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7 Facts About 'Fraggle Rock' That Will Make You Want To Dance Your Cares Away

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Growing up, there were a bunch of amazing shows that we enjoyed, but a few really stood out. We obviously all loved Sesame Street, The Muppet Show, and of course Fraggle Rock. Basically any time we saw a Muppet, we were immediately sold on the premise of the show, no matter what it was.

Fraggle Rock was probably the most underrated of the Jim Hensen projects. Sure, we all were completely obsessed with it, but it only lasted five seasons. Sesame Street is still on the air, but where are our Fraggles? There was a lot that went on behind the scenes to make the show as great as it was, but how much do you really know about these adorable Muppets?

1. 'Fraggle Rock' was the first original series on HBO


You have the Fraggles to thank for your favorite HBO shows, because without Wembley, Boober, and Trash Heap, they may not have ever been made. HBO's very first attempt at original programming was this amazing children's show and thanks to their success they were able to make shows like The Sopranos, Sex and the City, and Game of Thrones.

2. The Fraggles almost had a different name


While it seems like an iconic name, it wasn't their first choice. Their original name was actually the Woozles. Henson changed his mind when they discovered The Great Santa Claus Switch, and liked the bad guys' name. “It’s a variation on a character group that dated back to the early ’70s called Frackles. I think it was probably just that they were looking for a word they liked as much as that one," Dave Doelz, former puppeteer of Boober, said.

3. Each Fraggle was made for specific puppeteers


Henson had each of the puppeteers come in to meet their Fraggles, but they realized that the characters were tailored to the people portraying them.

4. Audiences around the world saw different versions of the show


According to the Fraggles, humans (or the silly creatures) lived in Outer Space. There were however, changes that would take place in Outer Space depending on which country you were watching the show in. For example, Doc had a different job depending on where he was. In Canada and Germany, Doc is an inventor, but in England he is a lighthouse keeper, and in France he is a baker.

There's more to learn about the Fraggles, including why Jim Hensen made the show...

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