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HBO (which stands for Home Box Office) is a premium cable TV channel that specializes in showing movies, as well as original films & series.

Among the HENSON productions that originally aired on HBO are Emmet Otters Jug-Band Christmas (1977), Fraggle Rock, (1983 - 1987), The Tale of the Bunny Picnic 1986). & The Ghost of Faffner Hall 1989). Additionally, the Muppets appeared in the HBO special The Vent Event (1978).

In 1983, HBO held a Fraggle Rock Sweepstakes contest. The grand prize was a trip for a family of four to Fraggle Rock at Torontos CBC Studios or New York City for the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade & a tour of The Muppet Workshop. Other prizes were a Fraggle Fun Pack which included a Fraggle Rock record & poster & a years subscription to HBO. A promo was filmed for this contest featuring Doc & Sprocket reading about the contest in a newspaper. Doc encouraged Sprocket to enter the contest so that they can figure out what a Fraggle is. Gobo Fraggle makes a silent appearance at the end as he overheard Docs conversation. The contest ended on May 31, 1983.

In 1997, HBO aired The StoryTeller, both re-runs & "The Three Ravens," which had not aired in America, & The StoryTeller: Greek Myths, making its belated US debut. In November 2006, 2 performances of Puppet UP! were filmed as part of HBO & AEG LIVEs "The Comedy Festival" at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

On August 13, 2015, it was announced that SESAME Workshop entered a partnership with the channel for new episodes of SESAME STREET to premiere on HBO before airing on PBS, starting with season 46.[1] HBO Latino will simulcast the series in Spanish & episodes from the show's extensive library are made available on the HBO Kids section of the HBO GO/Now services. (See SESAME STREET episodes on HBO)

On October 10, 2016, it was announced that Fraggle Rock would be returning to the network, digitally remastered in HD.

Over the years, HBO, & its multiple channels, have aired The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That BIRD, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, & The Adventures of Elmo in GROUCHland.

In 2016, The Muppet Christmas Carol made a rather quiet premiere on HBO, even though it was aired as an archival title, despite it being its first time on a premium network.



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