Fraggle Rock is a children's television series with a total of 4 seasons and 96 episodes. The series originally ran from January 10, 1983 to March 30, 1987 on CBC Television in Canada, ITV in the UK, HBO in the United States and TV1 in New Zealand. Nickelodeon repeated it in the UK from 1993, as did Boomerang and Cartoonito later. Fraggle Rock showed in the UK on POP! and Tiny Pop, in Australia on Boomerang and in Canada on Teletoon Retro. The series was created by Jim Henson, primarily featuring a cast of "Muppet" creatures called Fraggles. Writers included Henson, Jerry Juhl, and Jocelyn Stevenson, with songs by Philip Balsam and Dennis Lee. It was one of the first shows to be co-produced by HIT Entertainment since its foundation in 1989 when it was called Henson International Television, the international arm of Jim Henson Productions. Some distributions (such as the Fraggle Rock 25 Years, Complete Series Collection) combine season four (January through March 1986) and season five (January through March 1987).
Jim Henson articulated a vision of Fraggle Rock as depicting a colorful and fun world; "It is a high-energy, raucous musical romp. It's a lot of silliness. It's wonderful." The series plays out in a world with a relatively complex system of symbiotic relationships between different "races" of creatures, an allegory to the human world, where each group was somewhat unaware of how interconnected and important they were to one another. Creating this allegorical world allowed the program to entertain and amuse while seriously exploring complex issues of prejudice, spirituality, personal identity, environment, and social conflict. Fraggle Rock generally refused to over-simplify any individual issue, instead simply illustrating the consequences and inherent difficulties of different actions and relationships.
The show became a worldwide hit, like Sesame Street and The Muppet Show. The "Fraggle Rock Theme" reached number 33 in the British music charts during the phenomenon.
Fraggle Rock made its debut on January 10, 1983 and the final episode aired on March 30, 1987 — after four seasons and a total of 96 episodes. A co-production between former British ITV production-company Television South (TVS), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, United States pay-television service Home Box Office and Henson Associates (later Jim Henson Productions), the show was filmed on a Toronto sound stage, (later at Elstree Studios, London). The avant-garde poet bpNichol worked as one of the show's writers. In the early days of development, the script called Fraggles "Woozles" pending the devising of a more suitable name.
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