror master Vincent Price was teaching Kermit some Vampire 101.
Miss Piggy Becomes Wonder Pig
Itching to show up TV's Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, Miss Piggy breaks out the super suit and rises to the occasion.
Dom DeLuise Visits the Planet Zoozebane
Comedian Dom DeLuise tries to explore, and not get beat up by, some local aliens.
Dudley Moore Introduces M.A.M.M.A. the Robot
You've never guess that singer/actor Dudley Moore was such a man of the future, as proved with his robot M.A.M.M.A.
Alice Cooper's Nightmare
Horror rocker Alice Cooper welcomes the audience into his Muppet-fied crypt of terrors.
Madeline Kahn Mixes It Up with a Monster
While it's not really a sci-fi moment, it certainly classifies as bizarre as Madeline Kahn deftly tries to handle a cranky monster bent on raining on her parade.
Raquel Welch Boogies with a Huge Spider
Holy skimpy, Raquel Welch! The singer/dancer kicks out a number alongside a huge spider.